For some folks, doing 30 minutes of exercise a day is not only enough exercise but it is also the most they can force themselves to get through on a repeated basis. This is normal people we’re talking about by the way, not the daily runners and gym junkies that just can’t get enough of the grind. And even with that, most of them pale in comparison to what Sylvester Stallone did during his Hollywood heyday — and today judging from his looks.
For Stallone, the routine involves six days of working out, twice a day, with a diet that features a glass of liquid aminos before breakfast. It’s a dedication that seems to pay off, with the proof being in the guy’s body at 69. To get there, though, Stallone had the help of Mr. Olympia Franco Columbu — one of Schwarzenegger’s pals and someone you probably saw in Pumping Iron. Columbu would help Stallone get what he wanted according to Viral Thread:
“I wanted to look like Tarzan – sleek, tight, almost catlike,” Stallone stated on the subject of his legendary workouts. “I wanted to forget the bulk and go for well-developed muscles. I began a hardcore weight-lifting program, working out twice a day. When I made Rocky, I increased my exercise.”
The two would work together throughout the Rocky and Rambo films, devising this insane workout that Stallone apparently kept up with throughout his career — including his revival with Rambo, Rocky Balboa, and The Expendables films:
“I worked out a program that was right for him and then I led the way, constantly increasing weights and reps,” Columbu explains. “I knew for sure that this would motivate him to try and keep up with me. If I took a weight and did 12 reps, Sly would have to try and do at least seven. Then, next set, I would do 15 reps, so he would have to increase his reps to at least 10. By the end of our training he was doing curls with 70 lb dumbbells.”
Checking out his full workout is like looking at some crazy manifesto for someone addicted to the gym. I feel like I would fall over struggling to breathe just from looking at the lineup for one set of days. What isn’t too crazy, aside from the aminos, is his diet. It’s less about the quantity here — like you’ve seen with The Rock and his massive diet — and more about the odd specifics involved with the food:
Sylvester Stallone Diet
Pre-breakfast: A glass of liquid aminos
Breakfast: 3 egg whites, half yoke, Irish oatmeal, toasted pumpernickel bread, fresh papaya, few figs
Lunch: Roasted summer squash, broiled skinless chicken, salad, figs or berries
Dinner: Salad, broiled fish, high-fibre toasted bread; occasionally eats veal
No ramen noodles, no bag of cheese curls, and no leftover spiral ham from Thanksgiving. Stallone is clearly focused, but I think we can all agree that that whole veal thing is highly questionable. Either way, you can see the workout in action below and see if you can modify it to suit your needs. Sure, there’s probably some HGH floating around in that diet too, but it doesn’t mean that you won’t feel a little different following this workout.