Schwarzenegger Addresses Chiropractors at ICA Fitness
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke to a group of about
350 Doctors of Chiropractic
in Columbus, Ohio, on March 7, 2009. Each year, the
chiropractic profession and the fitness world come
together during the Arnold Fitness weekend. Governor
Schwarzenegger is a long time proponent of physical
fitness and a long time supporter of chiropractic.
the past 17 years, the International Chiropractors
Association (ICA) has held their "Symposium on Natural
Fitness" in conjunction with the "Arnold Classic" and
Arnold has come to the chiropractic event to speak to
the chiropractors and take pictures with every
chiropractor in attendance. Arnold and his family are
supporters of chiropractic and have received
chiropractic care for years.
At this years event, the
Governor spoke about the tough economic times. He
commented that in the midst of financially hard times,
the chiropractic and fitness professions are both
growing. He told the group, "There's a financial
crisis, there's an unemployment crisis, there's a
housing crisis, there's a mortgage crisis, there's as
many crisis as you can think of, except in chiropractic
and in fitness, and at the Arnold Classic." The
Arnold Fitness weekend is held each year in Columbus and
boasts some 17,000 athletes. In comparison, the most
recent Olympics had 10,000 athletes.
At the Chiropractic
Symposium, Dr. John Maltby, ICA President (left) gave
Arnold a large card signed by the chiropractors in
attendance. In response the Governor commented, "Thank
you very much. You (referring to Dr. Maltby and the
Chiropractors present) said that you have given me a lot
of things like statues, and trophies and crystal things,
but I just want to say that the most important thing
that you have given me is your friendship and I really
appreciate it and thank you very much."
At both the ICA Symposium,
and onstage in front of thousands during the main Arnold
Fitness bodybuilding events, Governor Schwarzenegger
honored Dr. Franco Columbu, a Chiropractor and one of
Arnold's closest friends. Arnold told the chiropractic
group that he met Franco Columbu on October 3,1 1965, in
Germany. The Arnold Fitness website noted, "The
Arnold Schwarzenegger Lifetime Achievement Award was
presented to Franco Columbu by Governor Schwarzenegger.
Dr. Franco Columbu has won all the major bodybuilding
and powerlifting titles in the world, including Mr.
Olympia twice. He is also a doctor of chiropractic and
an expert in Sports Medicine and Kinesiology. Columbu
has starred in and produced numerous feature films."
With Arnold at his side
(picture above), the International Chiropractors
Association also presented Dr. Columbu with the "Crystal
Award" signifying a lifetime of service to the
chiropractic profession and the health and fitness of
people around the word. Arnold himself is a previous
recipient of this award. Dr. Columbu is also a member of
the California Chiropractic Board of Examiners as is Dr.
Hugh Lubkin, (right side of above picture) who was also