Schwarzenegger Returns to Bodybuilding Roots
PHOTO: Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger poses for pictures as he arrives to attend the European premiere of "The Last Stand" in central London on Jan. 22, 2013.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger will be flexing his editorial muscle as group executive editor of two bodybuilding magazines.

The former governor of California has re-joined the masthead at Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazines, where he will contribute monthly columns and provide strategic and creative input.

The re-partnering was announced Friday by American Media Inc., which owns both magazines.

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In 1968, a 21-year-old Schwarzenegger was made the face of bodybuilding by his mentor and owner of the magazines, Joe Wieder. Schwarzenegger has since appeared on the cover of both publications more than 60 times.

The "Terminator" star had to resign from his gig at the publications when he was elected governor of California in 2003.

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"It was in these magazines that I found the spark that inspired me to start lifting weights, and eventually move to America and realize my dreams, and I'm proud to return as executive editor," Schwarzenegger said in a statement. "Bodybuilding has always been part of my life, and I know Muscle & Fitness and Flex will continue to motivate others - as it did me - to lift weights and lead a healthy lifestyle, promote the sport of bodybuilding, and, as Joe used to say in every issue, 'exceed themselves'."

Schwarzenegger has kept busy starring in action movies since leaving office. He most recently appeared in "The Last Stand."

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