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“Arnold Schwarzenegger Would Not Win Today”: Bodybuilding Expert Made a Shocking Claim About the Biggest Name in the Sport

Published 12/13/2022, 7:00 AM EST

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The legends will inevitably be mentioned at the beginning of every new event in the sporting world. Right from the inaugural winner to the most significant and iconic athletes to have been a part of history — all the names get thrown in the mix. And now, just days away from the biggest bodybuilding event of the year, Mr. Olympia 2022, another such name is under scrutiny. Considered by many to be one of the all-time greats of bodybuilding, Arnold Schwarzenegger is again under the limelight. And with the 2022 Mr. Olympia about to start, comparisons between a prime Arnold and modern-day bodybuilders have already begun.

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Amidst all the comparisons, a bodybuilding expert has come forth with an opinion that may shock many. So what did the expert say regarding Arnold Schwarzenegger and the new-age bodybuilders?


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Brad Schoenfeld’s astonishing thoughts about Arnold Schwarzenegger

Brad Schoenfeld is a professor at New York’s Lehman College and is also the author of several bodybuilding books. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science and has a Ph.D. in health promotion and wellness. With such a well-read background in bodybuilding, Schoenfeld is considered an expert in the field. Brad has given his opinions on numerous topics about the sport. But a recent opinion regarding Arnold Schwarzenegger has caught the attention of many.

While in conversation with The Telegraph, Schoenfeld discussed the possibility of Schwarzenegger making it big without using illicit drugs. He said“Arnold Schwarzenegger would not win today. He would not even get a pro card.”


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As the sport progressed, the use of PEDs and other anabolic steroids has increased to a great extent. It has reached a level where experts have expressed their concerns over the misuse of such products. And also on the over-training of the athletes.


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The new trends in bodybuilding frighten Schwarzenegger

The increased use of various PEDs amongst bodybuilders to achieve more mass and bigger size has Arnold worrying about their future. The iconic bodybuilder expressed his concerns about the new practices earlier this year. He said the new-age bodybuilders are only concerned about size. Schwarzenegger added“They have taken it, in my opinion, too far. It has gotten too competitive. They’re gonna take more and more stuff that they’re not supposed to, and sometimes it kills people.”

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Coming from one of the most iconic bodybuilders of all time, the statements hold significant value. What do you think of this story? Would Arnold be capable of competing against today’s bodybuilders? Let us know in the comments.

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Naman Gopal Srivastava

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Naman Gopal is a US Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. Naman is an Undergraduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a minor’s degree in Cinematography from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology. An ardent fan of basketball and soccer, Naman was once a national level soccer player himself.

Edited By: Simar Singh Wadhwa