The Jedi training plan – Keeping up your Stamina Ahead of a Long Lightsaber Duel
We all know that very soon the new Star Wars movie will be on us, Ladbrokes are even offering you a Star Wars themed quiz to get you in the spirit. But how do the Jedi Knights we see flipping and sprinting around keep up their stamina and strength? Through a carefully planned and intense training regime of course. Here are a few exercises that Jedi are sure to go through every day to be forever ready to battle the dark side.
- Side jack knife. This is a really easy to do exercise that can be done anywhere at all, focusing on the abdominal muscles. In fact, any ab workout would be brilliant, because any Jedi Knight has to be able to take a hefty hit in the gut without getting winded. Anyone who has been winded knows how hard it is to keep moving afterwards, so imagine what a Jedi takes when they are punched by a Sith with the power of the force? Or getting stamped on by a huge cyborg like General Grevious? Thatís going to hurt, and the more protection against getting winded mid fight, the better.
- Cardio. Literally any cardio. Jogging, cycling, cross trainer; any of it for 30 minutes at the beginning and end of every day. Maybe even more for a Jedi Knight, it can never be enough. Stamina has to be built, as well as speed and agility, and cardio is a great way to be doing that. Everyone has seen what Jedi Knights can do in the middle of lightsaber duels; flipping around and leaping incredible distances, as well as complex footwork and lengthy chases. And not all of that can be down to the force, so the more stamina that happens the better!
- Grip exercises. Something like a gripper would go a very long way in helping you build up your gripping strength, and that is something that is invaluable in a lightsaber duel. Increased resistance means a harder swing and increased dexterity, and when your facing down a Sith master thatís going to count a whole lot (especially when you think about how easy it would be to use the force to rip the lightsaber out of your hand). So, a Jedi needs his grip to be ironclad, nothing should be able to make him drop his weapon in the middle of a duel.
- Bicep Curls. Building up strength in the arms by always pushing the limit of what you can curl is the best way to ensure you have the upper hand in any clash. After all, everyone knows that any lightsaber duel comes down to the strength of the swing every time. Remember how Luke beat Vader by just beating on him at the end of Episode VI? That comes down to the strength of your arms, and when your opponent has robotic ones like Vader, youíre not going to want to skip making your arms as big as they can be.
So it’s clear to see that a Jedi has a lot to focus on if he wants to be able to beat his dark side opponent in a duel. However, those without force powers like you and me are going to have to work a lot harder to gain the advantage over a Sith Lord or giant robot-and there is no telling how many curls that will take!
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