I had the privilege of attending the Arnold Classic in Columbus, OH on March 6-8, 2009 for a chiropractic sports conference.
What an amazing event. It makes you appreciate all the hours, sweat, and tears that goes into training for an event like this. From bodybuilding to gymnastics to martial arts, the amount of dedication to reach champion status is unreal.
One of the surprises of the event is that the Ultimate Fighting Championship was going on at the same time in Columbus. I ended up riding down the elevator in my hotel with Randy Couture and saw Urijah Faber and BJ Penn in the lobby.
Arnold came and talked to our group of chiropractors, but for me a better surprise was that Franco Columbu was with him. For those of you who don't remember, Franco Columbu appeared with Arnold in Pumping Iron and is still one of his best friends. Franco holds Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia titles and ended up becoming a chiropractor, which is probably one of the reasons Arnold is such a fan of chiropractic.
On Sunday, I heard a question and answer session with the bodybuilding champions, Iris Kyle and Kai Greene, fitness champion, Jen Hendershott, and trainer extraordinaire, Mike Davies. They laid out the amount of dedication and hard work required to truly reach the top. It made me realize I need to work a lot harder!