The Gabriel Belmont Workout

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So Gabriel isn’t a huge guy, but he’s obviously a well muscled and very fit individual.  He was in incredible shape long before he turned into a vampire, and those traits only improved after his turning.  His strength, speed, and combat prowess are all at the upper echelons of human capability, even in human form, and we’re going to have to build one hell of a body if we’re looking to emulate him.  Remember, we’re training to battle vampires here, people!

Now, as I said, Gabriel isn’t HUGE, but he’s definitely well muscled.  If you’re a very slim person, you probably want to bulk up a bit first, before cutting down to that low body fat percentage he sports.  Without the bulk, you won’t have any muscles to show!  If you’re already a bit larger, I’d focus on following the workout regimen, but don’t worry about the bulk phase, you’ll probably have a fair amount to show once you shed that body fat anyway.  Either way, you’re going to want to pick up The Care and Feeding of You to guide you on your way.

As usual, you should always Warm Up before every workout, and Cool Down afterwards.  We’re looking to both minimize injury, and preserve/improve range of motion and flexibility, as these are key to being a strong, nimble fighter.  In addition to the usual warm up, as this is a weight lifting workout, I’d recommend performing a warm up set for each exercise with lower weight than you normally use.

So, let’s get to the workout!

Equipment Needed:
Squat Rack
Dip Station
Pull Up Bar (weight belt or weighted vest/backpack will be needed later)


Strength A:
5×5 Back Squats
3×5-10 Front Squats
3×5-10 Dumbbell Lunges
3×8-10 Standing Calf Raises (with dumbbells)
3×50 ft. Dumbbell Farmers Walks

Strength B:
5×5 Barbell Bench Press
3×5-10 Dumbbell Flys
3×5-10 Skull Crushers
3×5-10 Dips (weighted if necessary)
3×5-10 Dumbbell Bench Press

Strength C:
5×5 Deadlifts
3×5-10 Pull Ups (chair assisted when starting, weighted at higher levels)
3×8-10 One-Armed Dumbbell Row
3×5-10 Straight Leg Deadlifts (use a low weight for this, especially when starting out)
3×5-10 Dumbbell or Barbell Bicep Curls
3×10-15 Russian Twists (start unweighted, hold a weight plate in your hands once they get easy)

Strength Notes:
This is a pretty powerlifting-oriented regimen.  We’re looking to get STRONG, but not HUGE, so we’re sticking with lower reps for our “big three” lifts (squat, bench, dead) and then using higher reps for supporting exercises.  For the dips and pull ups, feel free to do chair-assisted variants when starting out, then body weight, and then start adding weight with a backpack, vest, or weight belt.  For ALL lifts, start out at a low weight, and try to increase that weight by five pounds every week.  This will be more difficult with the dumbbell exercises.  When I say low weight, I mean starting with just the bar is fine.  You’ll ramp up quickly!  No need to rush.

If you’re looking to plug this into RPG Fitness, go by the weight standards listed for the “Warrior” workout on the “Big 3″ to determine your experience gained!


Cardio A:
5-10 minute jog
4 minute Tabata interval sprints
5-10 minute jog

Cardio B:
5-10 minute Sledgehammer Slams
The Sheik Agility Workout
5-10 minute Sledgehammer Slams

Cardio Notes:
For Cardio A, you’re basically warming up, then doing Tabata intervals (20 seconds of sprinting, 10 seconds of rest, repeat 8 times), and then cooling down with another jog.  Feel free to turn those jogs into brisk walks if you’re just starting out.  For Cardio B, we’re building some upper body strength and endurance with sledghammer slams (find an old tire to hit, you can usually get them for free), and then relying on our old agility standard, the Sheik Agility drill set, to give you good movement conditioning and some freedom to shake things up a bit!  For both of these cardio workouts, we’re looking to keep our heart rate elevated for at least 20 minutes, to build aerobic conditioning, and work in some high intensity stuff in the middle, to build anaerobic conditioning.


