‘You have to compete’ – Arnold Schwarzenegger recalled having a zen moment before he once entered the controversial Mr. Olympia competition in 1980

Arnold Schwarzenegger established himself as a legend in the sport of bodybuilding by winning seven Mr. Olympia titles. His interest in bodybuilding developed from an early age. Arnold has won numerous accolades in bodybuilding contests throughout his career.

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Arnold’s first participation in Mr. Olympia was in 1969, when he was only twenty-two years old. However, he could not win the title that year. He lost to three-time Mr. Olympia champion Sergio Oliva. Arnold returned to the contest in 1970 and won, making him the youngest bodybuilder to win the Mr. Olympia title.

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Arnold’s participation in the controversial 1980 Mr. Olympia

Arnold SchwarzeneggerMr. Olympia’s participation in 1980 caused much controversy. After retiring from bodybuilding in 1975, Arnold focused on his acting career. He has repeatedly assured the media and fellow competitors that he has no intention of coming out of retirement. His acting career was reaching new heights after he was selected for the lead role in the highly publicized film ‘Conan the Barbarian’. However, when preparing for the film, he had to build a body that would properly reflect Conan’s muscular image. Originally, the film’s production was supposed to start in January, but it was postponed to October.

circa 1966: Austrian-born bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger points a hand as he flexes his torso on Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

With Arnold beginning his rigorous coaching schedule in August, he was to bet “big and fast” in a short period of three months. Along with his former training mate Franco Columbu, Arnold adopted a rigorous “six days a week” training schedule. Soon after he started training, his friends suggested he consider competing in Mr. Olympia as he was 80-90% in contest form.

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Arnold pondered the decision in his mind, but the final decision before entering the 1980 Mr. Olympia came to him in a zen moment. Recalling the incident, he said: ” One day, a few weeks before the competition, I woke up and the idea of ​​competing firmly anchored itself in my mind. “Yes,” my mind seemed to be telling me, almost out of my control, “you have to compete.”

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Arnold’s football coach introduced him to bodybuilding by taking him to a local gym. Arnold started his professional career as a junior. He won the Junior Mr. Europe competition in 1965 which was his first major title. Since then, he has never looked back.

Arnold won his first Mr. Universe title in 1967 when he was just twenty years old. He added five more Mr. Universe titles to his name throughout his career. Moreover, he has won the Mr. Olympia competition seven times and was the undefeated champion of this competition for six years. After retiring from bodybuilding, he established himself as a very successful actor. Fans await its releases and consider the film a blockbuster even before it hits theaters.

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