We have more than enough information to reconstruct the training and diet of Roman legionnaires and get a pretty good idea of how physically impressive they would have been. (Around 5.600 words, estimated reading time: 28 min, dropping down to about 15 min if you skip the asides).
Why does a still from Kelly’s Heroes front a post about the late Republic/Early Empire legions? The answers, my friends, is science. Well, some science, at least. (Around 4.800 words, estimated reading time: 24 min.)
This entry of the Analytic Fitness™ Dictionary looks at what should be anyone’s first choice for strength training (but rarely is): loaded carries (Around 4.400 words, estimated reading time 22 min)
This fourth installment of the Old School Strength series temporarily parts company with legionnaires to spend some quality time with everyone’s favorite jacked-and-tanned badass, the Roman gladiator. (Around 3.200 words, estimated reading time 15-17 min)
Can a simple piece of metal the shape of a cannonball with a handle turn you into a Soviet Superman? (Around 7.000 words, estimated reading time 35 min.)
After tracing Old School Strength to the training of the Roman legions, we can finally compare it with today’s elite military training programs. (Around 5.500 words, estimated reading time 25-30 minutes.)
Part I traced ‘Old School’ strength to the training of the Roman legions after 107 BC. Part II takes a closer look at the sources. (Around 6.000 words, estimated reading time 30. min, only 22 min if you already know your classics.)
Long before barbells, there were stones and tree trunks, but we don’t need to go that far back. Ancient Rome will do. (Around 2.000 words, estimated reading time: about 9-10 min.)