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Sly Moves: My Proven Program to Lose Weight, Build Strength, Gain Will Power, and Live your Dream Hardcover – May 10, 2005

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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 he’s 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 won’t 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 becoming—one hammer curl at a time. --Patrick Jennings

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (May 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060737875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060737870
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A touching memento reproduced on the pages of SLY MOVES is a photo of Steve Reeves in full gladiator costume driving a chariot, autographed to Stallone: "To Sylvester, a man who knew what he wanted and knew how to get there and didn't compromise." In a way this is the closest thing we're probably going to get from the notoriously inarticulate Sly Stallone, and he does have some amazing stories to tell along with the tips on how to lose weight and maintain perfect muscle definition. Did you know he used to clean the lion cages at New York's Bronx Zoo? Frank Capra told Sly that ROCKY was a movie he wished he (Capra) had made! Now, that's a compliment. Elvis invited him to Graceland. Charlie Chaplin asked him to visit Switzerland! His dreams had all come true. SLY MOVES reprints the poem Muhammad Ali wrote in praise of Sly:

"You fought and you worked
You're a determined guy.
Rocky is great
And we all love you, Sly."

His tips include frequent napping. "I'm not suggesting you sleep the afternoons away. That will make you even groggier. Ten minutes max is usually all you need to feel energized and to restore a sense of peace." Lie on the floor with your feet above your heart, he says--resting your ankles on a chair. "Just do it when the boss isn't looking," he advises tongue in cheek. As for eating, Sly opens the refrigerator door and lists all the food he sees there. "2 dozen large organic eggs, a bowl of grapes, 1 small bottle of cinnamon flax seed oil, 1 jar of olives, 1 jar gourmet mustard, 1 six-pack of Diet Pepsi," etc. It's a private peek into the innermost life of a great fitness buff and superstar. I expect that this book will be a big best seller, because everyone wants to look good and few look as good as Stallone even on his worst day!
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This is a great book for someone wanting to lose weight, a Rocky enthusiast or just someone who wants to change up his or her workouts. Rumors about his book appeared about 18 months before it's release, when Stallone launched his supplement company Instone Nutrition. I know that I for one was waiting with anticipation.

It has a nice easy reading style and is full of personal stories and photos. It is part a chronicle of Stallone's career, and part fitness book. The four sections are:

· Part 1 Sly on Sly
· Part 2 Shaping Up With Sly Moves
· Part 3 The Sly Moves Eating Plan
· Part 4 Sly Moves in Action

One of the greatest strengths of this book is that it recognizes that fitness for men and for women is different. It has recommended exercises for men and other for women. It also realized that to make change will take real work and effort Stallone states: "Locked inside each of us is the person we want to be. Others might not recognize it yet, but I'm telling you, it's in there. The passion shouldn't die before we do. Even against ridiculous odds, what propels you forward and separates you from the rest? P.R.I.D.E., which stands for perseverance, Responsibility, integrity, determination, and excitement. If you have these five elements in your life, you can accomplish almost anything." p. 201 with the effort and time results will be visible.

Like Bill Phillips in his book Body For Life says: "It's Very Important to understand the difference between dreams and goals. Dreams are things we wish for--things you enjoy thinking about but don't really know when they'll happen. Goals, on the other hand, are specific things you have decided you need to accomplish within a clearly defined period of time.
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This is a down to earth book. Stallone writes in a simple straight forward style that is very clear and easy to follow and read. He's one of Hollywood's best writers and should go down in history as one of our great national treasures. I'm sure philadelphia would agree. His workout format is truly inspiring as well as all the difficulties he's had to overcome to master his own challenges and bring his body into discipline. I really like the book and when I bought it for me, my husband picked it up and couldn't put it down. There are tons of pictures and advice as well as behind the scenes every day life stuff he talks about here and there. I've worked hard at discovering for myself what works and what doesn't work and this book only reaffirmed lots of the good habits and conclusions I've already been doing. I've implemented some of his training into my own program and noticed an immediate difference, especially with working the abs. The diet section, his recommendations on how to approach the food stuffs, is down to earth and very practical. I already had been eating healthfully this way for some time. When I read it his approach, I reached a conclusion that his method has been tried and tested because I went through the same ropes to learn the same things. It doesn't take a genius and he's figured out the common sense way to make it simple and with results. However, Stallone's indulgences for sweets is evident and he allows himself one day a week for a splurge. I never do this and so perhaps my own diet is stricter than his! The book is written as both an instructional book for beginners, intermediate strength building athletes and has some advanced exercises for advanced training.Read more ›
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