2014 212 Showdown
The 212 division is brand new, only 2 years old in fact. And both times James “Flex” Lewis dominated the stage and made history. This year was the first 212 Arnold Classic and as expected Flex Lewis won that show as well. I was fortunate enough to see that live, and I was shocked at the size differences between Flex and the second place winner David Henry. Quite simply, there is little chance of anyone taking the title from Flex this year.
Here are my top 6 pics for this years competition
1) Flex Lewis
Easily one of the most popular bodybuilders in the world, James “Flex” Lewis is an incredible athlete. As a short bodybuilder myself I look to the 212 class as an example of what I might look like if I was to ever be on the Olympia stage. Needless to say Flex is what I would want to look like. He has it all; grainy conditioning, dense mass, symmetry, and presentation. The Arnold classic was the first time Flex had to try to make weight, and he looked twice as massive as anyone else that day. This is likely the last time we will see Flex compete in the weight class, as he intends on competing in the open class in 2016.
2) Kevin English
Previous Olympia 202 winner Kevin English is my pic for second, Considering his previous victories over David henry and the extremely hard time he had every year making weight at 202, this year will be the best presentation of Kevin English to date assuming conditioning is in. . Also considering the huge size difference between Flex and David, It would make sense the larger English would fit in between them at the olympia finals.
3) David Henry
Probably the most impressive mid section and conditioning I have ever seen on a pro, David Henry is the giant slayer of the giant slayer class. Fitting all the ideals of Bodybuilding and men’s physique im surprised david henry is not more popular. It will be between Henry’s conditioning and English’s mass for the number 2 slot this year, and ALthough my money is on English, Im rooting for Henry.
4) Jose Ramon
Kind of like the Kai Greene of the 212, Jose Ramon had a long and illustrius amature carrer in the NPC. The Boston Mass turned his pro card down many times so that he could move up weight classes, instead of it being a bitter sweet glorified forced retirement. After he developed the mass he felt he needed to be competitive he joined the ranks of the IFBB and has since won shows including the NY Pro, arguably the 3rd most important pro show after the Arnold and the Olympia. Grainy conditioning with striated vascular dense mass, this guy is one of the hardest looking men in the IFBB.
5) Aaron Clark
I’m not sure he will make top 5 but this guy is incredible. Possibly the next Flex, Aaron Clark has a great balance of conditioning mass and symmetry making him a potential for the title within the next few years. In 2 years i see him dominating over the 3 aforementioned athletes and with Flex in the Open its Aaron Clark for the 212 Olympia title in 2016.
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Check out my predictions on the men’s open class here!
Check out Kelsey’s predictions on the Men’s Physique class here!