Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Gohan's Wilderness Training (AKA: Real Anime Parenting)

I put some thought into it and I decided to do another Dragonball workout, drawing from the first part of Gohan's training under Piccolo. Piccolo has the young boy survive out in the wilderness, by himself (mostly) for about the span of six months. During this time, Gohan deals with a lot of crap. He makes some friends... they die. He gets chased by dinosaurs on a pretty regular basis. He has to scrounge for food to stay alive. His life pretty much sucks at this point. He's a little kid, use to nothing more than being taken care of by his mommy. Apparently, Piccolo does not believe in weak-minded, love-based parenting. The optional name of the workout is thanks to my good friend Allen. Thanks, buddy. You're a great American.

Anyway, this workout is something that is not so cut-and-dry. There are a couple of versions of it, not necessarily for difficulty reasons, but more for time's sake.

Version 1: The Short One (30 Minutes)

Pick any number of these activities to perform in the time limit.
-Sprints (Flat or Hill Sprints)
-Tree or Rock Climbing (please use gear, if possible... climb at own risk!)
-Free Running through woods
-Carrying Logs

Version 2: The Workout

  1. Run 1 Mile
  2. Climb 50 Feet
  3. Any Type Carry 50lbs for 200 Meters
  4. Climb 50 Feet
  5. 3 x 100 Meter Sprint (Flat or Hill)
  6. 1 Mile Free Running through Woods
  7. Swim 500 Meters

Version 3: The Real Thing- 

OK, this is a little more in-depth and has the potential to be slightly dangerous as well as be moderately time-consuming. If you lack basic survival skills, you should probably not attempt this at all. I'm not telling you to forage for food in the woods, however if you want-- for a week's time, at most, I'd say-- you can go on a camping trip  (go with other people!) and attempt to do several of the activities listed above the whole time you are out there. You'll have to gather firewood, possibly hike to fish for food (please take food with you in case you are a horrible fisherman...), and you can even go on long hikes. Truthfully, the training will not be as intense, but the duration will be much longer, so it's a different kind of fitness. The fitness required for long hikes with a big-ass pack is not the same as running wind sprints. In any case, be careful, take safety equipment, take food, take protection (preferably something big enough to kill a bear), and DO NOT go alone. 

This is something you could ease into, if you wanted. You can take a weekend and just go camping and then gradually build time out in the wilderness. A lot of people who hike make a lifestyle out of that kind of activity, so if it interests you, check it out!

  • Please use safety equipment when climbing. Never climb higher than you feel you can jump if you do not have safety equipment. Seriously. 
  • When possible, please have a training partner for safety's sake.
  • For the Any Type Carry, you can carry anything you want-- Rocks, Sandbags, Logs... whatever. You can also use any means to carry it, such as a shoulder carry, a front carry, or farmer's carry.
  • When Free Running, please do so carefully, especially in the woods. It is easy to lose your footing and fall, possibly injuring or even killing yourself. Never do more than your ability and always take it easy when you are in a new area. If you've never done any Free Running, that goes triple for you. 

That's all for today. Until next time, good luck and train hard!
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