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Great Program for Well-Rounded Fitness
on August 3, 2016
This is an excellent resource for someone looking to improve their general physical preparedness (GPP). The program is designed around the 300-rep workout used as a benchmark for the actors in the movie 300. Each exercise in that workout is a different kind of movement (upper body pull = pull ups, upper body push = push ups, lower body pull = deadlift, lower body push = box jump, etc.). Of course, if you did that six-exercise, 300-rep workout every day, you'd be either bored or hurt. Spartan Warrior Workout allows you to develop each of those exercises through related exercises (so the fourth exercise, box jumps, can be replaced with bodyweight squats or lunges). It is also programmed so that if you do a heavy day in one particular exercise (like floor wipers), you take it easy on the floor wipers the next day. There are also several different levels for each exercise, so if you can't quite do 50 pushups, you can do a couple sets of high planks instead. This is a progressive exercise program, and it really will develop strength, endurance, and a well-rounded, athletic foundation for your fitness. I have what I like to call Workout ADD, so this program takes a month or two in my larger fitness lifestyle alongside Pavel Tsatsouline's kettlebell-based Simple and Sinister and Eric Cressey's powerlifting-based Maximum Strength. essentially, this program bridges the gap between the lighter weight, high intensity kettlebell lifting and the heavy, less-cardio-stressful powerlifting.
I bought the Kindle version, but I would recommend a hard copy. It would be easier with a hard copy to flip to the exercise tutorials from the workout program pages. Some of the exercise equipment can't be found in an average gym (like sledgehammers), and can't be stored in an apartment (like truck tires), but if you really care about fitness and you don't need to be spoonfed your exercises, you can easily substitute things like medicine ball slams or tosses, pushups and situps to improve on military PT tests, etc.