For a moment, it was as if Joseph Baena was an exact copy of his father, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The 21-year-old posed just like Arnie did back in his bodybuilding days!
“Just a lil thicc,” Joseph Baena, 21, captioned a Jan. 13 photo uploaded to his Instagram account, showing off his muscular back, beefy arms and yes, his thick legs. Yet, there was more to this picture than meets the eye. Not only was Joesph showing off the amazing results of all his hard work at the gym, but he was giving love to his father, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 71. Joesph, per E! News, was striking the same pose that Arnold hit shortly after winning his sixth consecutive Mr. Olympia title in 1975. Amazing!
That’s not all. It’s quite likely that this pose was taken at the original Gold’s Gym in Venice, California. Joseph has been hitting the weights at Gold’s (he was seen exiting the iconic gym on Jan. 16.) FYI, Joseph is the same age as Arnold was when he first started working out at Gold’s Gym in Venice, according to Daily Mail. Once again — like father, like son. The resemblance is uncanny!
Whether or not Joseph goes pro with his bodybuilding efforts, it does seem like he’s doing best to be like his dad when it comes to getting PUMPED. “It’s only the beginning,” Joseph captioned a November 2018 photo of himself posing (in a Hulkamania shit, no less) which showed off just how ripped he was. The next day, he gave everyone a good look at his chest while doing some chest exercises. “No coach; just lots of dedication, effort, and great workout partners! #thereisnomagicpill #themeccaofbodybuilding.”
While it’s accurate to call him Arnold’s “love child” – Joseph is Arnie’s son with Mildred Baena, his former housekeeper, with whom he had an affair while he was married to Maria Shriver, 63 – he has maintained a good relationship with his son since admitting paternity in 2011. “I can beat myself up as much as I want — it’s not gonna change the situation,” he told the NY Daily News in 2017. “So the key thing is, how do you move forward? How do you have a great relationship with your kids?”
Arnold celebrated Joseph’s 19th birthday at a German beer hall, and Joseph sent love to Arnold on IG when the Predator actor turned 71. “Happy Birthday to the man that’s always pumped! Love you, dad.” Recently, Joseph spent Christmas Eve with his father and fellow action legend, Sylvester Stallone.