Day 1: Strength A
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: Strength B
Day 4: Cardio A
Day 5: Strength C
Day 6: Cardio B
Day 7: Rest

Schedule Notes:
You want your legs fresh for Strength A, and you want to give them time to recover, so we’re book-ending that day with our rests.  You can swap your second rest to day 6 and your Cardio B to day 7 if you’d like, but I’d recommend trying the schedule above first.  As always, listen to your body, and avoid injury!

That’s it for The Gabriel Belmont workout!  I’ll see you again this Saturday with a new video, and then on Monday, with The Skills of Gabriel Belmont!  Live boldly, change the world, and continue to be awesome!

Dan “DaRatmastah” Wallace

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Character Spotlight: Gabriel Belmont

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Name: Gabriel Belmont/Dracula

Game(s): Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series

Archetype: Fighter

Class: Weapons Master


  • Incredibly skilled fighter.
  • Void and chaos magic abilities.
  • Vampiric strength, speed, and reflexes.
  • Strong sense of familial loyalty.
  • Complex desires and emotions.
  • Significant inner turmoil.


Gabriel Belmont is the protagonist/antagonist/what-have-you of the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series.  He, like Raoh, is a pretty complex good guy/bad guy.  Granted, he’s pretty uncaring in regards to normal humans, being happy terrifying/enslaving them as Dracula.  However, he’s also been manipulated, mind controlled, and made to do unpleasant things against his will, which is part of what has driven his madness.  He cares very strongly for his family, and his desire to see them alive and united is what drives him to do good.

He’s faced off against powerful vampires, demons, Satan, and Death itself.  He’s also battled his inner demons, in an attempt to save his own soul and die a true and worthy death.  His skills in battle were legendary before he even became a vampire, and grew massively when coupled with the abilities he picked up after turning.  In addition to this, pre-turning he is able to wield Light and Dark magic, and after turning he is able to wield Chaos and Void magic.  That’s a lot of power for one guy to possess!  With his ability to wield weapons ranging from combat crosses to chaos blades, Gabriel/Dracular is a fitting Weapons Master of the highest order, seated within the upper echelons of the Fighter archetype.


In The Gabriel Belmont workout, we’re going to build a body meant to go toe-to-toe with vampires, demons, and gods.  We may not be able to gain vampiric strength, necessarily, but we will be building a body that can reach the upper levels of normal human strength, while still remaining fast, agile, and lethal.  We’re going to be looking at a solid powerlifting regimen, coupled with a fair amount of cardio, and some interesting drills.



In The Skills of Gabriel Belmont, we’re going to take a look at Gabriel’s combat styles, and they are many!  His primary neutral weapon is the combat cross, and later the shadow whip, both of whom have very similar movements to real life whip movements and tricks.  We’ve also got his sword and chaos claws styles to consider, so we’ll take a look at some real life counterparts there as well.  Gabriel’s vampire powers that he gains when he becomes Dracula are a bit more difficult to emulate, but we’ll talk about some of those as well.


Finally, in The Mind of Gabriel, we’re going to take a look at his internal conflicts, and how he handles the various betrayals,  manipulation, and otherworldly politics he’s endured in his long, long life.  He’s a man who has both a dark and a light side, and a good study in what can happen when people gain (nearly) unlimited power.  We’ll examine how his familial ties affect his decision making, and how he triumphs over his own dark inclinations.

It’s going to be a fun couple weeks!  Gabriel’s an interesting character, for sure, and his combat styles are hella fun, so I’m looking forward to it!  Thanks to Ken-Oh33 over on the forums for suggesting him, and for everyone who voted in the character poll!  The new poll will be up soon, so keep an eye out for it!  Also, Q&A Tuesday should be live with new questions later tonight, so watch out for that on the Youtube channel as well!

Live boldly, change the world, and continue to be awesome!

Dan “DaRatmastah” Wallace


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