Body of a Spartan was one of the first books that opened my eyes to weightlifting and powerlifting.
Yes, I started lifting barely a year ago, I was a skinny, scrawny nerd, then I picked up Body of a Spartan. I’m still a lightweight and probably will be for life, but I’m much stronger than my shadow of a former self. Yes, I still lift and I constantly make improvements, and this book was honestly my starting point.
After less than a month of lifting, and eventually as soon as I started packing on those 45 lbs plates, I felt I had reached a new level.
In time I gained visible biceps, triceps and forearm muscles. A six-pack has started to cut its way through my abdomen. The girls swoon when they feel my arms, it’s almost supernatural how animal women will get around just a little extra muscle. Those nerds who say they just need to be “lean” to look “good enough” are idiots. My posture and my figure are more masculine than ever, and I feel like a million bucks, all thanks to lifting under the direction of a good program.
Most importantly, after a good lift, I feel like I can take on the world.
Besides that, I know I have nowhere to go but up.
What is Body of a Spartan all about?
Body of a Spartan is Victor Pride’s exclusive guide to weightlifting and getting a strong, ripped body without any of the BS. You can hardly get this kind of guide anywhere else in a straightforward and honest way.
If you’ve never lifted weights, he gives you several great reasons as to why you should start. Honestly, weightlifting is an easy, simple and efficient way to exercise. No spending hours doing cardio and you can get what you want out of your workout in less than an hour. My best workouts take less than that. The only hard part is lifting the weight.
Furthermore, Victor doesn’t pussyfoot around with details, he tells you just plain and simple what you need to do to get started:
- No magic pills or powders
- No “you need to eat over 9000 meals a day”
- No “you can’t gain muscle if you don’t do X”
Honestly, if you aren’t using steroids and you want to get stronger and bigger, you need to get this book. You can get strong and ripped if you choose, and only if you choose. Victor knows this and he tells you how to get that discipline and get what you want for yourself.
Plus, Victor outlines some basic starting programs for you to do throughout the week. He has dozens of photos throughout the book to illustrate how to perform each exercise, all centered around barbells and dumbbells and even a few calisthenic ones. This is why I absolutely recommend this book if you are a beginner, it’s a great place to start.
I’ve used Starting Strength before and that one is good if you are a nerd and want to learn the nitty-gritty science for your lifting form, but Victor’s book has the upper hand: Body of a Spartan gives you what you need to build an ideal physique, and keeps it simple yet effective.
I honestly have no clue where to go for bodybuilding, which I’m not focused on myself, but because this book is here it’s an option for me. In essence, Body of a Spartan is a hybridized powerlifting and bodybuilding program, combining the best of strength training with other exercises to sculpt your form, so another great reason why you should check this one out.
I haven’t seen or heard of this stuff anywhere else and others have said great things about Victor’s book, so if you want to get big and mean and strong and are tired of all of the mythological bro-lift BS and other small-ball useless advice that will have you going nowhere fast, I’d get this book right away. Right now I’m still making gains on my squats and deadlifts and I have no intention of stopping.
I wish I had started lifting earlier so I could have what I have now, but they say “better late than never.”
My advice for lifting is: don’t hesitate, get started now.
Also: be sure to check out Victor’s site Bold and Determined, he updates periodically with great financial and fitness advice.