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Van Dammu 59. Kickboxer still sits on the splits

Today Jean-Claude Van Damme is 59 years old. The famous actor and fighter is not losing ground: he continues to act in films, develops his own training program, and his physical fitness and figure can only be envied. We'll tell you what kind of sports the universal soldier played in his youth and how he manages to keep his muscles in good shape today.

Most people know Jean-Claude Van Damme as an action actor, along with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. But before getting to Hollywood and gaining worldwide fame, Van Damme managed to achieve success in the sports field. So, from the age of ten he was engaged in karate, and at the age of 16 he got into the Belgian national team, with which he won the European Championship and received a black belt.

In addition to karate, the actor was fond of kickboxing. In 1979, he defeated the American athlete Sherman Bergman, knocking him out in the 59th second. And in 1980 he won a duel with the British champion Michael J. Heming. Van Damme's personal record in kickboxing is 20 wins out of 22 fights, in 13 of which he knocked out rivals. Also in the early 1980s, Van Damme was Chuck Norris' sparring partner.

During his film career, Van Damme has appeared in more than 50 films. His first major work was the role of the Soviet fighter Ivan Krashinsky in Don't Back Down and Don't Give Up (1986), dedicated to the memory of Bruce Lee. However, the worldwide fame of the Belgian was brought by the film Bloodsport, which premiered in 1988.

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In addition, he played and in such iconic films as Kickboxer, Universal Soldier, Street Fighter, The Expendables 2. Although Van Damme ended his sports career long ago, he still continues to act in films. In February 2019, a new film with his participation was released - We Die Young.

Jean-Claude Van Damme's athletic figure is indebted not only to regular training and proper nutrition, but also to his sports past. In addition to kickboxing and karate, the actor was also engaged in other types of martial arts: Muay Thai, Kung Fu and Taekwondo.

How does Van Damme train?

At the age of 59, the actor retained excellent physical shape: not everyone can boast of the same full set of dice on the press. Van Damme himself jokes that his body looks much better than his face.

To keep his muscles toned, Jean-Claude regularlygoes in for sports, even in between filming. An actor trains every other day: one day of classes, one - recovery. He tries to do cardio three times a week.

Van Damme's workout includes :

  • cardio exercise (preferably cycling)
  • weight training (one day - two muscle groups)
  • kickboxing
  • stretch
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Exercises for different muscle groups:

Chest: press the bar from the chest (4 sets of 8-10 reps), bench press at an angle (4 sets of 8- 10 reps), dumbbell breeding while lying down (3 sets of 8-10 reps), push-ups on the uneven bars (3 sets of 10 reps), pullover (3 sets of 12 reps)

Back: Reverse grip pull-ups (4 sets of 8 reps), back shrugs (4 sets of 10 reps), bent over row pulls (4 sets of 10-12 reps)

Hips: squats (5 sets of 15 reps), front squats (4 sets of 8-10 reps), squats on the GACK simulator (3 sets of 10 reps), leg extension in support (4 sets of 10 reps), leg curl standing machine (4 sets of 10 reps), barbell pull on straight legs (3 sets of 10 reps)

Calves: Standing Calf Raise (4 sets of 10-15 reps), Barbell Calf Raise (4 sets of 10 reps)

Abs: crunches (3 sets of 25 reps), mill (10 sets of 10 reps), machine crunches (3 sets of 25 reps), half twists (10 sets of 10 reps)

Shoulders: seated barbell press (5 sets of 15 reps), side dumbbell abduction (4 sets of 8 reps), bent over dumbbells (4 sets of 8 reps), breeding dumbbells to the sides while standing (3 sets of 10 reps)

Principles of nutrition. Why does Van Damme only eat meat once a month?

To stay in top shape at all times , it is important to listen to your body - emphasizes Jean-Claude Van Damme. The actor is sure that the basis of the diet should be those products that you need right now. For example, in the morning he eats berries - a source of vitamins.

The actor's diet also contains a lot of fruits and vegetables. By the way, he always peels off the peel from them, as he believes that it accumulates substances harmful to our body. Van Damme also admits that he is not a fan of meat and only eats it once a month.

Van Dammu 59. Kickboxer still sits on the splits

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The actor believes that you need to eat small meals 6-8 times a day. He claims that with rare meals the body retains 70 percent fat. how with frequent meals, metabolism improves and the body stores only 30 percent of fat.

Signature twine. How to achieve this stretch?

In addition to achievements on the sports and film set, Jean-Claude Van Damme famous for his amazing stretch for a man. Already in the first major project (the film Don't Back Down and Don't Give Up) he demonstrated his talent.

What the Belgian did not do: he sat on a split in a jump, sagged on two chairs, but the most memorable was the epic twine. In 2013, Van Damme - at that time he was 53 years old - starred in an advertisement for Volvo trucks: the actor stretched out right between the cars that were going to the sides. According to him, it was the most epic split he has ever done. The video was filmed in Spain, on a closed part of the highway, from the first take and without a green screen: Van Damme really did the trick personally.

Moreover, the movie star is still in shape. And even after a few hours on the plane, he prefers to warm up in this way.

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