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Beast of the Week: Arnold Schwarzenegger

What does Beast of the Week Mean? If Strength Militia chooses a certain person for BOTW it means they have done something extraordinary in the area of wellness, fitness, strength and conditioning, bodybuilding, powerlifting, CrossFit, or anything health related. We at Strength Militia feel that if someone does something special in fitness they should be acknowledged for it…hence, the Beast of the Week honor.

Arnold Schwarzenegger played an integral role in the acceptance of bodybuilding, powerlifting, and fitness in general by the public. Arnie has multiple powerlifting titles as well as six straight Mr. Olympia Titles; in our opinion he had one of the best bodybuilding physiques of all time. We listed some of his PR’s from his career, damn impressive if we do say so ourselves. Hats off the Arnold Schwarzenegger for claiming our first installment of the Beast of the Week title. The world probably wouldn’t be the same without you Arnie; thanks for your contribution to the growth and continued support of the bodybuilding, weightlifting, and the powerlifting communities.

P.S. Thanks for the movie Pumping Iron, still a favorite of mine to this day.

Powerlifting/Weightlifting

During Arnold’s early years in bodybuilding, he also competed in several Olympic weightlifting & Powerlifting contests. Arnold won 2 weightlifting contests in 1964 & 1965, as well as 2 powerlifting contests in 1966 & 1968.

In 1967, Schwarzenegger competed in and won the Munich stone-lifting contest, in which a stone weighing 508 German pounds (254 kg/560 lbs.) is lifted between the legs while standing on two foot rests.

Personal records

Bodybuilding

Schwarzenegger’s goal was to become the greatest bodybuilder in the world, which meant becoming Mr. Olympia. His first attempt was in 1969, when he lost to three-time champion Sergio Oliva. However, Schwarzenegger came back in 1970 and won the competition, making him the youngest ever Mr. Olympia at the age of 23, a record he still holds to this day.

He continued his winning streak in the 1971–74 competitions. In 1975, Schwarzenegger was once again in top form, and won the title for the sixth consecutive time, beating Franco Columbu. After the 1975 Mr. Olympia contest, Schwarzenegger announced his retirement from professional bodybuilding.

 

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5 Quick Hotel Workouts

My job keeps me on the road about 50% of the time.  It’s definitely a little frustrating when trying to reach strength and fitness goals, but I don’t let it derail me completely.  In fact, most of my PR’s seem to come the week after I get back from a work trip.  I find a few good PR’s will completely erase the frustration of trying to maintain on the road with limited time and resources.

Whether you travel a lot for work, on vacation (hopefully somewhere sunny near the beach with Mai Tai’s), or just happen to find yourself out of town for whatever reason, here are my top 5 favorite hotel workouts (were going to assume on some of these your hotel has the very basics in a fitness room).

  1. 100 Burpees For Time – Yep…100 BURPEES, as fast as you can.  It’s totally sucky, but takes less than 10 minutes, and you’ve just taxed your ENTIRE body, as well as your cardiovascular system.Burpees
  2. 10-1 Pull-Ups, 1-10 Push-Ups – Doesn’t sound like much, but try it.  You’ll be ready for the beach in 10-minutes.  Start with 10 pull-ups, right into 1 push-up, then 9 pull-ups, 2 push-ups, and so on until you’ve completed the ladder.  Make sure you wear a tank top when you do it so the rest of the turds in the gym can see how swoll you are.
  3. 5 Rounds For Time – 400m Run, 20 Push-Ups, 20-Sit-Ups, 20 Squats – Less than 20-minutes, and you’ve smoked your entire body again.  You’ve also just done 100 reps of each movement without even knowing it.  Sneaky.  I like to increase the treadmill speed every round to make sure I’m pushing myself, as it’s easy to be lazy when no one or nothing is there to hold you accountable.
  4. 100 Pistols For Time – Or one-legged squats for the layman.  Say goodbye to your glutes and midline.  Another 10-minute blaster that will maintain your squat strength.
  5. RUN! – I don’t really care how you run…just go run.  Run for 20-minutes on the treadmill, map a 5k out on your phone/computer and enjoy the air outside, do 10 rounds of 50m sprints resting on your walk back to the start, mix up a run with some calisthenics.  Get creative.  Get sweaty.  Get fit.
  6. Honorable MentionThere are plenty of CrossFit workouts that are great for traveling.  Here are a few of my favorites:
    • Cindy – As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 squats.
    • Angie – 100 pull-ups, 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats for time.
    • Annie – Reps of 50-40-30-20-10 double unders and sit-ups.  I always bring my jump rope with me when I travel.  Be ready to not be able to sit-up out of bed after this one.

Happy Fit Traveling!