As intense and rewarding as the Mike Tyson bodyweight workout is – and that story has had nearly one million readers, so we know people like it – there is another that is possibly even more intense. Or at least intense in a different way. It’s the Arnold Schwarzenegger full body workout. Eight weeks of extreme discomfort that might make you as toned and, well, massive as Arnie in his prime.
Do you want to get big arms this winter? Good. How about a big chest? And big legs, big thighs, big head, big personality… big everything basically. Who better to teach you than The Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger. No, this is not a feature about how to build muscle over 70 – almost unbelievably, Arnie is now 73 years old – this is a workout from the peak of Arnie’s movie star days when he was The Terminator, Dutch in The Predator and most famous of all, Kindergarten Cop.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is hands down one of the best bodybuilders who ever lived. His physique was almost too perfect: broad chest and shoulders, tree trunks for arms, glutes as tight as a tiger. And if you want to be as big as he used to be in his peak in the 70s, all you have to do is to follow the Arnold Schwarzenegger 8-week muscle building workout plan, explained below.
The ‘Arnold Schwarzenegger Blueprint to Mass’ is not an overly complicated workout plan. Much like the the Superman-style Henry Cavill workout, this strength and bulk-building bonanza uses simple gym exercises that require no nuanced knowledge about how different machines work in the gym. Following the plan, you will be doing a lot of weighted squats, barbell bench presses, overhead presses and the likes.
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Before we move onto discussing the Arnold Schwarzenegger 8-week muscle building workout plan, let’s talk about nutrition for a minute. Probably you know that in order to build muscle, you must supply your body with the right nutrients so your body can grow. This involves upping your protein intake and making sure you eat some healthy carbs throughout the day, but especially before and after the workout, to aid muscle performance and regeneration.
Arnie reportedly took around 1 gram of protein per pound of body mass when he was competing. According to Wikipedia, he was around 260 lbs (~118 kg) ‘off season’, before he started cutting for competition. That means he took 260 grams of protein per day, which is an insane amount. You don’t necessarily have to take that much but you will most likely have to eat more than…