300 Workout (Blog)

January 28, 2008 | 300 News

This workout is intense, the workout used to get the actors in shape for the movie 300.

From Men’s Health…

Sometimes a movie takes off for no apparent reason.

And sometimes the reason is readily apparent. Take 300, for instance. This epic account of an ancient battle between the Spartans and Persians contained the kind of eye-popping visuals and head-snapping violence that men can’t get enough of.

Plenty of women, too, appreciated the parade of ripped bodies. The movie made a record $70 million in its first weekend and earned $210 million domestically since March.

At, 300 has been a sensation as well. Ever since Gerard Butler appeared on the cover of the March issue of Men’s Health, visitors to the website have been clicking on everything 300.

By far the most popular video on our site since March has been the “300 Workout,” as demonstrated here by Men’s Health contributor Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, M.Sc., a strength and conditioning coach in Toronto.

“It looks simple on paper, but I promise you, it’s a great muscle building workout,” posted one man on

Another posting noted the extreme interest generated: “I sense a new ‘Brad Pitt in Fight Club’ standard being born.”

Butler’s training for 300 simultaneously built muscle, increased muscular endurance, and stripped fat fast. To achieve movie muscles that pop, he and other cast members used this grueling, unorthodox 300-rep rite of passage.

Ballantyne put together this workout video series for you to follow along with and — provided you’re fit like a king– try for yourself.

“One actor from 300, Andrew Pleavin, completed the workout in 18 minutes,11 seconds,” says Ballantyne. “He didn’t practice this workout…and neither did I. My time? 19:07. My butt was kicked by a Hollywood actor!”

“It’s a brutal workout, starting out strong and slowing down, finishing at a crawl,” explains Ballantyne. “I don’t plan on doing that any time soon or, really, ever again.”

For a Spartan-sized challenge to your daily routine, consider this your new fitness gauntlet:

a) Pullups – 25 reps
b) Deadlifts with 135lbs – 50 reps
c) Pushups – 50 reps
d) 24-inch Box jumps – 50 reps
e) Floor wipers – 50 reps
f) Single-arm Clean-and-Press with 36lbs Kettlebell – 50 reps
g) Pullups – 25 reps

All exercises are done without scheduled rest between moves. Obviously this is an advanced workout…you shouldn’t do it unless you are already in great shape.

Fortunately, this can all easily be adapted. Appropriate exercises can be subbed in: Drop down to 150 total reps, or 4-6 exercises of 15-25 reps each. For example, you might try this workout, great for a guy with moderate fitness:

15 bodyweight rows
25 bodyweight squats
15 pushups
50 jumping jacks
20 mountain climbers
10 close grip pushups

posted by Mind-Body-Spirit at 2:32 PM

Publication: Mind-Body-Spirit
Author: Bruce & Elaine Romelo

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