I have been a huge fan of Sylvester Stallone for many years now and when i first heard that such a book as this was going to be released i was over the moon. Like so many others he has inspired me to 'pump some iron' down the gym and even start boxing, and now to get the chance to read about his training and eating programme etc is just fantastic and for the real die-hard fans such as myself, a dream. Just to confirm, the whole thing is written by Sly himself, he has not simply contributed to certain bits.
The book is split into four parts, the first of which is called 'Sly On Sly' and as you can probably guess this is quite a detailed look into Stallone's life, by Stallone. It goes through his childhood and several of his movies including Rocky, Rambo, and Copland, with information on how much he trained and what his training included etc. Big fans will probably know most of it from reading other biographies etc however there are still some little points that you won't know and its just interesting to hear it from Sly himself. There are also some nice photos throughout this section from Sly's younger days and when he was filming 'Rocky'.
The second section, 'Shaping Up With Sly Moves' is the real bulk of the book with pages and pages of different gym exercies for the abs, chest, shoulders, biceps, triceps, forearms, back, and legs. In total there are about forty exercies all of which have (a) picture(s) of Sly actually performing the move, a paragraph on how to do the move, a recommended number of reps and sets, a paragraph of what Sly thinks about the move and how effective it is compared to others featured etc, and quick tips for performing the move. All this really allows you to take some of the best moves to do in the gym, and do them properly without risk of injury and so that you can get the most from them. This section also includes a whole set of moves tailored specially for woman, and are modelled by Stallone's current wife Jennifer Flavin.
The third section is also a big one, 'The Sly Moves Eating Plan', which hasloads and loads of infomation on diets putting across one simple message "diets don't work forever!" Sly goes through eight of the most popular diets (in America anyway) and details why the don't work forever and what effect they have on the body etc, and he has tried them all so he knows what hes talking about. Sly then goes through all the things needed for a balanced diet such as protein, fibre etc and tells you the best sources for these things etc. Fianlly there is quite a detailed plan of exactly what he eats throughout the week and at what times, which again is good because you can follow this plan yourself and maybe change a few things depending on your tastes.
The final section is 'Sly Moves In Action' and we get to see what Stallone does for three days of his life, kind of like a diary so we can see what he does and how he fits in his training and eating plan. There is also a nice bit about stress control so if you do get stressed easily this may well help a little.
Overall, 'Sly Moves' really is just a fantastic book not only because its every fans dream, but because even if you are not a fan this book will still help you improve your life. This book isn't about Stallone's life, body building, eating well, dieting etc, its all of these and much more all rolled into one. If you are a fan of Sylvester Stallone (if you don't already have a copy), or you want a good book on how to eat properly, build muscles and just generally look after your body and live your life better, then this book is certainly for you. Rock on Stallone!