In 1967, Arnold Schwarzenegger made history when he became the youngest man to ever win his bodybuilding “pro-card” when he landed the Mr. Universe title at age 20, and he’s held on to that feat for decades. But a 19-year-old just stole it from him.
Anton Ratushnyi, from Texas, officially earned his pro card when he won the Classic Physique for the third straight time last weekend (Dec. 9), which moved him past amateur status. The 5ft11 Texas teen nabbed the trophy after embarking on a four-year transformation that he has been documenting on social media.
Ratushnyi shared his story with fans on Instagram a few days after surpassing Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In the post, the young champion noted that he had to overcome “lots of adversity” this past year, and he noted that he was only able to do so by believing in himself when others didn’t
“Stay true to yourself no matter what others think of you,” he wrote.
“I’m so glad that I decided to pursue my true passion and didn’t let negativity get to me,” he added. “I took the risk to prep again and challenge myself mentally, physically, and emotionally to not just succeed in bodybuilding but grow as a person that would be worthy of inspiring this new generation.”
While Ratushnyi did not directly call out Arnold, he made it a point to share his new record, as she should.
“LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS IS YOUR NEW YOUNGEST IFBB CLASSIC PRO, and the OVERALL CHAMPION AT NPC NATIONALS 2023,” he concluded.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Pump You Up With $150K Personal Bodybuilding Session
Arnold has yet to comment on the overtaking, but we’re sure he’s comfortable with his many bodybuilding victories over the years.
The Terminator star won Mr. Universe four times during his bodybuilding career. He also earned the Mr. Olympia title seven times, which stood as another record until Lee Haney grabbed an eighth Mr. Olympia win in 1991.
Arnold retired from bodybuilding over four decades ago. But he still makes it a point to stay svelt. And according to Sport Bible, he offers personal training sessions these days—and they’ll set you back a staggering $150,000. He doesn’t pocket the proceeds though. Instead, he hands all of the earnings to charity.
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