A fitness lesson from Sly Stallone

fitness lesson from sly stallone

I sat watching the original Rocky film this weekend.

A fitness lesson from Sly Stallone…

What a classic!


Rich vs poor.

Good vs evil.

Struggle to overcome adversity.

But ole Sly Stallone, who wrote the original script for Rocky, struggled to get the story to the big screen.

With script in hand, Stallone was broke and nearly homeless.

It’s even rumoured he sold his dog for $50 so he could eat.

He did buy the dog back later after his success, which is why it features in the first film!

Despite being turned down by numerous producers eventually some started to take notice. However there was one condition.

Sly wanted to play the lead role.

It’s rumoured he was eventually offered $400,000 for the script, but he turned it down because they would not let him play Rocky Balboa.

Eventually the producers agreed to Sly’s demands but only paid him $25,000 for the script incase the film was a complete flop.

Not bad for sticking to your guns and playing the long game.

Rocky is still doing ok last time I looked.

But when it comes to your fitness we all want to play the fast game.

The quick buck.

The instant result.

Only to lose it as fast as we gained it.

Be like Sly…play the long game.

Getting back in shape is a struggle when you’ve let it go so long.

But it does come to those that wait and preserve and work hard.

But hopefully you won’t have to sell your dog!

Have a great evening.

Russell ‘apollo’ Pearcy


ps. Group training tonight Pleshey 8pm.

About the Author Russell Pearcy

Russell Pearcy has been working as a health and fitness coach for over 25 years helping men and women who feel tired and washed up get back in shape. Russell has also draws upon his experience as an Ironman triathlete to help coach others through this life changing transformation.

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