Sometime last year I first read about The Spartacus Workout. There were, at that time, two different versions. The first was developed by the folks at Men’s Health after an amazingly popular article about training the actors who appear in the TV show Spartacus (Can we say 300-abs anyone? Yes please.). The workout was hugely popular. So then they developed a version for Women’s Health. And then there were spinoff versions, stuff I found on youtube and tried.
The basic concept is multiple rounds of different full body exercises (some with weights, some without) done at an explosive pace for like 20-30 seconds, with a brief rest, before going on to the next. There’s a lot of plyometrics (think of this as calorie torching cardio) involved.
So after Christmas, I ordered their 2 DVD set, which came in yesterday. And this morning I tried the Total Body Blitz. Handily, they have an option to go through it without music, which I appreciated at 6:15 because the lead dude is perky enough for pre caffeine anything. This workout is 3 sets of exercises, done for 20 seconds each, with a brief rest between each set, followed by a 5 minute bonus “Guns and Buns” routine (you know, because you weren’t jellified enough already).
The first round went fine. Got my heart rate up a bit, got a handle on the motions. Second round started to sweat, but again, still going strong, adding in the weights. Made the egregious mistake of thinking, Oh, this isn’t so bad.
And then there was Round 3.
About halfway through this round my limbs started to shake and I started gasping like a fish out of water. I’m not asthmatic but there was a definite edge of wheeze going on by the end. And then I’m laying there, panting, on the floor, thinking, Oh thank God it’s over. When the dude says to get back up for the Guns and Buns round.
That actually wasn’t as bad as I was afraid of. It was a workout but still a cool down compared to the Blitz itself.
I’m feeling pretty good a couple hours out. My body’s got that vaguely tired feeling that says I worked hard, but I’m not sore. Yet. We’ll see what I feel like on Thursday. Because of course the day after the day after is always when you hurt the worst if you’re gonna.
But either way, I liked this better than the 30 Day Shred just in the overall composition of what makes up the workouts and the fact that there are no jumping jacks. My ankles got a little bit twingey on one of the exercises (which I blame on having a little more squish to my surface as I have a rug on top of carpet in that room), but not unbearable and improved by wearing shoes for extra stability. For those with other joint issues, you can adjust the intensity and depth of the motion so it’s not as high impact.
I call this a winner!