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If you hit a new personal record, everyone would know and be impressed. This made everyone VERY motivated to hit their goals. Arnold says this little exercise taught him how to successfully achieve goals. Arnold became empowered.
Finishing all his daily exercises gave Arnold a huge feeling of accomplishment and lit a fire inside him. And one by one he built his dream life. That was only a start. Now I had to make it very specific so that all those fine intentions were not just floating around.
It might seem like I was handcuffing myself by setting such specific goals, but it was actually just the opposite: I found it liberating. Knowing exactly where I wanted to end up freed me totally to improvise how to get there.
For example, when Arnold was training to be the Terminator, he had to learn how to reload and shoot without looking at his gun. If you pick up a heavy weight and put it down enough times, then you will start to grow muscles.
Unless you want to be Mr.
Olympia, building muscles is not about talent, genetics or steroids. But you have to repeat your workouts and meals again and again and again relentlessly. SummaryArnold always set very specific goals and wrote them down. Then he tackled his goals one by one with relentless daily repetition.
He says that everything is reps, reps, reps. That makes him feel good about himself. Arnold never fell into that trap. In fact, he did the opposite by deliberately focusing on his flaws. For example, when Arnold realized his calves were the weak part of his physique, he actually cut all his sweatpants at the knee so everyone at the gym would see the worst part of his body.
At the same time, he kept the most impressive parts of his body covered, like his chest and arms.
This motivated him like crazy to work on making his calves bigger and stronger. Olympia six times. By being brutally honest about what his weak points are. SummaryMost people want to keep doing what they are good at, but that eventually brings stagnation and failure. You must always focus on your flaws and explore how you can grow in new ways. This will feel uncomfortable and unfamiliar. He was still figuring himself out.
What he knew for sure was he was good at lifting weights and he really wanted to go to America. Then one day he went to see the movie Hercules. The lead actor was a former bodybuilding champion named Reg Park.
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Seeing Reg acting on the big screen, Arnold had an epiphany: All my dreams suddenly came together and made sense. They would be the thing that everyone in the world would know me for.
Movies would bring money—I was sure that Reg Park was a millionaire—and the best-looking girls, which was a very important aspect. In weeks that followed, I refined this vision until it was very specific.
I was going to go for the Mr. Universe title; I was going to break records in power lifting; I was going to Hollywood; I was going to be like Reg Park.
The vision became so clear in my mind that I felt like it had to happen. There was no alternative; it was this or nothing. It was his plan all along! He had the image of himself as a bodybuilding champion and a famous actor in his mind years before he stepped on a stage or in front of a camera. He thought of nothing else but that image for many years. And it was that image or vision of his future that motivated him to lift weight 4 to 5 hours every day. It was that image that let him endure so many rejections and dead ends before landing his first big movie roles.
It was that image that gave him the willpower to come to America with almost nothing, learn English and become a millionaire. SummaryAs a teenager, Arnold had a clear image of what he wanted his life to look like. He wanted to be the next Reg Park. Austria was a big early role model for Arnold because he had what most teenage boys want: girls, money, and respect. Austria made money by working construction, and he woke up early every day to work.
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After work, he trained in the gym for 3 hours. Watching him taught Arnold that there were no shortcuts. If he wanted the nice car and huge muscles, then he would need to put in the hours every single day. Later Arnold met his true hero, Reg Park.
Reg had been the top bodybuilder in the world, acted in big movies like Hercules, and now he was running a chain of gyms in South Africa. Arnold had admired Reg for years, and he finally got to meet him by flying to South Africa. When Arnold met Reg Park, they went to the gym to lift weights. Reg explained to Arnold how it was possible. So every time you take a step your calf muscle has to lift that much weight.
So if you want to train the muscle to make it stronger, then you need to use a weight much higher than When I wanted to know more about business and politics, I used the same approach I did when I wanted to learn about acting: I got to know as many people as I could who were really good at it. Arnold learned from Reg Park for years by reading his articles in bodybuilding magazines and seeing his movies. He was clearly a master of online marketing, so I studied everything he did.
I learned so much just from watching what he was doing and using the same strategies to build my own business helping people with social anxiety. This is a common path to success. SummaryFinding role models is a big shortcut to success. Who is already doing what you want to do or something similar? By learning from successful people and copying their behavior, you can avoid wasting time trying to figure everything out on your own. He knew what he wanted his life to look like, and he worked relentlessly every day to make his vision a reality.
Just painfully grinding through hour after hour of work? Not at all. Yes, Arnold worked a lot. He was always working on more than one big goal at the same time.
He felt passionate about it all. For Arnold, work was just spending his time doing what excited him most. First, it was bodybuilding, then acting, then business, and then politics.
He enjoys going into business with his friends, like the time he and his bodybuilding partner Franco opened a bricklaying business.
He also loves when he can meet someone through work and then become friends with them. Go hiking, play golf, or smoke a cigar together. Everything he does is about being excited and growing and expanding. Early in his bodybuilding career, he learned from Reg Park that the most loved bodybuilders were the ones who had a personality and knew how to speak to a crowd. You had to talk to them. Later in his career, Arnold tirelessly spread the word about every new movie or book he released. He flew to dozens of cities, appeared on talk shows and often was personally involved in the marketing strategy for the movie.
I saw myself as a businessman first. Too many actors, writers, and artists think that marketing is beneath them. But as the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, no matter what you are training for or how far you intend to go, building and shaping your body starts with that first time you pick up a dumbbell or barbell and demand of your muscles that they adapt to working against greater resistance than they are accustomed to.
The Uniqueness of Weight Training If I seem to be saying that of all the types of exercise and physical fitness systems weight training is the best, it's because I think it is. Resistance training is the only way to build up the body, and progressive resistance training is the only way to insure that this progress continues.
It is highly efficient, since you end up doing the most you can during any workout, and thus get the maximum benefit in the least possible time. It is totally individualized training, since your own development acts as a feedback system to regulate the pace of your training. If you get 5 pounds stronger, you add that much weight. If you progress 10 pounds' worth, that's how much resistance you add to keep your muscles working to their utmost.
Weight training can also be used to promote flexibility. Throughout the program I will be stressing that movements should be done using the widest range of motion possible. At full contraction, you are stretching the opposing muscle group and at full extension you are stretching the muscles that are being trained in the exercise. Combining stretching with strength training is the key to developing a really strong, supple body possessing the most aesthetic lines possible.
Finally, weight training can promote cardiovascular fitness. Obviously, if you lift a heavy weight one or two times, you hardly accelerate your body's need for oxygen, and so the heart and lungs don't get a workout.
However, if you lift a weight 8 to 10 times, then go on and lift another the same number of times, then another and so on -- after a few minutes of this continuous training, you will begin to demand a great deal from your cardiovascular system. In this way -- and this is the kind of exercise program I have designed for you -- you combine aerobic training with your strength and flexibility training.
Three-in-one training, that's what you get when you really know how to use weights. And there isn't another training system that can make the same boast. Weight Training for Health "About the turn of the century," my friend Dr. Lawrence Golding of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas tells me, "physical educators were telling us that exercise is good for health.
But then somebody asked the question, 'Why? So they set out to demonstrate this idea that seemed so obvious. That was the birth of what we now know as exercise physiology and sports medicine. There are a number of possible causes of back problems -- Evolution, which hasn't quite caught up in this area, has given us a back more appropriate to creatures going on all fours -- but one of the most common is simply the lack of tone in the back muscles.
When the muscles in this area are strong, conditioned and flexible, they do a much better job of supporting the vertebrae and keeping them in their proper place and thus eliminating a number of low back complications. Some headaches, perhaps a great proportion, are due to stress. Tension accumulates in the neck and shoulders, blood vessels are constricted. Eventually, pain results. In quite a number of cases, the physical release of exercise can help to alleviate this build-up of stress and do a lot to prevent tension-related headaches.
There are a number of forms of heart disease, and many seem to be genetically induced or related to other variables difficult to control. But there is a lot of evidence that exercise, with its effect on the heart and circulatory system, can lower the risk of cardiac problems.
There is nothing more annoying than reaching up to the top shelf in the kitchen, or going out to the back yard to throw a ball around, and suddenly finding yourself suffering the pain of a strain, sprain or muscle pull. Many of these injuries, however minor, come about simply because the body has been allowed to degenerate somewhat from lack of use.
When you are in better condition, when the muscles are firm and strong, the joints, ligaments and tendons flexible, there is much less chance that you will incur this type of injury. Of the many possible causes of insomnia, one, I believe, is living the kind of life where you build up tension through mental effort all day long, but get no physical release through a comparable effort of the body.
Man was not meant to just sit around and think and worry. Exercise has a definite effect on the human psychology and can often help solve or reduce a number of mind-related problems. It is almost always true that fat people exercise less than thin ones do.
Exercise not only burns up more calories in the body, but it seems to have some sort of effect on the appetite-regulation mechanism, an effect that has been observed but never explained. But the simple fact is that exercise is very helpful in controlling weight. Weight Training and High Blood Pressure Many people have reservations about training with weights because they have been told it causes high blood pressure.
A look at human physiology should be enough to disprove this once and for all. To start with, just what is "blood pressure? It takes pressure to make this fluid flow, just as it does to make water flow out of the tap in your kitchen. Our blood pressure is a measure of this pressure.
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The heart is a pulsating pump, so we have two blood pressures -- the systolic when it is pumping, and the diastolic when it is not. Whenever you exercise, your heart beats faster and the pressure goes up.
If it doesn't you are in trouble. If you have been leading a sedentary life and you go out and suddenly try to shovel three feet of snow off your driveway, when your blood pressure suddenly shoots up it could be disastrous. But exercise and conditioning keep the heart and arteries in shape to deal with the increased pressure.
The heavier pulsations of blood shooting through the arteries during exercise actually massage their walls and keep them flexible -- helping to prevent hardening of the arteries. If you already have high blood pressure, obviously you don't want to put sudden strains on the system. Your doctor will no doubt prescribe some mild, rhythmic exercise as part of your therapy. In that case, stressful weight training would not be a good idea. But in the absence of such symptoms, moderate amounts of weight training, geared progressively to your level of conditioning, will result in only the normal elevation of pressure that comes with any athletic endeavor.
And you get a fringe benefit. Since exercise strengthens the heart and increases its pumping efficiency, as well as keeping the arteries flexible, you will generally find that the conditioned body has a lower blood pressure at rest than the out-of-shape body. Weight Training and Rehabilitation Paradoxically, although weight training is designed to put heavy stresses on the muscles of the body, it is being used increasingly to rebuild and rehabilitate injuries.
There are several reasons for this. Thus a recovering joint or limb can be exercised to promote strength and flexibility without putting any more stress on the area than it can take. Thus you can work around an injury and train strong areas hard, weak areas lightly.
Injuries to the knee, the elbow or a severe muscle tear all require different therapies, and there are such a variety of possible weight training movements that an orthopedist or physiotherapist has plenty to choose from in those cases where resistance training is indicated as a part of the therapy.
The longer we live, the more gravity pulls on our bodies, causing the spine to compress and the muscles to sag. We burn fewer calories as we get older, so we tend to put on fat, and this puts more of a strain on the system.
Older people are generally more sedentary than younger ones, and this results in poor cardiovascular conditioning and muscular atrophy. But a lot of what we think of as "aging" has nothing to do with age itself -- it is merely deterioration. When we say somebody "looks" thirty, forty, or fifty, we are merely saying that this person looks the way we expect somebody of that age to look. But if you take a look at some older bodybuilders, you will not find any double chins, sagging jowls and pectorals or spreading paunch.
Those who have kept up their training -- like Bill Pearl or Ed Corney, for example -- simply don't fit any of our preconceptions. It is difficult for anyone to judge just how old they are. Weight training slows or even reverses some of the most insidious effects of age. And it is better at this than any other form of exercise.
I had a physical recently and my doctor was amazed at my condition. He told me that I was in as good or better health than I was ten years ago. And all because I have kept up my training.
Judging on the basis of blood pressure, cholesterol level, flexibility and heart rate, I have actually gotten physiologically younger during the past ten years instead of older.
And this is a direct result of the kind of training and diet that I am advocating in this book. Age is bound to catch up with all of us sooner or later. But later is better. No need to invite it in before its time. So when people ask me if they are too old to train, I tell them, "No. You're too old not to! But it is also true that the older you are, the more amazed you will be at what a total fitness program, including weight training, can do for you, your life, your looks, your health and your personal relationships.
Winning at Life Now we know you must develop both your mind and body, that it is truly unhealthy to ignore either one. It is an outdated cliche to think in categories of "athlete" and "non-athlete" as if these were two different species, one from Mars, the other Venus. Everything we do throughout our lives has a physical component.
We are physical creatures, and life demands that we put our bodies to use -- breathing, standing, sitting, lying down, walking, running, lifting, carrying, making love, fighting, singing, throwing, climbing and so on. Once you realize that life is an athletic event, it follows that you can train for it, just as Bruce Jenner trained for the Olympics or I trained to become a six-time Mr. Olympia winner. You may not train like a competition athlete, but you will need to develop the fitness, strength and conditioning that it takes for you to excel at your own personal event -- in this case, your life.
Our bodies and our minds are totally interrelated and interdependent. In sports, a running back who tires in the fourth quarter is taken from the game.
A fighter too tired to answer the bell for the tenth round loses the bout. But in the event of life, you don't get another chance next Sunday afternoon and you can't sign for a rematch. Once you get taken out of this game, that's it, brother.
No second chances.
And if that's not a reason to stay in shape, I don't know what is! No Cynics Need Apply Still, it is very difficult sometimes to convince people of the necessity for exercising to stay fit.
We are able to take our bodies so much for granted because they are so well designed. We can often abuse them for decades before we see the inevitable signs of deterioration. Using the car analogy again, a man who owns a high-performance Ferrari knows he has to take very good care of it or it will not run properly.
It has to be taken out and run at high speeds or the plugs foul and carbon builds up on the pistons. The Chevrolet owner, on the other hand, can generally afford to think about maintenance only from time to time, because his machine has been designed for greater durability. Well, the human body has the performance capability of a Ferrari, and the durability of the Chevy. Although we need to put ourselves through the human equivalent of an all-out lap at Le Mans from time to time, we can also idle along for thirty years before we starting having serious maintenance problems.
No machine was ever designed to compare with this combination of performance and durability. The Art of Motivation Getting in shape, building and conditioning your body for strength and health, is no great problem if you know the proper techniques -- and you will find those techniques outlined in this book. The real problem is applying what you know, getting yourself to practice what I am preaching, so to speak. Because I can tell you that you ought to get yourself into shape, your doctor can advise you that it is good for your health and your wife or girl friend can hint that she would be more turned on if you shaped up a bit -- but none of this is going to make the slightest difference until you, yourself, decide that this is really what you want to do.
The first step is simply believing it is possible. A lot of people never achieve this. They are so used to themselves as they have been, looking and feeling a certain way, that they cannot imagine any dramatic change. My whole family is like this.
There's nothing I can do about it. None of us can step outside the boundaries of our genetic inheritance. But within those limits there is a tremendous amount we can do to manipulate our physical systems, gain muscle and lose fat, and realize the full genetic potential that nature has given to us. You can't make yourself taller or alter your basic skeletal structure, but you can firm and shape the body, fill out skinny areas, shape muscles and create the kind of firm, healthy body you would really rather have.
Visualization But to keep yourself motivated, you are going to have to train the mind along with the body. Using your mind and your imagination properly you can keep the body training intensely throughout your workouts. One technique to help you with this is called "visualization. A psychologist friend of mine has told me that one reason he believes I was so successful was my ability at visualization.
The others imagined how terrible it would be to lose and their fears kept them from doing their best. But with your positive attitude, you always had the confidence it took to win.
From the first day of my training, I realized that my competition understood exercise, diet and nutrition, and that the way people really differed was mentally and psychologically. What counts is really believing in yourself and what you want, and I became a master of this.
When you hear about ideas like "Inner Tennis" or "Inner Skiing," this is what they are talking about. And the same techniques can be applied to your weight training. You can do this, too. Look in the mirror and take stock of what you see. Be honest and admit your faults, but, at the same time, imagine what you would look like if those faults were corrected.
Picture yourself with a deeper chest, broader shoulders and a smaller, tighter waistline. Once you know what your goals are, your training efforts make more sense. After all, you wouldn't get on a train or plane without knowing its destination -- and you shouldn't do this with your workouts, either.
Keep that image of the future firmly in mind, and your imagination will help you to make it a reality. Exercise and the Spirit Exercise and conditioning have a profound effect on the mind and spirit as well as on the body. Modern life puts all of us under a tremendous amount of stress which engages our "fight or flee" emergency nervous system, floods our bodies with adrenaline -- but gives us no outlet for all that pent-up energy.
A caveman faced with a saber-tooth tiger or a woolly mammoth would hardly be expected to smile politely and swallow his anger, but that is what most of us have to do when aroused by stressful situations in our business and social lives. Nature simply won't allow us to suffer that kind of abuse without paying some kind of penalty.
Nature just hasn't gotten around to recognizing the Industrial Revolution, self-cleaning ovens, the internal combustion engine or the desk job. Biologically, we are still cavemen, equipped to survive by using both body and mind. We need to engage in a full range of physical activities, just as our bodies need a full range of foods for adequate nutrition. Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body.
We all know how stress can contribute to such physical ailments as ulcers, high blood pressure and hypertension. But it is also becoming clear that a lot of human problems from auto accidents to divorces, and many common emotional problems like depression, are made much worse by the build-up of stress accompanied by too little physical activity.
The New Consensus Ten years ago, if I had made some of these claims, I might have gotten an argument. But not any more. Actuarial figures gathered by insurance companies bear out the benefits of physical conditioning to health, mood and lifespan.
And the major corporations are beginning to catch on, too. Some organizations, like Warner Communications in New York, are opening up sophisticated gyms and training facilities for their employees. In fact, there are over 50 businesses in New York City alone which have similar programs, and more catching on all the time all across the country. A business often spends as much on training good executives and other personnel as it does on building factories and offices, and this kind of investment calls for protection.
When an employee breaks down or gets sick, it can hurt the business financially just as badly as a breakdown in the factory or on the assembly line. It has been shown that an employee who is fit and healthy works better, more efficiently, with less time off the job due to sickness and less chance that his employer will lose his services prematurely due to problems like heart disease and stroke.
Physical fitness is a form of preventive maintenance. I know I could never survive my own schedule without devoting time to staying fit.
And I am not alone in this, either. Almost all the really effective executives and businessmen that I know have also come to this realization.
No longer is it solely the province of the young and the professional to have superb bodies and be superbly fit. Physical fitness is not a panacea. It won't, by itself, do away with anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual dysfunction and all the rest of the common physical and emotional problems of modern society. But an ill-used body will ultimately result in the failure of both body and spirit, and, in this sense, physical fitness is the mental health of the body.
We live in a culture that has taken away the need to use physical strength for day-to-day survival, so it is up to us to create new systems of living that provide the level of fitness that the body requires. For one thing, there is simply the joy of being able to use your body to get the pleasures of strenuous play.
What a difference between being able to play a game of touch football, go sailing or skiing and really have a good time -- and being soft, flabby and cut off from your natural abilities. I've seen people siring around the pool or on the beach who are obviously out of place and ill at ease simply because they have let their bodies and physical capabilities degenerate.
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I know how unhappy I would be if this happened to me, and I can't believe that other people are all that different. This is where a program of physical training such as the one in this book comes in.
Weight training, aerobic conditioning and flexibility are the bottomline demands of any fitness system. Try it, and I know you will get the results that you really want. Good luck, and good training! Getting Started First Things First There is nothing like the enthusiasm we all feel when we get into new beginnings -- a new job, relationship, or even a new health and fitness program.
Therapists call this the "honeymoon period," and it's just common sense to realize that this initial enthusiasm doesn't last. I can't tell you the number of times I've seen newcomers come into the gym and attack every piece of equipment in sight as if they were training for the Olympics -- only to end up painfully sore and discouraged.
But that isn't going to happen to you. I can show you how to develop your body, increase your strength and improve your energy level, and then it is up to you to pace yourself in a realistic manner. Are you 20, 30 or over 40? Have you been active and athletic in the last few years, or pretty much sedentary?When the crowd went wild, Gustav understood, perhaps for the first time, just how much his son had already achieved in this strange world of bodybuilding.
Before long, Arnold began to develop a correspondingly bigger sense of his own merits. What a difference between being able to play a game of touch football, go sailing or skiing and really have a good time -- and being soft, flabby and cut off from your natural abilities.
Look in the mirror and take stock of what you see. The Long Goodbye Many considered Tinnerino the heir apparent to Chet Yorton. For nearly 30 years, Arnold's body has also been the size of movie screens, adding another facet to the sense of bodily grandeur. This biography provides detailed information about his childhood, profile, career and timeline.
The Terminator Muscles grow as they recover from specific stresses placed on them.