The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in this family. Joseph Baena, son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and former housekeeper, Mildred Baena, steps into the spotlight, making a name for himself. Taking on both bodybuilding and acting, he follows in the footsteps of his father.
Who Is Joseph Baena
Baena made headlines after recreating his father’s famous Mr. Olympia pose after Schwarzenegger won in 1975 for the sixth consecutive time. However, Baena has come clean about trying to avoid constant comparisons to his famous father. This must be hard since they are spitting images of one another.
Only 23 years old, Joseph Baena has some impressive accomplishments of his own. Growing up a chubby teenager, it is clear Baena has worked hard to get where he is now. Bonding in the gym with bodybuilding legend must make it easier to make progress, as the father-son duo spend a lot of time bonding in the gym.
In addition to his body-building career, he also graduated from Pepperdine with a degree in Business Administration and has made way into Hollywood, pursuing a career in acting. On top of starring in the Terminator 2 remake: Bad to the Bone, Baena also worked alongside Rosa Salazar and John Malovich in the sci-fi comedy, The Chariot.
No one was surprised to see Baena excel at weight lifting and be in the bodybuilding spotlight, as he is the blood of royalty … bodybuilding royalty. Genetics aren’t everything though. Baena is making a name for himself, due to his shining personality and drive for success. Saying, “Always 100%”, especially when Schwarzenegger is around.
A true lover of fitness, Baena exudes a passion for weightlifting and the lifestyle it brings. He admits to changing up his routine and trying out new things often. In addition to keeping things exciting, this also pushes Baena to work harder and continue to reach new heights.
One thing Baena swears by is his favorite split. He discovered this three-day split in The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding.
It’s a three-day split (which allows you to hit each group twice a week): Chest/back, shoulders/arms, and legs. He shared his chest and back workout with his followers on Instagram:
Chest and Back Workout
- Pull-ups: 10 reps
- Incline Dumbbell Press: 15 reps
- Close-grip Lateral Pulldowns: 10 reps
- Nautilus Press: 12 reps
- Iso-Lateral Pulldowns: 10 reps
- Seated Cable Press: 10 reps
- Freemotion Lat Pulldowns: 10 reps
- Bent-Over Cable Pulldowns: 11 reps
- Machine Chest Flys: 8 reps
What’s the rest of the workout!!
Fitness Tips from the One and Only Arnold Schwarzenegger
The first thing Baena says he owes to his father is their “Always 100%” mindset. Never settling for less than his best. Baena claims that this saying keeps him focused and motivated in the gym.
According to Psychology Today, negative internal psychological factors can cause mental blocks. Mental blocks can lead to breaks in focus and preparation, poor performance, and, at times, injuries. If you’re feeling stuck, finding something as simple as a phrase or motivation standpoint can boost your workout.
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