Arnie is, and always will be, king of the bodybuilding world. The simplicity of his nutritional and weightlifting regimes are said to be the catalysts for his extraordinary road to success, catapulting bodybuilders to the forefront of globally-recognised athletes whilst also becoming the most renowned physique to ever grace the profession.
Below, we take a brief look at his profile of achievements before discussing what it took for him to reach the top.
Nationality: Austrian (with U.S. Citizenship)
Date of Birth: 30th July 1947
– Junior Mr. Europe (Germany, 1965)
– Best Built Man of Europe (Germany, 1966)
– Mr. Europe (Germany, 1966)
– International Powerlifting Championship (Germany, 1966)
– NABBA Mr. Universe Amateur (London, 1967 – came 2nd in ’66)
– NABBA Mr. Universe Professional (London, 1968, ‘69 and ‘70)
– German Powerlifting Championship (Germany, 1968)
– IFBB Mr. International (Mexico, 1968)
– IFBB Mr. Universe (New York, 1969 – came 2nd in ’68)
– Mr. World (Ohio, 1970)
– Mr. Olympia (came 2nd in 1969 to Sergio Oliva, before winning for six consecutive years in ‘70, ’71, ’72, ’73, ’74, ’75 as well as ’80).
- Actor: it is estimated that films featuring Schwarzenegger have grossed a total of around $4.5 billion worldwide.
- Politician: Schwarzenegger was sworn in as Governor of California in 2003 to serve the remainder of Gray Davis’ term. He was then re-elected in 2006, before completing his second term in 2011.
Schwarzenegger is the only person on Earth to have ever succeeded in having one of the greatest physiques on record, being one of the largest box-office draws in history and winning a landslide election to become the Republican Governor of California.
Did it all happen by accident? Dumb luck, perhaps?
Of course not. Rather, we can put it all down to the clear philosophy he has adopted conveyed in his manner and speech:
What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. I learned something from all those sets and reps when I didn’t think I could lift another ounce of weight. What I learned is that we are always stronger than we know.
Sure, the workouts would have been grueling, exhausting and painful, but also fun. The trick is to make sure you enjoy training (Arnie famously compared “the pump” to the feeling of an orgasm) so that you may, too, feel the burning desire to welcome every challenge and build yourself into something truly remarkable, inside and outside of the gym walls.
With regards to the training regime itself, Arnold liked to vary the exercises he used and throw in new movements weekly to change things up, but the sets and reps would remain consistent. With that in mind, however, he also dismissed unnecessary complications. Instead, he opted for the use of heavy weights in classic; compound movements, which would then be assisted by a selection of other exercises that focused on stretch-position overload and time under tension.
Finally, Schwarzenegger was renowned for relying upon proven nutritional principles. Again, like his training routine, he preferred to keep things simple.
Bodybuilders would consume large amounts of dairy, meats and whole eggs; they ate bountiful amounts of “real” food, which piled on the high protein, high fat and limited carbs. Since this inspirational era of the 1970s, however, nutritional information has changed dramatically within the fitness industry.
Supplements were always a limited resource, until now. With the contemporary successes of a swelling sports nutrition industry, bodybuilders are expected to become leaner than ever. The best way to achieve these results, alongside Arnold’s principles of a strict training regime and healthy diet, is through providing your body with the supplements it needs and may not get enough of from a regular diet. Amino acids, fat burning products, whey protein and creatine have altered the face of bodybuilding today and, now, there is very little stopping you from being the next legend of the stage.
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