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80’s Action Hero Bodies / Workouts Ranked (WHOSE IS BEST?) ctm magazine

If you could choose one action hero workout partner, who would it be? In this video, I am going to rank the individuals that I’ve always wanted to train with based on the criteria of motivation, physique goals, training style, and their x-factor.

So who did I pick for my top 6? Well these legends I want to train with are Jean Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Carl Weathers, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, and Sylvester Stallone. These Hollywood legends set the stage for their physique and training that inspired me to begin training myself.

While the order of appearance does not reflect the ranking of each individual, I gave each one a score that shows which one I would most like to train with (even though I would love to train with every single one of them!)

First up in the list of legendary action heroes that I would want to train with is Van Damme. He was not as motivating to me because I think he might be TOO nice. With that in mind, I give his motivation factor an 8/10. His physique was something I always wanted to achieve myself – lean and muscular. Being my aspiration, I gave him a 10/10 for physique goals. As I mentioned before, his training was very athletic while incorporating an eye on aesthetics, thus Van Damme’s workout an 9/10 in this category. When it came to his x-factor he earns a 7 with an overall score of 34.

Dolph Lundgren has always motivated the hell out of me, inspiring me to train hard and put in the effort to achieve my dream body. This motivation score is granted a 9. While his muscular development was nothing short of amazing, it wasn’t 100% the physique that I dreamed of having, however I still wanted to resemble him somewhat. Here he earns an 8.5. Dolph Lundgren’s workout was almost exclusively athletic until starring in Rocky IV and moved to light weight and high reps. In this category, he earns a 7. That x-factor and what it meant to me earned him an 8 with an overall score of 32.5.

The next action hero that I would love to workout with is Carl Weathers. In the motivation category, he was nothing short of amazing to me. I know that getting a training session in with him would push me to new limits – here he earns a resounding 10. With great muscular development and leanness, something I aspired to have too, I give him a 9.5. Carl Weathers’ workouts, while impressive, were not exactly my favorite. There are a few things I would change, so I give him 7.5. The x-factor he brings to the table got ranked an 8 with a final score of 35.

How could any action hero list exist without the inclusion of Arnold Schwarzenegger? Knowing that training with him would push me past what I wouldn’t want to do he earns a 10/10. His physique was something that almost everyone in the 80s and 90s wanted, including some of my aspirations myself. Here, he earns an 8.5. Schwarzenegger’s workout, with his Golden Six, was an inspiration for some of my own training as well as some of the training programs I’ve written these days. Here, Arnold earns a 9. His x-factor, bringing that little bit extra to the table makes him one of the most ideal training parters around, giving him a 10 and an overall score of 37.5.

Number 5 on this list is the legendary Chuck Norris. In my opinion, he wouldn’t bet the most motivating out of this list to me (that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t at all) so he earns a 7. Norris’ physique was not exactly what I aspired to have or related to that well, so he earns a 5. With a training style least similar to mine, I have to give him a 6. That x-factor he brings to the table however earns a 9/10 with a final score of 27.

If you know anything about me and what got me into training in the first place as well as who I modeled myself after, you know I would have to include Sylvester Stallone. Knowing he would push me to train hard and be a good parter, I give him a 9.5. Sly had the perfect balance of leanness and muscular development, something I related to in my aspirations overall. This perfect relation gives him a 10/10. With an impressive training split that showed his work ethic and with a style very close to the way I train myself, I have to give Stallone’s workouts a 9.5 out of 10 here. When it comes to Sly’s x-factor, how much I admired him, his movies, and everything he meant to me growing up in the 80s and 90s – he earns a perfect 10 here. With an overall score of 39.5 out of 40, Sylvester Stallone is hands down the one I want to train with the most.

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  • ATHLEAN-X™ on June 14, 2022

    NEW “FAST ACTION” Q&A – Leave your most burning question about this video or any other training, PT or nutrition question within the first 2 hours of this video’s release (AS A SEPARATE COMMENT!!) and I will pick 8 to get a detailed reply from me right here in the comments. Answers will be posted within the first 24-48 hours of you leaving the question. Good luck!

