Personal life and family
He was born to Robert and Pat Whitfield in Amlwch, Wales and moved to Australia in 1999. He has a sister, Laura.
Whitfield is married to Vashti and has two children. In March 2010, Whitfield was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, beginning treatment immediately in New Zealand. This delayed production of season two of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Whitfield expects to return for a second season.
In June 2010 Perezhilton.com announced that Whitfield completely finished with his treatment, has a clean bill of health and is expected to be back on the set of Spartacus: Blood and Sand by October.
Ponder this scenario: You’ve just received a treasured job offer–a dream situation for your career, in fact–but it comes with a few unusual requirements. You have to go shirtless on the job, millions of people will watch you work that way, and oh yeah, you need to achieve and maintain 10 percent body fat or they’ll fire your ass. However, because you’re so busy doing this job, you have only 45 minutes, 3 days a week to exercise. Assuming you take the position, what would you do with that time? Go for a run? Hit the elliptical machine? Search the job boards? Hire a body double?
This is precisely the predicament faced by Andy Whitfield, who plays the lead in the Starz television drama Spartacus: Blood and Sand (think Gladiator meets 300), which premiered January 22. “I’m filmed virtually naked in my Roman skivvies all day long,” says the 37-year-old actor. “So when I look in the mirror I’m driven by both vanity and fear.” You can probably relate.
It’s natural to assume that an actor has far more time for exercise than the average guy does. But Whitfield’s schedule probably isn’t much different from your own. After all, he has a wife and two young children and spends most days on set from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. “For Spartacus, we’ve committed 100 percent of our production time to creating great scenes,” says Whitfield. “So all the training I do is on my own time. And that’s pretty limited.” Sound familiar?
Now consider that job offer again. If you were Andy Whitfield, what kind of exercises would you do to stay lean on the job? Warning: Most people have the answer all wrong.
[Ed. note: Whitfield was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in March 2010 and began treatment immediately after.]
THE SPARTACUS WORKOUT
To create the Spartacus Workout, we chose 10 exercises that collectively work every part of your body. Then we made each exercise a 60-second station so you can challenge your heart and lungs as well as your muscles. The final product is a high-intensity circuit designed to torch fat, define your chest, abs, and arms, and send your fitness level soaring. You’ll sculpt a lean, athletic-looking body—and be in the best shape of your life.
DIRECTIONS: Do this circuit 3 days a week. Perform 1 set of each exercise in succession. Each station lasts 60 seconds. Do as many reps as you can (with perfect form) in that time, and then move on to the next exercise. Give yourself 15 seconds to move between exercise, and rest for 2 minutes after you’ve completed 1 circuit of all 10 exercises. Then repeat twice. If you can’t go the entire minute, rest a few seconds and then resume until your time at that station is up. Use a weight that’s challenging for 15 to 20 reps.
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