Arnold Schwarzenegger Blueprint Trainer Day 17
Arnold's discipline was legendary, but not just in the weight room. No leg day was too tough to leave the dishes undone. Follow his lead!
By now, you've no doubt noticed that it can be demanding to work and eat like a young Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's true, but rather than viewing this as a challenge, view it as an opportunity. Arnold has always insisted that one of the great virtues of a bodybuilding lifestyle is that "it is a good way of introducing more discipline and control in the rest of your life."
You might think this only extends as far as nutrition and perhaps time management, but in 1969, Arnold and his new roommate Franco Columbu embraced the project of putting their whole lives in order—starting with their bachelor pad. "Our place was immaculate," Arnold writes in "Total Recall." "We vacuumed regularly; the dishes were always done, with nothing piling up; and the bed was always made, military-style. We were both into the discipline of getting up in the morning and straightening up before you leave the house. The more you do it, the more automatic it becomes, and the less effort it takes. Our apartment was always way cleaner than anyone else's I went to, men or women."
As you prepare to finish up this week's first cycle of workouts and begin the second, take a quick survey of your life. Is there a glaring mess that you've been neglecting? If so, deal with it. You've still got a long way to go.
Technique Max Effort: Pick one exercise and see what you can do for a 1-rep max. To get there, work up to the weight with the following rep pyramid, taking ample rest between each set: 20, 15, 10, 8, 5, 3, 1, 1, 1-rep max.