The inaugural Arnold Classic Africa was held in 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.


This popular event features live sports, a Health and Fitness Trade Expo, and global sports stars adding to established spectacles in the United States, Australia, Europe, Asia and South America.

Professional and amateur athletes alike from across South Africa and around the world feature various sports disciplines such as acrobatic gymnastics, archery, badminton, baseball, beach volleyball, fencing, weightlifting and wrestling to name just a few.


The annual health and fitness festival also hosts a number of strength-based contests, including professional and amateur bodybuilding, arm wrestling, powerlifting and a strongman competition.


The Arnold Classic was first launched in the US in 1989 and has since expanded to create an international series of multi-sport festivals, driven by Austrian-born Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is renowned as a seven-time Mr Olympia, Hollywood star and former Governor of California.