The Oak on his 64th B-Day.
Watch Pumping Iron:
Now, onto his most Alpha moments(from Education of a Bodybuilder):
"Whatever I thought might hold me back, I avoided. I crossed girls off my list—except as tools for my sexual needs."
"I had no difficulty getting girls. I'd been introduced to sex with almost no hangups. The older bodybuilders at the gym had started including me in their parties. It was easy for me. These guys always saw to it that I had a girl. "Here, Arnold, this one's for you." Girls became sex objects. I saw the other bodybuilders using them in this way and I thought it was all right. We talked about the pitfalls of romantic situations, serious ones, how it could take away from your training. Naturally, I agreed with them. They were my idols."
Arnold talking about his Ego @ 19 years old:
"There was a funny period I went through which began about the time I was nineteen. I'd become fully developed physically, weighing between 240 and 250 pounds. I'd begun to get a lot of notoriety and I started feeling superior to everyone. I think that when you're almost up to the top, but not quite there, it's easy to be carried away with what you imagine to be your own importance. I was pretty ego-oriented anyway. I already felt I was better than anyone else. I felt as if I were a Superman or something. That was my attitude: macho. I was strong and I walked the streets feeling and acting tough. If someone made the slightest remark or gave me trouble I would hit them over the head. I was aggressive and rude. I'd go into a beer hall where we ate dinner after training and start a fight for no reason at all. It was a bad time. Now, looking back on it, I'm embarrassed. I was nothing more than a punk, a big bully throwing my weight around. I had fights almost every day. It might be in the train station with an Italian or a Greek. Or it might be in front of a girl, just to show off what kind of a man I was. I made a lot of trouble, got in scrapes with the police, drove crazily, collected handfuls of speeding tickets—they were all connected with my need to emphasize my masculinity, my superior size and strength."
Arnold on training beyond failure & Shocking the muscles
"Every bodybuilder in Munich
wanted to train with Arnold. They thought I knew some secret.We got into forced reps, real torture routines where wepushed ourselves beyond the point of pain. We ate enormous meals. After each workout we would go to the beer hall and devour a whole chicken each and mugs of beer. That was our dinner.
In the actual training routines I was trying to be more creative than I'd ever been, putting my imagination into play in an attempt to figure out how I could go beyond everyone else. If someone could get a 21-inch arm, I would blow mine up to 22 inches. Arnold, I asked myself over and over, "What can you do to be special and different?" I finally arrived at the idea of shocking the muscles. If you do ten sets of bench presses or any other exercise regularly for a
year, the muscles gradually get used to ten sets of bench presses and the growth slows down. So once a week I took a training partner and drove out intothe country with the weights. We limited ourselves to one exercise for a particular body part. I remember for the first day we carried 250 pounds out into the forest and did squats for three hours straight. I began by doing twenty repetitions with 250 pounds; then my partner did whatever he could. Then it was my turn again. We ended up doing something like fifty-five sets of squats each. The last hour seemed endless. But it worked. Our thighs pumped up like balloons.
That first day we gave our thigh muscles such a shock that
we couldn't walk right for a week. We barely could crawl. Our
legs had never experienced anything as tough as those fifty-five
sets. And each of us put something like an eighth or a quarter of
an inch on our thighs; they just blew up, they had no chance to
survive except to grow.
We made it a regular thing. We brought girls out there to cook.
We made a fire outdoors and turned the whole thing into a little
contest. We worked hard but we had a good time. After the
muscle-shocking sessions we drank wine and beer and got drunk
and carried on like the old-time weight lifters back in the 1800s
or early 1900s. Sometimes it became pure insanity. We'd grab up
the weights again, but we were weaker because of the beer, and
the weights would fall back over our heads. Or we'd get themdown on our chests and wouldn't be able to press them on up
from there and someone would have to lift them off for us. It was
a great time. We cooked shish kebab, sat around the fire, and
made love. We got into this trip that we were gladiators, male
animals. We swam naked out in nature, had all this food, wine
and women; we ate like animals and acted like animals. We got
off on it so much it became a weekly routine—eating fresh meat and drinking wine and exercising.