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Does Sylverster Stallone Make the Come Back with Steroid?

January 25th, 2008 · 29 Comments ·


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.


Rocky I

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.

Rambo I
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).


Rocky III

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.



Rambo II
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%.




Rambo III
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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  • Vertigo // Jan 25, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    GH or roidz, it doesn’t matter at all. He sacrificed himself just to entertain the world. That’s his passion for being an actor. It’s him… and no one else. That itself, made him one of the current living legend of the world.

  • trey // Jan 25, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    pardon me if my opinion seems off, but TO ME… i dont find steroid use to enhance one’s body is wrong (and no, i’m not a steroid user). To me, as long as that person knows how to manage and use a particular substance to his advantage AND doesnt trouble anyone else in the process.. its all good.

    life is all about choices.

  • Vertigo7 // Jan 27, 2008 at 11:46 PM

    Agreed! :)

  • eksk // Feb 4, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    say what you want.. for a guy who is 60 over year.. it still put many people half his age to shame… thats dedication for you…

  • Vertigo // Feb 4, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    O.o seems like someone’s lost here. Anyway, the Engerland is quite a powderful one though….. Pardon him, cause he just don’t get what we meant.

  • ness // Mar 6, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    I have always been fascinated with Stallone cause he’s small like me, but know how to make the best out of it. NO ONE WANTS TO WATCH SOME SKINNY LITTLE DORK in these movies. Get big as you can any way you can. JUICE ALL THE WAY!

    methyl.vol plust propadrol works fine, then pct

  • Neveryoumind // Apr 14, 2008 at 3:17 AM

    Wow all of the previous posts agree with steroid usage thats just wrong. Steroids have far more negative side effects then positive
    the first and i supose the most important for any man long periods of steroid use causes you testes and penis to shrink, brittle bone diesease try lifting more then 2 lbs when you have this diesease enlargement of the heart (its a muscle too you know) along with other heart diesases massive personality disorders such as aggressiveness for know reason AKA roidrage

    You people are crazy your body is not healthy if you are abusing it with substance the likes of bruce lee never used steroids and look at him yes stallone is bigger then lee but i bet lee was alot healthier in spirit body and mind.

  • desmond tan // Apr 16, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    stallone say in movie magazines that he take HGH, not steroids. this very public, all over internet. no need guess what.

  • K.Ranganathan // Jun 8, 2008 at 4:02 AM

    hi everybody,
    whether sly used steroids or not he did it for the sake of to be healthy and to inspire all with his enormous body power and pure atheletism.ill say or even request sly to avoid steroids and other things if he is using it regularly and teach the young aspiring atheletes that how to be strong and stay fit and look young by stopping the ageing factor throughout the life span.i am ready to learn from him who is going to follow me?

  • K.Ranganathan // Jun 8, 2008 at 4:09 AM

    Again its me last but not least i am proud to say to that i am ardent fan of this super actor and he is my idol i personally feel that i have idolised a lot of things by watching and seeing him in all most of the movies he did.he is one such actor where even his still speaks and makes a lot of things inside the mind and thoughts whoever watches him.he is my greatest hero among Boris becker,jackie chan and bruce lee and my country’s biggest silver screen actor Kamal hassan these mens are my greatest examples in my life they have prooved me like how to creat history and become an historian

  • Sunny // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:04 AM

    no doubt, he is a legend, he always sacrificed his life for the role he plays on the screens, he lives for his roles.He is a role model for millions of his fans all across the globe. I am amazed by sly strength and his capability to accept the challenges. truly a great inspiration to me

  • JY // Dec 5, 2008 at 11:52 PM

    He sacrificed himself for your entertainment?

    I’m SURE the money helped a lot too! He would never have done that for free!

    It may be okay for him to do it (HGH is still a steroid btw, even though Sly says it’s just a ‘protein’, maybe with fewer side affects than say synthol) but remember, for the average gym goer, a regular diet and no chemical assistance is ideal. After all, you’re not doing it for money!

  • Nemesis // Jan 2, 2009 at 6:03 AM

    Neveryoumind you joker, your penis doesn’t shrink . I have to discount your entire comment. The testicles atrophy, but only because they don’t need to produce testosterone whilst your on the gear, but once you’re off it, the testes come back to normal size with the right PCT. You’re just another joker passing on hearsay as gospel.

  • ace mccoy // Jan 20, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Rocky balboa was the sixth installment of the Rocky franchise not the fifth.

    I love the Rocky series and to put it simply: Stallone is a god, he has the best physique and his movies are entertaining.

    Look out for his next movie ‘The expendables’ to be released in 2009

  • hawk // Feb 22, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    You talk like The Man is washed up! Stallone doesn’t need to take off his shirt, he has nothing to prove no more! It’s obvious, just look at him, look at Rocky Balboa, the man is still in great shape, better than a whole lot of people, young and old! Steroids or no steriods, Stallone is still, “Living Physical Culture”!

  • james dutton // Mar 31, 2009 at 1:20 AM

    Look at Arnold these days he looks like crap sly is and always will be a physique icon. The man is 5 10 that aint too short Im 6 2 34 yrs old and I lift 5 days a week hit the heavy bag and run too. I know sly is really a nice guy but if he wanted to fight me I would respectfully decline. He would kick my ass so hgh steroids or not lift weights run and put your body through what sly goes through in a typical workout then talk the talk, otherwise give us a break and shut up.

