Monday, July 9, 2007

Dragonball Training Manual- Part VI

I've been working some more on the website and it's a little more frustrating than I anticipated. I'll make sure that it gets done in a timely manner. Here's some more training for you guys.


After beating Nappa and Vegeta, Goku and the gang decided to head off to Namek to search for some more dragonballs in order to restore Piccolo’s and most of the guys-we-didn’t-learn-anything-new-from’s lives. Unfortunately, very little training went on for most of the people on the way to Namek. Mainly, Goku’s the only one who trained, but we do get to see some stuff from Piccolo and the rest of the dead guys on Kaio-sama’s planet. Everybody else just fought a lot. So, I guess we’ll just stick with what’s been good so far:


Here, we really get to see some of the coolest training sequences yet in DBZ. Goku does an incredible amount of training in six days and makes himself completely awesome… but he also had a gravity machine and a bag full of senzu. So, once again, since we’re going for realism, let’s break this down.

Bodyweight Exercises

These may not seem like much, but you’d be surprised how simple little exercises like the push-up can tear you up. Goku didn’t just stop there, though. He cranked out 10,000 reps consistently on each of these things in up to 100Gs but I don’t expect you to do 10,000 reps of anything, so don’t worry too much.
These aren’t in any particular order-
  • One-armed Push-ups- This is very hard to do. I recommend doing normal push-ups first, in case you can’t do these. Your legs will be wider in the one-armed version so as to keep your balance.
  • Handstand Push-ups- Goku balanced a barbell on his feet while doing these… don’t do that. It didn’t end well for him and it will end even less well for you. Initially, do these up against a wall until your balance improves. Practice free handstands and handstand push-ups against the wall and you should be doing free standing handstand push-ups in no time! Well… just keep trying.
  • Sit-ups- Simple, easy sit-ups. Keep your legs bent to spare your back and have fun! Don’t rock or use momentum to come up, pull yourself up.
  • Hanging Sit-ups- It’s like a sit-up, but upside down! There are a few ways to do this, each with varying degrees of safety. I’ll list them in order of safety preference. 1) Anti-Gravity boots: they’re those little things you clamp on your ankles that let you hang from a bar upside down. 2) Tying a rope to your ankles and then hanging from something. 3)Wrapping your legs around a tree limb (I’d rather you didn’t do it this way). It’s important to have full range of motion, that means all the way from the hanging position to as far as you can curl up. If it gets easy… if it gets easy, you can hold some five or ten pound dumbbells in your hands while you do them.

Martial Exercises

  • Punching with weights- Don’t snap your arm out the entire way, because it’s bad for your joints. Pull it at the last second. I recommend starting with just 2 to 5 pounds. Don’t overdo it either. You can stand in a horse stance and punch or you can work boxing-type punches like the jab and cross.
  • Shadow sparring- You imagine an opponent and you fight him! That simple. Keep in mind your form and remember to move! Since he’s imaginary, you can use whatever technique you like. Just don’t lose, because that’s just embarrassing.
Once again, have fun!
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