Sylvester Stallone claims his 'new way of working out' is better than lifting weights
"Sometimes getting into that kind of s**t can kill you. So I've found a new way to work out."
Sylvester Stallone claims his 'new way of working out' is better for the body than lifting weights.
In his iconic role as Rocky Balboa, Stallone's workouts inspired generations of people to hit the gym or take their training outdoors.
Many of these workouts utilised a myriad of equipment not always found in your traditional, commercial gym. For every rusty dumbbell Rocky used, he could also be found squatting outside with implements such as a tree branch.
However, years of pumping iron in the weights room has left Stallone feeling a little battered and bruised - to the extent the 74-year-old has now stopped lifting weights altogether.
In a recent Instagram post, Stallone revealed why he stopped lifting weights - along with the basis of his current workout routine.
He said: "I used to work out a lot with weights, and the cheque comes doing that. Your joints start to hurt, your back, knees - it just happens.
"Sometimes getting into that kind of s**t can kill you.
"So I've found a new way to work out."
Stallone then explained how his workouts now revolve around resistance bands.
"Fantastic trainers like Jeff Cavaliere on Athlean-X, his videos are amazing.
"But for me, at my age, I've found the newest, hardest, toughest, most productive way [of working out] is bands.
"Training with bands, stretching bands, you can get an entire workout done in 20 minutes that is life-changing. Aerobic, physical, it's different ... You don't get bored which is very important."
With Covid-19 closing gyms around the world until further notice, resistance bands have become an increasingly popular item in home workout routines.
Nothing beats barbells and dumbbells when it comes to building raw strength, but bands can be transported anywhere and everywhere. They also don't take up much space.
Athlean-X trainer Cavaliere thanked Stallone for his support in the comments beneath the clip, stating: "As I always say, the language of muscles is 'tension'.
"It can be created with weights, bands or just your own body...the key is just to create it! If the dedication and desire are there (as they clearly are in you!) the results are never far behind."