On March 5 2011, in Columbus Ohio, the sports and fitness world shared a common interest in performance with the chiropractic world. It was on this day that the Arnold Classic Sports Festival was held along side the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) Sports and Fitness Symposium. The Arnold Classic brought thousands of athletes including the elite in fitness and bodybuilding. The ICA brought some of the best chiropractic experts on care for athletes and performance enhancement.
Celebrities were aplenty at these events but several stars made special appearances at the chiropractic event to specifically address the chiropractors. One such celebrity was Lou Ferrigno, an actor and former champion bodybuilder, who won the International Federation of Body Builders Mr. America title and two consecutive Mr. Universe titles. He spoke to the group of doctors and stated, “I have to say thanks to you because you people will help a lot of people, keep them from having surgery unless they have to have surgery”. Ferrigno noted that he recently had to have his knee and hip joints replaced due to years of heavy training. He credited chiropractic for helping him recover and noted, “I need to have chiropractic once a month, or twice a month. Sometimes I go every week because I think it is very vital.”
The most anticipated portion of the chiropractic event was when Arnold Schwarzenegger gave a talk to the attendees. He started his address by praising the relationship that his fitness expo has had with the chiropractors over the past 19 years. He noted that in past years the bodybuilding world and the chiropractic world both had a problem with their image in some peoples’ minds. He explained by saying, “Some people have a terrible image of chiropractic. This is why you are at this convention here. This is why I myself have always been out there campaigning and talking well about chiropractic.” Arnold continued, “We’ve got to let the people know that there is a necessity, it’s not even an option, it’s a necessity to have a chiropractor. As much as it is a necessity to have a dentist, if you have a dentist for the family, you should have your chiropractor for the family.”
Former California Gov. Schwarzenegger then talked about how chiropractic has personally helped him and his family by saying, “I have seen it over the years, over the 40 years since Franco Columbu, my dear friend, became a chiropractor, and how this has helped our family, how many times he has saved the day in our family. So we know the value. We talk about it all the time. Every seminar that I do about exercising and training, weight resistance training, good nutrition, I talk about the importance of chiropractic.”
A YouTube video of Gov. Schwarzenegger making the above remarks can be seen at the following address: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgKlXPS9Jr4