Arnoldi, 53, who has penned three best-sellers and won a bodybuilding trophy, says she was horrified to be told while working on her first book and female bodybuilding classic Chemical Pink she had a 'bad case of writer's butt'.
The winner of the 1992 Southern California Bodybuilding Championship was shocked and immediately took action – finding the solution in the good old walking lunge.
But she recommends applying the walking lunge not only in the gym but throughout the day, wherever you are!
So lunge to the bathroom, lunge in the kitchen, lunge to the store and lunge back to bed at the end of the day!
In an article on her website www.katiearnoldi.com called Writer's Butt and the Miracle of the Walking Lunge' she says: “I first discovered the wonders of the walking lunge in the midst of writing Chemical Pink. While working on that book, and all my subsequent endeavours, it wasn’t unusual for me to spend upwards of 14 hours a day in the saddle, pounding my keyboard, digging deep into my characters, whipping my manuscript into shape.
“Even if you’re sitting in an ergonomic, perfectly balanced, anti-bacterial, posture neutral chair, like I do, your caboose is going to take a beating with that kind of extended pressure.
“It wasn’t long before I was diagnosed, by my close friend and mentor Charles Glass, as having a bad case of Writer’s Butt. Writer’s Butt is defined as the flattening and spreading of the gluteus maximus muscle. Without proper care attention, Writer’s Butt can become a chronic and irreversible condition.
“For me, as an ex-bodybuilder, this was simply an unacceptable situation. Charles prescribed a daily dose of the walking lunge and that did the trick. It’s been over 12 years and I have not had a relapse.
“Throughout your work week, don’t walk, lunge. Lunge to the post office; lunge in the supermarket. It’s a perfectly normal and healthy thing to do.
“Your friends will probably join you once they notice the incredible changes in your body. Lunge everywhere. By the time you’re ready to hit the hay each night, you should have the sorest set of buns this side of the equator.”