Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the greatest legends in bodybuilding history. His Incredible Golden Era physique saw him accomplish many incredible feats during his career on and off the stage. In a recent Instagram post, Schwarzenegger revealed his biggest lifts during his tenure and also shared his current workout routine.
Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t become one of the best bodybuilders of all time by taking breaks, instead, his hard work and dedication led to a prosperous career in the 1970s and 80s. At the height of his tenure, Arnold Schwarzenegger won the Mr. Olympia title seven times. Schwarzenegger has since stepped away from the stage but still remains an active voice for the bodybuilding community.
Schwarzenegger shares his expertise on fitness and health on social media and in his personal newsletter Arnold’s Pump Club. For bodybuilders chasing their goals he is a trusted source, providing his nutrition tips such as what supplements to avoid, what protein to take, and the best workout strategies that he had and continues to use to stay in the best shape.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Shares His Heaviest Lifts And How They Stack Up To Bodybuilders Today
Arnold Schwarzenegger went hard in the gym and proved it by sharing his heaviest lifts in a recent interview on Instagram. Though they are impressive numbers, Schwarzenegger understands that they might not stand up to what current bodybuilders are doing now.
- Back Squat: 525 pounds
- Bench Press: 710 pounds
- Deadlift: 610 pounds
“My best bench press was 525, my best deadlift was 710, and my best squat was 610. So those were my best lifts then but I have to say they are not at all great compared to what some bodybuilders and lifters are doing today.
I can tell you that, because today there’s guys that are squatting 700, 800 pounds and there’s guys that bench press 600 pounds” Arnold Schwarzenegger said.
Despite Schwarzenegger’s success in bodybuilding, he acknowledges that the sport has evolved since his time competing. In that time, what once was an impressive feat is no longer as substantial considering athletes have gotten bigger and stronger.
“They’ve all gotten much better but you know time moves on, people get better all the time, their muscles are better now, and thicker with more definition and stuff. So it’s a different era but I was very happy with my lifts that I had then and it made me grow really fast.”
Schwarzenegger remains dedicated to staying fit, and he believes that it is what keeps him going to the gym regularly.
“I go every day to the gym, I go on my bike and ride down to Gold’s Gym, I work out 45 minutes and then I ride my bike back. That is something I do every day. We always need it. Remember: you rest, you rust. It’s that simple.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger keeps his health in check by maintaining an active lifestyle and focusing on defying the aging process with a little bit of sweat. Schwarzenegger isn’t the only bodybuilding great working to preserve their prestigious physique and stay rejuvenated later in life. Tom Platz has been adamant about keeping his legendary quads at 68 years old and is careful with what he eats, believing that too much sugar increases the looks of aging.
Schwarzenegger’s influence on bodybuilding is unparalleled, solidifying his legacy as an iconic figure in the fitness world. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s dedication to bodybuilding has left an enduring mark, inspiring countless individuals to pursue fitness and reshape their bodies.