Before filming begins each season, the sexy stars of Starz's Spartacus get into gladiator shape with an intense training program that prepares the cast for the extensive actions sequences—and leather loincloths—featured in every episode.
“Meticulous choreographing is necessary to ensure the safety of the actors performing the stunts,” says stunt coordinator Allan Poppleton, who has overseen each of the Spartacus boot camps. “For four weeks, we work the cast to the point of exhaustion, combining cross training elements—everything from cardio, basic gymnastics, foot and movement work, unarmed combat, body awareness, reactions, weaponry, and functional cross fit circuits.”
The results are obvious in every frame of the sword-swinging epic and the series’ highly-anticipated third season looks like it will be the hottest yet.
“Spartacus Boot Camps are famous now for pushing you to your absolute limits,” says star Liam McIntyre. “This year they found a new level with military inspired training. I’ve never been so fit in my whole life. This boot camp will kick your ass. This year it kicked it twice.”
Check out some shots of the hunky actors bulking up for the new season.
Liam McIntyre (Spartacus) concentrates on sled work, which is designed to build up the legs and core.
Manu Bennett (Crixus) performed the sword sequences with a 200 year old Taiaha, which he then presented to Allan Poppleton out of respect and thanks for training him and the other actors and stunt performers for the last four years.
Simon Merrells (Marcus Crassus) is new to the cast, and immediately began working with swords. Learning proper technique is essential not only for exciting action, but for the safety of the actors as well.