The latest movie to crush blockbuster records is 300, the much anticipated epic on Spartan and Persian history. Forget breaking blockbuster records, what about those abs? Gerard Butler's six-pack is beyond impressive.
Being curious as to how he got so damn cut so damn fast, I searched high and low for his exercise routine and Men's Health is reporting that crushing skulls Spartan style would be easier than Gerard's killer workout from Mark Twight, a former world-class mountain climber.
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...to hasten Butler's mind-body transformation, [Twight] created what he calls the "300-rep Spartan workout." (Trust us, 100 reps is plenty hard.) It goes like this: Without resting between exercises, Butler performs 25 pullups, 50 deadlifts with 135 pounds, 50 pushups, 50 jumps on a 24-inch box, 50 floor wipers, 50 single-arm clean-and-presses using a 36-pound kettle bell and 25 more pullups. All this, in addition to utilizing other unconventional yet equally taxing training methods, such as tire flipping and gymnastics-style ring training. Sound like hell? It is.
Five weeks before the cameras were to roll, Butler took on extra sessions with a Venezuelan bodybuilder named Franco LiCastro in order to exaggerate the physique he was after. "I wanted to look really strong," says Butler. "I've seen so many actors play these kinds of roles, and you see all this equipment on either a big belly or skinny little arms."
The workout sounds a bit extreme because it is and you should only try such a routine under supervision of a fitness professional. Butler reported that the most challenging part of it all was to stay fit after the cameras were rolling. Want your man to look like a warrior (minus the blood stains and aggression issues)? Men's Health gives a few tips.
Should we expect to see warrior fitness classes similar to the "300-rep Spartan workout" popping up at gyms nationwide? You can bet on it.
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