Arnold Schwarzenegger (Jeff Martin/for The Washington Post)

Showtime has bought a new drama series about a no-frills gym in 1970’s Venice Beach, Calif., which will star Arnold Schwarzenegger in a recurring role.

“Pump” traces the roots of present-day body worship to this concrete body-building mecca.

Schwarzenegger was brought in to the project after the original creator brought the idea to “Two and a Half Men” exec producers Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, who decided to get the Governator involved. Once signed, Schwarzenegger began sharing stories of his past, according to The Hollywood Reporter – though he’d already shared a lot of them on that ESPN short film “Arnold’s Blueprint” about his teen years in the Austrian Army, where his bodybuilding career began.