Arnold Schwarzenegger Workout Tips (5 THINGS I LEARNED!)


What’s up, guys? Jeff Cavaliere, ATHLEANX.COM. Very few people are recognizable by their
first names only, but if I say the name Arnold, you and I pretty much know exactly who I’m
talking about. Arnold Schwarzenegger. I got a gift for Christmas
the other day, and I didn’t recognize it at first, but I should have just by how heavy
this thing was. I didn’t recognize it because of the black
and gray cover, but this is a reprint, an update of the modern Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Bible of Bodybuilding,’
pretty much. A 796-page book that I actually already own 2 copies of. Now I own the one that you guys probably many
of you watch and would relate to, that yellowish color, right. You could probably see it. I
have 2 copies already on my shelves. One that my brother had and one that I had
that when my brother moved I took it from him. So I have 3 copies now officially of this
book, but it brought to mind, sort of brought me back to my day of, why I was so inspired
by him in the first place. Arnold was the action hero of the day along
with Sylvester Stallone, both of which inspired me to take what was a hobby at that time into
a lifelong passion and now a career. And I wanted to sort of pay homage to him
in the form of a video where I showcase 5 of the things I specifically learned from
Arnold that I now apply even in our ATHLEANX Training. 3 THINGS I DIDN’T LEARN That being said, I think it’s fair to start
off with the fact that Arnold and I obviously don’t agree on everything. During his pursuit of his Mr. Olympia titles,
it’s been well documented that he himself has admitted he used anabolic steroids in
that pursuit. Now, it was a time when people didn’t know
as much about the dangers of anabolic steroids as they do now. So I think having channels
like this, we can actually educate you towards what those are and steer you down
alternative paths that will allow you to still make impressive gains and really change your
physique but to do so in a much healthier way. Secondly, there are obviously exercises in
this bodybuilding bible encyclopedia that I don’t necessarily think are the best exercises
you can do. I’ve gone on record and made videos about
5 of the worst exercises I think you can do, which I’ll link for you up here, that yeah
they appear in that encyclopedia. Does that mean that they’re bad exercises,
or that they’re not effective exercises? No. But guys, my responsibility as a professional
athlete and strength coach and physical therapist is to choose exercises based on a risk/reward
ratio that help you to get the results. We can’t compromise the results they’ll get you, but we have to make sure that we get them
by staying safe and healthy at the same time because the athletes’ careers depend upon
those decisions. And again, lots of you guys out there have
experienced injuries from those same 5 exercises that I show you in that video. And Arnold himself with his very favorite
Fly’s exercise did an interview in 1977 where he talked about tearing his pec twice while
doing Fly’s. So, we have to take all that in consideration
and finally, his training workouts were legendary, 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours at a time. He could
go and do that a day and then come back the next day and come back
the next day. But again, you’ve got to look back at the first point when training with
anabolic steroid usage, you’re going to be able to do some crazy and
amazing things like that because your recovery is going to be greatly enhanced. But that’s not what we’re doing here, guys.
We’ve got to make sure that if we’re going to train, we’re going to train with intensity,
and we’re going to get the job done quickly. With that being said, there’s 5 things that
Arnold and I do agree on, and it starts right there with his training intensity. TRAINING INTENSITY Very few people train with the intensity of
Arnold Schwarzenegger. All you have to do is look at just a few of his training footage
or clips or still photos, and I guarantee you that every single one
of them and if he is mid-set, has got him gritting his teeth because this guy pushed
it every single time. Matter of fact, it was legendary, his back
and forth that he would have with his training partners to push for just a single additional
repetition. Now why did he do that? Because he knew that
you don’t just show up to the gym hoping to get results. You have to force change. You
have to force results. And I’ve got to tell you guys, if you show
up to the gym thinking that you’re going to get results just because you get there, that’s
the wrong mindset. And it’s certainly not what Arnold would condone
and it’s certainly not what we condone here at ATHLEANX. I tell you all the time. If you’re going to be there, put the effort
in to get the change that you need to get out of your workouts. And I’ll tell you, anybody can show up to
the gym if they got a few bucks worth of gas and have a gym membership. But that doesn’t mean that everybody looks
like Arnold Schwarzenegger. If you bring the intensity that you need to your workouts,
you will start to change your body. I guarantee you. And if you have to look to somebody for inspiration,
see if you can dig up some old clips of this guy training, and that should be more than
enough incentive to change how hard you’re training. THE ONE DAY CURE The second thing related to the first one
which was Intensity, is a technique that Arnold used that was certainly intense, The One Day
Cure. He would head up into the mountains with his
buddies, take along one piece of equipment, select one exercise, and do that thing over
and over and over again. And that would be his entire workout. Why
do I believe in this? I believe that you can absolutely do that. You can take a single
exercise and make it into a workout. How do you do it? With intensity. Again, maybe
you’ve got to adjust those hours that Arnold had because we don’t train under the same
influence he did. However, however, if you have the intent and
the intensity in your workout, then you can take an exercise and make it into a workout. So much so, in one of our entire phases of
NXT, we have our Slash and Burn training. We devote a single exercise as the only exercise
to that workout. You can get the results, guys. You can always get results if you choose an
exercise, concentrate on getting that movement from point A to point B using the muscles
that you’re supposed to be using in the movement. Don’t just try to move a bar or try to get
from point A to point B thinking that that’s the goal. It’s only the goal if you get there
using the muscles that you were intending to use in the first place. Arnold knew this. He practiced this. He lived
this, and we do, too. SHOCK THE MUSCLES Number 3, showcasing the actual Yin and Yang
of Arnold Schwarzenegger and just how complete he was when he approached his training was
the fact that he also believed in shocking the muscle and not doing the same
thing over and over again, and applying a variety of high intensity techniques from
Running the Rack to Drop Sets to Negative Only Sets to Forced Reps, so many different techniques.
