Arnold Schwarzenegger Profile & Stats

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The story of the “Austrian Oak”

Perhaps one of the most influential and inspiring bodybuilders of all time, a true pioneer in the sport, is Arnold Schwarzenegger. Also known as the “Austrian Oak”, he came from practically nothing. Once in America, Arnold turned into a 7x Mr. Olympia champion, created his own sports festival that is hosted every year, acted in several Hollywood films, got involved in politics, and overall became a role model for many bodybuilders. Arnold has truly done more for the fitness industry than most.

Below is a complete breakdown of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s profile, stats, biography, training and diet regimens.

Full Name: Arnold Schwarzenegger (Golden Era Bodybuilder)

Weight Height Date Of Birth
235 lbs 6’2″ 7/30/1947
Division Era Nationality
Bodybuilding 1960, 1970, 1980

Arnold Schwarzenegger Biography

arnold schwarzenegger bio

Arnold Schwarzenegger is arguably the most famous name in bodybuilding, as well as the community outside of it. He has also led quite an eccentric life — a 4-time Mr. Universe champion, and 7-time Mr. Olympia champion, an Emmy-award winning actor, and a two-term governor of California. The Arnold Sports Festival, which has been held annually since 1989, is named after him as well, and now held in multiple countries each year.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was born and raised in Thal, Austria. He did his mandatory military service for Austria for a year in 1965 and then moved to America in 1968, at age 21, to further pursue his bodybuilding career. He had won Mr. Universe Europe in 1965, and the small amount of fame he generated from this was enough to propel his career to America

In America, Schwarzenegger trained at Gold’s Gym under the eye of Joe Weider. Schwarzenegger won his first Mr. Olympia title in 1970, at  the age of 23, and remains the youngest person ever to win it. Arnold went on to win the Mr. Olympia title seven times total in total, a number that has been hard to come close to for many bodybuilders (aside from Phil Heath and Ronnie Coleman). The story of Arnold and Joe was portrayed in the film Bigger, starring Calum Von Moger as the young Arnold.

He was approached by filmmaker George Butler in the months before the 1975 Mr. Olympia contest to star in the film Pumping Iron, which propelled him to film stardom alongside co-star Lou Ferrigno, who later played The Incredible Hulk. From there he became one of the biggest movie stars of the 90s. He officially retired from bodybuilding in 1980, after coming out of his first retirement in 1975 to win the 1980 Mr. Olympia title.

In addition to his success as a bodybuilder, Schwarzenegger also won several titles as a powerlifter, placing first in the 1966 International Powerlifting Championships and the 1969 German Powerlifting Championships. Back then, muscle mass and low body fat were not the only things that bodybuilders chased, they wanted to be as strong as possible.

Schwarzenegger married actress Maria Shriver in 1986. They have four children: Katherine, Christina, Patrick, and Christopher, and divorced in 2011 after it was revealed Schwarzenegger fathered a child, Joseph Baena, with their housekeeper.

Balanced Lifestyle

Quite honestly one of the most impressive aspects of Arnold Schwarzenegger is how he balanced his lifestyle. When he immigrated to the United States, he did not have much, so he and his late training partner, Franco Columbu, worked as bricklayers. On top of that, Arnold attended night classes, and still managed to train each and every day.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Bio
Arnold and Franco Columbu

It is interesting to see, as now you see professional bodybuilders living almost like hermits, shying away from the public and having laser focus on their craft, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, Arnold is someone who always has had a smile on his face during his younger days, despite his extremely busy schedule. He is a man who had a positive outlook and made the most of each day.


Perhaps one of the most infamous things about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s bodybuilding career, was his training regimens. Arnold was famous for training countless hours in the gym, really sculpting his body. He has said that they would go to the gym for around 5 hours a day!

Some may say this was overtraining, some say you can only handle that much volume if you are on steroids, but the drug usage was typically not as heavy as it is today, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is a 7x Mr. Olympia. Bodybuilders in Arnold’s time relied more on diet and training than anything else.

He also was famous for the “Arnold split” which is a workout split that is still utilized to this day by many gym goers. Here is what the split looks like:

Monday: Chest and back

Tuesday: Shoulders and arms

Wednesday: Legs

Thursday: Chest and back

Friday: Shoulders and arms

Saturday: Legs

Sunday: Rest

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Epic training

Arnold was also famous for the high volume and intensity that he would put his muscles through, also known as “shocking the muscle”. He would make sure that his workouts were never exactly the same, so the body could not get used to the training, and in turn would have no choice but to grow.

