John Travolta

John Travolta, actor, dancer, singer (born February 18, 1954)

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Observations from photos: Waist, belly, lower back (“love handles”) and neck carrying excess body fat. Intra-abdominal fat also appears excessive. Posture shows slouching with forward head and sloping shoulders with protracted shoulder blades (scapulae). Shoulder muscles appear atrophied, especially posterior deltoid muscles. Hyperlordosis (low back sway) is not apparent from this photo.

Recommendations: Progressive resistance training with emphasis on retraction of shoulder blades and posture correction. Assess low back injury risk for a tall male with posture deficiencies. Cardiovascular training and possible cutbacks on caloric intake. Exercise 5-6 days per week. Later progression to anaerobic threshold training.

As an avid pilot, John Travolta should be advised that excessive weight can increase the risk of hypertension. The FAA-acceptable level blood pressure level is 155/95 or below for medical certification. Levels consistently above 140/90 should also be of concern.

See also: article on “Flight Medical Certification

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