The Spartacus Workout

Good morning! Have you guys ever heard of the Spartacus workout? Matt heard about it from his younger brother Drew, who has been doing it to stay in shape while traveling around on the road for his year-long South Pacific tour.


Matt did the workout for the first time last weekend using some weights that he got for Christmas, and seeing how I always love a challenge, I decided to join in on the fun. It’s basically a high intensity circuit training type workout that incorporates cardio and strength at the same time by doing a lot of compound moves (moves that work both your arms and legs simultaneously). You can find details of the whole workout on Men’s Health’s webpage. I know most of my readers are female, so don’t be scared that it’s on Men’s Health — a lot of the moves are ones I have already been doing for years — it’s not some intense male body building thing or anything. :) It was no problem for me to do the same moves as Matt — I just used lighter weights.

Matt and I have settled into a nice routine where we run 2 miles outside to warm up (first mile slower, second mile fast), and then arrive at our little apartment gym to do the Spartacus workout. It’s been really fun actually — I like working out together and it’s been good for me since I don’t do nearly enough strength training usually on my own!

So far, we’ve been doing the official first 10 moves (you do each move for 1 minute straight, rest for 15 or 30 seconds, and then move on to the next one) and then we kind of create our own for the next 10 since we haven’t learned the official ones well enough to do them without the use of the internet.



Whew! It is a SERIOUS workout. We did the workout on Friday and again yesterday and I’m definitely sore today — and we haven’t even been doing all of the moves yet!

When we got home, I whipped us up some lunch.


This looks kind of gross but it was REALLY good. Basically an everything but the kitchen sink salad to use up some stuff in the fridge!


The salad was a bed of spinach and kale, topped with some white kidney beans, tuna salad (made with plain Greek yogurt, mustard, and olives), avocado, green beans, feta cheese, and some balsamic vinaigrette. Sounds weird but it was a great combination! Plus some toasted pita on the side for dipping.


We had our:

  • Protein — tuna, beans
  • Healthy fats — avocado, salad dressing, olives
  • Carbs/fiber — whole wheat pita, beans

Plus lots of nutrients from all the veggies! I also had an unpictured clementine. :) A great post-workout meal!

I’m off to school — have a wonderful day, friends!


  1. 1

    My husband does this workout and it KILLS him! We have the fold-out sheet on it from the magazine posted in our home gym. Someday I might try it. :P

  2. 3

    Looks like a great intense workout!

  3. 4

    I love using tuna on salads, it’s such an easy and quick way to get some protein in your meal!

  4. 5

    Your post-workout meal looks fabulous! And I love that you included a little protein, a little fat, and a little fiber into the mix – a great mash up for healthy eating success.

  5. 6

    I haven’t heard of that, but you’re right, it does look like a fabulous workout! I’m always on the lookout for ones I can do by myself, so thanks for posting!

  6. 7

    Thanks for sharing the work out, I had never heard of it before! But it sounds like a a great total body one! Lunch looks wonderful as well!

  7. 8

    I did the Spartacus workout before New Years and called it the ‘Venus’ circuit! Nothing like being a goddess :)

  8. 10

    I LOVE the Spartacus workout! My now-fiance ripped it out of Men’s Health a couple years ago and we’ve been using it for an intense workout sub for days when we don’t do P90X ever since! I actually think the Spartacus workout is even harder than P90X. And it flies by, too, which is a bonus!

  9. 12

    I looked up this workout and am going to try it tomorrow! I couldn’t find anything past the first 10 though.

  10. 13

    Haven’t done this workout, but it sounds a lot like what I did to rehab my knee – tons of upper AND lower body exercises along with agility exercises (jumping, skipping and fun exercises like that). I still try to do a the exercises and they still kick my butt!

  11. 15

    Thanks for the workout idea…went to the website and printed off the details to try tomorrow.

  12. 17

    Love the double-team workout!

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