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Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  852 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Five-time Mr. Universe, seven-time Mr. Olympia, and Mr. World, Arnold Schwarzenegger is the name in bodybuilding. Here is his classic bestselling autobiography, which explains how the “Austrian Oak” came to the sport of bodybuilding and aspired to be the star he has become.

I still remember that first visit to the bodybuilding gym. I had never seen anyon
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1977)
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Patrick
Re-reading this one (1981 edition), just for kicks. Always enjoyed the stories of Arnold's rise to fame. I don't subscribe to a lot of the training methods laid out here, but reading this as a kid was hugely inspirational.

It strikes me that people who are wholly consumed with becoming the best suffer a trade-off, just as we lesser known characters do. The single-minded drive that nearly always accompanies people who reach a level of success similar to Arnold's gives them opportunities and experi
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Henry Barry
Published in 1977, during the peak of his bodybuilding career, this book reminds us why Arnold is THE MAN. The book is in two main sections: the story of his rise to prominence, and a bodybuilding guide. He came from a small village in Austria, and against the urgings of his entire family and friends, turned into a champion bodybuilder from sheer willpower. Yes, you may claim that he took steroids, etc, but if you applied the effort to anything in life that he put into building his body, you'd b ...more
Dvir Oren
At first glance one could think arnold Schwarzenegger is just a big meat head who rose to success because he lived in the gym. But after reading the education of a bodybuilder I saw there is much more to his story than one might expect.

He shared his personal life story, and guides you through the choices he had to make and the sheer determination he possessed from such a young age. If there's one thing I'll take from the book it's his focus and burning desier to achieve his goals.

Arnold lied to
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Noah Bourdeu
Jan 02, 2015 Noah Bourdeu rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Bodybuilding Fans and Fitness Enthusiasts
Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of childhood idols, when I think of bodybuilding, I think of Arnold. Arnold is to bodybuilding what Michael Jordan is to basketball. This book follows Arnold through his childhood adventures, including his stint in the Austrian Army, where he worked as a tank mechanic. He would often hide his weights with his tools, so he could workout at night when no one was around. Soon he would be on some of the biggest bodybuilding stages of the world, including sharing the stag ...more
Karim
A considerable portion of this book is dedicated to listing the achievements of Arnold so I skipped that part. As for Arnold's short biography and the fitness advice, I enjoyed them and found them simple and helpful.

Some of the advice may contradict what is scientifically proven today such as
"If you are soft and flabby and need to lose weight, obviously you will have to do more of the abdominal exercises and follow a low-carbohydrate reduced-calorie diet."
- page 82
That part just stood out b
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Sunday
The first half of the book is about Arnold's life and how he left his home in Austria to pursue a career in bodybuilding. The second half of the book is all about training methods and techniques so definitely a good read for anyone into bodybuilding.
Robert Gamble
This book was really inspiring, not only for weight training, but for life as a whole. The drive Schwarzenneger describes that supplemented his success in bodybuilding also helped his pursuit of fame in movies and politics. When this book was written, Schwarzenneger had won numerous Mr. Universe titles and was a budding movie star. In 2013, he's been active in politics and has had countless box office hits. The biography portion of the book is really entertaining, more so than previous biographi ...more
Joakim
The book is much shorter than his recent autobiography, but it's about the best parts of being Arnold. The difference between both biographies is that in this one- quotes like
For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.

will be found and be immortalized. He talks about girls- how he saw them as objects until meeting that one girl, also how he (very) partly lifted for teh girls..it was an extr
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Zach
This book has changed me. I've gained so much more motivation, realised so many new things and had my knowledge confirmed.

This book is now my bible.
Indah Threez Lestari
18th - 2011

Buku ini terdiri dari 2 bagian:

Bagian pertama merupakan biografi karir Arnold Schwarzenegger sebagai binaragawan (lengkap dengan pose-pose pamer otot dari berbagai sudut). Dari semula remaja yang mengolah bola beralih ke mengolah otot supaya mendapatkan pengakuan individu, dan meraih kemenangan dalam kontes-kontes dari Mr. Europe Junior sampai Mr. Universe dan Mr. Olympia.

Bagian kedua merupakan tips n tricks latihan otot dari Arnold, dari yang ringan sampai yang berat (lengkap dengan
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Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder is an autobiography written by former world champion bodybuilder and ex-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In the book, Arnold discusses his simple childhood in Austria, how he was introduced to bodybuilding as a teen and how he used his successes in weight-lifting to become one of most successful and highly paid actors of his time.

Arnold was skinny and not interested in team sports as a child because he wanted to excel in an activity where he would
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John
I've always been a fan of reading biographies and quite to say only a certain few have affected my life one way or another, this is one of those biographies. As a guy on my teenage years I've only gotten to watch only a few Arnold movies. This means that I've only known him by the movie star he is. I've had a lot of impressions about him before I started reading this book and after reading the book I found that you really *as they quote* shouldn't judge a book by it's cover.

