2010 ARNOLD CLASSIC: STAFF PREDICTIONS

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The FLEX staff reveals their top six picks for this weekend's Arnold Classic

March 4, 2010

By TEAM FLEX

FLEXONLINE.COM

Here's our predictions for the top six at the 2010 Arnold Classic. Of course, as always, we offer you a chance to take the stage to voice your opinion in the FLEX Forums...

DAVE LEE, DEPUTY EDITOR
1. Dexter Jackson
2. Phil Heath
3. Kai Greene
4. Branch Warren
5. Toney Freeman
6. Melvin Anthony

DAVE SAYS: Following his disappointing third place finish at the '09 Mr. Olympia, Jackson's pride and competitive nature all but guarantee that he'll be in the shape of his life and outside of Warren, no other competitor in this lineup has beaten him. Heath's superior genetics and added size should keep him ahead of both Greene and Warren.

SHAWN PERINE, SENIOR WRITER
1. Phil Heath
2. Dexter Jackson
3. Kai Greene
4. Branch Warren
5. Toney Freeman
6. Melvin Anthony

SHAWN SAYS: As high as the stakes are for everyone competing this weekend, I think they're highest for Heath. After his false start at the 2009 Mr. O, this should be the show where he finally shows us his best form. Jackson and Greene are a tossup — incredible shape (Jackson) vs. incredible mass (Greene). Conditioning will tell the difference. Despite Warren's impressive size and granite-like condition his structure doesn't match that of the guys in the top three.

ZACK ZEIGLER, ONLINE EDITOR/STAFF WRITER
1. Dexter Jackson
2. Phil Heath
3. Kai Greene
4. Branch Warren
5. Toney Freeman
6. Melvin Anthony

ZACK SAYS: This is a tough one. On any given night, the competitors on this list could claim the top spot in any contest. However, I recently spoke with Jackson, and his confidence made me a believer. He wants his fourth Arnold Classic title, and I think he is going to get it. Had I had spoken with Heath, Greene or Warren... the list very well could have had a different person in the No. 1 slot.

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