Why You Shouldn’t Follow Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Bodybuilding Routine

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a bodybuilding legend, and looked somewhat more like a human than today’s top bodybuilders like Ronnie Coleman, so it’s no surprise that a lot of guys aspire to look like him. To be specific, let’s say they want to look like Arnold did 35 years ago, and not like the flabby 61 year old politician he is today. It’s a lofty goal, but everyone should aim high, right?

The problem is that a lot of young guys in particular think the first step is to jump on Google and search for Arnie’s bodybuilding routine, as you may have done in order to come to this page. This is a bad idea, and following Arnold’s old routine, or the routine of ANY professional bodybuilder, is not the right way to go about achieving your goals. Why? Because you’re not a professional bodybuilder, and you’re definitely not Arnold Schwarzenegger. If you want reasons, here are three ways you’re different from Arnie, not even counting the fact that he’s a cybernetic organism, living tissue over a metal endoskeleton.

1. Genetics

Let’s face it, most of the D-bal max results time you hear this term it’s a “hardgainer” complaining that he can’t gain muscle while skipping breakfast and generally eating like a bird. With the right training, everyone can gain muscle, even “hardgainers”, but there’s a difference between gaining a bit of muscle, getting stronger, a bit bigger, and looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnie was twice as muscular as you will ever be when he was in his late teens, and a large part of that is a genetic predisposition to putting on a crapload of muscle. If you’re over the age of 17 and aren’t huge already, I guarantee you aren’t as genetically blessed as he is, and following his routine to the letter won’t change that. More importantly (with respect to following his routine) Arnold had a great work capacity, enabling him to thrive on high volume training (volume = sets x reps x weight) and get massive. Genetics is a large factor in work capacity, and if you don’t have it, trying to follow a high volume program like Arnie’s is just going to wear you down and you’ll end up just as puny, only more tired and depressed. Enjoy.