Arnold Schwarzenegger explained why most bodybuilders often look in the mirror – “You can find out…”

The release of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s standout “Pumping Iron” ushered in the golden age of bodybuilding. The Austrian-American has become a beacon of the sport, with many athletes looking to him for inspiration. Arnold mesmerized people with his chiseled physique and showmanship. He exuded a charisma that would impress the most demanding audiences.

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Arnold was the answer to why bodybuilding wasn’t just a sport but an art. But what is the significance of a bodybuilding artist’s most important tool – A mirror?

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Arnold Schwarzenegger explains the importance of a mirror

The first thing you probably notice upon entering a gym are the mirrors on every wall. Professionals practice their poses in front of a mirror while showing off their perfect physique. But that’s not the main reason behind so many mirrors in a gym.

In 1977, Arnold gave an interview about the change in the bodybuilding storyline after the release of Pumping Iron. The documentary was a huge success and presented the sport in a much-needed positive light. The interviewer asked Arnold, “Why do bodybuilders always look in the mirror? » A question on the minds of millions.

“By looking at yourself in the mirror, you can find out what your body is missing. If you need to improve an area or if you need to work harder in an area. Or if you are doing an exercise the right way,” replied Arnold. He continued to talk about the exercises he was doing and the area of ​​the body it affected.

Arnold’s approach to the meaning of a mirror makes the most sense. Bodybuilders and gym goers use the mirror as an aid to check their form when exercising. Poor form can often lead to serious injuries because professionals lift a lot of weight. Injuries such as a torn nerve or muscle are common if one does not maintain proper form when training.

The Greek ideal

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Many studies conducted by the ancient Greeks serve as the basis for new inventions today. The Olympics also originated in ancient Greece over 3000 years ago. Likewise, the ancient Greeks had a definite idea of ​​what the male physique should look like. Excavated Greek and Roman statues also revealed the concept of the perfect physique, which posited the concept of the “Greek ideal”.

According to the Gracian ideal, the measurement of a perfect male physique should be: flexed arms and calves should be 2.5 times larger than the non-dominant wrist. The shoulders should be 1.618 times wider than the waist. The chest should be 6.5 times larger than their wrist, and their upper leg should be 1.75 times larger than their knee.

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The man behind the Mr. Olympia statuette, Eugene Sandow, is considered the first man to achieve true muscle building based on this ideal.

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