Gerard Butler “destroyed” his body for “300”

How the cinematographer Leonidas experienced his Spartan physique in the absolute hit of his career. Can you get his schedule?

No matter how many years pass, every time we will try to imagine his face LeonidaKing of Sparta and hero of Thermopylae, none other than him Gerard Butler it doesn’t seem more fitting.

The “300» started as a joke – even for Butler himself – but with a proper use of it CGIof metal music and his directing Zach Snyder the 456 million dollars in Box office exposed every skeptic and hater.

It seems that Zach Snyder has been having a great time lately.

I actually remember wearing the red cape on set and showing a burning village on the green screen and saying to myself “This movie isn’t going anywhere”he previously told The Hollywood Reporter.

The body that made the difference

Undoubtedly one of the strengths of the film beyond the emphatic battles and brutal scenes was the incredible writing that had Butler and the rest of his 299 comrades –we borrowed it from parody– in battle against his endless hordes Xerxes.

Many attributed it to CGI, however the image of each of the soldiers really looked like they came from years of training and savagery. According to Butler, in order to get to the point of “brutalizing” so much, he needed 6 hours of training every day, of three different kinds.

Two hours CrossFittwo hours bodybuilding and two other training for the battle scenes.

You could say that I was somehow destroying my body with so much training every day. What I went through in preparation for the “300” was not just tough, but the hardest I’ve ever experienced in training” are the words-proof that to become worthy of Leonidas is not a simple task.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed every moment of my “destruction”.». Considering the end result, he sure enjoyed it and did.

For example, an exercise to become Leonidas

In Crossfit circles they call it the WOD (Workout of the Day), during which you are given the program of the exercises and the total repetitions that you must perform and you must have completed them by the end of the training. Something like him Coach Carter where the players had to have done specific push ups and kamikaze by the end of the week. One hour of exercise out of the two had the following exercise plan.

Now that we’ve talked about Coach Carter, what are the top sports movies to watch?

Pull-ups of 50 repetitions

Deadlifts of 50 reps with 75 kg


Push ups of 50 repetitions


50 rep box jumps


Abdominal ala floor wipers of 50 repetitions

barbell floorwiper

Clean and press with 18 kg kettlebell of 50 repetitions

kettlebell clean and press

For the record, Gerald Butler did this program in just over 20 minutes, while one of the 300 (Andrew Pleavin) did it in 18 minutes and 11 seconds. Normal Spartan.

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