Body of a Spartan PDF Review – Lift Weights Like Victor Pride of Bold&Determined
He uses the program and recommended it to myself.
I was certainly curious because I’d read many of Victor’s blog posts. However, I only just ordered his PDF eBook recently.
I’ve been lifting weights for a couple of years now. I am by no means huge or shredded but I’m in decent shape. Plus, I’m focusing on building this site and my niche sites rather than building a better body.
That’s why I never felt the urge to invest time and money into reading Body of a Spartan.
But I know that many of you still struggle with either losing fat or gaining muscle. This puts me in an interesting situation:
I have experience with lifting weights but am not qualified enough to write programs for other people.
For that reason, I am always looking for training programs I can recommend to you.
The Kinobody programs are very effective…
But they aren’t ideal for everyone. Some people just don’t enjoy intermittent fasting (skipping breakfast) or the style of weight training it involves.
If that sounds like you, Body of a Spartan might be the answer to your physique problems.
What I Didn’t Like About Body of a Spartan
Overall, this is a really good book.
However, there are a couple of minor points that bothered me. I want to address them first before going into the long list of things I loved.
Too Many Variations on the Main Lifts
I was really happy to see how much emphasis Victor puts on the main lifts.
His routine is simple. That’s exactly how I think training routines should be.
Unfortunately, he demonstrates a bunch of variations on the key movements. I’m a little unsure why anyone would need this many variations.
I’m sure there is a time and a place for one-arm deadlifts. However, I don’t believe they belong in a basic eBook about lifting weights.
The same is true for:
- Snatch Grip Deadlifts
- Suitcase Deadlifts
He gives you a bunch of variations on all the main exercises. I think beginners would be better off just sticking to the main lifts and adding isolation exercises to work on their weaknesses.
This is a tiny detail. However, it’s part of a larger problem with this eBook…
The form demonstrations aren’t ideal because you only get pictures. This is not a big deal really because anyone who isn’t completely lazy can go to YouTube and find thousands of technique tutorials.
But I do find it important to note because it’s a slight disadvantage of BOAS compared to other programs I’ve reviewed.
Also, I don’t recommend you Bench Press with your shoulders flared out like this:
What I Liked About Body of a Spartan by Victor Pride
There are a ton of reasons I am going to recommend this book.
I’ll try to list the most compelling ones below.
Focus on Getting Stronger on Key Lifts
Strength is crucial especially for natural lifters.
By focusing on increasing your strength, you’ll over time develop a leaner and more muscular physique.
I’m very happy to recommend Body of a Spartan because its focus is on increasing your numbers on the key lifts.
Getting stronger = getting more muscular
(in most cases)
Keep in mind, strength doesn’t always have to be your one-rep max. If you can lift more weight for 10 reps, you’ve clearly gotten stronger.
Not Dogmatic About Strength vs Bodybuilding Style Training
This might seem like a strange point after the paragraph above it.
Sure, it’s important for any great lifting program to focus on strength. However, there is absolutely no reason to be dogmatic about it.
There are benefits to bodybuilding style training too. Why should you avoid them just because you know that strength is very important for muscle gains?
That idea seems stupid to me.
You need to use all available tools. If you don’t, you’re making life harder for yourself unnecessarily.
Imagine a person who refuses to use a screwdriver because he likes hammers more. He’s going to struggle when he’s faced with a loose screw.
You would consider that person incredibly stupid, right?
Well, that’s exactly how most people think about their weight training routine.
The message in Body of a Spartan is spot on.
Strength training is great. But there is nothing wrong with adding other types of exercises as well.
You don’t need to be in the gym for hours every week.
By training 45 minutes, you’ll probably get about 95% of the benefits.
Of course, that is assuming that you’re actually training:
Unless you’re doing those two things, you won’t see results with Body of a Spartan.
The same could be said about any routine though.
Unlike other eBooks, BOAS actually shows you exactly how to structure your workouts for maximum effects.
You won’t be given a bunch of useless facts. Instead, Victor will teach you everything you need to achieve a powerful physique.
Simple “Spartan Diet”
Lifting weights is fairly simple.
If you get stronger consistently, you’ll gain muscle. Use correct form and you’ll minimize injuries.
Obviously, there are thousands of little details that experts can argue over but that’s basically all you need to know.
Diet on the other hand, is a bit more complex.
You need to deal with psychological effects of dieting, minimizing hunger, optimizing health all while trying to eat a certain amount of calories.
That can be hard because there are a lot of moving parts. Most people (even those who look fantastic) often overlook one of those aspects.
Their results are therefore going to be sub-optimal.
This doesn’t always lead to slower fat loss or muscle gain. In fact, I believe it generally leads to health consequences in the long run.
Just because you can’t immediately see the difference in the mirror doesn’t mean your diet is perfect.
It just means you got your calorie balance and macros pretty close to what they should be.
If you think this is all a bit complicated, you’re right.
Luckily for you, Body of a Spartan presents a very simple diet that you can follow in order to reach your goals.
It doesn’t even require you to count calories. That isn’t a big deal for me…but I know a lot of you guys hate tracking your food.
Don’t worry. If you’re following the advice from BOAS, you don’t need to.
The diet has some similarities to Vince Gironda’s steak and eggs diet. However, it’s far less extreme and therefore a better option in my opinion.
It’s also a lot healthier because you don’t cut out all fruits and vegetables.
Cutting out fruits and vegetables? That might sound crazy to you.
However, the steak and eggs diet definitely works for burning fat.
Steak and eggs are an important of the Body of a Spartan routine but they are NOT the only foods you eat.
That’s incredibly important to me. I wouldn’t recommend an eBook that advocates risking your health at the expense for slightly faster fat loss.
Honest About Drug Use in Bodybuilding
This is a last point I want to raise.
We’re getting to a stage now where a lot of people know Bodybuilders use insane amounts of Steroids.
Unfortunately, most guys still lie about their drug use.
This leads to uninformed followers taking advice that only works for people on anabolic steroids.
The results are generally not too exciting…
Perhaps your favourite guru doesn’t know as much about training as you thought.
Good genetics and high doses of drugs will give them a great physique even if you’re training isn’t very smart.
But it won’t work for you or me.
Victor knows this which is why he focuses on helping natural trainees. His methods work even if you aren’t a genetic freak who abuses performance enhancers.
Closing Thoughts on my Body of a Spartan Review
Body of a Spartan is an excellent fitness program for men who like to simplify their life.
It’s a very simple program. There aren’t any bells and whistles.
However, that shouldn’t take away from the effectiveness.
In fact, simplifying your training will lead to better results.
Don’t believe me?
Then check out Ben’s transformation using this exact program.
That’s all for today’s review.
Until next time,
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