Date of birth: October 10, 1969 (Age: 47 years)
Height: 5′ 10″ (178 cm)
Weight: 185 pounds (84 kg)
Manu Bennett body measurements:
Chest: 50″ (127 cm)
Biceps: 18″ (46 cm)
Waist: 35″ (89 cm)
Shoe size: unknown
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Dark brown
To become a part of legendary Spartacus is not the easiest task. One should have lean and toned body to integrate harmoniously into the world of heroes and gladiators. That’s why time of preparation for the role of gladiator cost Manu Bennett much efforts and caused significant changes in his body.
Manu Bennett knows firsthand what hard physical training means. Still, he used to be a top-end athlete – rugby player at the state level. But that was not enough to become a champion of Capua.
He, like many other actors of the series had to pass a course known as Camp of gladiators. There, under the supervision of fitness professionals and tricks coordinators they were training 4 hours a day, combining combat moves with circuit training and team games such as tug of war.
The actor not only trained hard as a real gladiator, but also ate only healthy foods: lean meat, steamed vegetables and fish, steak and salad without sauce.
All the exercises of the program, which is based on a complex with a dumbbell, are made at a time. Progression in the program was achieved due to the fact that Manu had to improve the result of the previous exercise. That is, increase the number of repetitions of each exercise in its definite time.
The training program, which was created by the Adam Kempel and Rachel Cosgrove, lasts exactly 41 minutes. During the training Manu Bennett did 10 exercises which make up one set.
Each exercise is done for 60 seconds. During this time, Manu’s main goal was to do the biggest number of repetitions that he could. Then, he had rest for 15 seconds and moved on to the next exercise. At the end of the circle he rested 2 minutes and repeated the set 2 more times.