Friday, March 2, 2012

Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Bodybuilder

Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Bodybuilder
-Name: Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger
-Nicknames: The Oak, The Austrian Oak, The Olympian, Oak, The King, Champ, Arnie,
Schwazzie, Arnold Strong
-Location: Los Angeles, California USA
-Born: July 30, 1947 in Graz, Austria.
-Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
-Arms: 22" (55 cm)
-Chest: 57" (144 cm)
-Waist: 34" (86 cm)
-Thighs: 28.5" (72 cm)
-Calves: 20" (51 cm)
-Off Season: Around 260 lbs. (118 kg)
-Competition: Around 235 lbs. (106 kg)
-Favorite Exercise: Bent-Over Rows
Schwarzenegger is considered among the most important figures in the history of bodybuilding, and his legacy is commemorated in the Arnold Classic annual bodybuilding competition. Schwarzenegger has remained a prominent face in the bodybuilding sport long after his retirement, in part because of his ownership of gyms and fitness magazines. He has presided over numerous contests and awards shows.
For many years, he wrote a monthly column for the bodybuilding magazines Muscle & Fitness and Flex. Shortly after being elected Governor, he was appointed executive editor of both magazines, in a largely symbolic capacity. The magazines agreed to donate $250,000 a year to the Governor's various physical fitness initiatives. The magazine MuscleMag International has a monthly two-page article on him, and refers to him as "The King".

One of the first competitions he won was the Junior Mr. Europe contest in 1965.[5] He won Mr. Europe the following year, at age 19.[5][19] He would go on to compete in, and win, many bodybuilding contests, as well as some weightlifting contests, including five Mr. Universe (4 – NABBA [England], 1 – IFBB [USA]) wins, and seven Mr. Olympia wins, a record which would stand until Lee Haney won his eighth consecutive Mr. Olympia title in 1991.

Schwarzenegger continues to work out even today. When asked about his personal training during the 2011 Arnold Classic he said that he was still working out a half an hour with weights every day.[31]

Schwarzenegger's goal was to become the greatest bodybuilder in the world, which meant becoming Mr. Olympia.[5][19] His first attempt was in 1969, when he lost to three-time champion Sergio Oliva. However, Schwarzenegger came back in 1970 and won the competition, making him the youngest ever Mr. Olympia at the age of 23, a record he holds to this day.[19]

He continued his winning streak in the 1971–74 competitions.[19] In 1975, Schwarzenegger was once again in top form, and won the title for the sixth consecutive time,[19] beating Franco Columbu. After the 1975 Mr. Olympia contest, Schwarzenegger announced his retirement from professional bodybuilding.[19]

Months before the 1975 Mr. Olympia contest, filmmakers George Butler and Robert Fiore persuaded Schwarzenegger to compete, in order to film his training in the bodybuilding documentary called Pumping Iron. Schwarzenegger had only three months to prepare for the competition, after losing significant weight to appear in the film Stay Hungry with Jeff Bridges. Lou Ferrigno proved not to be a threat, and a lighter-than-usual Schwarzenegger convincingly won the 1975 Mr. Olympia.

Schwarzenegger came out of retirement, however, to compete in the 1980 Mr. Olympia.[5] Schwarzenegger was training for his role in Conan, and he got into such good shape because of the running, horseback riding and sword training, that he decided he wanted to win the Mr. Olympia contest one last time. He kept this plan a secret, in the event that a training accident would prevent his entry and cause him to lose face. Schwarzenegger had been hired to provide color commentary for network television, when he announced at the eleventh hour that while he was there: "Why not compete?" Schwarzenegger ended up winning the event with only seven weeks of preparation. After being declared Mr. Olympia for a seventh time, Schwarzenegger then officially retired from competition.


# 1963 Steirer Hof Competition in Graz, Austria (runner up).
# 1965 Junior Mr. Europe in Germany
# 1966 Best-Built Athlete of Europe in Germany
# 1966 International Powerlifting Championship in Germany
# 1966 Mr. Europe - amateur in Germany.
# 1966 NABBA Mr. Universe - amateur in London, England
# 1967 NABBA Mr. Universe - amateur in London, England
# 1968 German Powerlifting Championship in Germany
# 1968 IFBB Mr. International in Tijuana, Mexico
# 1968 NABBA Mr. Universe - professional in London, England
# 1968 IFBB Mr. Universe in Miami, Florida (tall class winner)
# 1969 IFBB Mr. Universe in New York
# 1969 IFBB Mr. Olympia in New York (2nd place to Sergio Olivia)
# 1969 NABBA Mr. Universe - professional in London, England
# 1969 IFBB Mr. Europe - professional in Germany
# 1970 NABBA Mr. Universe - professional in London, England
# 1970 AAU Pro Mr. World in Columbus, Ohio
# 1970 IFBB Mr. Olympia in New York
# 1971 IFBB Mr. Olympia in Paris, France
# 1972 IFBB Mr. Olympia in Essen, Germany
# 1973 IFBB Mr. Olympia in New York
# 1974 IFBB Mr. Olympia in New York
# 1975 IFBB Mr. Olympia in Pretoria, South Africa
# 1980 IFBB Mr. Olympia in Sydney, Australia


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