The 2021 Arnold Sports Festival, one of the more prestigious bodybuilding competitions in the world, is underway this weekend in Columbus, Ohio.
Established in 1989 and named after Arnold Schwarzenegger, the event was slated to go off in March but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before playing host at the competition on Saturday, the event’s namesake enjoyed a quiet and funny moment with former NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal that grabbed the attention of two of Schwarzenegger’s sons.
Hilarious: Arnold Schwarzenegger, 74, joked about Shaquille O’Neal, 49, towering over him in a photo taken at the 2021 Arnold Sports Festival competition in Columbus, Ohio
After sharing greetings, Schwarzenegger, 74, had a photo taken alongside Shaq, and the obvious height difference didn’t get past the Terminator.
‘Great to see my friend @shaq in Columbus, although I don’t know why he always insists on standing on a 2 foot box when he’s with me,’ the former California governor and bodybuilding champion joked.
‘I’m here for the @arnoldsports, he’s here to do a fantastic DJ show. We used to share an office years ago and I love seeing his continued success.’
At 7ft1in tall, the former Los Angeles Lakers great towers over Schwarzenegger, even though he stands at 6ft2in, himself.
Funny: Two of the former California governor’s son, Joseph Baena and Patrick Schwarzenegger joked about the height disparity, including a reference to the actor’s 1988 comedy film Twins
Throwback snap: Patrick Schwarzenegger commented how his dad’s picture with Shaq reminds him of the movie poster for their comedy buddy film Twins (1988)
Like father, like son: Both Joseph and Patrick have followed in their father’s footsteps by staying in shape though bodybuilding with weights
The longtime leading action film star’s son, Joseph Baena, couldn’t resist sharing a funny comment, writing, ‘When is @shaq doing his guest posing routine?’
Baena, 23, is Schwarzenegger’s son from his extramarital affair he had with his family’s former household employee Mildred Patricia ‘Patty’ Baena.
His other son, Patrick Schwarzenegger, from his marriage to Maria Shriver, also felt the need to joke with his father about the height difference between his dad and Shaq.
‘Kinda like the Twins poster !!’ the actor, 28, wrote, in a reference to the movie poster for his father’s buddy comedy film, Twins (1988), that he did with Danny DeVito.
Namesake: The Terminator played host to Saturday’s finals at the 2021 Arnold Sports Festival
Host: Arnold also sat on a panel at the finals of his bodybuilding event
Competitive: The @armoldsports event is among the most prestigious of men’s bodybuilding
Throughout the day, Schwarzenegger also took to his Instagram page and shared a number of photos and video clips shot during the Arnold Classic competition.
The event is considered the second-most-prestigious event in professional men’s bodybuilding, physique, figure and bikini after Joe Weider’s Olympia, and has also been the second-most-prestigious event in professional female bodybuilding.
The world-class athletes are competing for $438,000 in prize money and the title of Arnold Champion.
‘It’s been a tough time for our athletes and our fans, and I’m so proud to host this show for you,’ the host shared in another Instagram post earlier on Saturday, before promoting the live streaming link to the annual event.
Promo mode: Schwarzenegger also took to his Instagram page and shared a number of photos and video clips shot during the Arnold Classic competition
Weighing in: The former bodybuilding champion joined in for the telecast
Title: Athletes are competing for $438,000 in prize money and the title of Arnold Champion
Paying homage: The action star also paid tribute to Jim Lorimer, the man who helped launch @anoldsports 32 years ago