“Give me another 10…” remember that line. And give me another Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Pumping Iron video documentary.
Arnie and Pumping Iron put Bodybuilding on the map. It made bodybuilding cool and fun.
It was almost like a comedy at play with a behind-the-scenes perspective of watching men boost up their muscles to big proportions.
I remember getting my weights bench from K-Mart for the first time after watching Pumping Iron. Rusted as the bench got, I still loved it. The bench was like my pet dog or cat; now I knew how Arnie felt. I bet Arnie slept at night with his weights and dumbbells close next to him, dreaming of every-which-way but bodybuilding.
My cousin and I would play Arnie tags from the movie, giving one-liners right, left and center, over and over until it was a broken record. But although these one-liners were a broken tag to some, not to us; Pumping Iron was the in-thing.
For those out there who can remember, you recall the one-liners:
“Give me another 10.” (Arnie)
“Never do that” (Arnie).
“I’m gonna get him. I’m gonna beat him” (Lou Ferrigno).
“Bodybuilding is better than sex. I’m coming in the gym, I’m coming on stage…” (Arnie) I have to interrupt Arnie there. But really Arnie, better than sex? You could see the men who watched that part of the documentary be caught between interest and bewilderment at this statement from Arnie.
I even bought the Arnold Schwarzenegger Bodybuilding Encyclopedia, and that vamoosed (disappeared) in next to no time. The book even looked like a dumbbell by the size of it, and I would stop from time-to-time to do a bicep curl with it.
Arnie won his Bodybuilding championships, or Mr. Olympia, with a big reassuring smile, which was annoying for those who trained and prepared really hard only to lose to Mr. Smiley here. I bet someone would have said, ”this guy should have been an actor.” You know, it’s funny you said that because…
Some of the competitors like third placed Mr. Olympia in the documentary, Lou Ferrigno, honestly thought he could beat him. Then Arnie, with his reassuring smile that he was going to win, would quietly knock you off the podium.
Then there was competition between Arnie and Franco over who was the best of the best. But Arnie puts it quite simply for another one-liner:
‘He is like my son, and I’m his father’.
Here’s a good one. Put on together the Rocky ”Eye of the Tiger” song and Pumping Iron and see how your weight-lifting explodes.