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RABBLE COUNTDOWN: 16th - 18th March

Key Events



Here’s your chance to meet the great man himself. As the driving force behind the Arnold Sports Festival Australia, Arnold will be rubbing shoulders with the public as he gets out and about to enjoy the health and fitness extravaganza over the weekend. You will be able to see him and, if very lucky, get to meet him as Arnold has a range of commitments across the three-day Expo. He will be speaking at the Business Success Summit on Friday night, March 16. Tickets for this event are still available at the ticket booth on the concourse at the Melbourne Convention& Exhibition Centre. Arnold also will be visiting Expo stands and public events at different times over the weekend. The bodybuilding legend also will be on hand at the Arnold Classic Pro Show on Saturday night, March 17 (tickets available at the concourse ticket booth) and presenting awards on the Main Stage from around noon on Sunday.





The biggest, baddest bodies in the world are back to shock and awe fans. The Arnold Classic Australia is regarded as one of the great bodybuilding shows in the world, attracting international superstars eager to bring their best to the Arnold Sports Festival Australia. The men are giants who thunder on stage. The women are amazing athletes who bring power and passion. You can see the Pro Women’s prejudging on the Main Stage on Saturday, March 17 at the Expo. And later you can be part of a fantastic night of muscle magic and entertainment at the Pro Show Finals in the Plenary Hall on Saturday night. If you haven’t already, get your tickets now so you don’t miss out.





FRIDAY 16th – 7:30PM

Hear Arnold Schwarzenegger share his advice about business, challenges, motivation, how to recover from failure, his winning mindset and other issues that matter to him. LIVE onstage in Melbourne for One Show Only, Arnold will also answer questions that matter to you. Tickets from only $69. Arnold’s special guest is investor and advisor to many multi-million-dollar companies Tai Lopez, named by Entrepreneur Magazine as the No.1 social media influencer to watch.







They are the biggest, best and strongest men in the world. They perform super-human feats of strength and push their bodies past what most would have thought the human body was possible of achieving. Come and see some of the strongest men in the world compete against each other, attempting near-impossible feats of sheer power in The Arnold Pro Strongman Australia! Records again will be broken. Legends will be created. It is an event you can’t afford to miss!






The Arnold Kids’ Zone will be one of the many highlights of the Arnold Sports Festival Australia and feature loads of sports and fun activities for kids and the whole family to try. All sports will have a “come and try” area and some will be running an exciting tournament for visitors to watch. What better way to see the sport in action than see players at the top of their game battling it out! The best news of all is that Arnold Schwarzenegger will visit the Kids Zone to visit the sports, meet the participants and to encourage everyone to join in his lifelong crusade for enjoying a fit and healthy lifestyle 

Remember, all kids under 15 accompanied by and adult are admitted FREE for all three days of the expo.





Cheer on the best amateur bodybuilders that Australia has ever seen. The action kicks off from 10am on Friday, March 16, and runs all day with the Arnold Amateur Competition. The women fitness, physique and bikini athletes take centre stage, with the elite winning their IFBB Pro Card award. The men grab the spotlight on Saturday, March 17 from 10am before the best women competitors in the world return at 2pm for the Arnold Classic Pro Show pre-judging. The stage is then set for the men’s open bodybuilding to rock the stage. And don’t miss the action on Sunday, March 18, with more top men’s amateur bodybuilding and at noon at special appearance by Arnold Schwarzenegger.






Get ready to roar as Australia’s best powerlifters clash with some of the best international lifters at ProRawX. Marvel at Vlad Alhazov from Israel, the first man in history to squat 500kg raw, who will attempt to smash that record. Tom Martin from the UK will attempt to become only the fourth man in history to total 1000kg in the 110kg class. Come see what Aussies Odell Manuel, Critta Stamatiou, Jen Smith and others will do.







Get your kicks here with an awe inspiring display of the best martial arts ever brought together under one roof. MMA, Kyokushin Karate, Taekwondo and much more will be on show, with top competitors battling it out over the three-day Expo. Many of the athletes will qualify at the Arnold’s for international events, so come watch champions in the making and be inspired.







Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with the giants of pro bodybuilding and your favourite bikini, fitness and figure athletes. Over the three-day expo, the champions will be making special appearances and taking in all the action. Get an autograph and pose for selfies. This is the place to hang out with the stars at this amazing event.







Learn the secrets to becoming a champion with some of the biggest names in the game taking part on special guest seminars. Stay tuned for more details, with major announcements and updates throughout the days at the Expo. Want more? Don’t miss out on the official pro athlete meet and greet event on Thursday, March 15, between 6.30pm and 9pm at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Tickets are just $30 and you’ll get to hang out in a relaxed atmosphere with the stars. Go to to get your tickets now.







Masters of Choreography are coming to the Arnold Sports Festival, with three days of fantastic competitions and demonstrations for fans to enjoy. Colourful, exciting and something you won’t forget.








Let’s get each to rumble! The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation is hosting the 2018 IMMAFA Oceania Open Championships at the Arnold Sports Festival. For the second year running the IMMAFA has partnered with the Arnold’s to host Australia’s National Championships. The best men and women will qualify for the national al team to compete at international events. The best from Australia and Oceania will put their best to the test.







Learn how to turn your body into a lean, mean machine through using your own body weight in the exciting world of street workouts. The Calisthenics Zone will feature an indoor park and guest appearances by some of the best in the world showing how it’s all done. Among the stars will be Asian Games Olympic Ring gold, silver and bronze medalist Chen Chih-Yu from Taiwan. Fans and those wanting to know more about this exciting sport will quickly learn why he is called The Flying Prince.







The Amazing Ride lets you explore the bike paths of Melbourne in a fun, safe and family friendly way. With three rides to suit all ages and abilities, the Amazing Ride will be a fun day out for the whole family. Everyone who checks into the Cycling Victoria stand at the Arnold Sports Festival will also get Free Entry into The Amazing Ride, starting and finishing at Hawthorn Velodrome. For more information, visit






Golf at the Arnold Classic with this special event being hosted at Yarra Bend – with the 9-hole handicap winners getting medals from Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday at the Arnold Classic. Golf Victoria with the Arnold Sports Festival Australia is hosting the event on Friday, March 16, between 4.30pm and 7pm. There’s a 9 hole stroke competition. Players must hold a GA handicap. There’s also a 9 holes modified stroke. Players do not need to hold a handicap. And there’s also 18 holes mini golf. There’s a $20 entry fee for this special event, which includes a BBQ afterwards at the beautiful Yarra Bend course. Enter online HERE.

And there’s plenty of golf action at the Arnold Sports Festival, with enthusiastic and skilled players on hand over three days to get you started in the game. There’s an inflatable castle and targets to test your skills using right and left- handed equipment. You can also test your putting skills. Activities are suited to children as young as five and prizes will be given out to those who score well.



There is only one place to get official Arnold souvenir merchandise. You’ll have swag with our exclusive range of SnapBack caps, T-shirts, gridiron jerseys, muscle tops and so much more. Only on sale at the Arnold Sports Festival Australia or at


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