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The photo on the left is of Arnold Schwarzenegger at the 1974 Mr. Olympia contest in New York City. This was Arnold at his biggest ever contest condition.
He was also pursuing an acting career at the time and had previously starred in Hercules in New York, Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye, and a tv movie called Happy Anniversary and Goodbye(see video below). 2/3 of his movies had the word “goodbye” in the title at that point. Anyway, after the 1974 Mr. Olympia, Arnold went from his heaviest contest weight of 240(or whatever exactly it was)down to under 210 pounds for a role in Bob Rafelson’s Stay Hungry opposite Jeff Bridges and Sally Field. After the weight drop, Arnold added most the muscle he had lost in order to compete successfully in the 1975 Mr. Olympia, which was to be filmed for the movie Pumping Iron. Below are two stills from the movie Stay Hungry. In the photo of Arnold posing against Ken Waller, Arnold is under 210 pounds, which shows that muscle shape and structure are so much more important than muscle size. A lot of bodybuilders think that if they just put on enough size then they’ll eventually overcome subpar muscle or bone structure. If you look at Steve Reeves, for example, even at 15 he already had the shape that made him a champion and movie star. Reeves just got bigger for competition but looked just as good under 200 pounds(Scroll for Steve Reeves always looked like Steve Reeves article).
Above: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jeff Bridges in Stay Hungry
Below: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ken Waller in Stay Hungry