The Kratos Workout

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The Kratos Workout

Kratos Quick Navigation Links:
Character Breakdown: Kratos
The Kratos Workout
The Skills of Kratos
The Mind of Kratos

Kratos exudes power.  Every move he makes emphasizes machismo and rage-fueled strength.  In combat, he wrestles with beasts and monsters twice his size and dominates them.  As such, we’re going to focus on brute strength with a preference towards controlling unwieldy forces.  Additionally, Kratos moves rapidly from battle to battle, often performing strenuous physical feats in between.  For this aspect, we’re going to look at anaerobic conditioning and quick recovery times, rather than the long-distance stamina of Link or Ezio.  With this workout I’d recommend the Fighter Diet, although you may want to up your caloric and protein intake a bit with larger servings of protein sources.  This workout setup is designed to be rotational.  You perform strength workout A one day, then cardio workout A the next day, and so on and so forth for six days.  On the seventh day, you rest.  Remember, start slow and low, at your own pace, and increase incrementally as you go.  There’s info on the equipment and workout style choices at the bottom of the post.

Note: This workout, like all others on this site, plugs into the RPG Fitness leveling system.  Use the weights recommended in the Juggernaut workout as benchmarks to calculate your workout tier.

Also, make sure you always warm up before exercising!  I did a video tutorial on how to warm up properly, so check it out!

Equipment Needed:
Sandbag(instructions on sandbag construction below)
Weighted Backpack(I use this army surplus bag[referral link])
Wall or Boxes to Jump Onto

Strength Workout A:
3×7 Sandbag Deadlifts
3×7 Sandbag Lunges
3×7 Box Jumps

Strength Workout B:
3×7 One-Armed Sandbag Rows
3×7 One-Armed Sandbag Overhead Presses
3×7 Weighted Pushups

Strength Workout C:
3×7 Sandbag Front Squats
3×7 Weighted Pullups
3×7 Weighted Dips

Cardio Workout A:
4-8 Minutes Tabata Burpees

Cardio Workout B:
20 Minutes Sledgehammer Swings

Cardio Workout C:
4-8 Minutes Tabata Sprints or Hill Sprints

Sandbag Construction:
I purchased this army surplus duffel bag(referral link, btw) and cut the straps off it.  I bought play sand from the local hardware store(it was like $3.00 for 50 lbs).  I then measured out 13 1/3 cups of dry sand into a supermarket plastic bag, and then triple bagged it for strength.  13 1/3 cups is roughly ten pounds, so I had my sand in nice ten pound increments.   If you’re getting really industrious about it, you can also bag the sand in burlap or denim for extra strength.  I cut up some old jeans and I’m currently switching from plastic sand bags to denim sand bags, as they’re more sturdy and environmentally friendly, but the plastic bags will get you started, mine lasted me over a year before they started to wear out.

For the overhead presses and weighted pullups/dips/pushups you can throw your sandbag in a sturdy backpack and use that.

Why Sand?
First of all, it’s cheap.  Totaled up, you can get away with a nice weight set for under $50(minus the cost of the chinup bar, which you should already have).  Additionally, sandbags promote large amounts of hand strength, which normal lifing bars do not, since you really need to grapple with the bag to make it happen.  Also, the sand has a tendency to shift and be uneven as you lift it, which forces more total body fitness and core strength.  Because of this, if you have experience lifting, you should probably start at lower weight than you’re typically used to.

What’s with the cardio workouts?
We’re promoting full-body anaerobic combat conditioning here.  The idea that, in combat, your muscles need a lot of energy over a short period of time, rather than a steady amount of energy over a long period of time.  However, these workouts will also promote quick recovery times, due to the interval training, so now you have quick recovery BETWEEN your short bursts of strength, which is basically the Kratos mode.  The sledgehammer slams need to be done on an object that can take lots and lots of slams without damaging.  This is typically an old car tire(you can usually get these for free or cheap from a mechanic).  When swinging the sledgehammer, alternate sides so you get a whole body workout.

I’m planning on beginning some video logs soon detailing every exercise I cover in the workouts, and indexing it in a large post, as cross-indexing every exercise every workout post is kind of tough, and requires me to rely on youtube channels that I have no control over.  This should be coming soon!  If you’re unsure how to perform an exercise before then, and you can’t find a good example in the archives or on youtube, feel free to leave a comment!

Next time(hopefully tomorrow), we’ll be looking at the skills of Kratos.  Until then, make sure to follow me on Twitter,  like the blog page on Facebook, and continue to be awesome.

Dan “DaRatmastah” Wallace

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2 comments on “The Kratos Workout
  1. m4iler says:

    I’m using a short log for my deadlifts, as it was the only thing round the house and it seems to work pretty well. Quite difficult to grip, and I can use it on the two-handed exercises. Is there a substitute for sledgehammer strikes? I don’t have a sledgehammer at home, but I have a lot of different heavy things. Thanks

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  1. […] afford a weight set, or don’t have the space for one, you can substitute the sandbags from the Kratos workout, just sticking with similar weights and substituting front squats for back […]

  2. […] Dante is a seriously built dude.  He’s got good sized muscles, demonic strength, and combat proficiency to boot.  We’re going to be taking a page out of Sephiroth’s book in our workout, with a similar structure.   As such, we’re going to be making use of free weights, so if you can get your hands on a set, or get a gym membership somewhere, it would be well worth your time.  If free weights aren’t an option, you can substitute weighted sandbags from the Kratos workout. […]

  3. […] link, btw]) OR Adjustable Weighted Vest(also a referral link) Chinup Bar Sandbag(check out The Kratos Workout for info on how to make your own) Punching […]

  4. […] Equipment Needed: Chinup Bar 2 Chairs Towel Sturdy Backpack(I use this army surplus bag[referral link, btw]) Sand Weights/Heavy Books(you can learn how I make my sand weights in the Kratos workout) […]

  5. […] Chinup Bar 3 Chairs Towel Sturdy Backpack(I use this army surplus bag[referral link]) or Weighted Vest Weighted Sand Bag(you can learn how I make my sand bags in the Kratos workout) […]

  6. […] gain more endurance if you go higher reps.  More on that later).  For lifting regimens, like the Kratos sandbag workouts, this is simple, just add more weight.  But for bodyweight-based workouts this can be tricky. […]

  7. […] Quick Navigation Links: Character Breakdown: Kratos The Kratos Workout The Skills of Kratos The Mind of […]

  8. […] Chin Up Bar, Sandbag(click to see how I made mine for the Kratos workout), Weighted Backpack/Vest, […]

  9. […] BagSee the Kratos Workout for a tutorial on how to make one of these yourself for […]

  10. […] a sledgehammer!  These exercises are featured in The Booker DeWitt Workout, The Link Workout, and The Kratos Workout.  […]

  11. […] three days a week, is a FANTASTIC start.  Seriously!  You don’t have to jump right in to working out like Kratos!  Make sure to stop by the forums if you need any advice or encouragement, we’re always there […]

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