It is hard to find anybody today who has not heard of this name. But not
everybody knows his road to international stardom. First of all, he turned
himself from a sickly body with congenital heart problems into a bodybuilding
superstar (bodybuilding is a method of developing a physique by means
of special training and diet), and became an eight- time winner of the
‘Mr. Olympia’ title. Then, owing to his incredible body proportions, he
won the hearts of millions of moviegoers and became a start of the ‘silver
screen’ not only in the United Stated, but also around world. He became
an amazing businessman, a movie producer, owner of many profitable enterprises
and restaurants. He wrote a book about his system of training that enjoyed
tremendous success. Nowadays, this man is a role model for today’s youth,
and bodybuilding owes its popularity to him.
Specialists in the field of sports medicine and biologists
know that increasing muscle strength and correcting and eliminating imperfections
(even insignificant) of one’s physique is attainable at any age. However,
after the age of 30 it is next to impossible to develop substantial muscle
mass and definition without an adequately developed underlying muscluoskeletal
system. Conversely, developing and maintaining a good physique developed
in youth is not only possible, but necessary throughout life. Therefore,
it is never too early to start taking care of your child’s future body
- don’t postpone it for another day, for it can be too late. At an adult
age, it is impossible to become well built and tall, which are appreciable
qualities on today’s esthetical scale. Spending time on your health and
physical fitness is not wasting it. A successful career, longer life span
and psychological comfort later are the reward time spent in such a way.
It is important to note that physique, i.e., the proportionality of musculoskeletal
development and muscle mass and definition, is determined in early childhood
and then develops during adolescence and is maintained throughout life
until a very old age. Building a body is much like sculpting: one needs
a metal support (skeleton), clay (muscles), and skillful hands of a sculptor
(a doctor, biologist-physiologist, personal trainer or training program
recommended by a specialist). Some are lucky - they inherently have excellent,
good, or satisfactory inclinations towards a good physique in the future.
Being able to realize this potential is another story. Others are not
so lucky - nature has not given them good, predisposing characteristics.
But like Arnold Schwartzenegger, each is capable: the former to realize
good, inborn characteristics, the latter to develop from scratch. Specific
exercises and exercise programs have been developed which take into consideration
the sex and age of the individual. These programs include everything that
is required for a harmonious development - from a special diet and vitamins
that help muscle development to a detailed regimen of physical exercise.