So, what did a typical week in the gym look like for Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Chest and Back

Exercise Sets Reps
Bench Press 3-4 10
Incline Bench Press 3-4 10
Dumbbell Pullovers 3-4 10
Chin Up 3-4 10
Bent Over Row 3-4 10
Deadlifts 3-4 10
Crunches 5 25

Shoulders and Arms

Exercise Sets Reps
Barbell Clean and Press 3-4 10
Dumbbell Lateral Raise 3-4 10
Upright Row 3-4 10
Military Press 3-4 10
Standing Barbell Curl 3-4 10
Seated Dumbbell Curl 3-4 10
Close Grip Bench Press 3-4 10
Standing Barbell Tricep Extension 3-4 10
Wrist Curls 3-4 10
Reverse Wrist Curls 3-4 10
Reverse Crunch 5 25





Squat 3-4 10
Lunge 3-4 10
Leg Curl 3-4 10
RDL 3-4 10
Good Morning 3-4 10
Standing Calf Raise 3-4 10
Crunches 5 25

As you can see, volume was relatively high for Arnold Schwarzenegger. He also trained the abdominals every day, as they are a muscle group that can certainly take the constant beating.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Diet

The diets of Golden Era bodybuilders was slightly different than it is of bodybuilders today, but still consisted of frequency and hitting macros. A typical day of eating contained about 5-6 feedings per day, with 3 of those being whole food meals and 2-3 being whole food “snacks”. The average caloric intake would be up to 5,000 calories per day, consisting of about 300 grams of protein, as Arnold was a firm believer in 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight, but in order to build new muscle mass he would add in more.

When it came to post workout, Arnold did not play around, taking in carbs within 30 minutes after finishing a workout, to help fill the anabolic window. Protein shakes were also around back then, they just were not as popular as they are today, and utilized mostly by bodybuilders. Arnold stated that he would be in class at night mixing his protein up and his classmates would look at him as if he was crazy.

Here are some examples of food that Arnold would consume:

  • Whole Eggs
  • Bacon or Sausage
  • Ezekiel Bread
  • Avocados
  • Nuts
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Brown Rice
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Oats
  • Grilled Fish
  • Red Meat
  • Grilled Lean Meat
  • Vegetables

As you can see, a lot of Arnold’s diet consisted of whole foods, which is great as there are many foods out there that can actually lower testosterone and inhibit gains and progression

Arnold’s Life Outside of Bodybuilding

Aside from being a pioneer in the sport of bodybuilding, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a man that has truly done it all. After his bodybuilding career had come to an end, he still trained hard and stayed in shape, but instead of stepping on stage, he stepped on the big screen. Some of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s top films include:

  • Predator
  • The Terminator
  • Last Action Hero
  • Commando
  • True Lies
  • Twins
  • Total Recall

Arnold has had a long standing career as an actor in Hollywood, even starring in more recent films such as the Expendables and Terminator: Dark Fate.

Aside from his acting and bodybuilding careers, Arnold Schwarzenegger had even managed to secure a two term position as the governor of California between 2003 and 2011.

Nowadays, he hosts the Arnold Sports Festival, which consists of all sorts of fitness events such as bodybuilding, strongman, powerlifting, martial arts, and a full expo! This is also an Olympia qualifying event for bodybuilders, so you get to see some real talent on this stage.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Edwin Mejia Jr. Vlad Yudin

Arnold Schwarzenegger Wrap Up

Overall, Arnold is someone who has truly lived out the idea of “the American Dream”. He came from another country, became a pioneer for the sport of bodybuilding, acted in Hollywood, and had a political run. Despite his busy lifestyle, he still made the time each day for vigorous training.

Do you think there will ever be another bodybuilder like Arnold Schwarzenegger?

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Dylan Wolf
I work mainly in content writing, focusing my free time on bodybuilding and strength sports. I was introduced to fitness in high school and after watching Generation Iron movies. I love to train. I have competed multiple times, even winning a junior title in classic physique. I have a bachelor's in criminal justice and business obtained through Alvernia University. When I am not focused on work or training, I enjoy watching films or reading about anything and everything.