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Tyrone Bell: Gladiator Trainer

Spartacus Vengeance trainer shares advice for getting big and ripped.

By Matt Tuthill
Tyrone Bell: Gladiator Trainer

We trained in groups before we started shooting the new season. I think that’s key. If you’ve got a training partner, you’re going to push yourself that much further. The results are also going to come faster than if you were training solo. You can attack a training session with more confidence and go to failure when you know your partner’s got your back.

“If somebody is competing in a bodybuilding show or a fitness competition, they have to peak for that day. Having someone peak through seven months of shooting is impossible, but we can get them close. It comes down to diet, which is 80% of the equation. When they have key moments during the season, like a sex scene, then I’ll treat it like a bodybuilding show. I’ll carb-deplete them and carb-load them in a short amount of time. It has to be precise.

“A must-have supplement for the guys is L-glutamine. They live on it. For recovery, it’s so important, and I’d recommend it for anyone. If you’re under stress, your cortisol levels are high, and you’ve got to bring those down. I swear by L-glutamine. It’s priceless.

“I’m a firm believer in eating whole foods as much as possible. No matter how busy you are, you can get those in. Invest in a good slow-cooker. Put your meat and vegetables in there before you leave for work, and it’s all done when you get home. It couldn’t be easier.

“People get caught up in exercise fads. If you want to put on size, old-school training is still the best. If you want to get big, lift big. If you want to get shredded, keep your diet strict and get your cardio in. Whatever your goal is, consistency is more important than anything.”

PM CIRCUIT: “The DIRTY 30s”

How to do it: Perform each exercise for 10 minutes straight. It should take about one minute to do 10 reps—if it takes you less, use the remainder of that minute to rest. Continue until 10 minutes are up. Complete all sets of one exercise before moving to the next exercise. The entire workout will take 30 minutes to complete.

Exercise                         Reps

Close-grip Chinup
w/Band Assistance         10

Med Ball Situp Throw*   10

Sled pull**                       10 

*Throw a heavy med ball against a wall at the top of each rep. Catch and repeat.
**Load 60–80% of your body weight on a sled and sprint 25 meters with it. Rest for the remainder of the minute.

BUDDY UP: Bell says partners always push each other further. 

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