Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger, born July 30, 1947, in Thal, Austria. Schwarzenegger is without question the most famous bodybuilder in the world, winning Mr. Olympia seven times, he is one of the most influential and important figures in the world of bodybuilding. The annual Arnold Sports Festival, also known as the Arnold Classic, is the largest multi-sporting event in the United States. Apart from being a bodybuilding icon, Schwarzenegger is also an actor, businessman, politician and 38th Governor of California.
Thal was and remains a small village steeped in humble tradition. Schwarzenegger grew up in a very strict Roman Catholic household with two very strict parents: “…the rod was not spared,” he is quoted as saying. Gustav Schwarzenegger (Arnold’s father) was especially brash in that he favored Arnold’s older brother, Meinhard. Schwarzenegger’s parents were conformists, but Schwarzenegger was the exact opposite. His rebel attitude did not bode well with that of the stapled German-Austrian mentality. To those who said he couldn’t do it, he would tell them that he would one day move out of Thal and that he wanted to be rich, and he wanted to be somebody. Now…he’s Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is his own brand; bodybuilder, actor, politician. Schwarzenegger carved his own path.
Growing up, Schwarzenegger played many sports. One day his football (soccer) coach took the entire team to a local gym. Schwarzenegger was just 14 at the time, but it was at that moment that he realized he wanted to be a weightlifter. Arnold’s choice went against his father’s wishes for Arnold to become a police officer, just like he was. At the age of 14 Schwarzenegger began weight training with former Mr. Austria, Kurt Marnul. The training was intense, and Schwarzenegger soon realized it was not all physical. When Schwarzenegger was 15 he began to study with Dr. Karl Gerstl to understand the power of mind over body. Schwarzenegger’s mind was fixated on glorious things and at age 17 he officially began his competitive career. Unfortunately he may have started just a little too early, because a year later he was arrested.
As was required of all men at the time, at 18 Schwarzenegger had to serve a year in the army. Ironically he was chosen to be a tank driver, something that mirrored his physique. Schwarzenegger asked his superiors if he could leave for a bodybuilding competition in Stuttgart, Germany. They rejected his request. In spite of this, Schwarzenegger boarded a train and headed for Stuttgart. As a result, he was thrown in jail for a week. It was during this time that his commanding officers realized he had won Mr. Europe Junior. They reassigned him as an official bodybuilder; to enter into competitions. Schwarzenegger won three major championships, and eventually went on to become the youngest Mr. Universe in history. From then on his life would never be the same. His fame excelled on the big screen in iconic films such as Conan the Barbarian and the Terminator Series. Through it all Schwarzenegger has always stayed close with his first love, bodybuilding.
Throughout the 1960s Schwarzenegger decimated the competition with his powerful physique and unmatched will. He entered into more competitions in the 1970s and continued on to demolish the competition all the way to 1980 when he stopped competing and focused exclusively on his film career.
The most weight Arnold ever benched:
520 pounds (20 years old / weighed 245
On May 10, 2011 Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced divorce after 25 years of marriage. The end of Arnold's marriage only adds to the curse of the Kennedys
In 1997 Arnold Schwarzenegger had heart surgery to repair an aortic heart valve
Arnold Schwarzenegger's wealth is estimated to be over $800 million
From 1990-1992, Arnold Schwarzenegger was Chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under George Herbert Walker Bush (The 41st United States President)
On August 7th, 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would run for Governor of California on Jay Leno's "The Tonight Show"
In 1986, Arnold Schwarzenegger married John F. Kennedy's niece, Maria Shriver
He has four children
Arnold has been in over 40 movies
Arnold's first movie was Hercules in New York
(Most from investments. 2002 he made terminator 3)
(Arnold's wages and salaries are from his production company that include movie residuals, DVDs and the like)
Purchased from Singapore Airlines and leased back to the company. After the 10-year lease is up, Arnold's investment adviser hopes Arnold can sell the used plane and make a big profit. It has been suggested that the contraversial airplane investment was a tax write-off, but his financial advisers deny it saying "the payoff will come only when and if Schwarzenegger is able to sell the plane for more than he owes on it after the lease runs out."
The governor paid $33,000 in mortgage interest, and paid $390,000 for household help in 2004. It's unknown how many are employed at the Schwarzenegger estate.
When Arnold was elected governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger's investments went into a blind trust. The public doesn't know what stocks he owns and neither does he. Before he was elected he owned these stocks
Schwarzenegger has acknowledged using steroids during his years as a body builder, said he does not regret using the performance-enhancing drugs".
In an interview, Arnold told George Stephanopoulos:
"I have no regrets about it, because at that time, it was something new that came on the market, and we went to the doctor and did it under doctors' supervision."
Schwarzenegger has acknowledged taking steroids, but says they were legal at the time. He said:
"We were experimenting with it. It was a new thing. So you can't roll the clock back and say, 'Now I would change my mind on this,'"
Arnold said he would not encourage drug use today because it sends the wrong message to children. But he said he had no problem with athletes taking nutritional supplements and other legal substances to improve their performance.
"All of a sudden, we see riots, we see protests, we see people clashing. The next thing we know, there is injured or there is dead people. We don't want to get to that extent."
"As much as when you see a blonde with great tits and a great ass, you say to yourself, Hey, she must be stupid or must have nothing else to offer, which maybe is the case many times. But then again there is the one that is as smart as her breasts look, great as her face looks, beautiful as her whole body looks gorgeous, you know, so people are shocked."
