Post by maphillips3 on Feb 6, 2010 16:56:07 GMT -5
I am a big fan of this guy. He was a popular character actor, and was a real athlete(track star, wrestler). He will be most remembered for his role in "Spartacus" with kirk Douglas. What are your opinions about this actor?
A fantastic build for years and he hardly ever touched a weight. He got his physique through genetics and freehand exercise. I understand he was even a bit of a drinker, making it even more amazing.
There's a great story of Woody, Lee Marvin, and stuntman Tony Epper leaning out a hotel window in Las Vegas and shooting arrows at the giant lit-up "Howdy, Partner" cowboy during the making of THE PROFESSIONALS. Woody got a direct hit.
Post by arthurbishop on Feb 12, 2010 17:13:35 GMT -5
Speaking of his physique I found an impressive story from Woody Strode:
I picked up twenty pounds by doing one thousand pushups a day. The school wouldn't alllow us to lift weights. The coaches thought weights would slow you down. So I developed natural strength from working out with my own bodyweight. I got where I could do a thousand pushups, a thousand situps, and a thousand knee-squats every day. With the pushups I'd have to rest after every hundred....
When I became a professional wrestler, they used to announce me at 230 pounds, even though I weighed 210. That's because my upper body was so well-developed. I got this whole look a weight lifter would get, only without the bulk. I was as strong as a guy who weighed 250...
As big as I was, I could do an iron cross on the rings because of all those pushups. That went on until I was forty years old, then I began to taper off and cut down. But, I still do pushups to this day. I don't have to do as many; I just maintain by keeping myself lean and wiry. And I owe this whole look to Johnny Weismuller, who played Tarzan in the movies. I wanted to be Tarzan; I saw every movie. I'd look at him and I'd want to be out in the jungle swinging from the trees and fighting alongside Tarzan.