Where did Rome recruit its legionnaires

Hi, I think the idea of a "fat" or "thick" gladiator is mostly the product of stereotypical views of Europeans. People of the modern age generally associate martial arts with the Asian world, believing, astoundingly, that Europeans created no indigenous martial arts. Finesse, skill, technique, and mastery are associated with the Orient; brute strength and even incompetence or ignorace are associated with the West. This statement comes from experience: people are just completely unaware of European martial arts and the skill of knights, legionnaires, or gladiators. The pinnacle of the warriors is seen as the samurai, the ninja (which, in fact, is a creation of ancient Japanese theatre), or the shaolin monk. Thus, in order for Europeans to have been successful in combat, people believe, they must have been strong and fat, able to deliver powerful blows with dull, heavy swords and other weapons and able to receive harmful strikes without suffering much damage. This is absolutely ridiculous. The idea that gladiators had high fat percentages strikes me, again, as preposterous. Barley is quite low in fat, relatively high in proteins, and, as a wheat product, high in carbohydrates. Therefore, barley is an excellent component of an athlete's diet. Furthermore, gladiators trained, exercised, and performed continuously: the strains of fighting would undoubtedly contribute to incredible fitness among the athletes. In summary, the notion of a fat gladiator is myth. Thanks, Steve Additional Information Nutritional Analysis of Barley Serving Size: 1 cup cooked pearly barley Calories - 193 Protein - 3.5 grams Fat - 0.7 gram Cholesterol - 0 Carbohydrate - 44.3 grams Dietary Fiber - 9 grams Calcium - 17 mg Iron - 2 mg Magnesium - 35 mg Phosphorus - 85 mg Potassium - 145 mg Sodium - 5 mg Zinc - 1.2 mg Niacin - 3.2 mg Folic Acid - 26mcg Images of Gladiators: Note the muscle tone