Following a year off, Abiad has been training harder than ever in preparation for the inaugural Flex Pro on February 19. After being left off the initial list of invites, Abiad had hoped a top three finish at the Flex Pro would get him and invite to Columbus. The wait is over and Abiad will fulfill his dream to compete in the Arnold Classic.
Russian IFBB Pro Sergey Shelestov will be competing in his fourth Arnold Classic. He finished as high as eighth in 2009 and will look to return to that form. Shelestov was first recognized for his potential in 2006 when he finished third in the Grand Prix Romania. First and second that year went to two guys named Cutler and Coleman.