I am always excited to see when people have benefited from any kind of workout program…I love success stories even, when it has nothing to do with me. But when the success comes from something that I was able to help with, it means that much more to me.
The Funk Roberts 4 Week Spartacus Challenge is now in its 6th week and there are more than 1300 participants from 35 countries and over 40 new ones daily. Before/after pics, and testimonials are starting to flow in from those people that started the challenge over 5 weeks ago.
Please take time to look and read the stories of these great 4 Week Spartacus Challenge Participants and congratulations to all that have completed the full challenge. For those that dropped off, just get back on the program and keep pluggin away. For those of you, that have just started good luck and don’t give up.
When my knee was repaired, I started on the long road back to fitness, finding a new love for Muay Thai boxing and MMA. Unfortunately, no matter what I seemed to do, I couldn't lose weight. I tried all the latest diets from slim-fast through to slimming world, I would lose a few pounds in the first week and then nothing. Many of you may be thinking "Oh well, she must have cheated" but I never did, I was too determined to get back into those favourite jeans!
I was excited to learn about the Spartacus Workout but in all honesty I was a little sceptical, after all, everything else I had tried had failed.
After the first week I started to notice my clothes were looser and by week two the weight was still melting away! I was shocked and overjoyed!
Every week the workouts changed and the intensity grew and, whilst they all brought new challenges (and new ways for me to colourfully curse Funk :-P), my cardio levels continued to rise, my strength increased massively and the jeans I had so sorely missed now fit.
I have recommended the Spartacus workout to so many of my friends and family and even though it wasn't easy, I had a lot of fun and the results speak for themselves.
Helen Smailes, UK
My name is Julie, I'm from central Connecticut. I've always been into fitness; I ran track in middle school, rowed crew in high school, and always ran. I never really paid attention to calories or diet, just tried to keep it healthy. I joined the gym when it opened in my town about 6 years ago and went off and on – I never really hit the weights and I got bored with cardio and was too self conscious to try a class. I would usually go to the gym in the wintertime and get outside in the summer.
I had surgery on both of my feet in 2007 and that pretty much ended my career at the gym, or anything movement related, unless I could roll around my apartment on a rolling chair. Then I got lazy and didn't want to exercise because I was out of the habit. I also took a job that had on-call hours, so being out all night or for days on end would put a damper on one's exercise abilities! My diet stunk as well, and due to some other things going on in my life, I went from 135 lbs to 106 lbs and started smoking.
The day came when I had to carry a 40-lb box of cat litter up my apartment steps and I couldn't do it. I had to make a life change or I knew my health down the road was going to suffer.
In December of 2008, I didn't quit smoking immediately, I just started going to the gym. About a month into it, I quit cold turkey one day. I don't even remember the day I did. I started reading about training and diet and how to properly eat: every six hours so that you're not ravenous and reaching for junk; eat more vegetables, measure out how much of each portion to eat, etc. I started joining online sites for email updates then, including Funk Roberts, Lee Hayward, and Tom Venuto. I didn't trust anyone out there trying to sell a gimmick or push fitness programs on people. I mainly tried to listen to a lot of the diet advice, and tried to train according to what my body told me – I would train my least fatigued body part.
Overall I loved this workout. There was something new every week so I never got bored. I got to eat foods I love in a quantity that didn't leave me feeling empty. I felt like the workouts were short – I was used to being in the gym for at least two hours.
With a warmup, some light stretching, the workout, and then heavy stretching after a cooldown, I was there for about an hour and ten minutes. I kept feeling, afterwards, that I didn't do anything (during the workouts, the thought process was entirely different!). The results show otherwise!
Thank you so much Funk for sharing this with me and the rest of the people who completed the challenge!!!!!