Arnold Schwarzenegger at his heaviest?

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Arnold Schwarzenegger at a heavy body weight.

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The accompanying photo of Arnold Schwarzenegger from the 1970s, a golden era of bodybuilding, provides an interesting point of comparison with modern bodybuilders. As we look at the differences in physique, it becomes apparent that the landscape of bodybuilding has evolved significantly over the years, and not always for the better.

First and foremost, one of the most striking distinctions lies in the body weight of athletes. In the current era, it’s not uncommon to come across bodybuilders who stand at less than 6 feet tall and yet bulk up to well over 300 pounds during their off-season. Arnold Schwarzenegger, on the other hand, a man standing over 6 feet tall, typically maintained a weight of around 250 pounds. This contrast in size speaks to the evolution of bodybuilding standards. Modern bodybuilders seem to prioritize mass, particularly in their thighs, rear ends, and waist, which can lead to a somewhat disproportionate appearance when compared to the bodybuilders of Arnold’s era.

Perhaps the most noticeable change is in the distribution of muscle weight. Schwarzenegger and his contemporaries had a more balanced and proportional muscle distribution, with well-developed calves being an essential aspect of their physique. In contrast, current bodybuilders sometimes appear to carry more mass in areas that were less emphasized in the past, giving rise to differences in the aesthetic balance and symmetry of their physiques.

However, the differences extend beyond physical proportions. There appears to be a noticeable change in the appearance of bodybuilders’ faces, particularly on contest days. The traditionally chiseled facial features that characterized bodybuilders, dating back to the days of Steve Reeves and earlier, seem to have given way to what appears to be bloated or fat faces in many modern competitors. This change prompts a series of intriguing questions about the potential factors contributing to this phenomenon.

One plausible explanation could be related to the influence of performance-enhancing substances, particularly the use of anabolic steroids. These substances can lead to water retention, known as edema, which could contribute to the puffiness or bloated appearance in the face. The excess muscle buildup in the facial region may also be a side effect of these substances, as muscle growth can occur where it is not naturally supported by the bone structure, leading to the appearance of a “fat” face.

The question arises whether this change in facial aesthetics is merely coincidental, or whether it’s indicative of a shift in the genetic makeup of modern bodybuilders. When examining “before” photos of some of these athletes, it becomes evident that they once possessed lean and well-structured faces. The transition from this chiseled look to the puffier, less defined appearance seen on contest day is a perplexing transformation.

Undoubtedly, the appearance of a bodybuilder’s face holds significant importance in the world of bodybuilding. While the focus is primarily on the physique, the face is an essential element, as it complements the overall aesthetic. In the context of Arnold Schwarzenegger, his chiseled and structured face played a vital role in his successful transition from bodybuilding to a prolific movie career. The same could be said for iconic actors such as Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, and Robert Redford, who all maintained lean, well-structured facial features that contributed to their on-screen charisma.

In the grander scheme of bodybuilding evolution, the photograph of Arnold Schwarzenegger serves as a reference point. It encourages us to reflect on how the sport has transformed over the years and where its future lies. While modern bodybuilders have achieved remarkable feats in terms of size and conditioning, they must also consider the importance of overall aesthetics and maintain a balance that extends beyond sheer mass. The pursuit of a chiseled and well-structured face, alongside a powerful physique, should remain a priority. Bodybuilding should not be a step backward; it should continuously evolve and strive to achieve greatness in every aspect, honoring the legacy of legendary figures like Arnold Schwarzenegger while forging new paths of its own.

By the way, that room in the above photo is Joe Gold’s office area at the original Gold’s Gym in Venice, California. It’s one of the rare shots looking into the office. The showers would have been above the office. Below is a wider shot for better context. The photos on the wall are of Sergio Oliva and Boyer Coe. The photo inside the office is harder to determine though it could be Schwarzenegger on a mountain. The Dan Lurie photo to the right in the post’s banner, as well as the Bob Hoffman photo on the left, are artistic license.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Below: Personal Trainer Max Outt talks Updated Sandow Trophy reflecting lesser quality bodybuilders with higher bodyweights.

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