Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life.
We now know it was much more than an iconic catchphrase for Sylvester Stallone.
The main character in the Rocky movie series took his heaviest hit while getting shredded for Rocky III with an insane diet and exercise routine.
The 70-year-old action movie star has revealed secret details of his preparation for the third Rocky film and just how closely he mirrored his iconic character while filming his bloody re-match against Clubber Lang, played by Mr. T.
Stallone says his diet was so intense he was forced to do handstands during breaks in filming to get blood flowing back into his head.
Stallone made a number of scary admissions about his physical condition at the time of filming in 1981 in a post on Instagram, including:
• He repeatedly became light-headed during filming.
• He was on an extremely high protein diet which left him lacking physical and mental energy.
• His daily diet consisted of small oatmeal cookies, brown rice, tuna and 25 cups of coffee with honey.
• His body fat percentage dropped to a "dangerous" 2.9 per cent.
Stallone has previously said his goal for Rocky III was to work on muscle definition compared to earlier Rocky films where his exercise program was focused on building more muscle mass.
"I wanted to look like Tarzan - sleek, tight, almost catlike," he said. "I wanted to forget the bulk and go for well-developed muscles."
It's been 35 years since the film was released and Stallone has in that time repeatedly pushed his body to the limit to prepare for film productions.
The star of the Rambo movie franchise recently revealed his diet and exercise routine when filming Rambo 4 in 2007 and The Expendables in 2009.
Stallone told borntoworkout.com last year his exercise routine during the noughties involved four-week training camps before filming that included training twice a day, six days per week.
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY MORNING SESSION
Chest, back and abs training
• Incline Bench Press (4 sets, 8-10 reps)
• Dumbbell Flys (4 sets, 10-12 reps)
• Close-grip Bench Press (5 sets, 6-8 reps)
• Wide-grip Chin Ups (6 sets, 8-10 reps)
• Bent-over One-arm Lateral Raises (4 sets, 8-10 reps)
• Close-grip Seated Rows (4 sets, 10-12 reps)
• Raised Leg Crunches (3 sets, 8-10 reps)
• Seated Extension (3 sets, 8-10 reps)
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY AFTERNOON SESSION
Shoulders, arms and abs training
• Military Press (4 sets, 8-10 reps)
• Side Lateral Raises (4 sets, 10-12 reps)
• Bent-over Dumbbell-Flys (5 sets, 6-8 reps)
• Barbell Curls (3 sets, 8-10 reps)
• Seated Incline-dumbbell-curls (3 sets, 8-10 reps)
• Concentration Curls (4 sets, 10-12 reps)
• Lying Dumbbell-raises (3 sets, 8-10 reps)
• Bent-over One-arm Lateral Raises (3 sets, 8-10 reps)
• Cable Pull Downs (3 sets, 10 reps)
• Alternate Leg Raise (3 sets, 8-10 reps)
• Decline Bench Sit-ups (3 sets, 8-10 reps)
• Oblique Crunches (3 sets, 6-8 reps)
TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY MORNING SESSION
Calves and thighs training
• Seated Calf-raises (4 sets, 8-10 reps)
• Standing Calf-raises (4 sets, 10-12 reps)
• Standing Barbell Alternate Calf-raises (5 sets, 8-12 reps)
• Incline Leg-press (4 sets, 8-10 reps)
• Squats (4 sets, 8-10 reps)
• Seated Leg-extensions (4 sets, 8-10 reps)
• Leg Curls (4 sets, 10-12 reps)
• Leg Extensions (4 sets, 10-12 reps)
• Stiff Leg Deadlift (4 sets, 10-12 reps)
TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY AFTERNOON SESSION
• Bent-over Dumbbell Rear-Delt Raise (4 sets, 8-10 reps)
• Cable Crossovers (4 sets, 10-12 reps)
• Reverse Pec-deck Flyes (5 sets, 8-12 reps)
• Barbell Shrugs-front (4 sets, 8-10 reps)
• Barbell Upright-rows (4 sets, 8-10 reps)
• Flat-bench Cable-rows to Neck (4 sets, 8-10 reps)
• Ab Crunch (4 sets, 8 reps)
• Oblique Crunches (4 sets, 10 reps)
• Cable Crunch (4 sets, 10-12 reps)
The fitness site also reported Stallone's diet while training for his recent movie roles.
His focus on high levels of protein and carbohydrate is similar to the diets used by bodybuilders.
Pre-breakfast: A glass of liquid amino acids
Breakfast: Three egg whites, half yoke, Irish oatmeal, toasted pumpernickel bread, fresh papaya, few figs
Lunch: Roasted summer squash, broiled skinless chicken, salad, figs or berries
Dinner: Salad, broiled fish, high-fibre toasted bread; occasionally eats veal.