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.
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.
- Clean & press – 264 lb (120 kg)
- Snatch – 243 lb (110 kg)
- Clean & jerk – 298 lb (135 kg)
- Squat – 215 kg (470 lb)
- Bench press – 200 kg (440 lb)
- Deadlift – 310 kg (680 lb)
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.