Arnold Shared How He Motivates Himself to Work Out When He’s Facing a Physical Setback

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When the going gets tough, Arnold Schwarzenegger turns to others to fuel his drive.

a man standing in front of a crowd: In his newsletter, Arnold Schwarzenegger shares tips on finding motivation at the gym and the story of strongman Miles Taylor.© MICHELE SPATARI – Getty Images In his newsletter, Arnold Schwarzenegger shares tips on finding motivation at the gym and the story of strongman Miles Taylor.In his new newsletter, Schwarzenegger recognized Miles Taylor, a 26-year-old strength athlete with Cerebral Palsy who’s crushed stereotypes about fitness. Schwarzenegger said it’s athletes like Taylor that inspire him when he’s struggling to grind through a workout.

“You don’t have to deadlift twice your bodyweight to get started, just start moving more,” he wrote.”Just a week ago on reddit, I saw a post of one of the adaptive athletes at the Arnold Sports Festival doing stone lifting with one arm! He had to change the technique, but he did it!”

“And for all the gym owners and fitness professionals out there, it is so important that you find ways for everyone to be able to succeed,” he continued.”Make your gyms accessible, and be inclusive. Fitness is for everyone. Give everyone a place to train and compete.”

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There's no denying that a lot of work needs to be done to make fitness a happier, more fulfilling relationship for women everywhere, of any size. For so many women, diet culture has morphed movement from a joyful activity to an unsatisfying means to an end. Not only can this rob exercise of fun, but it also continues to make women (myself, included) feel pulled to move for the sake of shrinking ourselves.Luckily, there's a growing movement of incredible women and initiatives leading the charge towards change. Through their own journeys of rejecting diet culture's influence over fitness and embracing their bodies, they've nurtured a healthier relationship with movement that's inclusive of all shapes and (finally) filled with fun.“I hope more women feel inspired to embrace fitness without being overwhelmed by shame," says plus-size athlete and advocate Meg Boggs."That’s probably the number one goal I hope to achieve every day.” After all, accepting our bodies as they are gives us permission to engage in whatever movement we truly love. Whether you're ready to fill your feed with more inclusive, body-neutral fitfluencers or find workouts that are truly joyful and free from diet-focused vibes, these women and initiatives are working to make fitness more accessible to those who haven't traditionally been represented in the fitness world. They're reclaiming the satisfaction and freedom of movement, sharing their own mental, physical, and emotional gains—and inspiring countless other individuals to do the same.

The former governor of California also wrote about how he maintained motivation and focus in his 20s, a period of his life devoted to fitness. He said it was his detractors at the time that so often fueled him.”When people think your vision is too much, that’s a sign that you are on the right track. Once you have the vision, it takes reps, reps, reps. You have to do the work. And you might have a job right now to make ends meet while you chase your vision.”

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Finding inspiration in his friends, too, helped give him drive.”I always say I’m not a self made man,” he wrote,”and if I didn’t have my friends like Franco Columbu or Sly Stallone to push me to be the best version of myself, then you would not be reading this newsletter right now, and I would be yodeling in Austria.”

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