Sylvester Stallone, who has played John Rambo and Rocky, was an icon of Hollywood heroism. He was my idol when I first watched those movies and I even had the First Blood poster stuck on my wall during school days. This year, 2008, Stallone is going to be 62 years old and his fourth Rambo movie was just released in January 2008.
In February 2007, Stallone was stopped by Australian Customs officials for having human growth hormone Jintropin in his luggage. He was then convicted of taking restricted muscle-building hormones into the country and ordered to pay for the fine. In an interview, Stallone has actually admitted that Jintropin gave his body a boost to feel and look good and he needed that for the shooting of Rambo IV in Burma. He also said that he takes that hormone regularly because of damaged tendons and thin bones. From his words, sound as if he is using it as an anti-aging therapy.
To make things worse, Stallone’s ex-lover, Janice Dickinson has told the media that she has seen Stallone “juicing up” with steroids when they were together. She even claimed that Stallone injected her with steroids as well and make her ending up with big arms like Popeye. Stallone has hit back at her claims and called her a liar.
So, those are the negative news about Stallone. He did have one of the better bodies in Hollywood when he was filming for his first few Rocky and Rambo movies in 1980s. He was training with two time Mr. Olympia Franco Columbu at that time.
To look like one of those lean prisoners of war (POW) in Rambo I (1982), Stallone consumed very little daily. Rumor said that he ate only 200 calories to slim down, but I found it hard to believe. 200 calories is really very little for a day. The food is mainly protein food with occasional potato. He lost his weight until 159 pounds (about 72 kilogram).
In making Rocky III (1982), Stallone continued to drop his weight to 155 lbs (about 70 kilogram) to have the effect of David & Goliath in the boxing ring. He ate a diet of 10 egg whites and a piece of toast with a piece of fruit a day. That diet has made him so weak. He worked out and ate more later to build up his muscle mass up to about 175 lbs for the final face-off match.
In Rambo II (1985), Stallone trained six and half weeks before the filming. Franco got him to train his abs with a total of 500 repetitions for every abs workout including 125 times each on sit-ups, led raises, side raises and side bends. Stallone’s measurements when he was filming Rambo II were 50-inch of chest, 29-inch of waist and 17-inch biceps. At his peak, his body fat percentage was about 4%.
Stallone continued to stun the world with his muscular physique in Rambo III (1987). In an interview, when asked whether he was taking steroid, he answered that he was taking an amino acid which was equally strong as steroids. Since then, many have seen his body continued to bulk up.
He was once claimed that he did bench pressing on 170 to 180 kilogram of weight and doing squat for over 220 kilogram in his prime time. He eventually hurt his pectoral muscle (chest muscle) and rumor saying that he had to undergo an operation in hospital.
Rocky V (Rocky Balboa) and Rambo IV
In year 2007, Stallone has his fifth sixth Rocky movie, Rocky Balboa. No-one thought he could do it, but Sly Stallone, despite being over 60, was still able to achieve the muscular and combatant physique needed to reprise his once famous role. He trained only 3 days a week, but he lifted heavy weights and spent time in crunches with more protein intake. Certainly, his body was no where close to the one he had 20 years ago.
With the incident in Australia mentioned earlier, I afraid that the rumor of him using steroid is going to be more true than ever. Just like Madonna who is obsessed with self image and the worry of getting old, Stallone has done what he thinks is the best for his body, though many may disagree with his choice.
Now, in his latest Rambo IV movie in year 2008, do not expect to see many scenes showing shirtless Stallone. Unlike previous Rambo movies, I heard he has his shirt on most of the time. He knows what he has left at his age.
Putting the steroid issue aside, according to his bodyguard, Gary Compton, even nowadays, Stallone does not take snack though he does take pasta once a in a blue moon and even that, it has to be made with special flour. Fish and brown rice are the main food. He seldom drinks alcohol drink and he eats oatmeal cookies for quick energy. In short, he cares a lot about his diet and he has been doing it since many years ago.
Steroid or no steroid, good or bad, I am still going to watch Rambo IV.
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