Arnold Schwarzenegger Returns to Bodybuilding as Magazine Editor

Arnold Schwarzenegger Royal Oak 40 Years - P 2012
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Royal Oak 40 Years - P 2012

The former Mr. Olympia will lend his personal and professional insights via monthly columns for American Media, Inc. publications "Muscle & Fitness" and "Flex."

After a brief stint in Sacramento, Arnold Schwarzenegger will be returning to his first love: bodybuilding.

Schwarzenegger has been tapped by American Media, Inc. (AMI) to be the group executive editor for Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazines, a position he held prior to becoming the governor of California in 2003.

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David J. Pecker, chairman, president and CEO of AMI, said of Schwarzenegger: "He is a universally recognized star, and an iconic leader of the fitness movement. His contributions will enormously benefit our print and digital readers, while driving value for our advertisers."

As an executive editor, the 65-year-old will lend both strategic and creative input, as well as contribute monthly columns to the magazines.

The Terminator star has held a long relationship with Muscle & Fitness and Flex. In 1968, a 21-year-old Schwarzenegger was made the face of bodybuilding by the magazines' founder, Joe Weider, and he has since appeared on the cover of the two publications more than 60 times.

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The Austrian native was the youngest man to win the Mr. Universe title, and has also won bodybuilding's most coveted title, Mr. Olympia, seven times.

"It was in these magazines that I found the spark that inspired me to start lifting weights, and eventually move to America and realize my dreams," said Schwarzenegger. "I'm proud to return as executive editor."

Schwarzenegger also recently returned to his acting roots, starring in The Expendables 2 and The Last Stand over the past year. It has also been reported that he will reprise his Twins role for a new sequel, Triplets.