With the world in a state of awe at the weight of the world heavyweight world title champion Arnold Schwarzenegger, the US heavyweight champion has returned to his hometown of Walmart, Arkansas, to train with his team of world-class heavyweights.
Schwarzenegger will be fighting at the Walmart SuperCenter on Saturday for his second title defense, as he attempts to claim the title from Russian strongman Vitaly Minakov.
The event, which takes place at WalMart’s SuperCenter, is expected to draw upwards of 8 million fans.
It is also expected to be one of the biggest pay-per-view events of the year, with the $8 million price tag set at $4.8 million.
“We will be looking to keep the intensity and the intensity will be the same,” said Schwarzenegger in a press release.
“We’re going to be doing a lot of heavy squats and dumbbell bench presses.
We’re going for an Olympic-sized weight class.”
I’ve been competing in a few weight classes before and I think the best way to improve is to put the weight up and train and get it over.
“That’s what this is all about.”
The Walmart supercenter is the largest indoor training facility in the world and has been in operation since 2004.
The SuperCenter is home to several other highly-experienced athletes, including US champion boxer Floyd Mayweather, Olympic gold medallist Amanda Klassen, world records holder Ronda Rousey, and Australian heavyweight Mark Hunt.
“The training here is unbelievable,” said Arnold Schwarzenegger in the release.
“I’m very fortunate to be able to come to the SuperCenter.
The gym has everything you could possibly want and more.”
In his first appearance in the SuperCenters, Arnold Schwarzenegger had a tough day.
He suffered a fractured elbow and was forced to withdraw from the Arnold Classic.
However, after the news broke he has since returned to the gym, and the weight classes are getting back to normal.
“My shoulder is fine, my arm is fine,” said the World Heavyweight champion.
“The only thing that’s a little sore is in my knee and in my elbow, but that’s normal.”
Schwarzman said he had to rest for a few days to get over the injury.
Although he has already been able to return to his normal weight, Arnold says he’s still not 100 per cent, and has to get a bit stronger.
This is a very different type of competition to the Arnold Championships in 2008, when he lost to Russian strongwoman Vladi Kravtsov.
“It’s different than the Arnold championships,” Schwarzenegger said.
“In 2008 I was pretty injured, but I got over it and I got back to the top.
I had a couple of good days in training and got stronger.”
Schwartz, the world boxing champion, will look to win the title on Saturday in front of his hometown crowd of 12,000.
“If you want to fight in the Olympics, you have to be pretty good, but if you want the title, you need to be good,” Schwarzenegger told the ABC.
In his previous appearance in Walmart’s SuperCentery, Schwarzenegger did not even manage to make it to the ring.
“I was really worried about it because I had my elbow in the ring for three days,” he said.
As he was recovering, the injury was so bad he had surgery and had to leave the Supercenter.
“So I was in the hospital for three weeks, and when I came back, it was really bad,” he told ABC.
“It was pretty bad.”
Schultz said the rehabilitation process took him three months.
“One of the things I did was train with the American team, and I also got some great advice from my doctor and my trainer, so I got through it,” he explained.
“Now, with all the rehab I’ve done, I’m back to where I was before, and this is what I want to do.”
Scholarships will be available for anyone who wants to take part in the Arnold Challenge and the Arnold Team’s SuperFight Series.
“Scholarship for this is free, so just give it a shot,” Schwarzenegger added.