After finding myself in a rut in my workout regime due to a plateau, I decided it was time to switch things up. So I bought a copy of Body of a Spartan by Victor Pride.
Victor runs a site I enjoy reading, BoldAndDetermined.com. Plus, I had heard great things about Body of a Spartan.
Body Of A Spartan Review
After reading the book, I found myself incorporating nearly everything Victor said. Body of a Spartan is the real deal. Essentially, Body of a Spartan is a very basic workout guide, a spartan-style workout. There is no B.S., no fluff, and honestly, nothing too complex in this book. Victor doesn’t have you running around the gym doing 17 different variations on the cable fly machine ensuring you look like a cheese dick.
No, you will look like you belong in the gym. The principles of Body of a Spartan are very basic. This does not mean the workout is ineffective. Actually, the opposite is true. By keeping things simple, Victor fast tracks your progress.
The Body of a Spartan workout plan is designed to have you working out 6 days a week for around 45 minutes a day. Each and every workout is designed to use 8 major lifts along with variations of each lift.
The best part about the book is that each and every workout is designed for you. Each day your workout is customizable. You get to choose what you want to do. Now there are guidelines in Body of a Spartan, but you get to design your workout within those guidelines every day. Your body, your needs, your goals, and your results are ultimately up to you with the Body of a Spartan workout plan.
The flexibility of the workouts in Body of a Spartan enables Victor to account for every single type of body. Victor understands that each person’s body will react to the workouts differently day-in and day-out. Maybe you killed it in the gym yesterday, and then stayed up all night partying with a cute filly. You wake up and you are not in the mood to kill it in the gym today. That’s ok with Body of a Spartan because Victor has already taken scenarios like the above into account when designing the workout.
Make no mistake about it though: Body of a Spartan is tough and Victor does not allow any excuses. This is especially true with regards to overtraining, bodybuilding, and supplements. Victor makes his thoughts known loud and clear on all three topics. According to Vic, they are all pretty much bullshit. After Victor cuts through the bullshit, he lays out a simple diet and supplement regime that anyone can not only implement, but also afford.
My favorite part about Body of a Spartan is that the book is clearly written by a gym rat whose sole focus was getting real results. Getting real results all the while making sure to keep things simple. It’s clear Victor has paid his dues in the gym and understands exactly what you need to do to get results. Then, he clearly articulates this to you.
One part of Body of a Spartan I really enjoyed was the concept of ‘singles’. While maxing out is nothing new, ‘singles’ take things to a different level. I incorporated ‘singles’ work into my workout for the last two weeks and have already noticed a positive benefit.
I also thoroughly enjoyed Victor’s thoughts on how to end your workouts properly. While I won’t share Victor’s secrets, the “grab bag” and “fat burner” exercises are by far the best ways I found to end your workout.
Overall, I Loved Body Of A Spartan
If you don’t go to the gym as of now or you are not seeing the results you hope to, you owe it to yourself to grab a copy of Body of a Spartan. If you’re like me and have been in the gym for a while now, the book still provides a great refresher of the fundamentals with a few new gems as well. Body of a Spartan is worth its weight in gold.
P.S: if you ever want to feel like an absolute beast at the gym, incorporate half-deadlift ‘singles’ into your workout.