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Stallone has played bigger than life heroes of superhero proportions
his whole career. His most famous roles are always going to be Rocky and
Rambo, but Sly has even played a comic book hero once, Judge Dredd, and
had his movie Demolition Man turned into a one shot comic. Don't forget
the old Rambo cartoon series that came out of the Rambo movies.
Stallone was first inspired to achieve greatness in the gym when he
saw Steve Reeves
a former Mr. Universe on a Hercules movie.
That was way
back when Sly was only 13 years old. Steve Reeves was also a role model
for the Incredible Hulk star,
Sly has had many different work out plans over the years. These days he
will tell you that in the old days his body was always in a state of
breakdown as he refers to it. These days he gives his body more time to
Stallone says, "I follow a high-protein diet: Anything with a face,
that's what I eat, with something green next to it,"
"Over the years, my biggest flaw was overtraining. In the gym six days a
week, doing more sit-ups at night ... my body was in a constant state of
Now I focus on a variety of exercises, working out three times a week
for 90 minutes per session. I really feel good--much stronger than I've
ever felt, actually. Something's working."
Rocky III Training
Stallone would go on a two mile jog, then go straight into 18 rounds of
sparring, 2 hours of weightlifting and jumping rope. After all this, he
would take a nap in the afternoon, then go running again! He would
finish the day with a swim. Stallone dropped his body weight to a mere
155 lbs, with a diet of 10 eggwhites and a burnt piece of toast once a
day, and a piece of fruit every third day. This diet left him weak and
dizzy, he then built his muscle mass up ounce by ounce until he was up
to about 175. That's definitely a hard way to lose weight and get
Stallone - "I led a very unhealthy regimen while working to
develop my body for the later 'Rocky' movies. I was working out on an
empty stomach, and my body began to cannibalize itself. It was my plan
to reduce myself that way, then add on muscle ounce by ounce. I went
down to 155 pounds - and I'm five-feet-ten. I was all skin and bone. I
was also drinking great quantities of coffee to stimulate myself, to
give me energy."
Stallone says he now follows a much healthier diet
and exercise routine. Most experts would tell you to lose weight slowly
over a long period of time is not only healthier, but also makes you
more likely to keep the weight off longer. It's all about a long term
strategy and life style choices.
Stallone - "I get up in the morning about 7:30, and first I drink
a glass of liquid amino acids. Around 7:45 a.m. I have breakfast -
easily digested foods. For example, two eggs, four figs, and toasted
pumpernickel bread. I relax for 1 hour and 15 minutes to give my food
time to digest. I'm in the gym for my morning workout around 9 a.m.
Rambo II Training
Stallone’s Split Training Schedule:
Stallone hired Franco Columbu, an Olympic weight lifter who won the
title Mr. Olympia several times from 1974 to 1981 to get him
pumped up to play Rambo the second time around.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays he split his training into two
sessions per day as follows:
Chest, back and abs workouts, including bench presses, lateral pull
downs and crunches.
Shoulders, arms and more abs, including military presses, lateral
raises, bicep curls and tricep extensions, and more crunches and leg
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays he also trained morning and
Calves and thighs, including calf raises and squats.
Rear deltoids, traps and more abs, including rear delt / bent-over rows,
shoulder presses, upright rows and more crunches.
Sylvester Stallone's Favorite Stomach Exercises
Twisting Crunches: Lie on the floor with your hands behind your
head, your knees bent, and feet comfortably off the ground. Exhale and
curl your upper body forward, rotating your elbow toward the opposite
Sets: 2 sets of 5, 10 or 15; work your way up to 30.
Hanging Raises: Rest your elbows in the
elbow slings or on the support pads (if you’re using the gym’s dip
station or hanging chair). Lean back slightly and slowly draw your knees
toward your chest as far as possible. Return to the starting position
Broomstick twist: Set an incline bench with
ankle supports at a 45º angle. Sit upright on the bench and secure your
feet under the supports. Hold a broomstick behind your head and across
your shoulders, supported by your outstretched arms. Twist left and
right on the axis of the stick, feeling the burn at your core.
|Stallone on the broomstick twist-
This one gave me the best abs of my life. Later, it really
helped get me chiseled for Rambo II and Rambo III.
I’ve been using this beauty for years. The secret is the
combination of incline and twist, which creates unrelenting
contractions that shape what trainers now like to call the
“core,” a set of muscles that includes the lower back, the
glutes, the hip flexors, and the mini-mountain range that runs
from the abs to the obliques. A powerful core is a kind of
anchor that lets you throw farther, swing harder, reach higher,
and perform better, especially as you get older. So go ahead:
Floor crunches :
Stallone has been known to do up to 1000
repetitions, for his stomach, total during a workout by training four
different areas with combinations of sit-ups, leg raises, side leg
raises and side bends.
All in One Day
One program Stallone has done in the past is to do two sets. One with
6 reps of heavy weight, and then one with 20 reps using a light weight
working all the body parts in one workout. I've tried this one myself
and it is kind of rough. It consists of shoulder press, squats, curls,
bench press etc. Haven't done this one in a while because it will really
take it out of you.
This workout plan Sylvester
Stallone shared in an ad for his health products in a muscle magazine.
Do 10-15 minutes of light to medium cardio first.
squats or leg press
lying or seated leg curl
seated close grip row
wide grip front pulldown
barbell or dumbbell bench
front military press
standing calf raise
|This is the work out plan he follows these days.
Angled Weighted Pull-Up (3-4 sets, 6-12 reps) After a warm-up set with
bodyweight, Stallone dons a weighted vest; he alternates pulling his
chin first toward his right hand, then his left.
Unilateral Low-Cable Row (3-4 sets, 14-16 reps) Sly uses a special
machine with two weight stacks side-by-side and holds a D-handle in each
hand. He does 10 reps together, then alternates for 4-6 more reps.
Plate-Loaded Machine Shrug (3 sets, 6-12 reps) Sly works up to 400-plus
T-Bar Row (3 sets, 10-12 reps) Done with one end of a barbell placed in
a corner, Sly reps one arm at a time.
Squat-Jump Pull-Up (3 sets, 8 reps) Using a pull-up bar that's at least
8 feet high, Sly does bodyweight squats, jumping from the floor on the
upward push and grasping the bar. He does a pull-up, drops back to the
floor into another squat and continues for reps.
Uneven Standing Barbell Curl (3 sets, 8-12 reps) Sly holds the barbell
with one hand in the center, one nearer one side, so one arm is taking
on more of the load. To work each side evenly, he switches grip position
Strive Curl Machine (3 sets, 12-18 reps per set) Sly adjusts the
"Strive" cam three times per set for different stimuli on his bi's,
completing 4-6 reps per setting.
Dumbbell Hammer Curl (3 sets, 18-30 reps) Sly starts by lifting both
dumbbells for 8-10 reps, then finishes with rapid, alternating reps for
Standing Calf-Machine Shrug (3 sets, 6-12 reps) With feet planted and
body rigid, Sly shrugs to raise the shoulder pads.
Sly does weighted ab training between exercises and finishes with
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