When it came to his latest fitness challenge video, Australian YouTuber Zac Perna turned to none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, and decided to spend one day living like the Austrian Oak himself would have done during his bodybuilding days.
He drew inspiration for his diet from Schwarzenegger’s book, The New Encyclopaedia of Modern Bodybuilding, aiming to keep protein high (1 gram pound of body weight) and keep carbs low while avoiding ketosis. This worked out to 210 grams of protein, 120 grams of carbs, and 70 grams of fat, spread across 6 meals in the day.
After a breakfast of oatmeal, whey protein and blueberries, Zac takes on the intense chest and back workout from the book, consisting of weighted chinups, incline barbell press, bench press, chinups, dumbbell flys, wide-grip bent-over barbell rows, machine pullovers, dips, cable flys, seated cable rows, one-arm cable rows, and dumbbell pullovers. These are organized into super-sets and tri-sets comprising a total of 51 sets.
“That was a stupidly hard workout,” says Zac. “Ridiculous workout, I’m absolutely cooked… Turns out I’m not Arnold, and something like that, with 50 sets, it would just leave you absolutely dead. Stuff like that is still interesting though, just to see that sheer effort. And when you’re super-setting, you just feel sick… That much volume, you could get away with doing 2 sets instead of 4.”
After the training session it’s time for his next meal of the day; poached eggs on ezekiel bread.”I’ve only just stopped feeling sick,” he says as he tucks in. After that, he cooks and eats four more meals throughout the afternoon: steak and asparagus; white fish, broccoli and rice; chicken parmo and green vegetables; and full-fat cottage cheese with protein powder and almonds.
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Zac explains that while the workout he completed was taken verbatim from Schwarzenegger’s routine, he took a few liberties with the diet in order to best suit them to his own body and lifestyle. Because, let’s face it, none of us is Arnold.
“This whole diet has been for me and for my needs, because there’s no point in just finding a diet and 4,000 calories,” he says. “I took the foods he liked to eat, and the principles, and made them into a diet that was as nice as possible.”
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