Gerard Butler embarked upon a spartanic challenge to achieve the warrior physique as flaunted in 300 – the movie. It required a tremendous amount of psychological change to guide the body to that level of physical change, as the actor admitted. Butler spent four months on a strict workout routine, which led to him displaying a toned physique in the movie.
The training session comprised sheer athleticism combined with natural regimes like compound movements, lifting and throwing, instead of the contemporary methods. Primitive tools like medicine balls, kettlebells and rings were used in the place of modern machines. This unorthodox method of workout was formulated by the famous personal trainer, Mark Twight. Butler trained two times a day for four weeks, performing extensive exercises including sword fighting, sprinting while running to a bungee cord, flipping massive tires and Olympic ring exercises. The boot camp style training worked out every muscle of the actor. He not only burnt fat fast, but his muscular size and endurance increased simultaneously.
A self-taught exercise guru and former world-class mountain climber, Twight planned the one-time ’300 Test’ workout for Butler. It was a combination of 25 pull-ups, 50 deadlifts at 135 pounds, 50 push-ups, 50 box jumps with a 24-inch box, 50 floor wipers, 50 clean and press at 36 pounds, and 25 more pull-ups. The build up to this ultimate test required a lot of functional fitness appropriate for the part, and not just the sculpted muscles.
A Balanced Diet
A healthy diet pattern similar to the Spartan warriors was followed by Butler; starting the day with carbohydrates and green vegetables while having protein-rich food for dinner. Some amount of protein intake was maintained every three hours.
This whole workout regime is not meant for the faint-hearted or out-of-shape. It demands extreme motivation along with complete mental and physical preparation. By following it religiously, it is quite possible to attain a physique like the one Gerard Butler sported in the movie.