It’s hard to imagine that when Arnold Schwarzenegger originally laid out his signature festival plan, he envisioned the world’s best physical athletes sharing a venue alongside dudes training with axes and swords while sporting a medieval armor.
Yet that’s how big the Arnold Sports Festival has grown since Rich Gaspari walked away with the inaugural Arnold Classic title in 1989. The Arnold Sports Festival, held annually in Columbus, Ohio has grown from one of the most prestigious events in bodybuilding. to a global celebration of sporting and fitness events for all body types and varieties, from the mainstream to the cutting-edge to the crazy.
And while thousands of people attended the 34and staging the event, any general fitness enthusiast walking around the Greater Columbus Convention Center might have a hard time guessing who they might be sharing the space with based on looks alone. Yes, there were bodybuilders and bench press champions, wrestlers and strongmen, but also Scottish Highland Games athletes, jump-rope wizards, slap-fight savages, even sparring competitors. medieval. In total, the athletes who came to take part in the festivities represented nearly 60 different disciplines.
So men’s health Video producer Tony Xie took on the challenge of guessing the sport chosen by different athletes while attending the Arnold Sports Festival. Our host was given three guesses based on three questions he asked each athlete:
- How long have you been practicing your sport?
- What is the most common injury in your sport?
- What is the common misconception about your sport?
The bottom line: It’s not that easy to choose an athlete on mere looks and instant questioning. What did he discover? Most athletes are willing to suffer for their sport, as broken bones, torn tendons, even the risk of death were a common theme among Arnold’s competitors. And everyone was ready to accept this risk for the spirit of competition.
So never judge a book by its cover, according to Xie’s findings: “Everyone can find their own sport,” he says.
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