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What Is The Spartacus Workout?

What is the spartacus workout?After hearing all the hype about the Spartacus Workout for months, I finally took a moment to Google what the actual workout is. I had assumed that it was simply a new P90X or Insanity DVD workout, and cost a few hundred bucks.

“What is the Spartacus Workout?”

To my surprise, The Spartacus Workout was simply a workout regimen that Men’s Health had created and released in 2010. Strangely the workout gained mass international attention among fitness gurus everywhere.

Inspired by the Starz television program, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, The Spartacus Workout, though just one of many workouts that Men’s Health puts out every single month, seemed to just blow all the others out of the water, with readers claiming that it was their favorite Men’s Health Workout ever.

Unlike the highly marketed P90X and Insanity (two programs of which you just can’t avoid seeing paid infomercials on T.V.), The Spartacus Workout seems to have taken much more of a ‘grass-roots’ word-of-mouth style of growth. Why? Simple… Because it works.

With the recent popularity boom of HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts such as Tabata Intervals, people are starting to see actual results. After decades of believing that the way to lose fat is to spend slow hours on the treadmill, and lift heavy weights to gain muslce, we are starting to figure out what actually works.

Recently we have learned that we can get twice the results in half the time. Programs, like Spartacus, Tabata, and Insanity all follow the same basic protocol… high intensity workout intervals divided by short periods of rest. Choosing intervals that challenge the muscles, while also raising your heart rate, is the key.

The Spartacus Workout was designed by Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., owner of Results Fitness in Santa Clarita, California, to torch fat while chiseling the abs, arms, and chest. The program has had the same effect on the Spartacus: Blood and Sand cast as it has on thousands of Men and Women across the country. I had to try it!

Since the program’s creation in 2010, Men’s Health has released several versions of the workout. The two that we will focus on are the two most popular: The original Spartacus Workout, and Spartacus 2.0

The Spartacus Workout

(from the Men’s Health Site)-

Do this circuit 3 days a week. Perform 1 set of each exercise (or “station”) in succession. Each station lasts 60 seconds. Do as many reps as you can (with perfect form) in that time, and then move on to the next station. Give yourself 15 seconds to move between stations, and rest for 2 minutes after you’ve completed 1 circuit of all 10 exercises. Then repeat twice. If you can’t go the entire minute, rest a few seconds and then resume until your time at that station is up. Use a weight that’s challenging for 15 to 20 reps.

 

Spartacus 2.0
(from the Men’s Health Site)-

You’ll find that there are two “steps” or circuits. Follow the directions for Step 1, and then move on to Step 2. For each circuit, perform 1 set of each of the five exercises (or “stations”) in succession. Each station lasts 60 seconds. Do as many reps as you can (with perfect form) for a duration of 40 seconds, and then rest for 20 seconds. As soon as your rest time is up, start the next exercise.

Once you’ve completed one circuit of all five exercises, immediately repeat the entire circuit (without resting). Then, after you’ve completed Circuit 1 two times, rest for 2 minutes, and repeat two more times, for a total of 4 circuits. Once done, rest 2 minutes and move on to Step 2.
For Step 2, repeat the entire procedure, until you’ve completed another 4 circuits.
The Problem With The Spartacus Workout?
My entire review on the Spartacus Workouts can be summed up in one sentence:
The workout is incredible, but keeping track of time is horrible!!!!
The actual workout is incredible! I don’t think I have ever experienced a resistance training workout that even comes close to either of these. My heart was pumping the entire time… harder than it ever has during a steady-state cardio workout. Every muscle in my entire body was sore the following day.
These workouts are the Real Deal!
The problem is keeping track of the time. Unless you have a Hollywood fitness coach standing in front of you with a stopwatch, you have to stare at a clock, or look at your wristwatch the entire time.
Luckily, a couple of fantastic workout music tracks have been created to cater to both of these workouts. CHECK IT OUT HERE
Check out Spartacus Workout Guru Funk Roberts demonstrating how it works!