"'Life is a workout' because if you want to improve, you have to do the work. Do you want to learn a language? Do the reps. Do you want to be better at business? Do the reps. Do you want to give back to your community? Do the reps. Everything in life to me is reps, reps, reps. Stay hungry, and keep doing the reps that move you to your goals in every aspect of life."
About Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger is known all over the globe for his many accomplishments: world champion bodybuilder, Hollywood action hero, successful businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, best-selling author, and California's 38th Governor. Schwarzenegger has been rewarded for his great leadership and vision many times over in many arenas, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center's "National Leadership Award" the American Council On Renewable Energy’s “Renewable Energy Leader of the Decade,” and the United Nations Correspondents Association “Global Advocate of the Year.”
But it is Schwarzenegger’s commitment to giving something back to his state and to his country through public service that gives him the most satisfaction: donating his time, energy, and personal finances to serving others all over the world. Schwarzenegger acts as Chairman of the After School All-Stars, a nationwide after-school program he founded over 25 years ago. He also served as Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under George H. W. Bush.
His early experiences giving back led him toward what he has called the best, most challenging job he ever had. In 2003, Californians elected Schwarzenegger as their 38th Governor, where he worked across party lines to pass world-leading environmental laws, pushed through historic investments in California’s infrastructure, and spearheaded political reforms like an independent redistricting commission and open primaries to make politicians of all parties more accountable to the people. After two terms as Governor, Schwarzenegger co-founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action, a global non-profit dedicated to helping subnational governments develop, implement, and communicate the importance of low-carbon and climate resilient projects as well as their economic benefits.
In 2012, he launched the University of Southern California Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy to continue to focus on the responsibility of leaders to transcend partisanship in order to implement policies that most benefit the people they serve. Its five priority areas of focus are education, energy and environment, fiscal and economic policy, health and human wellness, and political reform. At the same time, Schwarzenegger continues his five-decade fitness crusade through Arnold Sports Festivals on five continents that draw hundreds of thousands of spectators into the world of health and fitness. Next year, he’ll make his return to the Terminator franchise.
Arnold’s motto, “Stay Hungry,” is reflected in every aspect of his multifaceted life.
What does the name Ladder mean to you?
Ladder brings back great memories of my brick laying business in LA that I ran with my best friend Franco Columbu. After an earthquake, business boomed, and we were scaling roofs and repairing chimneys all over LA. Because of those experiences, I love the idea of Ladder helping people scale their biggest challenges. But at the end of the day, a ladder is a tool that requires your effort. It can bring you to new heights you couldn’t reach before, but you still have to be willing to do the work - you still have to climb and improve.
What would you tell someone who’s struggling to be healthy?
Don’t beat yourself up too much. In life, you face enough outside doubt from naysayers. But nothing is more harmful than self-doubt. Just do something. Show yourself that you’re ready to take the first step. Take a walk. Eat vegetables. Those are wins, and with each win, your confidence will build, and you will keep moving forward, feeling better every day and gathering momentum. Once you start moving, I am absolutely positive you won’t stop.
What is your post-workout routine?
I ride my bike and workout very early, so right when I finish, I sit down for breakfast with some of my best friends and we schmooze and catch up. After that, a few games of chess and I’m off to work.