How to Turn Pokémon GO Into a Real Workout
Step one: Get up and walk. Step two: Add burpees.
The side effects of playing Pokémon GO (you know, The Trend Everyone Is Obsessed With That Gets You In Shape Without Even Noticing) have ranged from very good-people who haven't worked out in years are suddenly walking around and biking for miles-to the really, really bad-some addicted players have run into things while in search for coveted Pokémon, some of whom have been seriously injured. If you haven't jumped on this runaway train yet, These Hysterical Pokémon GO Fitness Memes That Are Almost Too Accurate will give you a little taste of what all the hype is about.
And while we're all about getting those steps in, if you're already fit and have found yourself replacing workouts with Pokémon missions, your fitness gains could be in serious jeopardy. So, we tapped Francisco Santos, a certified personal trainer at CRUNCH Bowery in New York City to help us create the ultimate Pokémon GO workout, so you don't need to give up your new favorite game in lieu of your regular sweat sessions. (Yes, we're serious.) There are burpees and mountain climbers involved, and the stakes get higher as you progress in the game, so get prepared to challenge your gaming skills along with your talents in the world of jumping jacks, triceps dips, air squats, and push-ups. Go ahead and clear your Saturday right now and get ready for a day of fitness, Pokémon style.