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.
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.
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
Columbus ,Ohio- The annual pilgrimage of sports enthusiasts to Columbus , Ohio earlier this month brought the world a little closer together .I met people from Italy, Poland, Australia and all parts of America . The Arnold Sports Festival ,named after Arnold Schwarzenegger and now in it’s 29th year which started in 1989 as the Arnold Classic has greatly expanded its goals and outreach.The weekend now has featured 20,000 athletes from 80 nations in 75 different sports and events . In addition to bodybuilding, it has dance,cheer-leading ,arm-wrestling,martial arts, fencing, art, chess and many more , The event is now held world wide on every continent on the planet . The events are run very smoothly and friendly with the practiced hands of the very best people at the top of their game. In addition to the competitors there is a wide and varied assortment of fitness minded merchandise for the weekend warrior who just likes being the best they can be . To make this a true family event the expo now has a separate section called Kids Expo to show that fitness and sports are for the whole family .The event is held ever year in Columbus, Ohio and I suggest you make it down at least once to see what its all about . It had an inspiring effect on me to take ones health to heart and to live a better lifestyle . See ya in Columbus !