Who Will Claim the 2013 Arnold Classic Title?

Team AMI/Weider experts Dennis James, Chad Nicholls, and Fakhri Mubarak give us their take on whom to watch and who might surprise us all before the night is over at the 2013 Arnold Classic.

Ronny Rockel

ARNOLD CLASSIC HISTORY 2007, 8th; 2008, 13th; 2009, 10th; 2010, 6th; 2011, 6thJAMES: He competed a lot at the end of last year, and I think his body needs a break. The funny thing is that he took the first part of the year off, but it didn’t do him any good. Sometimes time off can be good for you, and sometimes it can hurt you. His back was just as soft as it has been the past couple of years, and we didn’t see any improvement as far as added size. Ronny is very symmetrical but he needs to be all the way dry because he’s not gonna blow anybody away with size or spectacular body parts.MUBARAK: Ronny is a beast. I believe he is 5'6", and the amount of muscle he holds is crazy. Ronnie has no apparent weaknesses as far as body parts. He’s always been a good bodybuilder but when he comes in dry and peeled, he’s one of the best IFBB pros in the world. Ronnie could easily break the top six if he’s 90% on.NICHOLLS: Ronny is another guy who has always been right on the bubble. He is a good athlete and very well balanced. Nothing jumps out at you, but in this lineup, he will need to bring his conditioning up to the wow factor level to put himself in the mix, otherwise, it will be easy for him to fall down the ladder. Sharp, dry conditioning pulls his physique together and is the tool he will need in his arsenal to make a play for a top spot.

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