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Admired for His Elite Bodybuilding Genetics, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Son Confesses a Rather Challenging Side of Going to the Gym: “Worrying About Yourself”

Published 11/14/2023, 9:13 PM EST

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Arnold Schwarzenegger won the genetic lottery when it came to bodybuilding. The others have equaled and even surpassed his seven Mr. Olympia title victories, but few have surpassed certain aspects of his physique. Eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman said in 2019 that even today, no one can match Arnie’s chest and biceps. He also confessed that Arnie, with a modern diet and training, would be unbeatable. Hence, it’s no surprise that fans admire his youngest son, Joseph Baena, for inheriting his father’s elite genetics.

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The 26-year-old is only one among Arnie’s five children who carry the torch of Schwarzenegger’s bodybuilding legacy. What started as a mission to lose weight has evolved into a love for bodybuilding. Baena toils in the gym day in and day out to build the physique of his dreams. However, while the young actor is determined and disciplined, even he finds it challenging once in a while. Baena opened up about it on social media.

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In his latest post on Instagram, the 26-year-old addressed a side of fitness people often don’t talk about. “Sometimes the gym can be intimidating, crazy, and even distracting,” the youngest son of Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote. While people go to the gym to build their dream physique, sometimes keeping up with the ideal image might take a mental toll.


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“It’s all about putting those headphones in, locking in, and worrying about yourself and (if you have one or a few) your training partner,” the 26-year-old confessed. Despite turning bodybuilding into his passion, even Joseph Baena sometimes feels the pressure of maintaining the disciplined lifestyle of a bodybuilder. Hecen, the actor feels it’s best to focus on putting in the work consistently. It’s also important to note that Baena isn’t looking to replicate his father’s success on the bodybuilding stage.


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Year this year, Joseph Baena started focusing on building the best physique he could achieve. He even started training with competitive bodybuilder Joshua Manoi. Fans began speculating if Baena desired to follow in his father’s footsteps and delve into competitive bodybuilding.

However, in an interview with E! News, Baena dismissed the speculations. “Competing is not really my focus at the moment… maybe sometime down the future,” said the 26-year-old. Yet, the actor expressed his desire to build a physique worthy of playing a superhero on the silver screen.


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While everyone goes to the gym to become the best version of themselves physically, sometimes keeping up with that expectation might feel overwhelming. When Baena feels this way, he makes sure to put in the reps as per his father’s advice. 

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Sagnik Bagchi


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Sagnik Bagchi is a senior sports writer at EssentiallySports who writes for the bodybuilding division. Holding a Master's Degree in English Literature from a top university, he uses his hold on language to weave interesting stories for our readers. A passionate bodybuilder himself, Sagnik uses his knowledge of bodybuilding to bring a unique perspective to his coverage of the sport’s events and athletes.
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