Sylvester Stallone Reflects on Being Below 3% Body Fat for Rocky 3

Sylvester Stallone reveals he was less than 3% body fat while filming Rocky 3.

Sylvester Stallone has become a staple in the fitness community and it comes as no surprise. After all his turns as Rocky Balboa and John Rambo featured the actor in his most shredded physical forms ever. Rocky 3 in particular showcased Sylvester Stallone below 3% body fat.

While getting your body fat percentage down while maintaining lean muscle mass is what many bodybuilders aim for, it can be dangerous to sustain. The body isn’t meant to be at such a low body fat percentage. Operating at 10% body fat is very low, yet you’ll still be able to show off your hard earned muscle. 3% on the other hand is extremely low and can put a ton of stress on the body.

At the time of Rocky 3 Sylvester Stallone had been prepping for the film with the legendary Franco Columbu. You can certainly see the effects of that training on Stallone’s physique. He was definitely the most shredded he’s ever been for a film in the third Rocky movie.

Recently Sylvester Stallone reflected back on those old times and posted some images of himself, his co-star in Rocky 3 Mr. T, and the film crew. He also revealed he weighed an all-time low of 166lbs.

Funny flashback because I have nothing interesting to report today. This is prepping for the Mr. T fight. He was one strong dude. Trust me. This is also the lowest weight and body fat I ever was. 166 pounds and 2.8% body fat. That was tough.

 

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What do you think of the physique of Sylvester Stallone in Rocky 3?

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Managing Editor at Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.

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Managing editor of Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. He has been writing about bodybuilding, combat sports, and strength sports for over 8 years. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.