  • Homebrew // Apr 23, 2009 at 8:23 AM

    I liked all of Sly’s movies, did he use steroids? I dont know, and it’s not my right to speculate that he did, or may have. It’s his body and it would be his choice if he did use. Personally after reading all I could about steroids my personal choice was to NEVER use steroids.

  • Danny // May 12, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    It is funny, I wonder if the customs officers actually thought that a fine of a couple thousand dollars would actually make Stallone think twice about breaking a law so he can make millions.

    Here is a rhetorical question, would you stay drug free and save a couple thousand…


    Take illicit drugs and make millions?

  • lycon // May 1, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    i just love sylvester stallone, and he said he takes HGH not steroids, he is my idol and i dont care what others say, people just wanna talk and make others look down, but he is the reall guy, i love him and i will follow him.

  • oman // Jun 11, 2010 at 6:18 AM

    No, I don’t think he did steroids.
    Years of dedication and hard work, plus just blessed with a naturally strong body will do it.

    People think “he’s had so much success, he looked so good, he must’ve cheated, used steroids, etc.” Lots of it is just jealousy

    I don’t trust what that Janice Dickenson said about seeing him use steroids, she hated Sly for breaking up with her and I think she lied to try and bring him down. He’s just a really disciplined guy. Hes a hard worker. With steroids he’d be bitter, angry, and messed up. My opinion at least.

  • tito victor // Jun 17, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    this man is more than a successs, im yet to find an old man who tries harder like him

  • sid // Oct 26, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    people will always try to question u, if anything looks spectacular, some people always try to make assumptions, but they never think what hardwork goes in buildin such a body, whatever he did, he looks awesome, people are jealous and they say somethin to bring some people down, first u build a body like stallone and then say, he has worked hard i know, u can tell by the look in his eyes, i dont believe he has taken steroids, coz he is smart not dumb, and what if he took steroids, at that time no one knew what harm it does, and everybody makes mistakes, so stop blamin him, he is cool and even at this age he rocks, i love him , he is my idol, some people are jealous and they accuse or try to question, coz they have nothin better to do, such kind of people, eat like a filthy animal and sit around a corner and point fingers. i just love stallone, he is the cooolest.

  • Indiabravo // Nov 2, 2010 at 1:52 AM

    Come whatever it may be, Sly is strived hard to keep his iconic image at his best to retain the spot in his fans.
    Rocky or Rambo- th eboth i inspired and what i learnt is – physical fitness is not a kids paly, you need total committment, devotion, motivation to overcome the pain and feel the pleasure.
    Well done sly….

  • Dave // Dec 8, 2010 at 8:50 AM

    Just realized i stumbled on a fitness sight no wounder people think he doesn’t totally abuse Steroids, people who use Steroids don’t want to admit it because they feel people will think that they take Steroids each chips watch t.v. and get big. Of course they work out hard and of course all muscle freaks use huge amounts of Steroids, its there choice, theres people here calling Stallone there hero. Wow hes an actor not a classical actor but a action guy who can hardly act. Hes loves having a great body and working out and needs the juice to stay at his level, hes freaking 60. Hes a hero, i am sickened by you people you don’t even know him, hes a hero to kids like barry bonds…Baseball players are the same way, Mark you admit taking steroids, ” yes ” did it help you hit home runs, ” no ” . Same reason as body builders thinking everyone doesn’t know…

  • Stallone Fan // Jan 13, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    His weight varies from film to film. But I don’t believe he’s used steroids before, that is crazy talk!

  • Sly // Feb 12, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Think he ll be back with more muscles…

  • Tim // Feb 27, 2011 at 5:57 AM

    Ofcourse he uses steroids, at his age he will be producing less than half the hgh a 20 year is and as worse off on test too.

    He even admitted to it and mentioned test will be legalised within 10 years, thats abit optomistic. Either way before it became illegal bb’ers would have to of got them off a doc and even after they have been made illegal you can still get them through prescription.

  • GurkhA // Aug 9, 2011 at 4:01 AM

    No Steroids Make You ROCKY or RAMBO. Topic Closed.

  • dippadee // Oct 17, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    well,well,well so Mr stallone has been using the human growth hormone called Jintropin.
    While i,m not condoning or condeming any form of steriod abuse but i have to tell you people this i am 44 years of age and this guy has been one of my favourite action hero,s for ages.
    Cobra,Rambo,Expenables 1 + 2 and the other films he,s been in,the man has entertained me as a actor and i lad this actor/man/father/son/human been is still alive and still kicking it with the younger up and coming actors.
    I read near the top of the page that in 2008 he will be 62 but the present is 2012 so that must make him 66 and i watched expendables 2 another movie he is in with the likes of ARNIE,VAN DAM,CHUCK NORRIS,DOLPH LUNGREN,BRUCE WILLIS all old school and new school like JET LEE JASON STRATHAM a few more solid actors and the one a only X UFC fighter and Hall of famer Randy “the Natural/father time/captain america” Couture.
    The only thing i can really say is this those who are quick to judge and redicUle SLY STALLONE look at yourself and ask yourself what are you going to be doing when your 66.
    Think hard and be honest with yourself.
    Bye NOW.

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