Achieve the Strength, Physique, and Fitness of a Gladiator: Interview with Coach Eddie Lomax

Note: Coach Lomax’s products are no longer on the market. We now recommend Scott Sonnon’s TacFit line of products. For a similar dumbbell + bodyweight regimen comparable to Gladiator Body Workout, check out TacFit BAD 45. Click here to read our review. 

I’ve been promoting Coach Lomax’s Gladiator Body Workout (GBW) for quiet some time. GBW is a fitness program that combines bodyweight and dumbbell training for highly effective workouts. I began promoting GBW simply because I found Coach Lomax’s methods very similar to my own.

I decided to contact Coach Lomax and ask a few questions about the Gladiator Body Workout and why it is so effective for overal health and fitness:

Parth: Hey Coach, thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to have a chat with me. So, what is Gladiator Body Workout?

Coach: The Gladiator Body Workout is a series of workouts and challenges that combine bodyweight exercises and dumbbell exercises. Exercise is about movement…and there are not better movements to train that the movement of your own body, or weighted movement in a single limb or alternating fashion. These are the movements most used to face the challenges of work, sport and life and therefor the best movements to train for the most benefits of your everyday life.

Parth: Ok, Coach. I get the whole idea of training movements rather than muscle groups. But can’t an individual successfully achieve this with bodyweight training alone? Why is it necessary to add free weights into a training program?

Coach: There are two types of movement…the movement of your own body, and the movement of weighted objects through space. Both movement should be trained. And free weights closely resemble weighted movement you would encounter outside the gym. This means more real world benefits for you.

Note: Coach Lomax’s products are no longer on the market. We now recommend Scott Sonnon’s TacFit line of products. For a similar dumbbell + bodyweight regimen comparable to Gladiator Body Workout, check out TacFit BAD 45. Click here to read our review. 

Parth: But there are so many machines and products out there that claim to improve your health, fitness, and athletic abilities. Why are free weights more effective than machines or infomercial products?

Coach: As I stated above, free weights more closely resemble real world activities. Using a machine in a gym helps you get better at using a machine in a gym. While there will be some improvement of ability in other activities, most of your improvements will be specific to the method of training you use. I’m assuming you work out to improve performance outside the gym. Therefore, these machines and gadgets that restrict movement, have you sitting down most of the time and make the exercises “easier” aren’t really training you for the real world.

Parth: Alright Coach, you’ve convinced me. Now, for individuals who really wish to add free weights to their current programs but don’t have a weight set at home, what kind of equipment do you feel they should start with?

Coach:
Dumbbells are the best. You don’t need a full weight set, just a pair of dumbbells will do. As a matter of fact, I think dumbbells are the best free weights to use. You can lift them in unison, one at a time and in an alternating manner. This means you can train your body in the way it most naturally moves, which means more real world benefits than other forms of training. There are subtle benefits of using dumbbells as well. For example, lifting dumbbells in an alternating manner stresses the core, making every exercise a core strengthening exercise. Or, doing exercises one limb at a time extends the time period of each set…burning more fat.

Basically, not having a full weight set is an advantage because you can focus on dumbbells and get their full benefit. All too often, exercisers only use dumbbells for light weight isolation exercises…a complete waste of time in my opinion.

Parth: Well, the truth is that the majority of people get into exercise to lose weight. So, how can one lose fat with the Gladiator Body Workout?

Coach: Easy, do the workouts. Exercise is a must for weight loss and building the attractive body you want…combined with nutrition of course. There is even a Fat Loss Workout in the Gladiator Body Workout package designed specifically to burn fat. The Above & Beyond workouts, also included in the package, are very challenging and will burn off a lot of fat as well. Combining bodyweight and dumbbell exercises keeps your heart rate up and varies levels of resistance. This challenges your body on multiple levels, and uses a lot of energy. This leads to weight loss.

