The Arnold Weightlifting Championships

Columbus Weightlifting (CWLC), has hosted the Arnold Weightlifting Championships in Columbus, Ohio, as part of the Arnold Sports Festival since 2003. Since its inception, CWLC and its partners have awarded nearly $200,000 to the competition’s top finishers in the form of cash, prizes, and scholarships.

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Event Info

Columbus Convention Center

March 4 – 6 2016

Volunteer List

2016 Volunteer Sign Up!

Volunteer Information Here


How are the NCS Results found?

All Results

Friday – March 4th

Saturday – March 5th

Sunday – March 6th


2016 Registration OPEN!

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Meet Hotel

2016 Hotel Booking Here

2016 Proud Sponsors

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 Arnold FAQ:

Q: Where do I find all the information for the Arnold Weightlifting Championships?

A: You can find all the detailed information for the Arnold Weightlifting Championships on this PDF : 2016 Participant Information COMING SOON

Q: Can anyone lift in this years Arnold Weightlifting Championships?

A: Yes! This year is an open format which means that there are no qualification totals needed to enter. Also, there are sections for Youth (17 – Under), Junior (18-20), Senior (open), Master (35+) lifters, and Adaptive Athlete. Please see above PDF for more.

Q: When does Registration End?

A: Early Bird Registration will run through December 31, 2015 and after that the price will go up. Registration will close when we fill the slots or in Feb. 2016.

Q: What is the lifting Schedule

A: The exact lifting schedule will not be available until the start list is released after registration ends.

A: general guideline for divisions exist:

  • Friday – Masters/Junior/Open Athletes
  • Saturday - Masters/Junior/Open Athletes
  • Sunday - Masters/Junior/Open Athletes

The meet sessions are NOT run by weight classes. Athletes are grouped by their entry total into sessions with athletes lifting similar weight. Please see above PDF for more.

Q: How is the Arnold Weightlifting Championship Scored?

A: The Arnold Weightlifting Championship DOES NOT run by “weight class”! It runs by division and athletes will be grouped together based on their announced entry totals. Scoring will then be done overall based on the NCS 2016 five – year averages for Youth and Junior lifters, and the Seniors on the 2016 WWC placement and scoring tables. This is different than we have ever done! This is different than the Sinclair total and we hope will put our athletes on an even more level playing field! The International Qualifying portion will be run by traditional USA Weightlifting and IWF rules. Masters – Will be scored as a division using the Sinclair total

Q: What if I can’t make weight?

A: Again, the Arnold Weightlifting Championships are not run by weight classes. This means that if you can’t make weight it will not affect if or when you’ll lift. You don’t even have to let us know! We’ll be there with the scale… we’ll know…

Q: Why Can’t I Upload a Picture on the Registration

A: Please try using one of the three browsers: FireFox, Chrome, Internet Explorer (Safari is not supported) Please also try the following steps if upload is failing on the above browsers: 1. Check for updates on your browser and update if available 2. Clear the Cache on your browser 3. Make sure third party cookies are enabled on your browser

Q: How do we sign up for the Rotary Scholarship?

A: To sign up for the $2,500 Rotary Scholarship you must fill out the form locate here:  2016 Rotary Application Form. You must be UNDER 27 years old!! Please submit this completed form to: