Arnold by Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, a renowned figure in bodybuilding, recounts his journey from an ordinary individual to a legendary bodybuilder in his popular autobiography. Titled as the “Austrian Oak,” Schwarzenegger describes his first encounter with the world of bodybuilding, where he witnessed the awe-inspiring strength and size of fellow gym-goers. This pivotal moment marked the beginning of his ambition to become a star in the sport.
Stepping foot into that bodybuilding gym, I was instantly captivated. The weightlifters’ bodies glistened with perspiration, radiating power and resembling mythical beings. It was as if, in that very moment, I had discovered the purpose I had been searching for – a feeling akin to finally finding solid ground after walking across a suspended bridge. This revelation became the driving force behind my journey.
Arnold Schwarzenegger generously shares his fitness and training secrets in his autobiography. He unveils a comprehensive step-by-step program and offers dietary hints for utilizing bodybuilding to achieve optimal health. Notably, he provides a specialized four-day regimen consisting of exercises that target specific muscle groups. To further aid readers, the book includes illustrative photographs of Arnold himself, demonstrating each exercise in action.
For both enthusiasts and aspiring bodybuilders, this autobiography provides an extraordinary opportunity to delve into Arnold Schwarzenegger’s perspectives and experiences, recounted in his own words.
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Hi, it’s Arnold Schwarzenegger and I’m here in my home studio recording the audio book for “Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life.” This audiobook serves as a valuable resource for leading a purposeful life. In it, I share both my successes and failures, while providing you with the seven rules to unlock your true purpose. The book will be available in multiple formats including audio, e-book, and print on October 10th, but you can pre-order your copy now.
Let me share a powerful story from my experience training Special Olympians. I had a group of about 10 young individuals standing before me, ready to start their bench press training. Each of them had an empty bar placed above them, and as they gripped it, they could feel the weight pulling down, helping them understand the force of gravity. The goal was simple: perform 10 reps of the bench press by fully lowering the bar to their chest and then pushing it back up.
One individual, however, became overwhelmed with fear as he attempted to grip the bar. He started screaming and jumped up suddenly. Quickly, I intervened, assuring him that everything was alright. I suggested he stand next to me and assist in counting the reps for the others instead. He agreed, and while he watched the others perform their sets, he provided the counting. This not only reassured him but also allowed him to contribute to the process.
Eventually, I asked him if he wanted to give it another try. With newfound confidence, he lay down on the bench, positioned the bar above his chest, and began performing the reps without hesitation. He completed 10 reps effortlessly. Encouraged by his progress, I asked if he wanted to add more weight, and he eagerly agreed. We gradually increased the weight with additional 10-pound plates on each side. He continued to perform reps, gaining confidence and strength with every set.
This experience made me realize something profound. I had not earned any money from this endeavor, nor was it a career-building opportunity. Yet, I felt an immense sense of joy and fulfillment. It dawned on me that this happiness stemmed from the fact that I had made a positive impact on someone else’s life. It was a selfless act that brought me pure happiness.
The moral of this story is simple: true satisfaction and contentment often arise from contributing to the well-being of others. It is the act of selflessly helping and supporting someone that brings us the most genuine happiness. So, let us remember that the key to a purposeful life lies not in selfish pursuits, but in acts of kindness and compassion towards others.