Watch Spartacus: War of the Damned Actors Train to Get Ripped Gladiator Bodies

For fans of the TV series Spartacus, news about the next season being the show’s last has been disheartening. But viewers can seek solace in creator and executive producer, Steven S. DeKnight’s promise that War of the Damned will be “one final fantastic, phenomenal season that [ends] the story on a very, very high note.” DeKnight says that for the next season the makers of the show are “attempting something [they’ve] never attempted before. It will be epic on a scale you will not believe.”

Sounds promising enough. And to deliver on this promise, one of the things the actors did was go through a month-long vigorous training program to get into proper Gladiator shape. And since this final season promises to be the most epic, the training this time around might have been the most intense one yet.

Actor Liam McIntyer, who plays Spartacus on the show says, “Spartacus Boot Camps are famous now for pushing you to your absolute limits. This year they found a new level with military inspired training. I’ve never been so fit in my whole life. This boot camp will kick your ass. This year it kicked it twice.”

The military inspired training included fitness tests used in the New Zealand army and the US Marine Corp. That’s some serious stuff!

Stunt coordinator Allan Poppleton commented “we work the cast to the point of exhaustion, combining cross training elements- everything from cardio, basic gymnastics, foot and movement work, unarmed combat, body awareness, reactions, weaponry, and functional cross fit circuits.” Again, that is some serious stuff.

In addition to the training, the cast is on a strict diet of fat burning, muscle building foods and shakes. Stunt performer Tyrone Bell explains that nutrition plays a huge role in getting everyone in top shape. He says nutrition is about 80% of what they do.

McIntyer- along with a cast that includes Manu Bennett, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Simon Merrells, Dustin Clare, Ellen Hollman, Jenna Lind and Todd Lasance- will show off the result of all this seriously hard stuff during the final season on Spartacus: War of the Damned. The show premieres January 2013 on Starz.

Watch this video to see the actors in training.