Arnold Schwarzenegger – Getting to Know the Bodybuilder

There’s probably no one more well-known in the body building world than the governor of California.  We all know something about his movie career, but what about his bodybuilding one? Do you know how these two influenced each other? Well, you’re about to find out. Learn about the dedication and discipline that turned Arnold into a body building icon and, who knows, you may even consider applying some of his tricks to get your career on the same track. Wouldn’t that be a dream come true?

Arnold Schwarzenegger – Getting to Know the Bodybuilder

Schwarzenegger – The Bodybuilder


Arnold Schwarzenegger made body building a household phenomenon with the release of his 1973 movie “Pumping Iron”.  He has been granted the honor of single-handedly making body building an everyday term. Is it obvious now that you must know all about him?

When Arnold first started out in his body building career, he was just a young man.  He started out as a “98 pound weakling” and grew into Mr. Universe.  His transformation was an incredible display of body building might along with some amazing dedication. Yes, good genes are only going to get you so far. Dedication and hard work are key elements for any bodybuilder.

There is probably no better body building story than that of Arnold Schwarzenegger.  He worked a variety of jobs including that of street worker in Santa Monica, California.  The entire time, he was also devoting all his off hours to honing and sculpting a beautiful body.  In 1970, he was awarded the ultimate body building title of “Mr. Universe” and became a household name. Who doesn’t love a story of an underdog who “started low”, but “made it big”? Arnold’s story proves that there’s hope for anyone.

He kept on with his body building until he decided that a film career was the way to go.  He found success as an actor in such films as “The Terminator”, “End of Days”, and “True Lies”.  While he never won any type of award for his acting work, he still garnered the respect of many Hollywood elite for his strong performances in these films.

Arnold’s first approach to bodybuilding was fairly atypical. When he was 13, he played soccer, but felt very dissatisfied with a team sport. “I didn’t like the fact that I couldn’t be personally gratified” he declared. He tried other endeavors: track and field, boxing, javelin throw and weightlifting. But only when his coach suggested he tried working with weights (to strengthen his legs), Arnold found his true vocation.

When he first walked into a gym he was literally awed. “I found myself in a gym, in awe of muscles I had never seen before and of which I didn’t even know the correct name. The bodybuilders were powerful, Herculean. Before my very eyes, my true future opened up: I had found the answer I had been looking for.” Thus began, at 16, the career of the greatest bodybuilder of all times, the man who would be crowned Mr. Olympia for a record seven times.

As his physique started developing, so did his self-confidence. Not much of a shock here, right? Very soon he discovered the thing somebody described as the “power of size”. And, as his muscles grew, so did the respect he was receiving from his peers. The growing of his muscular mass started influencing his relationships with other young men and, of course, with women, too. He realized that some women were decidedly turned on by his physique, whereas others seemed to be disgusted by it. “I wanted to become even bigger, so that I’d be able to really impress the girls who dug muscles and… irritate even more the ones who disliked them.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger is quite possibly the epitome of the body building ideal.  When you are serious about your body building goals, you could do worse than following the advice of the great governor of California!

If Arnold’s story motivated you, then keep browsing and find amazing tips & tricks that will help you begin or further your career as a bodybuilder.

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