Note: Coach Lomax’s products are no longer on the market. We now recommend Scott Sonnon’s TacFit line of products. For a similar dumbbell + bodyweight regimen comparable to Gladiator Body Workout, check out TacFit BAD 45. Click here to read our review. 

Parth: What about Cardio? Do you have a cardio plan in the program?

Coach: For the Optimum Fitness & Physique workouts I suggest you do the “cardio” workouts in the Bonus Report “Cardio Common Sense.” In the Above & Beyond workouts, the cardio is intertwined into the workouts themselves…so no extra cardio is necessary.

Parth: Well, I must concede to the fact that the workouts are certainly challenging. What motivated you to design some incredibly challenging workouts?

Coach: I designed the Gladiator Body Workout mainly for the at home exerciser who wanted to build a strong, lean, and athletic body in limited space with limited equipment. All you need is a pair of dumbbells. And the fact is, bodyweight exercise and dumbbell exercise are two of the best methods to use for real world benefits you can see, feel and use. The combination really is powerful. So, this workout is for anyone who wants to improve real world performance, feel their best and build an athletic body that looks and performs great.

Parth: Ok, so as I mentioned, the workouts are really challenging. Is this program more for Advanced or Beginner trainees?

Coach: The workout structure is designed to take you from beginner to advanced. I am big on progression. Incremental improvements towards your ultimate goal. You should start with the workouts in the Optimum Fitness & Physique program first. This will build the physical base you need to tackle the Above & Beyond workouts. No matter what your level…there are workouts to challenge you and promote improvements.

Note: Coach Lomax’s products are no longer on the market. We now recommend Scott Sonnon’s TacFit line of products. For a similar dumbbell + bodyweight regimen comparable to Gladiator Body Workout, check out TacFit BAD 45. Click here to read our review. 

Parth: Another important goal for most people is mass gain. Will the Gladiator Body Workout help them gain muscle mass?

Coach: With this kind of workout, your body builds muscle when it needs muscle to improve performance. This is why the muscle you build is not only attractive, but useful as well. There is a specific strength and size workout, but don’t mistake this with a bodybuilding workout. You are not just building muscle by inflating them just to build muscle. The muscle your body builds is useful muscle that not only is strong…but looks great too. In my opinion, this type of program and the muscle it builds creates the kind of body most exercisers want…athletic muscle, and not inflated bodybuilder muscle.

Parth: So, Gladiator Body Workout also includes a Combo Package. Can you tell use what’s included in this package?

Coach: The Combo Pack includes 2 other full workout programs…Ultimate Gymless Workout and Extreme Dumbbell Fitness. These workouts are the exact same structure and progressions as the Gladiator Body Workout. One just uses bodyweight exercises and other just dumbbell exercises (where Gladiator is a combination of bodyweight and dumbbell exercises).

Honestly, this gives you a lifetime of effective workouts you can do anywhere.

Parth: Why should someone purchase the combo package?

Coach: Choice, flexibility and variety. It is always good to have a choice, and when you have all three workouts you can pick and choose. Since the workout structure is the same (just the exercises and equipment changes), you can mix and match. For example, you could do a combined bodyweight/dumbbell fitness workout, then a bodyweight fatloss workout and then a dumbbell strength and size workout. This kind of variety keeps your body improving while still adhering to the overall workout structure designed for consistent improvements.

Plus, you can continue to do your workout program even on vacation or a business trip. Just pick the bodyweight version of the workout if you are going to be away from your dumbbells.

Variety is great, and you can rotate between the different workouts and methods indefinitely for continued progression.

Parth: Wow, thanks Coach. Hope my readers enjoy Gladiator Body Workout as much I do.

Note: Coach Lomax’s products are no longer on the market. We now recommend Scott Sonnon’s TacFit line of products. For a similar dumbbell + bodyweight regimen comparable to Gladiator Body Workout, check out TacFit BAD 45. Click here to read our review. 

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