Arnold Schwarzenegger is the idol of many fitness and workout freaks. Strangely, most overlook one very important aspect of his mindset and philosophy.Is Being Hard On Yourself All It Takes?The internet is full of funny little workout motivation pictures, almost all coming with some catchy slogan along the lines of “pain is weakness leaving the body.”At least half featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Head over to Tumblr and you get the motherload.I wager that the people who put these pretty little pics together all watched Pumping Iron, that movie where Schwarzenegger is shown grinding away and being as hard as nails on himself. They think this was his secret, sometimes directly copying one of his supposed workout routines.But more often than not these guy fail achieving their dream body, because the movie showed only half the truth about what Schwarzenegger was about (and actually not his real training either).If the right genetics, working out hard and being tough on yourself was all it takes, then men with bodies like his should be a dime a dozen.Schwarzenegger Is A Big AnalyzerIn reality, what played a huge role in his success was his analytical mind. The same mind that made him one of the biggest Hollywood stars of the last 30 years and governor of California also made him the most successful bodybuilder of the century.When I got into the whole workout thing five years ago, I vividly remember reading how he handled an obstacle in his career. In 1966 he entered his first bodybuilding competition and lost, accused of having "non-existent" calves. In true Arnie fashion, instead of hiding them and basking in the glory of his already humongous upper body, he let everyone see his weakness by wearing shorts and made it his goal to get the biggest calves possible.That part of the message is what usually gets across to the "pain is weakness..." crowd, but they miss the real lesson. Yes, Arnold surely was hard on himself. But what was more important was that he...
- had identified his weakness,
- then examined the available methods of addressing it,
- chose those he deemed most promising for himself
- and then rearranged his workout schedule to that purpose.