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Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder

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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 anyone lifting weights be
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1977)
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Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Henry Barry
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
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
Kai Drumm
Aug 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: body
The first half of this book is a little mind-boggling. Imagine having the raw physical talent to be the biggest, baddest bodybuilder mofo in the world. Now that would be satisfying! Read it for the pictures on the inset ;)
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: bodybuilding
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.
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Wyatt Daily
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is not the type of book that needs to be read cover-to-cover, but definitely deserves a permanent place on the bedside podium. Written in 1977, the same year the documentary Pumping Iron came out, this book has Arnold's voice in all its confidence, self-delusion, and arrogance at the height of his body building career. This makes it a quaint period-specific text, considering it was written well before Conan the Barbarian, Predator, Terminator or the Governator were present in the public con ...more
Sam Tan
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Somewhat similar to the other book by Arnold (Modern Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding). This book reads more like a self-help and biography book where you get brief glimpses of Arnold's life after he decided he wanted to be a bodybuilder, his motivations and attitude towards the sport and life, and his setbacks.

A key takeaway from this book is his consistent emphasis on proper form when executing exercises.

Sadly, as with the encyclopedia, this book does not include in-depth detail of nutrition and
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved reading this book, not just from an athletes perspective either, Arnold has truly conquered the American Dream. Some of it was luck, but most is attention to detail and hard work. All of which he outlines in this book that he wrote just before transitioning from bodybuilding to acting.
Alan Walton
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid autobiography of the young Arnold

I think the dietary and exercise tips are a bit dated, but the rest is a fascinating and inspiring look into the mind of one of the all time greats.
Jason Hassler
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book. After watching several of Arnold's movies, it was fascinating to read his story.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Inspiring read to motivate yourself to succeed in the gym and life. A little short but otherwise great way to absorb Arnold's success mindset.
Oliver Bateman
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
i wrote abt this book, as well as several other bodybuilding classics, for the paris review. check it out!

spoiler alert: i didn't like this book very much, though it's a decent enough chronicle of ahnuld's early career.
Mehdi Hasan
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
it wil make you work off your ass,period. but its not just another work out book which lays out the routine for you, its way fucking more. knowing about his life and how he became what he is,its a delight and that also motivates you to go for just one more extra reps
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
Gianluca Buccarella
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Most people know Arnold as the movie star, or even the governor. Few people know that he is also the greatest bodybuilder of all time, a game changer and a trailblazer who is, to this day, more than 30 years after his last competition, still idolized by bodybuilders around the world. His impact on the discipline has been astronomical.
In the first half of this book, he describes his rise to stardom in the bodybuilding world and he gives us an insight view on what it took to get there, both physi
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Robert Proffit
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The autobiography written by Arnold Schwarzenegger entitled “Arnold, The Education of a Bodybuilder,” is very inspirational to me because of how dedicated and focused Arnold was on becoming the greatest and one of the most infamous bodybuilders in history. The book recounts Arnold’s rise to glory and the root of his life’s success. When Arnold was just fifteen years old he entered a gym for the first time and in that instant he knew the path he was to walk in life. As his professional career unf ...more
Spartan 117
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Robert Gamble
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Dvir Oren
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it
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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5/5 brilliant. time to grow xd
Noah Bourdeu
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
George Naish
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a lover of biographies and not into bodybuilding at all, but I hugely enjoyed this book and drove everyone nuts talking about it.

Reading about a regular young guy from a conservative family in Austria who worked insanely hard to break away and live his dream life - and achieved it 100-fold - was inspiring. It's pretty old so only covers his early career, from growing up, training, running gym businesses to becoming Mr Universe, and no action movie hero and Governor of California. But ev
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2014
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 was an extr
Donald Ozello
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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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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