"As you know, I don't need to take any money from anybody. I have plenty of money myself. I will make the decisions for the people."
"As you know, I'm an immigrant. I came over here as an immigrant, and what gave me the opportunities, what made me to be here today, is the open arms of Americans. I have been received. I have been adopted by America."
"Bodybuilders party a lot, and once, in Gold's - the gym in Venice, California, where all the top guys train - there was a black girl who came out naked. Everybody jumped on her and took her upstairs, where we all got together."
"Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach."
"For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer."
"From the time they get up in the morning and flush the toilet, they're taxed. Then they go and get the cup of coffee, they're taxed....This goes on all day long. Tax, tax, tax."
"Gray Davis can run a dirty campaign better than anyone, but he can't run a state."
"Hasta la vista, baby!"
"Having a pump is like having sex. I train two, sometimes three times a day. Each time I get a pump. It's great. I feel like I'm coming all day."
"Having chicks around is the kind of thing that breaks up the intense training. It gives you relief, and then afterward you go back to the serious stuff."
"I can look at a chick who's a little out of shape and if she turns me on, I won't hesitate to date her. If she's a good f**k she can weigh pounds, I don't care."
"I can promise you that when I go to Sacramento, I will pump up Sacramento."
"I didn't leave bodybuilding until I felt that I had gone as far as I could go. It will be the same with my film career. When I feel the time is right, I will then consider public service. I feel that the highest honor comes from serving people and your country."
"I have a love interest in every one of my films - a gun."
"I have inhaled, exhaled everything."
"I just use my muscles as a conversation piece, like someone walking a cheetah down 2nd Street."
"I knew I was a winner back in the late sixties. I knew I was destined for great things. People will say that kind of thinking is totally immodest. I agree. Modesty is not a word that applies to me in any way - I hope it never will."
"I know a lot of athletes and models are written off as just bodies. I never felt used for my body."
"I saw this toilet bowl. How many times do you get away with this - to take a woman, grab her upside down, and bury her face in a toilet bowl? I wanted to have something floating there... The thing is, you can do it, because in the end, I didn't do it to a woman - she's a machine! We could get away with it without being crucified by who-knows-what group."
"I speak directly to the people, and I know that the people of California want to have better leadership. They want to have great leadership. They want to have somebody that will represent them. And it doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican, young or old."
"I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman."
"I told Warren if he mentions Prop. one more time, he has to do push-ups."
"I was always dreaming about very powerful people - dictators and things like that. I was just always impressed by people who could be remembered for hundreds of years, or even, like Jesus, be for thousands of years remembered."
"I was living in Munich at the time, hanging out with night people - entertainers, hookers, and bar owners - and I had a girlfriend who was a stripper. I was an innocent boy from a farm town, but I grew up fast in Munich."
"If I am not me, who da hell am I?"
"If it bleeds, we can kill it."
"If it's hard to remember, it'll be difficult to forget."
"If they don't have the guts to come up here in front of you and say, I don't want to represent you, I want to represent those special interests, the unions, the trial lawyers, if they don't have the guts, I call them girlie men"
"I'll be back."
"I'm not into politics, I'm into survival."
"It's simple, if it jiggles, it's fat."
"It's the most difficult [decision] I've made in my entire life, except the one I made in when I decided to get a bikini wax."
"I've seen firsthand coming here with empty pockets but full of dreams, full of desire, full of will to succeed, but with the opportunities that I had, I could make it. This is why we have to get back and bring California back to where it once was."
"Learned helplessness is the giving-up reaction, the quitting response that follows from the belief that whatever you do doesn't matter."
"Maria is the best reason to come home."
"Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer."
"Money doesn't make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million."
"My body is like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don't think about it, I just have it."
"My friend James Cameron and I made three films together - True Lies, The Terminator and Terminator Of course, that was during his early, low-budget, art-house period."
"My friends don't want me to mention Kurt's name, because of all the recent Nazi stuff and the U. N. controversy, but I love him and Maria does too, and so thank you, Kurt."
"My own dreams fortunately came true in this great state. I became Mr. Universe; I became a successful businessman. And even though some people say I still speak with a slight accent, I have reached the top of the acting profession."
"My relationship to power and authority is that I'm all for it. People need somebody to watch over them. Ninety-five percent of the people in the world need to be told what to do and how to behave."
"Nixon was always being attacked sexually. It was always said that he was a fag and that he had no sexual relations with his wife for years and that was why he liked power. And Hitler had only one ball, and that was why he wanted to conquer the world."
"People are always making a fuss over my $--million salaries. Believe me, the amount is meaningless once my wife, Maria, finds out about it. She's already spent half of my salary from Terminator !"
"Start wide, expand further, and never look back."
"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength."
"The best activities for your health are pumping and humping."
"The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That's what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they'll go through the pain no matter what happens."
"The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe percent."
"This is really embarrassing. I just forgot our state governor's name, but I know that you will help me recall him."
"Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body."
"We all have great inner power. The power is self-faith. There's really an attitude to winning. You have to see yourself winning before you win. And you have to be hungry. You have to want to conquer."
"You can't tell a kid that it's time to exercise; that's a turn-off... you have to say Let's go to the park and have some fun. Then you get them to do some running, play on the swings, practice on the balance beam, basically get a full workout disguised as play."