For the last few years, pictures of a “flabby” Arnold Schwarzenegger have been floating around the Web.
Like a pervasive urban myth – some feel that the photos are faked – while others can’t believe their eyes.
Whatever the truth is – Arnold is 57 years old now, and paparazzi are notorious for getting photos of people at their worst.
No matter what you think of Schwarzenegger’s acting or political career – when it comes to bodybuilding – he is worthy of respect. Arnold was one of the most influential and inspiring figures in the bodybuilding community.
So what about the flab? If the pictures are accurate – then it just goes to show that Schwarzenegger is not a complete genetic freak – but that he is human, and muscle atrophy happens to anyone who ceases resistance training.
There are comments in the tabloid press:
Friends say the Austrian-born former strongman has never fully recovered his once-startling physique since an operation to repair faulty heart valves in 1997.
Critics blame the cardiac problems on his admitted use of steroids while bulking up for bodybuilding contests 20 years ago.
The thing is, just about every magazine ad, every infomercial, and every picture we see of a body builder is just a snapshot. It is a snapshot at a single point in time – taken at their absolute peak.
Did His Muscle Turn to Fat?
When I decided to start going to the gym to lift weights – my work colleagues scorned the idea saying that “the moment I stopped lifting weights – the muscle would turn to flab”. Now of course muscle doesn’t transform to fat, but muscle does burn up, and fat does increase.
If you stop lifting weights (and other forms of exercise), but fail to reduce your food intake accordingly… well… on comes the flab, and down goes the muscle tone. Quite depressing really.
However seeing the pictures of flabby Arnold shows that it can happen to the best of us, and that big muscles are fleeting things.
Somehow that makes me feel better about myself.
Flabby Arnold: Inspirational….