To create the Spartacus Workout, we chose 10 exercises that collectively work every part of your body. Then we made each exercise a 60-second station so you can challenge your heart and lungs as well as your muscles. The final product is a high-intensity circuit designed to torch fat, define your chest, abs, and arms, and send your fitness level soaring. You'll sculpt a lean, athletic-looking body—and be in the best shape of your life. And for full-color photos and instructions of 600 more exercises, along with tons of workouts and useful fitness advice.
From the outdoor setting to the live drums, from the rhythm of Brazilian dance to the enthusiasm of the instructor — this workout has energy! The movements range from classic Latin Sambas and Mambos to Brazilian street-dance-specific Axés, Afros and Frevos (well-taught and surprisingly easy to follow). You’ll start with an extended warm-up; it’s designed to get you comfortable shaking your shoulders, rolling your hips and popping your chest. Then Vanessa Isaac demos a pattern, brings it to half-tempo and then finally uses it in a fast-paced combo. Later, she adds on a new routine and begins again. It ends with a short “freestyle” section; it’s like you’re dancing in a Rio street party. Not recommended for carpeted floors.
This 1993 video is a one-hour workout combining stop-and-start cardio movements that are athletic (no dance) with muscle endurance moves with and without light weights. The cardio section uses moves like jogging, jumping, leg swings, and power moves such as fast lunge combinations, squats with jumps, and karate kicks. The lower body strengthening moves include variations of lunges and squats using body weight. The upper-body weight exercises are varied but done too quickly–it's easy to rely on momentum. Some of these exercises are oddly chosen: a number of the exercises that are supposed to work the chest fatigue the shoulders and back long before the chest muscles feel anything, for example. You'll certainly feel the many sets of ab exercises, however!