ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER VS LOU FERRIGNO MOTIVATION – OLDSCHOOL BODYBUILDING RIVALRY
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One of the greatest rivalries in the history of bodybuilding was between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno. It was the battle between the cocky king of bodybuilding and the insecure underdog and they captured it on film in the cult classic movie “Pumping Iron” in 1977.
It was because of the scenes in that movie featuring Arnold and Lou that we will remember forever the rivalry between these two iconic bodybuilders in the bodybuilding world. The psychological interaction between the two of them is probably the most interesting point of the classic documentary.
The similarities between Schwarzenegger and Ferrigno helped to create the hype between this “Battle of the Giants.” Both Arnold and Lou were tall, big bodybuilders.
Arnold stood 6’2” and weighed between 230-240 pounds. Ferrigno was even bigger, standing 6’5” and weighing an enormous 275 pounds for a competition. They both had similar physiques with their strong points being huge arms and a massive chest.
Over 40 years later, bodybuilding fans still remember the celebrated rivalry between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno. The movie “Pumping Iron” is the most famous movie about bodybuilding and is now a cult classic.
Of course, Arnold went on to have an incredibly successful movie career. He was then elected as the Governor of California for six years.
Lou landed a starring role as the Incredible Hulk in the TV series of the same name. He also had a movie career following his television series. This includes a starring role as Hercules, the same character played by his idol Steve Reeves.