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Schwarzenegger visits Bryan Station, 1990

Posted on August 19, 2014 | in Uncategorized | by
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, chairman of President George H. Bush's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, flexed his muscles during a Sept. 24, 1990 visit to Bryan Station High School in Lexington. The actor was on a nine-state tour to promote exercise and good health. Schwarzenegger was Chair of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports from 1990-93. At left, looking up at Schwarzenegger is Kentucky Governer Wallace Wilkinson.  Photo by Jennfer Podis | staff

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, then chairman of President George H. W.  Bush’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, flexed his muscles during a visit to Lexington’s Bryan Station High School on Sept. 24, 1990. The actor was on a nine-state tour to promote exercise and good health. Schwarzenegger, who was chairman of the fitness council from 1990-93, arrived at Bryan Station about 9 a.m. and watched 56 members of the school’s two advanced physical education classes train under coaches John Nochta and Gloria Compton. At the push-up station, Schwarzenegger got on the floor and into the face of Byron Gabbard, 16. “He told me to put my chest to the ground,” Gabbard said. Schwarzenegger told the kids “It doesn’t matter how smart we are. We have to house this great mind in a great body.” He cited statistics: Most kids can’t do a chin-up or 10 push-ups. He bemoaned the exclusion of physical education as a requirement in school. No excuse for phasing out physical education is a good excuse, he said. And there’s no good excuse for remaining out of condition. “Budget is no excuse,” he said. “Time is no excuse. What we need is will. Will conquers all.” At left, looking up at Schwarzenegger, was Kentucky Gov. Wallace Wilkinson.  Photo by Jennfer Podis | Herald-Leader Staff

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