Arnold Schwarzenegger Blueprint Trainer Day 23
Arnold was powerful enough to smash stereotypes and traditions, and he did it with a smile on his face. Here's how Lou Ferrigno remembers him performing the pose in the logo of this trainer.
Much has been said and written about how Arnold "psyched out" Lou Ferrigno at the 1975 Mr. Olympia featured in "Pumping Iron," but The Hulk was a fan long before he was a competitor. Here's how he recalled the first time he saw Arnold strike the pose in the logo of this trainer, at the 1969 Olympia, in his book "The Incredible Lou Ferrigno:"
"That night, Arnold won the Mr. Universe but he lost the Mr. Olympia title to Sergio Oliva. That didn't matter to me. Arnold was the first superstar I had ever seen in person. His appearance on stage under the lights was much more impressive than backstage. He seemed bigger. He radiated confidence. You felt it in every move he made. Each pose was more spectacular than the one before.
"In Arnold's example I saw what my potential as a huge bodybuilder could bring me. A big bodybuilder could be graceful and elegant. In the basement gym, during lunch hour at school, any time I had a spare minute, I would find myself staring off into space, caught up in a daydream. I though how great Arnold must feel stepping out onstage, seeing all those flashbulbs go off, people freaking out, holding onto the curtains and crowding the police to try to get onstage. It had only been like that until he hit his right-arm shot. Then nobody in the audience could move.
"Over and over again, I said to myself, I want that feeling. I thought about it so much that from that day on I never slacked off my training."
Want arms that can stop a crowd in its tracks? Then follow Arnold and Lou's leads and leave nothing in the tank during today's upper-body workout.