Most of us know about the Arnold Schwarzenegger and the 70s. Dominant. Alpha. The champion. By the end of the 70s, Arnold has already won seven Mr Olympia titles and his name is already held high and spoken about by people around the world! However, people tend to forget about the humble beginnings of the legendary Austrian Oak.
The Governator was born on July 30, 1947 in Austria to a pair of very strict parents. Money was a problem in the family too. But despite being born without the privileges many of us have (loving parents and a financially sound family), Arnold was a very determined kid. In 1962, at the age of only 15, Arnold started weight training. And even just as a skinny, poor and unknown kid, that’s the beginning of very legend we know today.
At the age of only 17, Arnold joined his first bodybuilding contest, Jr. Mr Europe and yes, he won. By the age of 20, Arnold became the youngest Mr Universe ever and his name begun to spread in the bodybuilding realm. By the end of his bodybuilding career, Arnold have won seven Mr Olympia titles (the pinnacle of bodybuilding titles)!
Alright. Alright. Let’s face some facts. Nowadays, we have plenty of bodybuilders who are way bigger than Arnold, due to advancement in sports science, training and nutrition. Plus, his record of most Mr Olympia titles has also been beaten by Ronnie Coleman and Lee Haney.
However, Arnold’s life story remains today as the MOST inspirational and unforgettable among all successful bodybuilders. Here are some snippets of the lengths and effort Arnold went through to capture the success he has today.
So kids (or anyone who consider themselves young at heart), there’s this one message which I want to deliver from young Arnold’s story. This is the most powerful message you’ll ever hear and very few of you will learn it from school.
DON’T give up on your dreams and do whatever it take to make it come true! It will take sacrifice, dedication and even breaking some rules, but it will be worth it. Greatness doesn’t come easily. If it does, it’s not great. 😉