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Columbus, Ohio – Six-Hundred of the top amateur competitors from around the world competed in 12th Annual Arnold Amateur NPC Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Physique Championships at Battelle Grand and the Greater Columbus Convention Center March 1-3, 2018 as a part of the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival.

2018 Overall Winners (competitor #’s)

Men’s Bodybuilding – Mikhail Volinkin of Uzbekistan (504)

Classic Physique – Lucas Disanti of USA (406)

Men’s Physique – Kevin Nguyen of USA (300)

Women’s Physique – Christelle Zarovska of Netherlands (14)

Fitness – Milica Narancic of USA (102)

Figure – Lola Montez of Canada (122)

Masters Figure – Andrea Green USA (47)

Bikini – Sonia Lewis of USA (226)

Masters Bikini – Nadirah Baldwin of USA (96)

“The Arnold Amateur is one of the biggest international events of its kind, this year 50 more athletes than last year competed, and they represented 55 different countries,” said Bob Lorimer, president of Classic Productions Inc. and the event’s co-producer along with Mike Davies of Mike Davies Fitness Universe.  “We are fortunate to collaborate with such a fantastic partner in Jim Manion, president of the Nation Physique Committee who helps us bring together so many talented competitors.”

The 2018 Arnold Amateur served as an official pro qualifier for the IFBB Pro League. Overall winners in Men’s Bodybuilding, Classic Physique, Men’s and Women’s Physique, Fitness, Figure and Bikini received professional status to compete in the IFBB Pro League and automatic invites to compete in IFBB Pro League events at the 2019 Arnold Sports Festival. Raphael Ray (615) and Ashley Blair (191) also received pro status for finishing second overall in men’s physique and bikini, respectively.

Previous Arnold Amateur winners who have competed as professionals include: Paul Poloczek, Kate Errington, Cong Mou, Priscila Cavilha, Lukas Wyler, Giorgia Fiorini, Janaina Ferreira da Silva, Matthias Botthof, Essa Obaid, Roelly Winklaar, Tarek Ellsetorhi, Diana Monteiro, Elena Shportun, Marie Garmen Gomez, Sylvia Tremblay and Noemi Olah.

Overall winners received tickets to the Arnold Classic finals and were recognized on stage and photographed with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Overall winners also received a specially-designed Cardillo USA Weightbelt and 6 Pack Fitness Backpacks courtesy of Gaspari Nutrition.  Class winners received Tony Nowak Arnold Classic champions jacket while the top five in each class received trophies.

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Julie McGraa brings a wealth of life experience to Status Fitness Magazine and is an active advocate for mental health in her community. She is a wife, a nationally published fitness model, a writer, a bikini competitor, a self-love/self-confidence advocate, and mother of three wonderful children, two of whom are adopted. Julie has spent the better part of her adult years working with children who suffer from mental health concerns due to prenatal drug and alcohol exposure. Julie is raising a child who is considered high needs and lives at a very high anxiety level. Julie believes that mental health is not a topic that needs to be ignored but discussed openly in a manner where it is inclusive of everyone around us and put forth in a manner with patience, love, and acceptance. She strongly believes that one of the main keys, in order to help those around you, is to practice self-care and self-love. In doing so, Julie thinks that it allows you to make sure your own mental well-being is being taken care of. She has found that, through fitness and nutrition, she has been able to build her own self-love/self-care and truly see the effects that it has had on her life and her children's lives. Julie strongly feels that it comes down to realizing that this is your journey and not someone else’s and your mental health needs to come first.

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