Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Workout Will Get You Totally Jacked, No Matter How Old You Are

Here's how to get as ripped as the martial arts action star.
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Here's how to get as ripped as the martial arts action star.
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Jean-Claude Van Damme, aka “The Muscles from Brussels," is 57, yet he still looks better than most of us, and could probably tear someone a new one with his eyes closed.

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And finally, decades after starring in classic Hollywood action flicks like Kickboxer and Timecop, Van Damme and his muscles are making their much-anticipated appearance in a brand-new Amazon Prime series called Jean-Claude Van Johnson, which premiered December 15th.

In the series, which stars the beloved martial arts icon as a fictional version of himself, Van Damme plays an action star who is actually a secret agent, and even though he’s already in fantastic shape (and probably always will be), he upped his training to get even more ripped for the role — and he revealed exactly how he did it. 

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“I trained this morning. I did my bicycle and 40 minutes of weights, kickboxing and stretching," he told Men’s Health. "Let’s say, when I do my chest, I will do biceps and forearms, and [the next day] triceps and back and calves, and then my legs and abs. One day rest, one day train. And then I also do cardio three times a week."

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And on how he manages to stay so fit and impossibly limber at the gracefully mature age of 57, he says: “I think it’s because I started training when I was very young. I was always into flexibility training, so it made my muscles very elastic. Also, I have good genes from my parents, and that DNA is very important. My mother and father’s skin is impeccable.”

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And lastly, if you're wondering if he can still pull off his signature move, rest assured, because he sure as hell can. “I can still do my splits!”

H/T: Men's Health