What I learned was t
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David Taitelbaum
I checked this out of the library and it was a quick read. As a runner I am very familiar with the 70s and 80s running boom that features Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers, but I was not familiar with Arnold's peak as a bodybuilder. It was ironic to see how his single-minded determination made him the world's greatest bodybuilder given that type of mentality typically doesn't work very well in politics. Arnold was an icon and I really feel for him when it comes to his political downfall. This book ...more
Keepa Wiki
I checked this out of the library and it was a quick read. As a runner I am very familiar with the 70s and 80s running boom that features Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers, but I was not familiar with Arnold's peak as a bodybuilder. It was ironic to see how his single-minded determination made him the world's greatest bodybuilder given that type of mentality typically doesn't work very well in politics. Arnold was an icon and I really feel for him when it comes to his political downfall. This book ...more
Sebastien Martineau
Sadly Arnold use his fame to speaks as an authority on training in a scientifically innacurate way, sharing advices based on superstition rather than evidences, and no his annecdotal evidence doesn't count as sound evidence. I did enjoy the biographical parts, but I advise to skip his training advices entirely and read some research based book for training advices.
George Naish
This Summer was the first time I ever made a promise to myself to stay in shape- to start working out. My father, overjoyed at this prospect, bought me this book at the recommendation of one of his friends at his gym. His friend said that reading this book when he was younger was what got him into his healthier lifestyle. Intrigued, I started reading it one night, and when I did, I couldn't put it down.

You might not know it, looking at him, but Ahnold is a very, very good writer. His memoirs wer
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Dr DC
When I was a teenager I repeatedly read this book. Arnold does a fantastic job explaining how & why he rose to the top of the sport of bodybuilding. The story of his drive and focus is inspiring and motivating. The second part of the book is loaded with exercises, techniques and routines Arnold used to build his Mr. Olympia winning physique.

Education of a Bodybuilder was a huge influence on my life. It helped propel me to a highly level of training to accomplish my health & fitness goal
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Joe Lombardo
The first book I read this year was "Arnold: The Education of a Body Builder" by Arnold Schwarzenneger. This biography was my favorite book I read this year. If you are very much into weight training, this book is for you. Arnold reveals many body building secrets and advice that can help bring your weight training to the next level. He provides workout programs, diets and even exact steps of how to do exercises. Not only does Arnold speak of weight lifting tips, but his journey into body buildi ...more
Kris
Arnold demonstrates what it means to set a goal, focus completely and achieve results. His is an amazing journey and highlights the importance of not letting others define success for you.
Tahir Hussain
Getting to know the Glory days of a Hero:)
Also includes how he won Mr. Universe when he was 21 and Last part talks about all Basic Weight lifting excercises. Your Formal Education.
Isaac Schavarin
I'm finding this book to be not so interesting. I had higher expectations. It's basically a simple biography with a few good tips on exercise. Nothing deep to entertain the wit with.
Петър Стойков
Автобиография на Арнолд Шварценегер, в която той говори главно за спорта в живота си. Определено по-честна (някак не толкова полирана) от по-късната му пълна автобиография.
Daniel Dipiazza
Loved this — but not just for the training and the history. Mostly for the countless insights Arnold gives into his MINDSET, which is applicable to all fields. Pure gold.
Denisse
This is an inspiring autobiography to get anyone into the spirit of bodybuilding. The pictures are great and so is the outlined weight program.
Brad West
A story about Superman without Kryptonite. And too much self love. Apparently Arnold can do no wrong. I put it down about halfway in.
Alexandre
Truly a Bodybuilding bible. Super inspiring, beautiful photos and rich of tons of exercises and training descriptions
Jitesh Soni
this is not about bodybuilding, its about his journey. One of the best books. So inspiring
Riddle Lives
First part was most useful for me, since he talked about what life lessons did he learn on his path of bodybuilding. That mental motivation plays more important role, that you should hussle while you are young and that what you learn in one area (bodybuilding) you can apply in other areas of your life. [All knowledge is self knowledge].

The second part is about bodybuilding training. About different muscle groups and exercises. Very good introduction to bodybuilding for beginners, as all initial
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Lonnie
Sep 24, 2007 Lonnie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Arnold fans/bodybuilders
Divided in 2 parts, the book tells of Arnold's humble upbringing to his success as Mr. olympia. The first part is his life story which is written for teenagers, it seems, but basically tells how Arnold grew up, how he became interested in bodydbuilding , his exploits as a young bodybuilder and how he came to America to be the best bodybuilder of all time. The second part is instructional with some good tips for the average weightlifter but not a word about steroids, of course. It's a good look a ...more
Beau Johnston
An interesting insight into the life of an interesting man.
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Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor, businessman and politician, and served as the 38th Governor of the state of California.

Arnold gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film icon. Schwarzenegger was nicknamed "The Austrian Oak" and "The Styrian Oak" in his bodybuilding days, "Arnold Strong" and "Arnie" during his acting career, and more recently "The Govern
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