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November 20, 2006



i have a question? how's the diet?

Josh Hillis

About the diet, to quote Mark Twight:

"The first misconception is that we used a bodybuilding-type program of progressive overload and over-feeding with the goal of making the guys look huge. We took the opposite route of calorie restriction to make them look like they lived off the land, in the wild, all sinewy and ripped. The diet was adequate to fuel effort and recovery, barely."

From: http://www.gymjones.com/knowledge.php?id=35


thanks for replying sir mark twight. so what should i do?

Ing shogie

it looks like the actors that trained with Mark Twight for "The 300" trained using a Crossfit training modality.



definitely crossfit. think that 300 workout is tough? try the filthy fifty.


Amen to Crossfit. I second the Filty Fifty, Fight Gone Bad etc.


Crossfit is definatly the train to get on


I can't wait to get so hawt!




How many times a week did they do these workouts?


Crossfit.com no questions asked Spartan Warriors of the 21st century


pussy bodybuilding? lmao... i can vouch for bodybuilders, because I am one, and I'd have preferred to see more "Arnold" physiques :) Seems as though it would fit better. Still a great movie nonetheless.


Wow, the main guys look a lot smaller in the workouts than they do in the movie, I guess makeup and post-production can do wonders.


Great info here, but fitness should not be something based on the latest movie fad. Just put the burger down and do some push ups.


Hey, even if it was inspired by a movie fad, surely any increase in the number of people exercising is a good thing. If a hit movie is what it takes for more people to get down the gym, then let's go out and make another one.


Very cool video. It look harder then i thought.


How long did the actors go through this trainig? Did the actors use any supplements to help them get bigger, like protein, creatine etc...?


300 was a very very good movie, and the fact that they really did train very hard to BE the spartan warrior is awesome.

i don't think that having the "arnold" effect would be a very good idea. the way they looked more slim, and not so bulky and huge, is more.. realistic ^^

very sexyyyy~~~


i have a question...which jumpstretch band are they using on the video? and how did they rig it up so it is on the wall?

i always thought about getting one...one that i can attack to my SUV...but i dont know which one to get...

Josh Hillis

The jumpstretch bands are color coded for the amount of resistance they are.

You can make a harness by wrapping two of them together. After the harness, you could use two or three more to connect the harness to the pole.

In terms of connecting them together or connecting them to the pole - you just loop it through itself like you were making a chain of rubber bands in elementery school, and you connect it to the pole the same way - just like a surfboard leash.


To get startet, just visit http://www.crossfit.com and jump right in or check out your local crossfit affiliate.

John Nguyen

Looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger would have ruined the movie! The appearance of the actors in this movie is perfectly representative of extremely fit warriors who have been fighting and are always ready to do battle. A bodybuilder is good for posing in the mirror... a narcissist, not a warrior.


I am wanting to start out on this program. Does anyone have some good initial advice? My fitness base is that I rockclimbed for about 5 years, so I have a pretty good but limited understanding of this type of fitness. If anyone would be so kind as to share nutrition advice, and fitness advice, please share!

Josh Hillis

Start with the basics - learn to deadlift and squat. Do pullups and standing shoulder presses. Learn kettlebell movements like snatches, swings and cleans.

Treat your workouts like "practice" until you are very familiar with the movements, then ease into higher intensity circuits.


I started today with a short sprint (about 100 yards) to a nearby park wearing a 20 lb weight vest. As soon as I got there i started with ten pull-ups and ten push-ups. By then I was totally wasted! I tried to do some hand over hand rope climbs (thats the best way I can describe it.) and some plyometric jumps onto a pic-nic table bench.

I will probably start with one day in the gym to practice these movements. Am I off to a good start or do I need to focus my energy in a different direction? Thanks again!!

Stephen Curd

I have a question about the eating habits of the spartans as well. I'm doing as many of the 300 reps as i can everyday(17 years old, did basketball+football). Right now I'm eating complex carbs(fruit, beans) an hour before working out, a protein shake while working out, and 2 eggs right after im done. Would this be considered overloading it? I do not want the Arnold look, I want the wiry, sinewy look so any help appreciated. Thank you

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