  • Yordan Valdés Pérez on June 16, 2022

    Always Arnold💪🏼

  • Yordan Valdés Pérez on June 16, 2022

    8:14 Arnold

  • Jackson Tan on June 16, 2022

    Bruce lee

  • candido silva on June 16, 2022

    I miss jai white here.

  • Frank Dux on June 16, 2022

    JCVD …of course

  • Slick Money on June 16, 2022

    Michael Jai White was who I looked up to. I always wanted a physique like him

  • Salted Bagel on June 16, 2022

    1 – JCVD … as long as I didnt have to do those splits
    2 – Sly
    3 – arnold

  • Reece durden on June 16, 2022

    Dolph lundgren is the most dangerous in this list considering how big he is with all the martial arts he would beat up arnold and stallone together in a fight

  • Dlayne Destiny on June 16, 2022

    Jean Claude Van Damme

  • K-Pine440 🌲 on June 16, 2022

    I run like Steven Seagal.

  • Yuppi on June 16, 2022

    Dolph Lundgren is one of those guys who can succeed in anything he sets his mind on. He did so fantastic job as Ivan Drago that you'd never guess he was a really smart scientist. He'd be a great coach I bet, to adapt the plan to the client.

  • Dr. G on June 16, 2022

    When I was young, every girl I knew wanted to doink the solo flex guy. Then the kouros guy, but what motivated me the most was that Dolph Lundgren poster which hung on my wall for many years motivating me to train. His aesthetic’s and symmetry blew me away which caused me to throw hundreds of dollars away on Joe Weider’s anabolic mega packs😝😝

  • Erennn2015 on June 16, 2022

    Would like to see a part 2 with more action stars!

  • fit game on June 16, 2022

    Sly he is king of action movies & probably best best action hero in this world so no matter what hero opponent sly always win bcz he is G. O. A. T

  • Angel Ortiz on June 16, 2022

    Man it started with van Damme for me. Those kicks and his flexibility and physique. Then it was sly for how he pushed himself in the rocky movies. And of course Arnold for the great physique. I want to combine it all to be my best self

  • Yuppi on June 16, 2022

    Comment if you guessed Stallone's score.

  • Anshul Batra on June 16, 2022

    What isssss ? The correct PPL two muscle daily workout ? Anybody ??

  • Esteban Rodriguez on June 16, 2022

    Stallone for me all the way.

  • Dan Croitoru on June 16, 2022

    Sly rules

  • Extraordinary Inc on June 16, 2022

    Carl weathers. Go back and watch the 1st rocky. Carl was head and shoulders in better condition the sly. Stallone eventually got there but Carl never lost it.

  • Extraordinary Inc on June 16, 2022

    chuck Norris doesn't screw in light bulbs he hold it up and the world spins around him.

  • 3stepsahead on June 16, 2022

    Arnold and Stallone. You can't really choose one or the other. Nothing beats the beast of young Conan or the amazing John Rambo/R.Balboa. Much respect👊

  • Kris Bowditch on June 16, 2022

    Where’s Bruce ?

  • Shep Chester on June 16, 2022

    In terms of training I would go for Arnold. Physique wise, Carl Weathers all day! Love Sly, and he is the guy that got me into the gym, but for me Carl has better symmetry and although there's an argument to say Sly has better peak conditioning, I prefer Carl's fuller look.

  • Friendly Warrior on June 16, 2022

    Team Rocky

  • zenjumitus on June 16, 2022

    allways Bruce Lee…insane body/power combination…

  • Zach39107 on June 16, 2022

    SLY! He's my idol and first celebrity I want to meet 💪

  • Frank Dahlmeyer on June 16, 2022

    70s, but I'll go Bruce Lee any day.

  • LAURENT MARTORELL on June 16, 2022

    Stallone with no doubt : he got me hooked in the gym 😉 !

  • Ryan Fernandez on June 16, 2022

    Why isn't Bruce Lee's name there ? Everyone wanted to have a physique like his 💯

  • mcadder on June 16, 2022

    Do you think anybody of them has taken any "supplements"? ;o)

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