We LIVE for stories of perseverance, grittiness, and determination. We hear them all the time from racers in our community, but we also love to report on inspirational, badass stories and studies from OUTSIDE the Spartan Universe — stories and studies that we can learn from, that can help us become even more unbreakable. In Tough News, we share what we're hearing, why it's important, and why Spartans need to pay attention.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has done it all. Throughout his storied life, the 75-year-old has accomplished incredible feat after incredible feat after incredible feat, crossing industries and proving almost everyone wrong along the way. First made famous as a bodybuilder, he became Mr. Universe at age 20 before going on to win seven Mr. Olympia titles. He turned that into a career as a mega movie star, starring in such iconic films as The Terminator (and many other films in the franchise, including Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Predator, Twins, and Total Recall.
Not content to stay in his lane as an action star, he improbably served as the Governor of California from 2003-2011, a fact made all the more remarkable considering he was born in Austria and didn't move until the United States until he was 21. He spoke very little English at the time.
Today, Schwarzenegger is one of the most recognizable and beloved people on the planet.
And yet despite everything he's achieved, and despite the fact that some would consider him "past his prime," he continues to put in the work day after day to get better. What's more Spartan than that?
In an interview with Insider.com, the Kindergarten Cop star offered a look into his daily training routine. Unsurprisingly, he still kicks his ass in the gym day in and day out. He puts in an hour and a half daily, cycling for 45 to 60 minutes and lifting weights for another 30. That's a hell of a daily workout, especially for a 75-year-old, though it's down considerably from his peak bodybuilding days. When he was competing, he would lift weights for five hours a day. He's toned it down considerably in the decades since, with the sole focus of maintaining the muscle that he built when he was younger.
"It's half an hour of maintenance training every day," the former Republican governor told Insider. "But the important thing is that I always have done it regularly."
That's the key, and that's what's so Spartan about Arnold's regimen. He has a routine, and though he's adapted his training over the years depending on his goals, which are ever-changing, he's never strayed from putting in the consistent work. That is what has allowed him to maintain his physique and his fitness as he's gotten older.
Now go watch him kick the s*** out of the T-1000 in Terminator 2.
And now watch him be f***ing hilarious in Kindergarten Cop.
What a legend.
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