The Arnold 2016 Survival Guide

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The Arnold 2016 Survival Guide

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The biggest weekend in fitness is just around the corner and you’re still packing for the trip? What are you waiting for?! Do it… DO IT, NOW! If you want to crush your enemies… err, enjoy the Arnold more than everyone else, then you’d better start checking these off your list:


The Arnold is like Halloween for Bodybuilders. It’s the largest health & fitness expo in the country... 900 BOOTHS! You’re going to be handed more samples and swag than you can imagine. This is where new brands come to make a mark and get you to remember them, plus the veterans are only getting bigger each year. Nobody is sending you home empty handed from the Arnold. Definitely make sure to stop by the Quest booth – they’ll be giving out protein bars, protein chips, AND shakes made from their new Cookies & Cream protein powder… which is basically a Muscle McFlurry. Grow a third arm before hitting their booth, or else BRING A BAG!


This place is gonna be like Disneyland by noon. The main hall pretty much reaches muscle failure by 2pm, so if you wanna keep it efficient this weekend, don’t hit snooze. Plan ahead, have a map, and know the general flow of what you want to see. Get to your favorites first, even if it means an extra few laps around the hall.


You’ll catch some fun activities while roaming the main hall, but the bigger night events are for ticket holders only... and they’re selling fast! Keep one night open to be spontaneous if you wish, but putting off buying tickets until the last minute is going to backfire, leaving you bored, left out, and feeling like the weekend has been wasted.  


I know you’re banking on free shakes, bars, and a factory’s worth of supplemental surprises, but eating only that stuff all day long isn’t going to sit well… for you or anyone else within sniffing distance. Plus you’ve gotta wait in line every time you want a free sample. And no one controls your macro-intake but you, right?


This event is actually the “Arnold Sports Festival,” not just the Arnold Classic, so you can bet there’s plenty of ass kicking far beyond the typical physique competitions. Make sure you take the time to look around. From martial arts to pole fitness and "world jump rope" to fencing, even armwrestling, the Arnold is like a talent show on steroids (but hopefully without actual steroids).


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