Every Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Show Winner
All the Arnold Classic winners so far!
legend of bodybuilding Arnold Schwarzenegger has not ceased to support the sport with which he has enjoyed so much success. The seven-time Mr. Olympia winner wanted to continue supporting and promoting the sport and the Arnold Sports Festival has now taken over, including bodybuilding shows, strongman events and other major competitions that give athletes a chance to show off their skills. the Arnold’s Classic Bodybuilding Show has become one of those events in the community that everyone looks forward to.
Held in Columbus, Ohio, some of the top bodybuilders took to the stage and lifted the trophy by winning the top prize. With a long history and a stacked list of winners, every year contenders flock to this event to compete at a high level and hoist that trophy over their heads.
We’ve put together a list of past Arnold Classic winners so you can watch all the bodybuilding giants take that top spot on the podium. With a long history in the books, fans are thrilled every year to see which new legend takes home the top prize.
Arnold Classic Winners
- Rich Gaspari – 1989
- Mike Ashley – 1990
- Shawn Ray – 1991
- VinceTaylor – 1992
- Flexible wheel – 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000
- Kevin Levrone – 1994, 1996
- Mike Francois – 1995
- Nasser El Sonbaty – 1999
- Ronnie Coleman – 2001
- Jay Cutler – 2002, 2003, 2004
- Dexter Jackson – 2005, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2015
- Victor Martinez – 2007
- Kai Greene – 2009, 2010, 2016
- Warren Branch – 2011, 2012
- Denis Wolf – 2014
- Cedric McMillan – 2017
- Guillaume Bonac – 2018, 2020
- Brandon Curry – 2019, 2022
- Nick Walker – 2021
Rich Gaspari – 1989
Rich Gaspari made his professional debut in 1985 and was consistently praised for his conditioning and definition. He was a three-time Mr. Olympia finalist, but this victory at the Arnold Classic was another great title to add to his impressive resume. He now runs his supplement company called Gaspari Nutrition.
Mike Ashley – 1990
mike ashley turned pro in 1986 and made several appearances in major competitions, including a top ten finish at Mr. Olympia. At this Arnold Classic event, he came out absolutely shredded and took home the top prize, leaving that impressive notch in his bodybuilding resume.
Related: A complete list of Mr. Olympia winners over the years
Shawn Ray – 1991
Shawn Ray consistently placed high in bodybuilding shows, mostly in the top five, which led to a long career of wins, including that victory at the Arnold Classic in 1991. After his retirement, he appeared in a number of magazines and hosted contests for ESPN while staying as involved in the sport as possible.
VinceTaylor – 1992
Vince Taylor turned pro in 1988 and that Arnold Classic win came soon after. For a time he had a record of 22 wins until he was beaten by Ronnie Coleman, however, Taylor is still remembered in the bodybuilding community.
Flexible wheel – 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000
Many legends say that flexible wheel was one of, if not, the best bodybuilders they faced. This four-time Arnold Classic winner came close to the Mr. Olympia title in 1993, but won many other top events, making him one of those incredibly memorable athletes.
Kevin Levrone – 1994, 1996
Kevin Levrone narrowly missed an Olympia title four times, falling short of Dorian Yates and Ronnie Coleman. Along with a great career, those two Arnold Classic wins always put him on the map as the top contender on the bodybuilding circuit when he was competing.
Mike Francois – 1995
Mike Francois won the Arnold Classic title in 1995 and had a good career until he started his training business. During his career, he won other events like the Chicago Pro and the San Jose Pro, among others.
Nasser El Sonbaty – 1999
This victory at the Arnold Classic was the best victory of his 53 professional shows for Nasser El Sonbaty. He placed second at Mr. Olympia in 1997 and those round glasses he’s always worn have seen plenty of action throughout his career.
Ronnie Coleman – 2001
Ronnie Coleman is one of those names everyone knows and this bulk freak started training for a free membership at a local gym. This Arnold Classic victory was among many incredible victories, including an 8-year run at Mr. Olympia.
Jay Cutler – 2002, 2003, 2004
cutler jay is another big name in the bodybuilding community and this three-time Arnold Classic winner is also a four-time Olympia winner. He now runs Cutler Nutrition and seeks to pass on his bodybuilding knowledge to others.
Dexter Jackson – 2005, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2015
dexter jackson was an absolute force with 5 wins at the Arnold Classic and one victory at the 2008 Olympia competition. He is also the only bodybuilder to win the overall title at Mr. Olympia and Masters Olympia. These victories at the Arnold Classic are among the many memorable victories for this dedicated coachbuilder.
Victor Martinez – 2007
Victor Martinez came into the limelight in 2001 and started appearing in big events, although his finishes were quite far down the list. However, with continued work, he took first place at the Arnold Classic here in 2007 and finished second to Jay Cutler at Olympia the same year.
Kai Greene – 2009, 2010, 2016
Kai Green hit the pro circuit in 2004 and had great success in his bodybuilding career. First of three Arnold Classic events, he also placed second in 2012, 2013 and 2014. His last Arnold Classic win was in 2016, which was a great year for Greene as he also won titles at Arnold Classic South America and Arnold Classic Australia. .
Warren Branch – 2011, 2012
Warren Branch placed in the top three at several Olympia shows, but those two victories at the Arnold Classic earned him great contention on the professional circuit. His dominating career was highly successful and he was always a worthy opponent to face.
Denis Wolf – 2014
Denis Wolf has finished first at a number of events throughout his career, but this win at the 2014 Arnold Classic is very standout. He focused on bodybuilding from an early age and his short stature was notable in the sport since turning professional in 2005.
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Cedric McMillan – 2017
Cedric McMillan was praised for his physique and the idea of bringing back missed golden age physique bodybuilding fans. Since earning his pro card in 2009, he had been a dominant force on the professional circuit and this victory at the Arnold Classic was just one example.
Guillaume Bonac – 2018, 2020
Guillaume Bonac began to rise through the ranks of the bodybuilding community and competed in many shows, earning two first-place finishes at the Arnold Classic and other first-place finishes at events like Mr. Olympia. He continues to push other competitors to be the best they can be.
Brandon Curry – 2019, 2022
Brandon Curry put himself on the map with his win at Mr. Olympia in 2019, but those two Arnold Classic victories don’t go unnoticed. He is a force on the professional circuit and shows no signs of slowing down.
Nick Walker – 2021
Nick Walker turned pro in 2020 and has already made some noise in the community. He won that Arnold Classic title the same year he won the New York Pro event and finished the year with a fifth-place finish at Mr. Olympia.
With Brandon Curry the defending champion, fans can’t wait for the next Olympia event as all eyes will see who will take first place at the next competition.
the Classic Arnold is a big event and an event where many great competitors take the stage with the aim of winning the top prize. As a celebrated event in the bodybuilding community, every year fans wait to see who will emerge victorious and take home the top prize and the Arnold Classic title.
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