Arnold Schwarzenegger encourages Maine’s youth to get in shape: ITV Interaction from UMA, 1991

Arnold Schwarzenegger encourages Maine’s youth to get in shape: ITV Interaction from UMA, 1991


Let’s go here to Augusta then to Bangor.
Question? About how old were you when you started to body build? Well first of all, I started at the age of 15 with weightlifting. I was first an Olympic lifter, then I became a power lifter, and then I got into bodybuilding later on around the age of 17 or so. And, but I’ve been doing sports basically all my life because I grew up in a very athletic environment. My father, even when we went at the age of three, he took us out and played soccer with us and took us ice-skating and stuff like that. So we always were involved in sports. Thank you for your question. Are you that tall? [Laughter] Oh, you’re standing on something. We have a question in Bangor. I have a question concerning what you were talking about previously about television, and you repeatedly said it was a negative influence. Have you ever thought of creating a program, I don’t know whether, you know, it involves you personally, but creating a program which would be centered towards the children, and focusing on physical fitness? Perhaps, you know, on the Saturday morning cartoon circuit, or whatever. I don’t know if that’s a possibility. But certainly the President’s Council on physical fitness should consider something like that. I think I think that all of those things are being considered over the last year since I’ve been with the President’s Council, and we are exploring areas of cartoon and, you know, animated shows on Saturday mornings. We’ve been negotiating with Disney over the last year about various different things including an hour special on physical fitness. We are trying to do a whole poster campaign. We are now putting together whole package where we create videotapes that will be sent for free to all the schools around the country. So there’s a- We have launched a campaign that will really try to reach everyone and of course we want to make sure that every household has one of those videotapes and books. As a matter fact we’re working on a book idea right now. So we want to make sure that everyone knows about our fitness message and knows how to do it, because it’s one thing to know that you should get fit but you also should know how to do it.

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