Arnold Schwarzenegger, resurgence and training after Politics:
Arnold Schwarzenegger has recently turned 66 years old, and it's arguable that he has achieved more in his life and different careers than anyone else. At age 30 he made his first million dollars from investments in California Real Estate and then went on to move into Hollywood, making movies like The Terminator and Conan The Barbarian that would go on to gross over $3 Billion worldwide. Eventually Arnold also went on to become an exceptional governor winning his first election by 1.3 million votes and even opting to give his salary back to the taxpayers.
Beginning his bodybuilding journey at just 15 years old, Arnold Schwarzenegger had studied the blueprint of his idol Reg Park and sought to train for 5 hours a day, even figuring out a way to continue doing so when he was forced to complete a year of military service for Austria at 18 years old. Arnold persevered and eventually went on to win his first of five Mr. Universe competitions at just 20 years old, later winning Mr. Olympia a whopping 7 times! At his peak, Schwarzenegger was unbeatable, standing 6ft2inches tall and weighing just over 250 pounds. With all of these astounding achievements, it's understandable that anyone could argue Arnold has done more for the sport of Bodybuilding than anyone else, even Jack Lalanne or Joe Weider.
Despite film or political commitments, Arnold has continued to host his own sports convention since 1989. Known as The Arnold Classic or now the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio, Arnold's convention today rivals Mr. Olympia in terms of popularity and prize money. Arnold still makes great efforts to push the sport of Bodybuilding, taking the time to inspire and interact with his fans on Twitter, Facebook and Reddit as well as making articles for his own website. Arnold is also due to bring out his own line of supplements in September in association with MusclePharm that will be known as The Arnold Series. Initially there will be 8 of these supplements but this will expand as time goes on.
Now that he's out of Politics, Arnold Schwarzenegger has jumped headfirst into many different ventures. With regards to movie making, he has teamed up with old box office rival, Sylvester Stallone for their new film, 'Escape Plan', also starring 50 Cent and due out in October. Other films that Arnold will be involved in include Terminator 5, The Expendables 3 and The Legend of Conan. This latest reboot of the Conan series is rumoured to focus on the last and final days of the famous warrior king and it could possibly be the beginning of a new trilogy for the franchise!
Despite being in the busy and stressful world of Politics, Schwarzenegger still made time for his health and workouts, giving 30 minutes to each, doing cardio in the morning and weightlifting in the evening. Arnold's current cardio seems to have become very Bike orientated. Sometimes he'll ride down to Venice Beach or Santa Monica, whereas if he's in the gym he'll use a stationary bike instead and do intervals on that. Arnold's cardio has clearly changed from his days when he would frequent Venice Beach gyms with his friends, often running on the sand by the beach after every lifting session. Though he also says he no longer lifts very heavy weights like he used to, he now opts instead for a circuit of six to eight exercises, moving between them with no rest.
When he finishes all of these exercises he'll allow himself a two minute rest before he jumps back in again. Arnold says his workouts have changed primarily because of injuries he's gathered over the years. For example, though he loves barbell curls, he has to now use a preacher curl machine instead because of his two shoulder surgeries. Arnold is certainly very lucky that the technology of weights machines has moved forward so he can keep away from free weights but still lift a decent amount, though he still can do other favoured exercises like T-Bar rows and bent over rows.