Sample Article Review on The Spartacus Workout: A Respiratory Exercise

The Spartacus Workout: A Respiratory Exercise

Health and wellbeing of the body is a priority that almost each individual is struggling to maintain. As such, many publications, tutorials, and literal works have been initiated to enhance sustainability and good health in the society. Men’s Health is a Britain magazine that is globally recognized for its articles that are dedicated towards health and maintaining good body shape. Therefore, this paper presents a critique to the articles The Spartacus Workout by Adam Campbell and Rachel Cosgrove published on Men’s Health magazine on 2013. The Spartacus workout contains guidelines that enable a person to manage breath while exercising.

Campbell and Cosgrove (2013) assert that the secret beneficial workout and exercise is to incorporate respiratory activities. However, they caution that not all exercises are beneficial; hence, they developed a workout plan called “the Spartacus workout”. This workout plan suggests that a person should incorporate ten exercises collectively to achieve positive results. Chandler (2013) states that each body muscle endures a workout activity different from the others. That is why the Spartacus workout gives each exercise or station a specified period to allow enough respiration. For example, the goblet squat should last 15 seconds while squatting and 5 seconds when standing. This is to allow the body to accumulate air and release used up air while relaxing and contracting the muscle. The time variation protects the muscle from damage because it acquires enough air. However, Chandler (2013) advises that an individual should monitor their hormonal response to determine whether the prescribed intensity is appropriate. The Spartacus workout incorporates a personal trainer who will evaluate body response and prescribe intervention and rests that allow proper respiration (Campbell & Cosgrove, 2013).


Campbell, A. & Cosgrove, R. (2013).The Spartacus Workout.Men’s Health. Retrieved from:

Chandler, T.J., and Brown, L.E. (2013). Conditioning for Strength and Human Performance, 2nd ed, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.