Master of the universe

Sure looks like the next Arnold, but he’s carving out his own unique niche in bodybuilding and Hollywood.

For 25-year-old bodybuilder Calum von Moger, a lot. He’s already been dubbed “Arnold
2.0,” and both the resemblance and résumé are fitting. At 6’2″ and 245 pounds, von Moger’s size is comparable to Arnold’s, plus he’s already won three Mr. Universe titles, albeit overseas. Hell, even his native country (Australia) is only a few letters off from Arnold’s place of birth (Austria). The dark hair, the good looks—more attributes that are strikingly Arnold-esque. And it would seem that’s what von Moger is going for, as he openly admits to being inspired by vintage bodybuilders like the Oak, Dave Draper, and Steve Reeves rather than by modern behemoths like Phil Heath and Jay Cutler. But despite the similarities, he’s not trying to be Arnold. In the following interview, von Moger talks training, old-school bodybuilders, and taking his love of fitness global.

ARNOLD 2.0 Calum von Moger’s uncommon height and good looks put him in a unique category.

QUESTION: Arnold 2.0 is a hell of a nickname to have as a young guy. But the resemblance is pretty striking, so it definitely fits. Are you trying to chart a similar path into the movies as Arnold?
CALUM VON MOGER: After the name Arnold has made for himself, it’s definitely a compliment. While I admire Arnold and his accomplishments, I’m a man of my own, and I plan on making my own path. As for the movies, if the opportunity presents itself, I would absolutely give it a shot. Nothing to lose!

QUESTION: Your inspiration growing up came from seeing past photos and movies of classic bodybuilders like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Reeves, and Dave Draper. Why were the vintage physiques so much more appealing to you than the ones of modern times?
CVM: I liked how realistic they were compared with the others. Their look was naturally appealing— perfect symmetry and musculature. The very first bodybuilder I saw was Steve Reeves. As a young chap, I looked up to him. He was Hercules! And like other kids and their superheroes, he was mine. I wanted to be just like him. Then, as I got a little bit older, Arnold made an impression on me. To me, their bodies were different from the typical “big guys.” They had something more, something the others were missing.

QUESTION: Is your training reminiscent of the bodybuilders of the 1960s and ’70s, with superhigh volume and endless training sessions? Or is it more modern with shorter workouts? In other words, are you trying to mimic the old-school training style in addition to the classic-looking
CVM: I go through phases. I try not to fall into long-term patterns. I don’t adopt the same method over and over. It keeps my body guessing. But I still give 100% in every workout. I
can train for two hours or 45 minutes, and the intensity is the same. It just depends on what specific goal I’m training for at the time.

QUESTION: Can you walk me through a typical week of your training split?
CVM: Sure. My typical training split is: back and calves on Monday; thighs on Tuesday; chest on Wednesday; shoulders and hamstrings on Thursday; arms on Friday; rest on Saturday; and then Day 1, back and calves on Sunday.

QUESTION: How many years of training do you have under your belt?
CVM: It feels like I’ve been training since I was in diapers, but it’s been about 10 years.

QUESTION: Where do you see yourself in five years from a physique standpoint? And what are your career goals?
CVM: In five years I hope I’m within 10 pounds of my current shape but a bit more conditioned. From a career standpoint, I would like to run my own classic bodybuilding contest. I’d also like to do more grassroots work—traveling the globe, running health and fitness seminars. On the business side, I would like to have my own store with fitness clothing along with other merchandise.

Von Moger’s typical daily diet:

Meal 1 Oats, 1 scoop Cellucor protein, berries, and yogurt
Meal 2 6 egg whites, 1 whole egg, and 6 oz bison
Meal 3 9 oz chicken, 7 oz rice, salad, and 1 cup vegetables
Meal 4 9 oz red meat, 7 oz potato
Meal 5 9 oz chicken, 7 oz rice, salad, and 1 cup vegetables
Meal 6 12 egg whites and ½ cup cream of rice


When asked what supplements he takes, von Moger rattled off this laundry list:


Pre-workout: C4 by Cellucor
Cellucor Alpha Amino
Cellucor COR-Performance Whey
Cellucor COR-Performance Creatine
Cellucor COR-Performance ZMA
Vitamins C, B, E, D
Digestive enzymes