Why? Because he truly realized that in order to change your body, you have to challenge
yourself atall aspects. And you have to do so in a way that your body
is not comfortable.Guys, if there’s one thing you learn from this principle is that your
workouts should never feel comfortable, if you want to at least garner a change from
them. If you want to garner a change, you have to challenge yourself. Your workouts
should be very inefficient. I know there’s certain training methodologists
today who believe that the goal is to become very efficient in what you do, but not if
you’re looking to force size gains, not if you’re looking to become a bigger,
better version of yourself, a stronger version of yourself. You have to realize that all
these methods and techniques make your muscles uncomfortable and unaware
of what’s coming next, and even as a trainer to athletes, we can’t predict everything that’s
going to happen on the field. The moment you think that you’re going to
train somebody specifically for what’s going to happen on the field is the moment you become
a bad trainer. Because when they get out on the field, something
unpredictable happens always, and if they’re not training in the weight room to handle
and be prepared for that unpredictability, then they’re going to be doing themselves
a disservice. So, if anything, make sure that you’re employing a lot of different techniques. We apply hundreds of techniques throughout
all of our ATHLEANX Training Programs that keep you guessing, that keep your muscles
on their toes so that they’re never used to what you’re doing but
as a matter of fact, they are forcing themselves to change to adapt to what you’re doing. 21’s Number 4, and one of those specific techniques
that I didn’t mention last time is 21’s. Now we know he’s famous for doing and applying
his 21’s to Curls. And what the 21’s are if you’re not familiar,
he would start in the lower range or the lower half of the range of motion on a Curl. He’d perform 7 reps down from the low point
to the halfway point. From the halfway point he would then perform 7 reps from here and
up, obviously having to stop at the hardest range
of motion and then come back up, 7 reps that way. But before he put the bar down, he’d
have to then go and do full reps for 7 more. So you get 7, 7, and 7, there’s his 21. One
of the best techniques that I use, again, from the time I was a small guy, a small kid,
trying to become Arnold Schwarzenegger til now. And not only that, but we employ that technique
with lots more than just Curls. Matter of fact, in ATHLEANX, we apply it ab exercises. There’s lots of ways that you can take ab
exercises, divide the range of motion up into that lower half, top half, and of course the
full range, and get tremendous results from it. DETERMINATION And last but not least, one thing we can all
learn from Arnold Schwarzenegger is the fact that when it comes to training, he never made
excuses and he never let anybody stand in the way between
him and his goals. He had a determination unlike any other. You look at it. This is
a guy who came to this country not speaking English, who went on to become the governor of California.
This is someone who proclaimed to us all that he was going to be the next big action star,
got laughed at, and then became the next big action star So,
you think about it, are there people who have told you you can’t do something? Maybe now, beginning of January you’ve set
a resolution and people say, ‘Hey, you’re not gonna stick to it.’ Or they try to drag
you down because it makes them feel better about themselves that they’ve already given up.
Don’t let it happen. If anything, let Arnold inspire you to do something different this
year. Set a goal and stick to it. Don’t make excuses.
I know them all. I, I, guys. I’ve used them all. I’ve used them all myself. Didn’t have
enough training equipment at home to work out. Didn’t have a gym membership or couldn’t get
to the gym. I, uh, I wasn’t strong enough. I couldn’t do a certain exercise. You work within your limitations, and then
you figure out a way to get it done. We all might have some limitations. We all might have some inconveniences, but
there’s always a way to get it done, and Arnold Schwarzenegger always found a way to get it
done. And as I’ve said, if there’s negative people
that try to deter you from your own determination to reaching your goals, then you’ve got to
figure out a way to get around them, too, because nothing can stop you from achieving
what you want to achieve if you set your mind to it, and that is one big thing that I learned
from Arnold Schwarzenegger for sure. Guys, if you found this video helpful, if
you like Arnold Schwarzenegger, obviously as much as I do, if you grew up, whether or
not you even own the book ok because I know a lot of you guys out there
do, the fact is, you can learn something from anybody. You can be inspired by anybody. You
don’t have to agree with everything they say, but you could be inspired by somebody to do
things and change the way that you do things and I certainly was here, leave your comments
below. Let me know what inspires you. and lastly,
if you’re looking for a training program that not only reflects the influences I had in
my development and my career, but has now taken it to the next level, put
the science back in strength, then guys, that’s the ATHLEANX Training System. You can find it over at ATHLEANX.COM. In the
meantime, if you found this video helpful, leave a thumb’s up. And tell us whatever else it is that you want
to see, and I’ll be sure to make that video in the coming weeks. See you soon guys.

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