Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Arnold Schwarzenegger


Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on July 30,1947, in Thal,
Austria. His parents were Aurelia and Gustav Schwarzenegger, and
his older brother was Meinhard, who was liked better than Arnold
by his father. Arnold's family believes he inherited his physique
from Karl Schwarzenegger, Arnold's grandfather. Arnold's father
was the head of the German military police during the war years in
Belgium. Gustav was legendary for his strict discipline toward
Arnold and Meinhard. For example, he would make Arnold eat every
meal with books pressed tightly under his arms to teach him to keep
his elbows to his side while he ate. His father would make Arnold
and Meinhard compete to see who the best was in boxing matches,
races, and studying. His father humiliated the loser with scornful
remarks. Each Sunday Arnold and Meinhard were permitted to choose
among hiking, visiting a farm, seeing a play, museum, or art show.
After their Sunday excursion, their father required them to write
a ten page essay describing their day, which he graded Monday
morning, and mistakes were not tolerated. Arnold could never win
his father's praise, and at the age of thirteen he began dreaming
of becoming bigger and stronger than his father. Arnold would
sneak into movie theaters to watch Hercules with Steve Reeves and
Reg Park, who were bodybuilders. He would judge, and admire Reg
Park, promising himself that one day he would surpass him. Arnold
was determined that he wouldn't be like other people, he wanted to
be powerful.
Arnold was Invited by Kurt Marnul, who was Mr. Austria, to
receive training at the Athletic Union Graz. Both of his parents
disapproved of Arnold, especially then because over a couple of
years Arnold grew larger and also created a life for himself.
Gustav was trying to diminish Arnold because he was surpassing him.
In 1966, Arnold won three German competitions: Mr. Europe, The
International Powerlifting Championship, and the Best Built Man of
Europe. Also in Europe, Arnold won his first ever Mr. Universe.

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