Perfectly Built Bodybuilder Who Defeated Arnold Schwarzenegger Inspired a Cartoon Character Due to His Freak Physique

Published 09/06/2023, 8:45 AM EDT

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Building huge biceps is something that every lifter aspires to do. Unfortunately, not everyone has good bicep genes due to which we fail to have the perfect bicep peak that we often dream of looking at our favorite bodybuilders and fitness influencers. One bodybuilder who is known for his amazing arm genetics is none other than Sergio Oliva. 

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Winning at the Mr. Olympia stage three times in his career, Sergio Oliva is one of the few three bodybuilders ever to defeat the legendary 7x, Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger. While Schwarzenegger made a name for himself in the show biz by entering Hollywood, Oliva also managed to get an anime character after him that most people are not aware of.

Who is the anime character that was inspired by Sergio Oliva?

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Despite being on-stage rivals, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sergio Oliva had mutual respect for each other. Competing against a genetic freak like Oliva is what brought out a much better version of Schwarzenegger as a competitor as well. A perfect example of his good genetics was also the fact that while athletes had to starve themselves to get stage-ready, Oliva’s metabolism was so well that he never had to go on a strict diet. Inspired by his unreal arms, the Japanese manga series Baki, which is now available in the form of an anime as well, made a character after Oliva. The character was none other than the fan-favorite Biscuit Oliva.

 

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In an Instagram reel that talked about this, it was revealed that “Sergio was one of the most underrated bodybuilders. his biceps were so big that they even made an anime from him. And also, he was the only bodybuilder to beat Arnold.” This is exactly why Schwarzenegger still believes that Oliva was the toughest rival he ever had during his bodybuilding career.

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Continuing further, the video disclosed, “He would train very intensely. He would only use nine exercises and train three days a week. He would do up to eight sets in every exercise to build his enormous biceps.” Giving further insights into his arms training, the video also revealed that the secret behind his insane muscles was the emphasis that he laid on a perfect form and full range of motion. “He would focus mostly on full range of motions going all the way down and up with the dumbbells,” the video concluded.

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What are your views on Sergio Oliva’s humongous arms? Let us know in the comments. 

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Sarthak Khanna

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Introducing Sarthak Khanna, a sports writer at EssentiallySports who specializes in Bodybuilding and other American sports. Sarthak found his calling in bodybuilding both as a writer as well as a practitioner of the sport. Gawking at the sight of some of the most aesthetic physiques, the experience was similar to what Mentzer once acknowledged as an “immediate emotional recognition.
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