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.

Fred Smalls


JAMES: He’s got a solid physique, but like Ronny, nothing stands out. When you’re going up against the likes of Dexter or bigger men like Toney and Cedric, you need that extra something to draw the judges’ eyes. At this stage of his career, I’m not seeing that from Fred. We’ll have to see what he brings when it’s time.

MUBARAK: Fred has yet to reach his potential. He’s pretty complete everywhere. He has good lines with a small waist. He has to be a lot drier and harder to place well at this show. He’s a great poser, and when he does place well it’s because of his physique and how he’s built. But we need you harder Mr. Smalls! I know you can shock a lot of people, Biggie!

NICHOLLS: Fred has good structure and round muscle and this will be a good lineup for him. But if he doesn’t overcome his biggest flaw (conditioning), he will find himself on the outside looking in. He possesses all the tools to really do some damage in the sport, but he needs to change up whatever dietary plan seems to be consistently failing him in the conditioning department if he wants to make his mark.

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