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ARNOLD CLASSIC: STAFF PREDICTIONS

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ARNOLD CLASSIC: STAFF PREDICTIONS

The FLEX staff scribes pick this weekend's Top 6

By Team FLEX

March 4, 2009

FLEXONLINE.COM

Like you, the reader, we at FLEX are huge fans of the sport. We carefully analyze each competitor's muscularity, conditioning, improvements (or lack thereof), tan, posing - we're bodybuilding's most astute armchair quarterbacks. Here, we offer our own personal Top 6 picks, with a few thoughts on why we think things will shape up that way.

For the picks of top competitors and former Arnold Classic champs, click here.

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ERIC VELAZQUEZ, Features Editor
1 Toney Freeman
2 Branch Warren
3 Victor Martinez
4 Kai Greene
5 Dennis James
6 Silvio Samuel

ERIC SAYS: When he nails his conditioning, Toney has one of the most aesthetic physiques in the sport. He will stand out visually in this lineup if he nails his conditioning. Of course, Victor is the favorite, especially having won the show before but no one really knows how that leg injury will affect his look and balance. Branch carries so much muscle that if he can come in grainy and hard, he's a cinch for top three.

DAVE LEE, Deputy Editor
1 Victor Martinez
2 Kai Greene
3 Toney Freeman
4 Branch Warren
5 Silvio Samuel
6 Dennis James

DAVE SAYS: Greene has had a lot of time to gather himself and resume his journey toward finding the "better champion" within. If he has added the requisite thickness throughout his chest and delts while keeping his waist tight, he can push Martinez hard and stay ahead of the pack - if he can pull it together in time.

SHAWN PERINE, Senior Writer
1 Toney Freeman
2 Victor Martinez
3 Sivlio Samuel
4 Branch Warren
5 Dennis James
6 Gustavo Badell

SHAWN SAYS: I loved the physique Freeman brought to the Orleans stage [for the 2008 Mr. Olympia]. That's easily Arnold-winning form. The question is whether or not he can duplicate that combination of size, shape and conditioning. He has the potential to beat Martinez, and who knows who else. That being said, Martinez is the man to beat in March.

Find out what other fans are saying and offer your own predictions at the FLEX Forums.

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