Greetings, Peers, I am here to unveil my upcoming training manual trilogy: The Phalanx Method. Unlike Pump Dragon, this trilogy is going to be written all at the same time, with each of the phases preparing for and building off the others, to make what I consider to be the most well-rounded athlete.
By using my knowledge of the Hellenistic Period, the Persian & Peloponnesian wars, and the Greek phalanx, as well as using the writings of Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon, I will be using the training methods, warrior mentality and life outlook of an enlisted Greek hoplite to write the first historically-based training program. This program will be unlike anything you have tried before. I’m not going to lie to you: It’s going to suck. Bad. For some of you, it will be the hardest program you’ve ever done, and some might not make it through. If the idea of a monumental and physical challenge is too much for you, I would suggest some of my simpler programs.
For those of you who love a challenge, I would strongly encourage you to tackle this trilogy with a partner, as they will inspire you to continue when you want to fail, and in turn, you will do the same for them. There is no greater bond than the one that is forged through mutual suffering.
If I still have your attention, let’s get into the meat of the matter.
As trilogies tend to go, this one will be split into three parts, or phases. Each phase will have a theme, based on an aspect of Ancient Greek life or combat, and I will use that theme as the driving force behind each of the phases. Each week of each phase will also have a theme, much like the