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Arnold Schwarzenegger Talks About Aging And Losing His Body Shape

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s brilliant performance in movies like Conan the Barbarian, The Terminator, Predator, and The Running Man made him a fan favorite. The 76-year-old action star is still dedicated to regular fitness training and living an active lifestyle despite aging.

Recently, Schwarzenegger shared details about his private life. The former professional bodybuilder revealed his ongoing struggles with body image as he confronts the inevitable effects of aging.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger says his body transformation is “so appalling”

HERCULES IN NEW YORK, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1970

During his recent guest appearance on The Howard Stern Show, the father of five candidly discussed the challenges he has faced due to the transformation of his physique over time. The actor claimed he has come to accept the significant changes his body has undergone despite being in contrast to what his body used to be during his prime.

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“I kind of smile because every day I do look in a mirror and I say, ‘Yep, you suck,’” he explained. “I look at this body … look at those pectoral muscles that used to be firm and perky and really powerful with a striation in there. Now they’re just hanging there. I mean, what the hell is going on here?”

RED HEAT, Arnold Schwarzenegger,1988. © TriStar/courtesy Everett Collection

He speaks on the peculiarities of his changing body as a fitness icon

Schwarzenegger added that he is fully conscious of the fact that all humans experience the effects of aging. However, he emphasized a unique aspect of his journey, asserting that most people cannot fully comprehend his profound transition – the shift from being an iconic, aspirational figure in the realm of physical fitness and bodybuilding to becoming an ordinary, everyday individual.

TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2019. ph: Kerry Brown / © Paramount / courtesy Everett Collection

“It’s one thing to see yourself get older and more and more out of shape but most of the people have never been in shape. So what does it mean getting out of shape?” Schwarzenegger confessed. “When you’ve been hailed for years as this supreme body, and you have the definition and you see the veins coming down your abs, and you see veins on top of your chest, and then … you roll the clock 50 years and you’re standing there, and you don’t see that anymore.”

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