March 24, 2011
Mike Warkentin ventures into the savage heart of the Arnold Sports Festival.
People are lined up for the Arnold Fitness Expo long before it opens.
The line stretches almost from one end of the Columbus Convention Center to the other. It passes the gymnastics hall, the powerlifting and Oly platforms, the boxing and MMA rings, as well as the CrossFit Kids station and the Grand Ballroom that’s home to the CrossFit competition.
Further away are the fencers, the cheerleaders, the table-tennis players and the dancers. At other venues are the skateboaders, the track and field athletes and the hockey players.
They’re all here under Arnold’s banner—but the hub of the whole weekend is the Fitness Expo freak show in the main concourse.