Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder

Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder

by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Douglas K. Hall
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Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Douglas K. Hall

Five-time Mr. Universe, seven-time Mr. Olympia, and Mr. World, Arnold Schwarzenegger is the name in bodybuilding.

Here is his classic bestselling autobiography, which explains how the "Austrian Oak" came to the sport of bodybuilding and aspired to be the star he has become.

"I still remember that first visit to the bodybuilding gym. I had never seen anyone lifting weights before. Those guys were huge and brutal... The weight lifters shone with sweat; they were powerful looking, Herculean. And there it was before me - my life, the answer I'd been seeking. It clicked. It was something I suddenly just seemed to reach out and find, as if I'd been crossing a suspended bridge and finally stepped off onto solid ground." - Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold shares his fitness and training secrets - demonstrating with a comprehensive step-by-step program and dietary hints how to use bodybuilding for better health. His program includes a special four-day regimen of specific exercises to develop individual muscle groups - each exercise illustrated with photos of Arnold in action.

For fans and would-be bodybuilders, this is Arnold in his own words.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671461393
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 10/01/1982
Pages: 320

About the Author

Arnold Schwarzenegger served as governor of California from 2003 to 2011. Before that, he had a long career, starring in such films as the Terminator series; Stay Hungry; Twins; Predator; and Junior. His first book, Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder, was a bestseller when published in 1977 and, along with his Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding, has never been out of print since.

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Arnold : The Education of a Bodybuilder 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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When this book was first released in the late 1970s, Arnold had yet to embark on a serious movie career, with only the starring role in "Pumping Iron" under his belt, and that being a limited success at that, playing only in art cinema houses and in limited distribution. It was long before his actual starring role in "Conan" (which had been rumored for years in bodybuilding circles before it finally came to fruition in the early 1980s. So it is interesting to read of the specificity of his plans and his supreme confidence in himself and his ability to succeed at anything he chooses in this well-scribed ghostwritten autobiography published long before. Those of us who had become familiar with Arnold and his progress in the public domain knew the world was hardy prepared for this steamroller of a human being, a man for whom the normal rules simply do not seem to apply. Other famous bodybuilders had tried to use their muscles and brawn to jump-start a Hollywood career, and although several such as Steve Reeves and Gordon Scott had been major stars in action films during the 1960s, neither was able to translate what was in actuality a brief spurt of public interest in men with superior physiques into a sustaining career. Yet from the beginning there was something about Arnie that defied the rules other mortals belabored under. Using the modest investment cash gained from the sale of his small gym in Munich to start himself, Schwarzenegger bought an apartment building and soon bought more property, growing up into the booming California real estate market in a way that propelled him into the ranks of the wealthy long before he ever read a movie script. Similarly, he and bodybuilding buddy Franco Columbo started a masonry business in Santa Monica, putting their brains and brawn to active work, and raking in the resulting financial dividends, reinvesting them to make the money work as hard as they did. This was no ordinary muscleman, and indeed, no ordinary young man. As George Butler reveals in his book "Arnold Schwarzenegger: A Portrait", Arnold was more focused and driven than anyone he had ever been introduced to. Instead, what we are treated to here is the real man behind all of the miscalculations and misrepresentations of the media, a man extremely driven to succeed in America, and willing to make the sacrifices to do it. Many people have underestimated him, only to find out later that there is much more to the man than an Austrian accent and a huge bicep. If a guy with a last name like Schwarzenegger can so beguile the public to become one of the biggest movie stars of the 1980s and 1990s, than perhaps we do have to recognize that America is still the land of opportunity. The latest rumblings have him interested once more in running for political office, most likely for the Governorship in California. Yet it is perhaps too soon to assume he is finished as a movie star. He is currently filming "T-3', the third of the Terminator movies, and has plans to also make a third Conan epic. If either of those is a big a success as is possible, than perhaps he will stick around for a while. And for those of you that think he is to old to look like Conan in his mid fifties, just remember, those who underestimate this guy are usually wrong. Enjoy!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really helpful for a struggling bodybuilder! Opens you eyes to a new perspective! Loved it!
Walshman More than 1 year ago
great book for motivation..visualize the inspiration..make it happen
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norcalkj More than 1 year ago
This book is a must for any health enthusiast. Don't let the title intimidate you, yes a good portion of this book is about Bodybuilding. The rest of the book walks you through the fundamentals of weight lifting. Great for beginners as well as seasoned veterans.
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Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder is a book that reflects on Arnold Schwarzeneggars career in bodybuilding, and how bodybuilding ignited his successful life. Bodybuilders may find great joy in reading this book because of collection of information and tips coming from the best bodybuilder of all time. This book isn¿t all about bodybuilding though; Arnold talks about his movie career and his pursuit to become the Governor of California. Being successful is the main purpose of this book. You learn to break through your barriers and work hard to achieve your full potential.