by Matt Weik
As every year, I agree with my thoughts on this year's Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio. To be honest, this year will be one of the most difficult to predict Arnolds in history. Why? Because the lineup at Arnold Classic 2020 is absolutely stacked. I honestly don't know where everyone is going to fall. The past few years have been a little easier to predict, but this year you can just as well choose the names from a hat. We have some of the best bodybuilders in the world entering the Arnold Classic stage this year – everyone wants to secure the title. So, without further ado, here is my prediction for the top 5.
But first we show you the complete list:
Sergio Oliva Jr.
Nathan De Asha
Winner: Big Ramy
I followed Big Ramy's preparation for the Arnold Classic 2020 and even after a few weeks he has the "death face" of someone who is already exhausted and on a diet. We saw some pictures of him that already showed a big breakup, and this could be the year that Ramy brings them on stage and eventually nailed down his conditioning, which he's been missing for years.
If the last few weeks of his preparation stay on track, Ramy could be hard to beat, which is why I think he will win the show.
2nd place: William Bonac
Bonac is someone who, like Dexter, is always consistent. However, when I stand next to Ramy, I have the feeling that he will look small. And that doesn't mean he's small, it's just that Ramy is taller and on stage at almost £ 300, is always one of the biggest in any cast. That being said, I think Bonac will look sharp and take 2nd place in this Arnold Classic lineup for 2020.
3rd place: Dexter Jackson
There is no one on the planet who has been more consistent than Dexter Jackson over the years. Dexter is not only the most successful bodybuilder ever, but at 50 there is no slowing down for this man either. Everyone likes to joke that he's a vampire and they may be right. Every show that Dexter enters is a threat to everyone's top 5 ranking. Although I think Dexter will look great, I don't think he can squeeze Bonac and Ramy out – two guys who beat him in the past.
4th place: Josh Lenartowicz
This Australian is not easy to take. When Josh sticks his conditioning, he has an absolutely crazy physique. Conditioning is not his specialty, however, and when he steps on stage, it has been hit or missed when it comes to how he will look. I hope he does it this year as this would be a great comeback to the brain surgery he had done last year and which has been pausing him for some time. I'm excited to see what Josh will put on stage at the Arnold Classic 2020.
5th place: Steve Kuclo
I could easily have put Steve in 4th place, but I have a feeling Josh will look great and will displace Steve in the rankings. Steve is another guy who is tall and if he sticks up his stamina he can beat many of the top guys on the Arnold stage. However, due to his track record, I don't think this is the year he'll be better than fifth in this stacked lineup. I'm a big fan of Steve because I think he's one of the best guys in bodybuilding. He is very well spoken and a great ambassador for bodybuilding.
Wildcard: Cedric McMillan / Patrick Moore / Sergio Oliva Jr.
This is the hard part of the Arnold Classic 2020. In fact, I probably cheat by having this section, but it's my article, so I'll keep it (haha). But these three bodybuilders are wild cards in my opinion. Each of them can easily slip into the top 5 if one of the types mentioned does not bring the conditioning.
Cedric McMillian has won the Arnold Classic before and it is no secret that Arnold himself really likes Cedric's looks – I would rather agree. It has great lines and finesse that many competitors lack. Cedric is one of the best ambassadors of the sport and can easily slip into the top 5 depending on what the judges are looking for this year and what level of fitness he has. He has to look a lot better than his appearance at the 2019 Olympics.
Patrick Moore becomes a fantastic bodybuilder. I have a feeling that he will be one of the names we talk about year after year as he keeps improving his body. When I look at Patrick, I think of Cedric. He has big lines, a little waste and everything on his body just flows. When you saw the 2019 Olympics, Cedric Patrick has received a lot of compliments. We don't know what feelings were shared between the two, but I feel that what Cedric said was a lot of praise for the physique that Patrick built. Like Cedric, these two men could slip into the top 5 at the Arnold Classic 2020, depending on what the judges are looking for (size or condition).
After all, Sergio Oliva Jr. Sergio has never really been on my radar, but he built some muscle in the off-season, which will help him stand on stage next to guys who were much taller than he was years ago. The only question I would have is whether he can bring the conditioning that is required to bring an overall package on stage. Although I think he has made some drastic improvements, I don't think he'll crack the top 5 this year.
Overall, I have already stocked up on my popcorn and can't wait to see how the Arnold Classic 2020 develops until March. This could be a show for ages and I highly recommend not to miss it.