Bodybuilder Andreas Cahling’s overall title win at the prestigious IFBB Professional Mr. International contest in 1980 represented not only the culmination of years of hard work and dedication on the part of the 27-year-old Swede, but also the beginning of a decade of athletic prominence. During the ten years that followed, Cahling — who began weight training at age 12 to improve his strength for wrestling and, upon moving to southern California in 1976, was a finalist at the AAU Mr. California and Mr. America competitions, as well as finishing in 2nd place at the IFBB Mr. World contest — never once missed being a finalist in international competitions, including high placings at both the IFBB World Grand Prix Finals and IFBB Pro World Championships.
In 2011, Andreas made a comeback to bodybuilding competitions, finishing 13th in the IFBB Masters Pro World and competing in his first Masters Mr. Olympia in 2012. Over the course of his illustrious career, Cahling’s legendary physique has graced the cover of hundreds of magazines, and his articles on training and nutrition have been featured in publications including FLEX magazine and Muscle & Fitness.
In 2015, Cahling starred as the Norse god Thor in David Sandberg’s acclaimed short film Kung Fury, an homage to 1980s martial arts and police action films.
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How did you initially become interested in wrestling?
A classmate in 6th grade asked me to go with him.
At the age of 17, you moved to Japan to compete in the Japanese freestyle wrestling league. What are your fondest memories of that period of your life?
The camaraderie of belonging to the wrestling team and learning a new culture and language. Training judo with the riot police. Working as a bartender/host in a German restaurant in Osaka called Edelweiss.
Growing up, who were your biggest influences or role models?
My father Sigvard.
What are the biggest differences between the bodybuilding world of the late 1970s and the bodybuilding world of today?
There is more of everything involved but less mass appeal due to less emphasis on aesthetics.
What does your training regimen look like these days?
Light to moderate weights, stretching and dancing. I like biking.
How did the opportunity to star in Kung Fury come about? Did David Sandberg specifically seek you out for the role of Thor?
I was found through my You Tube videos.
David Sandberg wrote me after seeing me on You Tube and said I would be perfect to play Thor in his film. I accepted and flew over to Sweden. I was the only hired actor.
What were your thoughts upon seeing the finished version of Kung Fury for the first time?
Mind boggling work by David Sandberg and his team. I felt grateful to be a part of it.
If you could hack time, what year would you like to visit?
What does a typical day for you look like?
My days are different but could be like: Up early for coffee, eat, sleep more, work a little, get ready for gym, group therapy, eat, work a little and go dancing. Like to eat before going to bed.
What advice would you offer to aspiring bodybuilders?
Learn to listen to your body. Learn about nutrition. Focus on natural organic foods. Learn to train with minimum risk for injuries. Train your mind to think positive thoughts by focusing on what you have and not on what you do not have.