Friday, 27 June 2008

Arnold Schwarzenegger Bio

Arnold Schwarzenegger is the most well known body builder of all time. Born in Austria in 1947 Arnold (also known as Arnie) is the son of the local Police chief in Thal.

From a young age Arnie was heavily in to sports very much like his father and lifted his first weight at the age of 13 years of age in 1960. The following year, 1961, Arnold decided that bodybuilding was the sport for him.

At the age of 14 Arnold professes to have started an intensive training program for olympic lifting by visiting a gym in Graz not far from where he lived. It was during this time that Arnold regularly visited the local theatre and watched films of many bodybuilding legends such as Reg Park and Steve Reeves thus fuelling Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to try bodybuilding.

By 1965 Schwarzenegger was enrolled to fulfil his one year of conscription to the Austrian army, something all Austrian men were expected to do. It was during his conscription that Arnold won the Junior Mr. Europe title. After winning the Junior Mr. Europe title Schwarzenegger wanted to compete in more competitions, something the army would not let him do.

Arnold went AWOL from training so he could compete in a competitionin Stuttgart, Germany. He won the title of "Best built man in Europe" which elated the young Arnie and made him famous. Unfortunately the Austrian army took a dim view of his antics and Arnold was put in Army prison for a week.

In 1966 after leaving the army the young Arnold Schwarzenegger travelled to London to compete in Mr. Universe where he came second due to not having enough muscle definition. The following year, 1967, Arnold went back and won the Mr. Universe title at the age of 20 becoming the youngest ever Mr. Universe. Arnie won Mr. Universe another four times in his career.

Arnie used the Mr. Universe title as his ticket to travel to America where speaking little English and having a heavy accent he landed in California. Training out of Golds Gym under the patronage of Joe Wieder Arnold won the Mr. Olympia title in 1970 aged just 23. Arnie went on to win Mr. Olympia seven times in his career.

As many know Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the, if not THE most famous bodybuilder of all time who went on to become a famous actor and Governor of California.