For those of you who grew up living under a rock (or perhaps you're just too young to remember) Jean-Claude Van Damme is, was, and will always be one of Hollywood's most badass dudes. Having starred in films like Bloodsport, Universal Soldier, and Timecop, Van Damme is up there with fictional fighting greats like Sylvester Stallone and Jackie Chan.
At 57 years old, Jean-Claude will be starring in his very own TV series on Amazon Prime titled Jean-Claude Van Johnson. The brief, yet intriguing tongue-in-cheek description of the series is as followed:
"What if I told you that Jean-Claude Van Damme - yes, THAT Jean-Claude Van Damme - was, in fact, a secret agent? That his entire film career was built solely as a front for his black ops? Would you believe me? No? Well then that's egg on your face because that's what this show is about."
Erm, we don't know about y'all, but we were under the impression that Van Damme has always been a secret agent. We mean, c'mon, how do else do you explain that ageless physique? There's gotta be some secret government espionage — or, you know, at the very least he trains like an absolute beast. Yeah, that's definitely part of it. In an interview with Men's Health, Van Damme explains how he go in shape for his new role:
"I trained this morning. I did my bicycle and 40 minutes of weights, kickboxing and stretching.' He also works out two muscle groups per day: '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.'"
Most dudes in their 20s and 30s can't swing a workout like that, let alone in their late 50s. Van Damme is clearly an anomaly and we're all sorts of jealous because of it. His explanation? Well, we hate to add insult to injury, but Jean-Claude attributes his stellar health and fitness to two things:
"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.”
See what we're saying? Talk about frustrating! We can't very well turn back time and focus more on our training as youngins. Additionally, there's no changing genetic makeup. We guess we'll just have to make the best of the cards we've been dealt — even if they include a whole lot of dad bod vibes.
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