American Media Inc. has named Arnold Schwarzenegger, fitness legend and the former governor of California, as the new group executive editor for Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazines.

Schwarzenegger will provide strategic and creative input as well as monthly columns to the magazines and their websites, according to a statement released last Friday by American Media.

Schwarzenegger, who previously held the executive editor position with the company before becoming governor in 2003, has appeared on the magazines' covers more than 60 times since 1968 when the magazines' founder, Joe Weider, first tapped the then-21-year-old to be the face of bodybuilding. Weider was the first recipient of Club Industry's Lifetime Achievement Award.

"It was in these magazines that I found the spark that inspired me to start lifting weights, and eventually move to America and realize my dreams, and I'm proud to return as executive editor," Schwarzenegger said in a statement. "Bodybuilding has always been part of my life, and I know Muscle & Fitness and Flex will continue to motivate others—as it did me—to lift weights and lead a healthy lifestyle, promote the sport of bodybuilding, and, as Joe used to say in every issue, 'exceed themselves.'"

Schwarzenegger won bodybuilding's top contest, Mr. Olympia, seven times, and is the youngest man to win the Mr. Universe title. Last year, Schwarzenegger was part of the inaugural class of the International Sports Hall of Fame.