He has been focused more on politics and advocacy in the years since wrapping up his stint as Governor of California.
But Arnold Schwarzenegger, 76, went back to his roots as a competitive bodybuilder recently when he joined his friend, the former professional bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman, for a session of pumping iron this post week.
The two traded off on workout equipment in an outdoor gym yard, which gave Arnold a chance to show off his still-impressive physique.
The Total Recall star shared in his video that he works out nearly every day of the week to keep his enormous muscles and strength, though he’s more likely to be spotted on one of his many bike rides around Los Angeles, which sometimes include his girlfriend Heather Milligan or his celebrity children.
In the new video shared to his Instagram account on Wednesday, Schwarzenegger got playfully teased by Ronnie about the size of his biceps while he did a seated bicep curl.
Back at it: Arnold Schwarzenegger, 76, joined his friend, the retired pro bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman, to pump some iron in an Instagram video posted Wednesday
Having a laugh: ‘That don’t look like no 76-year-old bicep,’ the eight-time Mr. Olympia winner teased the action star. ‘Looking pretty swole there, Arnold… I think you’ve been cheating!’
‘That don’t look like no 76-year-old bicep,’ the eight-time Mr. Olympia winner teased the action star.
‘Looking pretty swole there, Arnold. Looking real swole! I think you’ve been cheating!’ he continued, which got a hearty laugh out of Schwarzenegger.
‘These are not just any 76 year-old biceps,’ he added in his Instagram post caption.
Ronnie’s jab may have referenced the actor’s admission that he had previously used anabolic steroids during a period in which they were legal, though he has also denied that he used them to grow muscle mass.
Instead, he claimed via a pamphlet that he only used the drugs to maintain his muscle mass during periods of extreme dieting before bodybuilding competitions, according to ESPN.
Arnold looked cool and relaxed for his outdoor workout with a simple black T-shirt and dark pants.
His dyed-brown hair was swept back, and he sported a close-cropped white beard, as well as a set of aviator-style sunglasses.
Drug use: Ronnie may have been referencing Schwarzenegger’s admission that he used anabolic steroids when they were legal, though he claimed it wasn’t to add muscle mass
Still got it! The Total Recall star looked years younger than his age as he did seated bicep curls
Icons: He and Ronnie, who was at one time considered the strongest bodybuilder in the world, have a combined 15 Mr. Olympia titles
Motivation: After he had done enough, Schwarzenegger switched spots and encouraged Ronnie, while also teasing him about his enormous muscles
In a longer video posted to his YouTube channel, Arnold tried out multiple weight machines with Ronnie either spotting him or taking his own turn.
Although both men have retired from professional bodybuilding, they were still naturals and encouraging each other to add more reps, though they also managed to tease each other with playful jabs.
After Schwarzenegger had had enough of the bicep curls, he gave Coleman a chance to show off his even larger muscles.
The Terminator star joked that it looked as if his body had been up ‘all night’ pumping iron.
‘That’s not normally, Ronnie,’ he said with a humorous deadpan.
The two have a combined 15 Mr. Olympia titles, as Schwarzenegger won the award seven times between 1970 and 1980, along with a second-place title from 1968.
In the 1990s and 2000s, Coleman would go on to win eight consecutive Mr. Olympia titles, as well as winning the Arnold Classic, a bodybuilding championship named after the legendary star.
Shortly after Arnold got a chance to relive his pre-Hollywood glory days, his son Joseph Baena, 25, highlighted his own impressive workout in a short Instagram Stories video.
Joseph was dressed in a black T-shirt, matching shorts and black-and-white checker-print slip-on shoes as he did a series of ‘split squats.’
He had his right leg behind himself and resting up on a bench while his other leg was firmly on the ground as he knelt down and then stood tall repeatedly while carrying two 75-pound dumbbells in his hands.
He included a skull and crossbones emoji, which was fitting, as he was clearly grimacing with pain and exertion from each rep.
Joseph is the product of Arnold’s affair with his family’s former housekeeper Mildred Baena. The revelation of the affair and the love child led to his divorce from Maria Shriver, with whom he shares his four other children: Katherine, 33; Christina, 32; Patrick, 29; and Christopher, 25.
Like father, like son: Shortly after Arnold got a chance to relive his pre-Hollywood glory days, his son Joseph Baena, 25, highlighted his own impressive workout in a short Instagram Stories video
‘Split squats’: He had his right leg behind himself and resting up on a bench while his other leg was firmly on the ground as he knelt down and then stood tall repeatedly while carrying two 75-pound dumbbells in his hands
Heartbreaking: Baena has followed in his father’s footsteps, but in May a source close to Arnold’s children claimed they ‘don’t love’ their half brother despite his attempts to break the ice
Arnold has continued to have a strong relationship with his son. He has paid for his education and expenses, and they often spend time together and work up a sweat at the gym, where Joseph has followed his father’s love of bodybuilding.
However, Joseph is usually spotted on his own, without any family, and in May a source close to the family claimed to Page Six that Arnold’s other children ‘don’t love’ their half brother.
‘It’s a shame as he’s a really good kid, and Arnold has always treated him like all his other kids — very fairly. But for whatever reason, the other kids take [the affair] out on Joe,’ they claimed.
Although Katherine has notably left Joseph out of social media posts about her family, his half-brother Patrick has been seen working out with him in the past, and Christopher also appears to be somewhat closer to him than his sisters.