Movie fans can argue the merits of Rocky vs. Rambo, but no one can accuse Sylvester Stallone of being a couch potato. In Sly Moves
, Stallone recounts the training methods that turned him into one of the true Hollywood hard-bodies of all time, tailoring the best and worst of what hes learned from forty years in the gym and testing trendy diets into a simple (3-hour-a-week) workout/eating program anyone can follow.
Stallone mixes in plenty of personal tales from his storied career along with practical advice, including a three-day look inside the life of an action hero approaching age 60: what he eats, when he works out, what famous people he bumps into at his private Beverly Hills gym and the L.A. hot spots where he does dinner. Sly might help you tighten up those abs with three kinds of crunches, but odds are the new six pack wont get you a table next to him at Spago. Still, all the trappings of celebrity aside, you only have to check out the photos of him demonstrating his "Rambo pulldowns," "Rocky chins," or other exercises ("moves") he recommends to see he knows a thing or two about staying fit. As for how to "gain will power" and "live your dream," you could do a lot worse than listen to a guy of humble beginnings who willed himself into everything he ever dreamed of becomingone hammer curl at a time. --Patrick Jennings
From Publishers Weekly
Is there a more inspiring song for a workout than the theme from Rocky
? Is there anyone who could better embody the ultimate action hero physique than Stallone? Of course not, which is why this guide to getting buff hits the nail on the head. Tales of the struggling young actor eating raw eggs in a kitchenless New York apartment give way to an explanation of how Stallone got in shape for the Rocky
movies and Rambo
. His routine boils down to doing cardiovascular activity; eating a balance of proteins, carbs and fats; and pumping a lot of iron. Stallone explains why diets don't work and lists what's in his refrigerator (buckwheat waffle mix) and freezer (ice cream). As a workout guide, the book isn't perfect; it's general and, while it does offer a substantial number of weight-lifting exercises, certain sections are puzzling (e.g., Stallone says, "forget StairMaster, it's a waste of effort," yet the accompanying photo shows a woman poised on one of those very machines). But Stallone wants to make every reader a winner, and he's incessantly empowering. Photos of him doing pushups and bench presses are inspiring, and the book wisely includes a number of photos of a female model doing exercises, too. (May)
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