Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-born American bodybuilder, film actor, and politician who rose to fame through roles in blockbuster action movies and later served as governor of California (2003-11).

Arnold Schwarzenegger is the world most famous bodybuilder. He began bodybuilding at the age of 15. He was awarded the title of Mr. Universe at the age of 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest a total of seven times.

One day he saw a magazine of Reg Park and immediately knew that he wanted to look like Reg Park. He became obsessed with Reg Park’s huge, massive look and started training hard. His father was a police officer, he wanted him to go to the military. So in 1965 , at the age of 18 he went to military to became a tank driver. He wanted to become the most muscular man in the World. So he trained his body every day during his military period. In the year 1966 Arnold left the junior-league and participated in the professional league. He was invited to go to Stuttgat to the Junior Mr. Europe championship and from there his bodybuilding career started to take off.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

He had real achievements considering a 19-year-old debutant. He became “Best built man of Europe” and won “The International Body-Building Competition“, both in Germany. Arnold realized that he had the chance to be the best built man in the world. So he travelled in the same year to London, where he wanted to win the Mr. Universe competition. When he arrived a lot of fans and other body builders surrounded the newcomer of the bodybuilding business. Arnold felt that he was something special, and that he was ready to be Mr. Universe. Unfortunately Chet Yorton left beat Arnold Schwarzenegger. He persuaded the judges with his unique show. So Arnold trained his body to make it more and more imposing. He created new training methods to train some more muscles.

Prepared to win he travelled one year later, in 1967, back to London again, to beat Chet Yorton. But there was a new rival in the competition, Denis Tinerino. Before the contest even started everybody thought, Arnold wouldn’t have the chance to win against Denis. However Arnold was enthusiastic enough to win. Arnold realized, that being the best is as important as having the desire to win. Furthermore he defeated the Mr Olympia title seven years. In 1981 he finally quit his bodybuilding career.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has allowed his bodybuilding publicity to help him achieve success in other careers.

In 1970 Arnold plays his first role in a film called Hercules in New York. Schwarzenegger played the lead, but another actor was used to dub his dialog. Schwarzenegger’s native charm and wit finally came through in the acclaimed documentary Pumping Iron (1977), which led to his starring role in Conan the Barbarian (1982). He became an international star with The Pumping Terminator (1984) and over the next 20 years appeared in two sequels (1991 and 2003). His other films during this time included Predator (1987), Kindergarten (1990), Total Recall (1990), True Lies (1994), and The 6th Day (2000).

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