Arnold's Impact On Bodybuilding Essay

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Arnold’s Impact

“Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach” (“Arnold Schwarzenegger”). Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was one of the most memorable and respected body builders of all time. Between 1970 and 1980, he won seven Mr. Olympia tittles and his record stood for eleven years (Ryan, 1-4). His bodybuilding career helped spark a generation of fitness and weightlifting. The sport was almost dormant before the golden era of the Arnold days when it made an impact on society. Arnold Schwarzenegger started a cultural movement in fitness and body building, making it a socially accepted sport.

Arnold was born on July 30, 1947 in the small Austrian town of Graz and grew up in the village of Thal with his mother, father, and older brother. His father’s name was Gustav Schwarzenegger who was a police officer in their village. He joined the Nazi party in 1938 when Germany annexed Austria and then left the party two years before Arnold’s birth. Gustav was a very strict father and raised his sons to be obedient. He encouraged Arnold to play sports even though Arnold grew up with poor health. By teaching him discipline, Arnold always strived for his goals and applied his father’s teachings to his training. Arnold played several different sports but favored soccer because of the high intensity, physical activity it involved and eventually his health improved, making him an excellent athlete ( Ryan 1-4 ; Schwarzenegger 2275).

“Even from an early age, Arnold was an ambitious person. ‘From the time I was ten old,’ he told an interviewer in 1977, ‘I wanted to be the very best at something‘” (“Arnold Schwarzenegger”2275). At the age of fifteen he knew he wanted to be the best bodybuilder. To improve his soccer skills, he began to train his legs. His body grew quickly, so he trained the rest of his muscle groups and made impressive gains. The aspiring body builder became addicted to the local gym and worked out six days a week, training for several hours each day. On his days off, he could be found at the theatre in Graz watching Gladiator movies starring American body builders such as Steve Reeves and Greg Park. Seeing the American bodybuilders as stars made Arnold dream of moving to America to compete in competitions and possibly become an actor (“Arnold Schwarzenegger”2275).

After Arnold graduated from high school he enlisted in the Austrian army for a short amount of time before going AWOL. At nineteen he moved to Munich, Germany and worked in a gym where he continued body building. Arnold Created a workout he called a “split routine” that was broken up into a...

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