If you love The Hunger Games books, you'll love this workout!
If you're like the millions who have read The Hunger Games books, you're probably psyched to see the movie when it comes out on the 23rd. But instead of just hitting the movie theater to get your Hunger Games fix, why not work out like a character from the popular trilogy, too?
Using The Hunger Games as inspiration for a workout is a perfect fit, says Lisa Wheeler, fitness program director for DailyBurn. The mega bestsellers by Suzanne Collins feature a futuristic world where children are pitted against one another in a battle for survival. And the story is filled with scenes of run-for-your-life athletic strength and agility moves.
"The Hunger Games is a life-or-death competition, and participants must be in the best shape possible," Wheeler says. "There is running, jumping, archery, and hand-to-hand combat."
With that in mind, Wheeler created a full workout based on the training principles from the story for Shape.com. Using equipment like resistance bands, dumbbells, kettlebells and your own bodyweight, the exercises mimic much of the action from the books, she says.
The moves may seem advanced, but they're really good for anyone wanting to get in great shape in a fun and unique way. Besides burning calories and gain strength, this workout also trains you to move more efficiently with greater ease, speed and power, Wheeler says.
"Focus on your form and technique and performing the exercise correctly," she says. "Once you have mastered a move, you can increase the intensity by increasing the resistance, speed or time. But these are also skill-based moves, so take the time to develop the skills."
Before trying the below workout, be sure to do a full warm-up where you work the joints of the neck, shoulders, spine, hips, knees and ankles. And after, be sure to cool down and stretch to release the tension placed on the body during the workout so that the body can repair and to be ready for your next training session. Now let's get to working out like a The Hunger Games player!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.