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Personal trainer Ben Bruno has a lot of celebrity clients who kill it in their workouts, from supermodel Kate Upton who is regularly hitting PRs, to Jessica Biel, who gamely tries whatever "intense" workout programmes he cooks up for her. But there's only one client whose arm day gains make him feel insecure about his own biceps: actor Patrick Schwarzenegger.
"I always have fun working out with @patrickschwarzenegger," Bruno wrote in the caption for a new Instagram video, "except I’m either going to have to start wearing long sleeves when I’m around him or really step my biceps curl game up because his arms are jacked and it makes me feel like a wimp. We did mostly mostly lower body and core and then followed it up with a little gunshow for dessert."
In the clip, Schwarzenegger is doing curls and squats on a flywheel machine, which makes the eccentric portion of each movement more difficult by adding acceleration and resistance, meaning stability and control are tested just as much as strength. Plenty of the comments on the post allude to certain genetic advantages that Schwarzenegger might have in the gains department, courtesy of his dad, bodybuilding legend Arnold. But that would be discounting the hard work that has gone into these results.
Schwarzenegger has undergone a pretty dramatic body transformation this year, having pledged to put on 11kg of lean muscle for his next role. He threw himself into a more consistent training routine, getting up early to work out at 5 in the morning and launching the "5 a.m. challenge" on his Instagram, both keeping himself accountable and encouraging his social media followers to pursue their own goals. He also overhauled his nutrition, and upped his food intake.
"I’m just trying to get more calories, more protein, and more complex carbs in my system," he told Men's Health. "I’m also trying to eat something before my workouts to have enough energy to get through the workout. Before, it was always an empty stomach and trying to use the fasting to burn off fat."
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