Arnold Sports Festival Arrives in Melbourne, Australia!

Melbourne ,Australia -A wide range of competitions, sports, and activities drew crowds for three days during the March 2019 Arnold Sports Festival in Melbourne,  Australia.

Competitors at Arnold  Sports Festival
Competitors at Arnold Sports Festival

Bodybuilding, martial arts, boxing, and pole fitness were just some of the sports that competitors from around the world participated in while fans had the opportunity to meet some of their favorite athletes. There were also plenty of great deals on fitness products and equipment from the many vendors that attended the event.

Competitors at Arnold  Sports Festival
Competitors at Arnold Sports Festival

During the events, Arnold  made the rounds, supporting the competitors and meeting and greeting his adoring fans. His appearance certainly energized the crowds. He even stopped for a quick game of chess with one lucky young fan.

Competitors at Arnold  Sports Festival
Competitors at Arnold Sports Festival

Overall, this was a fantastic event and a great opportunity to mingle with inspirational athletes and professionals from the fitness industry.

Competitors at Arnold  Sports Festival
Competitors at Arnold Sports Festival
Competitors at Arnold  Sports Festival
Competitors at Arnold Sports Festival

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Female Athletes Reign Supreme at Arnold Sports Festival !

Columbus, Ohio- The approximate 22,000 plus athletes that attended the 31st annual Arnold Sports Festival proved one fact , sports is universally loved and embraced by athletes of all ages and sexes. The old  adage of ” You throw a ball like a girl ”  is not considered an insult but a compliment because these girls were some of the toughest competitors I have ever met.

A competitor at the Arnold
A competitor at the Arnold

I met a family  that competes in Baton and yes it is a  real sport .It requires the ability of dance ,martial arts, gymnastics and ballet. With ages ranging in elementary school to collage there is room for all to enjoy this sport.

Baton at the Arnold
Baton at the Arnold
Baton at the Arnold
Baton at the Arnold

In recent years , pole dancing has left the clubs and exploding into the sports arena . A great use as a stress release and stamina builder this is one sport that is gaining world wide attention .

Pole Dancing Competition at the Arnold
Pole Dancing Competition at the Arnold
Pole Dancing Competition at the Arnold
Pole Dancing Competition at the Arnold

Fitness has long been a staple at the Arnold , and doing back flips, dance moves , push ups and handstands prove it requires dedication and plenty of hard work .

 Fitness at the Arnold
Fitness at the Arnold
Baton at the Arnold
Fitness at the Arnold

Professional athletes were on hand including Miss Kelly Klein a professional wrestler with the sports entertainment show ” Ring of Honor ” proving that hard work does pay off .

Kelly Klein
Kelly Klein professional wrestler

Team sports were on hand as well with dance teams being represented from across the country with judging from the prestigious US Spirit Cheer and Dance Organization .

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Dance Teams At The Arnold
Dance Teams At The Arnold
Dance Teams At The Arnold

To prepare for next year event  please see  Arnold’s  official website at  https://www.arnoldsportsfestival.com/

Warped Tour Spotlight-Sick Of It All

Sick of It All ,Live on stage at Warped Tour
Sick of It All ,Live on stage at Warped Tour

I have to be honest , I have never heard ” Sick Of It All “but I have heard about them . I heard a snipped of a song here and there and maybe a rumor about what a great show I missed over the years but I never saw them . Yes I like punk ,always have, big time fan of hard core acts  like NYC’s ” Pro-Pain “and Chicago’s ” Rights of The Accused ” and even early punk like Adam Ant ( yes he was punk before he  pop/ new romantic style ) .So I was exited to see them perform at Warped Tour this year and early in the day at that !

The band exploded on the stage like a missile going off,   unleashing the pure punk arsenal at their disposal.The energy could cut you like a knife bit instead the ground vibrated your body from the sounds of the bass and drums. Not to be out done the guitar and vocals assaulted your every sense . This was a killer show ! A huge smile went across my face and didnt leave for their entire set .Guitarist Pete Koller was almost always airborne and was a visual spectacle to watch.This is why these guys are legends .

Here is some background about Sick Of It All .

Sick of It All is an American hardcore punk band, formed in 1986[1][2] in Queens, New York.[3][4] The band’s current lineup consists of brothers Lou and Pete Koller on vocals and lead guitar respectively, Craig Setari on bass, and Armand Majidi on drums. Sick of It All is considered to be a major part of the New York hardcore scene,[5] and has sold half a million records worldwide.

Though their 1989 debut album Blood, Sweat and No Tears was a moderate success, Sick of It All did not achieve commercial success until later albums. After the release of their second album Just Look Around in 1992, East West Records saw the band’s potential and signed them in 1993. Sick of It All’s third and major label debut album, Scratch the Surface, was released in 1994 to critical acclaim, and included the singles “Scratch the Surface” and “Step Down” (the video for the latter single would also be featured in the 1995 Beavis and Butt-head episode “Premature Evacuation”). Their 1997 follow-up Built to Last was also highly acclaimed. Despite the success of Built to Last, Sick of It All was dropped from East West and signed to Fat Wreck Chords in 1998, who released the band’s next three albums before being dropped from the label in 2005, when they signed to Abacus Records, a subsidiary of Century Media. This label released their eighth studio album Death to Tyrants in 2006 to positive reviews (Abacus eventually went out of business, though Sick of It All would remain on Century Media, which released the band’s next three albums). Sick of It All’s latest album, The Last Act of Defiance, was released on September 30, 2014.

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