Arnold Schwarzenegger gushes about son, Joseph Baena, as he gets into bodybuilding

Arnold Schwarzenegger loves that his son, Joseph Baena, 21, is taking carrying on his legacy as a bodybuilder.

The former governor of California, 71, sat down with Mario Lopez on "Extra" this week, where he reacted to Baena's recreation of one of his most iconic poses on Instagram and revealed that the father-son duo has been able to bond over their love of weight lifting.

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"He's very serious about this whole thing. He wants to compete in one of the classic physique competitions," Arnold said. "I don't think he wants to go through the extreme, but he wants to have the classic physique competition and he's training very hard. He was in the gym, and I said, 'Okay, now it's shoulder training, arm training...let's go do a little deadlift,' because I believe in training for strength. I put in 455 [pounds], which he has never lifted before. 455 and he did two reps!"

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Though proud father is overjoyed that his son, who he shares with former housekeeper Midred Patricia Baena, is taking after him in the gym, he also shared with Lopez that he's encouraging Baena to continue focusing on school, as well.

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"He's very serious about it, and I'm very happy about this because, as I said to him, 'It's important to take care of your body, train hard if you're passionate about that, but also study hard,'" he explained. "It's a key thing that he gets his business degree at Pepperdine."

Arnold and his son have been spending much more time together over the past several years, since the "Terminator" star split from ex Maria Shriver, who he's still friendly with. During an appearance on Howard Stern back in 2016, Schwarzenegger opened up about their relationship.

"He's terrific and he totally understands the situation," he said at the time. "So, it all has worked out ... It's a very tough situation for him. It's a very tough situation for my kids, very tough situation for my family. It was tough for everybody. But it has happened and now we have to figure it out, right?"

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Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger poses at a premiere for "The 15:17 to Paris" in Burbank, California, U.S., February 5, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his daughter Katherine attend Trust Your Senses At DVF for Fashion's Night Out on September 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for DVF)
NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 16: (LtoR) California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with son Patrick Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver and Christopher Schwarzenegger watch during NBA All-Star Saturday Night part of 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend at the New Orleans Arena on February 16, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
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"Money doesn't make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million."
"My body is like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don't think about it, I just have it."
"The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent."
"Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer."
"I have to give the audiences what they enjoy seeing while I try to bring in a little something new"
"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength."
"You know, nothing is more important than education, because nowhere are our stakes higher; our future depends on the quality of education of our children today."
"People should make up their own mind about what they think of me."
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz talks to actor Arnold Schwarzenegger in his office in Vienna, Austria January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader
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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton

The pair first starred in the franchise in 1984.

Linda Hamilton und Arnold Schwarzenegger im Jahr 2984 (Bild: ddp images)
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