Arnold Schwarzenegger forced to change workout regime at 71 because his 'knees are shot'

The pop culture icon, who served as Governor of California from 2003 to 2011, has become a huge fan of cycling


                            Arnold Schwarzenegger forced to change workout regime at 71 because his 'knees are shot'

Former bodybuilder-turned-action hero Arnold Schwarzenneger is still dedicated to his exercise regime at 71. However, all those years lifting heavy weights has taken a toll on his body and forced him to make some changes to his workout routine.

In a conversation with Men's Health, The Terminator said: "Squatting and all those kind of like heavy leg exercises, I can’t do anymore. My knees are shot. I have to protect my knees because I want to go skiing."

Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares to start the Run for the Kids charity run as part of the Arnold Sports Festival Australia at at the Alexander Gardens on March 18, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Getty)
Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares to start the Run for the Kids charity run as part of the Arnold Sports Festival Australia at at the Alexander Gardens on March 18, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Getty)

However, Schwarzenegger has no plans to give up lifting weights, which has been a passion of his since his teenage years. He has now found a workaround using modern gym technology.

"The machines that you have today, I wish that I could have used them in addition to what I did, because they’re really amazing," he said. "A guy like myself who had shoulder surgery, hip surgery, knee surgery — they can always find an exercise around the injury that I could not do. So I cannot do dumbbell lateral raises anymore, but I can go and find the machine that does exactly the same thing and I have no pain."

Austrian-born American actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, originally a bodybuilder who won the title Mr Universe five times. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
Austrian-born American actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, originally a bodybuilder who won the title Mr Universe five times. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Arnold had an open heart surgery to replace an aging pulmonic valve in March. According to his representative Daniel Ketchell, he first had the valve fitted in 1997 and had to replace it as it had reached the end of its life.

That said, the surgery doesn't seem to have slowed him down. The pop culture icon, who served as Governor of California from 2003 to 2011, has become a huge fan of cycling. "I want to bicycle all over the world," he told Men's Health. "When I go shopping or something, I go on the bicycle, because then you can exercise the legs and you see the town in a totally different way."

Austrian born actor and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger poses in a bathing suit and flexes his muscles in a bodybuilding pose, circa 1980. (Getty)
Austrian born actor and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger poses in a bathing suit and flexes his muscles in a bodybuilding pose, circa 1980. (Getty)

The renegade actor recently joined hands with LA Lakers basketball star LeBron James, 33, Olympic Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, 34, and supermodel-turned-celebrity Cindy Crawford, 52 to launch a new line of protein powders and supplements called Ladder which specializes in personalizing products as per individual needs, Daily Mail reports.