Arnold Schwarzenegger, 71, relives his bodybuilding days at Arnold Sports Festival South America – Daily Mail

Before taking to the world of Hollywood he was once an award-winning bodybuilder. 

And Arnold Schwarzenegger proved he was still in touch with his bodybuilding roots as he took a selfie during the Arnold Sports Festival South America 2019.

Unable to resist taking a selfie, the 71-year-old actor beamed with joy as he stood in front of the bodybuilding finalists in São Paulo, Brazil on Sunday.

Snap happy: Arnold Schwarzenegger proved he was still in touch with his bodybuilding roots as he took a selfie during the Arnold Sports Festival South America 2019

Snap happy: Arnold Schwarzenegger proved he was still in touch with his bodybuilding roots as he took a selfie during the Arnold Sports Festival South America 2019

The event, which saw more than 600 competitors battle for the title, is South America’s largest international event combining sports nutrition, health, sports, fights, and performance and fitness. 

After a gruelling competition that saw the bodybuilders display their muscular physiques to more than 10,000 spectators, the men took to the stage to flaunt their chiseled abs.

During the two day event the The Terminator star climbed on stage to dish out the prestigious awards to the muscular men.

Dressed in a smart navy suit and green tie, Arnold beamed with joy as he stood in front of the stage and posed in front of the lean bodybuilders.  

Looking good: Unable to resist taking a selfie, the 71-year-old actor beamed with joy as he stood in front of the bodybuilding finalists in São Paulo, Brazil on Sunday

Looking good: Unable to resist taking a selfie, the 71-year-old actor beamed with joy as he stood in front of the bodybuilding finalists in São Paulo, Brazil on Sunday

Tough: The event, which saw more than 600 competitors battle for the title, is South America's largest international event combining sports nutrition, health, sports and fights

Tough: The event, which saw more than 600 competitors battle for the title, is South America’s largest international event combining sports nutrition, health, sports and fights

Reliving it all: During the two day event the The Terminator star climbed on stage to dish out the prestigious awards to the muscular men

Reliving it all: During the two day event the The Terminator star climbed on stage to dish out the prestigious awards to the muscular men

Among the winners of the 2019 title winners was Brandon ‘The Prodigy’ Curry, from Murfreesbor Tennessee , Juan ‘Diesel’ Morel of New York and William ‘The Conquerer’ Bonac of Australia. 

Since its creation in 1989, the Arnold Sports Festival has become a must-see event for all aspiring bodybuilders and sports enthusiasts across the world.   

In 2013 the festival hosted its first edition of Arnold Classic Brazil before going on to spread its wings and launch the competition in Melbourne, Australia two years later.

Throwback: In 1969, Arnold, who also served as Governor of California from 2003 to 2011, became the youngest ever person to win the Mr Universe title at the age of 20

Throwback: In 1969, Arnold, who also served as Governor of California from 2003 to 2011, became the youngest ever person to win the Mr Universe title at the age of 20

Earlier this year the festival saw Brandon Curry crowned the winner of the 31st Arnold Classic award after beating the defending champion William Bonac.

After congratulating the bodybuilder Arnold presented the sportsman with a check for $130,000, a Tony Nowak Official Champions Jacket, and the champion’s trophy.

In 1969, Arnold, who also served as Governor of California from 2003 to 2011, became the youngest ever person to win the Mr Universe title at the age of 20.

The actor went on to win a further three Mr Universe titles before launching his film career.

Dapper: Dressed in a smart navy suit and green tie, Arnold beamed with joy as he stood in front of the stage and posed in front of the lean bodybuilders

Dapper: Dressed in a smart navy suit and green tie, Arnold beamed with joy as he stood in front of the stage and posed in front of the lean bodybuilders

Iconic: Since its creation in 1989, the Arnold Sports Festival has become a must-see event for all aspiring bodybuilders and sports enthusiasts across the world

Iconic: Since its creation in 1989, the Arnold Sports Festival has become a must-see event for all aspiring bodybuilders and sports enthusiasts across the world

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