Sylvester Stallone workout

How Sylvester Stallone Has Adapted His Training Over The Years

On his 73rd birthday, much like any other day, Sylvester Stallone hit the gym.

Actually, allow me to rephrase that.

He didn’t just hit the gym. He demolished it.

One of the biggest action stars of all time, Sly is renowned for his impeccable physique. Even throughout his 60’s, he took on roles which required him to be in great shape all year round.

At the moment, Sly is back in training slap-bang in the middle of an action movie double header; Rambo: Last Blood and The Expendables 4.

And he’s taking no prisoners in the weights room, as he sets about unveiling yet another muscular masterpiece on the big screen.

In this comprehensive article, he discusses the various adaptations he has made to his training routine through the years.



Stallone’s Unparalleled Drive

Sylvester Stallone training

Those infamous Rocky training montages could have been based on Sly’s real life preparation for each role.

“I have never seen any man work has hard as this guy to get in shape for a movie role,” recalled Richard Crenna, who famously played Col. Trautman opposite Stallone in the Rambo series.

“He would train in the morning before we arrived at work, do long shoots with the crew, go for runs along the beach while the rest of the cast were taking a time out, and often go back to the gym again after dark.”

Stallone’s drive and determination are unparalleled.

  • This is the same guy who filmed the Rocky II fight scene after accidentally dropping a 220lb (100kg) weight on himself in the gym
  • The same man who damaged his heart pulling a bag of rocks during the Rocky IV training montage.
  • The same guy who broke his neck filming a fight scene for The Expendables.
  • The same man who hit the hanging meat in Rocky so frantically, he flattened out his knuckles. Get him to make a fist today, and you can still see the damage!

After reading about how he has transformed his workout routines as he grew older, you’ll also get the chance to take on some of Sly’s craziest workouts, each from different stages of his career.

The only thing they have in common is that none of them are easy.

So prepare for a bumpy ride, as we discuss exactly what Sly puts himself through in the gym. If you had respect for the man before, prepare to take it to a whole new level…



0 thoughts on “How Sylvester Stallone Has Adapted His Training Over The Years

  1. Tommy The Machine Gunn says:

    By far the most comprehensive breakdown of his actual training and diet I’ve seen so far online. Most articles just look like rough cut & paste things, as opposed to his actual workouts. And well done, for mentioning the dreaded “S word” too!

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