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    Thumbs down Arnold Expo 2020

    Just heard that Optimum Nutrition pulled out of the Arnold Expo. Crazy! They were a fixture there...Doesn't look good.
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    Originally Posted by nomaet View Post
    Just heard that Optimum Nutrition pulled out of the Arnold Expo. Crazy! They were a fixture there...Doesn't look good.
    Yikes. that was one of the most popular booths (longest line too) when i went 6 out of the past 8 years. Makes me not feel bad about not going to the expo now
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    Originally Posted by Jdot5 View Post
    Yikes. that was one of the most popular booths (longest line too) when i went 6 out of the past 8 years. Makes me not feel bad about not going to the expo now

    Same here Jdot! Was actually going to go to the show this year, having missed last year, but now I don't really care since they're not going to be there. Makes them look bad I think.
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    Originally Posted by nomaet View Post
    Same here Jdot! Was actually going to go to the show this year, having missed last year, but now I don't really care since they're not going to be there. Makes them look bad I think.
    not worth going to the expo now. the show seems interesting. ive been to the actual show once
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    Originally Posted by nomaet View Post
    Same here Jdot! Was actually going to go to the show this year, having missed last year, but now I don't really care since they're not going to be there. Makes them look bad I think.
    So because ON, one of the least innovative supplement companies around, won't be at the expo you're not going?

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    I think it was 2 years ago maybe? Both ON and BB.com had pulled out. It's expensive, and the companies that have their set base don't see the need to spend that kind of money. ON was probably dropping a +$1mil on the Arnold annually, and likely not getting good returns.
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    I thought about heading out this year also. I haven't been out in the past 2 years but went every year before that for 7-8 years.


    The Expo is just so crowded. I know that's a lame, stupid comment but it really is. I mean bathroom lines are crazy, everything is so expensive, hotels are nightmares and the whole thing has become such a rat race. Maybe it's me getting older and grouchier in my old age, LOL!






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    Originally Posted by Big_Spaz View Post
    I thought about heading out this year also. I haven't been out in the past 2 years but went every year before that for 7-8 years.


    The Expo is just so crowded. I know that's a lame, stupid comment but it really is. I mean bathroom lines are crazy, everything is so expensive, hotels are nightmares and the whole thing has become such a rat race. Maybe it's me getting older and grouchier in my old age, LOL!






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    My feelings exactly with the main expo here, Bodypower. Way too busy, stupidly expensive to get in and queues to get into queues. I know supp companies pay a fortune to be there but quite often their products are more expensive than they are bought regularly online, plus most UK-based companies will have ‘Bodypower expo weekend’ special discounts on so there’s really no benefit to going unless you get your kicks from long lines of 18-20 year olds who’ve started leathering the gear 6 weeks after joining the gym.

    The hodge twins were over here a few years ago and it was a 3-4 hour queue for a photo op. No thanks.
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    Originally Posted by Big_Spaz View Post
    I thought about heading out this year also. I haven't been out in the past 2 years but went every year before that for 7-8 years.


    The Expo is just so crowded. I know that's a lame, stupid comment but it really is. I mean bathroom lines are crazy, everything is so expensive, hotels are nightmares and the whole thing has become such a rat race. Maybe it's me getting older and grouchier in my old age, LOL!

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    Originally Posted by Big_Spaz View Post
    I thought about heading out this year also. I haven't been out in the past 2 years but went every year before that for 7-8 years.


    The Expo is just so crowded. I know that's a lame, stupid comment but it really is. I mean bathroom lines are crazy, everything is so expensive, hotels are nightmares and the whole thing has become such a rat race. Maybe it's me getting older and grouchier in my old age, LOL!

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    This. I only live 20 minutes away and I haven't bothered to go the past 2 years. The crowds are almost unbearable.

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    It'll be my 10th year, be there Thursday-Sunday. I go to the Expo early to wander around, then hang around the stage mostly, or go to the periphery events like the powerlifting meets, etc. Leave early to relax before hitting the night shows.
    I don't generally wait in any of the long lines anymore. I've had a lot of chance meetings with athletes and had some really good conversations. It's definitely still a great event all around I think... as long as you know what you're in for and show up prepared!
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    Originally Posted by rhadam View Post
    So because ON, one of the least innovative supplement companies around, won't be at the expo you're not going?

    Lol. Strong first and second posts. Wonder who your main account is.
    I don't disagree with you on the company, I just thought they gave away the most stuff and was one of the only ones worth the line, as they actually gave a lot away. But like everyone else, I'm sick of the crowds and waiting in line for like 2 samples is dumb.
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    It used to be fun. I went 4 years straight in college 2010-2013 used to walk out with suitcases worth of samples and rtds. Also used to eat my body weight in protein bar samples
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    Originally Posted by mtpaquette View Post
    RIP Arnold Columbus, OH.
    Feel bad for the city. HUGE loss to them. And my previous note of ON dropping out...Looks like they got bailed out of bad optics not being there before it was cancelled.
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    Originally Posted by nomaet View Post
    Feel bad for the city. HUGE loss to them. And my previous note of ON dropping out...Looks like they got bailed out of bad optics not being there before it was cancelled.
    I read something that the citizens of Columbus had started a petition afraid that all the travellers would bring the coronavirus into an previously unexposed location. I get the concerns, but I don't think that Ohio handled the situation well. I hope all the brands sue them for their loses. There should have at least been a PSA released as soon as it was a possibility, and not waited until 48 hours before it kicked off.
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    The Arnold was definitely a unique experience this year. I went down Thursday as usual, and trying to figure out what was on and what wasn't was nuts. I go more for the actual sports and events anymore - but even that was a challenge and took some string pulling
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    Originally Posted by ProYeo View Post
    The Arnold was definitely a unique experience this year. I went down Thursday as usual, and trying to figure out what was on and what wasn't was nuts. I go more for the actual sports and events anymore - but even that was a challenge and took some string pulling
    so was the convention center empty or did they just have the area where the expo would have been held closed off?
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    so was the convention center empty or did they just have the area where the expo would have been held closed off?
    The bay at the far end was open, and all of the sports were condensed into that area, the rest of the bays were closed off. The center itself was open to the public. The powerlifting, fencing, etc, that happened in all the other rooms took place as normal. There were staff sitting at every entrance to every room looking for wristbands or passes. And there were cops/agents from just about every agency possible all over the place.
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    Originally Posted by ProYeo View Post
    The bay at the far end was open, and all of the sports were condensed into that area, the rest of the bays were closed off. The center itself was open to the public. The powerlifting, fencing, etc, that happened in all the other rooms took place as normal. There were staff sitting at every entrance to every room looking for wristbands or passes. And there were cops/agents from just about every agency possible all over the place.
    oh wow. yeah i can see how that can be overwhelming trying to find stuff
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