From the eBook series INVENTING FITNESS PART I available on Amazon.com
- Marked by strict self discipline or self denial
- Simplicity, frugality
Today, a new recruit arrives to basic training pretty much having no idea what is in store. A Spartan boy however, would have had a few years preparation and by age 7, sent to the agoge.
Unlike the upscale gyms of Athens, the agoge was the original bootcamp. And still it got worse. Overseen by paidonomous, or “boy hearders,” a basic education was taught. No reciting of Homer. No poetry. Young men were not taught to challenge their minds like Athenians. Here, barefoot and with one set of clothes a young boy was introduced to life.
Today there are many races and workouts all themed with Sparta; however nothing compares to them or their techniques of strength building.