These stories about Arnold Schwarzenegger prove that the bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-politician is just as macho in real life as the characters he’s played on the big screen. Check out these tales that showcase the macho-ness of the man known as the Austrian Oak.
Schwarzenegger became the youngest Mr. Universe ever at the age of 20 and collected seven titles from Mr. Olympia, the most prestigious bodybuilding competition in the world. However, Schwarzenegger’s manliness was not just about flexing muscles. When he decided to go for a career in Hollywood, despite a thick Austrian accent and no acting experience, he defied the odds and became one of the biggest action film heroes of the 1980s and '90s.
But his heroics did not just happen on the silver screen. These Arnold Schwarzenegger stories underline Arnie's sheer machismo.
He Went AWOL From The Army To Compete In A Bodybuilding Competition - And Was Locked Up For ItPhoto: Pumping Iron / Cinema 5
During His Enlistment, He Hid Exercise Equipment In His Tank, Then Trained While Everyone Else SleptPhoto: Pumping Iron / Cinema 5
In 2004, He Rescued A Drowning Man 400 Yards Offshore And Carried Him To Safety
He Lifted 560 Pounds Between His Legs To Win A Munich Stone-Lifting ContestPhoto: Predator / 20th Century Fox
Someone Delivered A Flying Dropkick To His Back, And The 71-Year-Old Schwarzenegger Was Barely FazedVideo: YouTube
He Used To Wear Cutoff Shorts To Motivate Himself Not To Skip Leg Day