SPEAKING WITH SYLVESTER STALLONE: Building The Best Physique Outside Bodybuilding - Jeff Cavaliere
Rambo forever. Stallone 73 and he's in great shape
The international trailer for Rambo: Last Blood was released last week. The film will appear in Russian cinemas on September 19. 37 years have passed since the release of the first part of the cult franchise, the leading actor Sylvester Stallone is already 73, and he is still in excellent physical shape. One man's war is still Stallone's war.
How did Stallone get ready for filming?
With each new Rambo part, Sylvester Stallone was building up his muscles, becoming more athletic. In many ways, he was helped with this by the two-time title holder Mr. Olympia, one of the most famous bodybuilders in the world, Franco Colombo, who for several years was his personal trainer. Through training with Columbo, Stallone kept fit and prepared for the filming of Rocky and Rambo.
Rambo: First Blood, 1982
Rambo: First Blood 2, 1985
Rambo III, 1988
Rambo IV, 2008
Rambo: Last Blood 2019
In the photo from left to right: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Colombo, Sylvester Stallone
In his best years, Stallone had indicators of about 170-180 kg in the bench press and 200-220 kg while sitting.
Sylvester Stallone's training program from Franco Colombo
Ponede flax / Wednesday / Friday
Morning: chest, back, press.
Evening: shoulders, arms, press.
Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday
Morning: lower leg, thighs.
Evening: back deltas, trapeze, abs.
In the photo: Franco Colombo, Sylvester Stallone
For the role of John Rambo, Stallone needed to gain muscle mass. The workout was different from Rocky, where Stallone played a boxer and did a lot of cardio, jogging and boxing. This time, it was impossible to spend calories on such training. Preference was given to strength training in the gym. With the help of the bodybuilders he met, the actor gained four kilograms of lean muscle mass without excess fat.
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Sylvester rocked his abs every two days, three times a day, doing over 500 reps. He performed torso, leg raises, side leg raises, and side crunches. He performed each of these exercises 50 times one after the other, repeating the cycle five times.
An important detail of Stallone's preparation is naps. An hour of sleep helps to restore strength after a grueling morning workout.
According to Franco, if Sylvester Stallone decided to become a bodybuilder, not an actor, with his magnificent proportions, amazing athletic ability and assertiveness, he would definitely become one of best bodybuilders.
Sylvester Stallone in the gym
Photo: vk .com / sly_stallone
Now the age does not allow the actor to carry out such intense training, so he reduced the load. Still, Sly's program is unlikely to be up to most people his age.
Stallone's daily routine and workout routine
7:30 - getting up, taking aminoksilot.
7:45 - breakfast with easily digestible food (2 eggs, 4 figs, toasted bread made from coarse rye flour).
8:00 - 9:00 - rest.
9:00 - workout:
warm-up - 10 minutes, workout of arm muscles - 45 minutes,
delta - 25 minutes.
Abdominal muscle workout - 25-30 minutes.
At the end - 500 turns with a gymnastic stick.
12:30 - lunch (salad, fried chicken, fried zucchini, fruit ).
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Dinner: fried fish, salad, spinach, two slices of toasted dark bread.
From time to time, instead of chicken and fish, the actor eats veal. But any meat from Stallone's diet, he says, is cooked simply and low in fat. At one time, his food was so impeccable that if he ate a hot dog he would get painful cramps and cramps.
Usually Stallone trains three days in a row, and rests the fourth day. If a tough business week is ahead, the number of workouts is cut to half, and the amount of food is also halved.
Sylvester Stallone training with a horse for Rambo 5
Last August, a video appeared on Stallone's official Instagram his training for filming in the last part of Rambo.
Sylvester Stallone firmly believes in what the ancient Greek philosopher Plato preached: To be a fully developed person, you need to build your mind and body equally.
Stallone is the clearest example of the fact that it is never too late to start training. The actor began regularly working on improving his physical condition when he was already 30.