Arnold Schwarzenegger’s First Bodybuilding Inspiration Was A Hollywood Actor

by Adam Smith

Arnold was on the Graham Norton show on BBC One a few years ago. He chat with Graham and one of the things that come up is his childhood idol. Like many kids Arnold idolized a hollywood actor, but this guy was actually a Mr. Universe too.

“I was 15 years old when I first saw a muscle and fitness magazine cover. On the cover was Reg Park, A British bodybuilding champion that won the Mr. Universe competition 3 times. I just got really inspired by his story, about how he trained 5-6 hours a day, became Mr. Universe and then got to be the star of the Hercules Movies. I wanted to have exactly the same career. I started training 5-6 hours a day and became a fanatic about it.”

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