Pavel has decided to train his own army of Spartans. Based on the [workout](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggiYjRelWgc) used to train the actors for the movie, “300,” we’re all being tortured, ahem, I mean trained, with the same workout. I really thought I was in good shape until I started this last week. This is what happens when I ask for a challenge. The idea is to complete a total of 300 reps between seven exercises without stopping or pausing. The first time I did it Pavel had me do two sets of 15 reps per exercise with about a minute between sets. Today I did two sets of 20 reps per exercise then he made me do extra abdominal work. I’m beat! Here’s a rundown of the exercises:
Start with pull-ups. Pavel does spot me on these, but they’re still damned hard!
Next is deadlifts.
Then push-ups. He yelled at me for using my knees, but that’s the best I can do.
Next is the [Clean and Jerk](http://tomgorman.moonfruit.com/#/cleanandjerk/4510964602) which is really, really hard.
Then comes something called the [Viper or Floor Wiper](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQLtfH9clx4).
After that, you do a standing jump onto a bench, which sounds easier than it is. Try it. Seriously, it’s hard.
After all that fun, you end the workout with another round of pull-ups.
Sounds like a good time, doesn’t it? Actually, once all the torture is over I felt like I’d accomplished something. Last week, however, I needed a nap by mid-afternoon. We’ll see how well I do today!