Arnold Schwarzenegger named executive editor of bodybuilding magazines
New York, NY, United States (4E) – Actor, fitness enthusiast and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been named the newest executive editor of Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazines.
In a press release, David J. Pecker, Chairman, President and CEO of American Media, Inc. (AMI) said, “AMI is thrilled to have Arnold Schwarzenegger bring his expertise back home to our category-leading mastheads. He is a universally recognized star, and an iconic leader of the fitness movement. His contributions will enormously benefit our print and digital readers, while driving value for our advertisers.”
With his fitness career spanning nearly half a century, the Austria-born Schwarzenegger has first joined forces with AMI when he was 21 years old as the ‘face of bodybuilding’. He said in a statement, “It was in these magazines that I found the spark that inspired me to start lifting weights, and eventually move to America and realize my dreams, and I’m proud to return as Executive Editor. Bodybuilding has always been part of my life, and I know Muscle & Fitness and Flex will continue to motivate others – as it did me – to lift weights and lead a healthy lifestyle, promote the sport of bodybuilding, and, as Joe used to say in every issue, ‘exceed themselves.’”
Having appeared on the magazines’ cover for over 60 times since its founding in 1968, Schwarzenegger has not stopped in helping promote the value of fitness in a person’s daily life, even when he served as governor from 2003 until 2011.
“The AMI readership can relate to him both as a symbol of giving, and as a world class authority on physical fitness and training,” said Pecker. “It is a relationship we are proud to re-establish.”
The seven-time Mr. Olympia winner and six-time Mr. Universe title holder will start practicing his editorial skills with the magazines’ May 2013 issues, in addition to monthly columns in both publications.
Schwarzenegger’s life hasn’t been absent of controversy, including a divorce from long-time wife Maria Shriver after an affair he had was made public. He also admitted to using steroids in the 1970′s when they were legal for “muscle maintenance” purposes.