The Nathan Drake Workout

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Nathan Drake is an extremely fit individual.   His life is filled with running, climbing, jumping, fighting, and all manner of strenuous physical activities.  Nate’s main advantage is his ability to improvise and adapt to the situation at hand.  When we’re designing the Nathan Drake workout, we want to build an incredibly capable, versatile, and strong body, able to adapt to any circumstances necessary.

Nathan Drake isn’t a particularly big guy (which is an advantage for him when he’s climbing around like a mountain goat, as seen above), so we’re going to want to keep our diet nice and lean.  As usual, I recommend taking a look at Macros and you! for your basic macro goals, and The Fighter Diet for suggestions on good foods to go with.


Required Equipment
Pull Up Barpullupbar RingsGymnastics rings

Chairs (3)


Weighted Backpack


ATTENTION!  These workouts have been divided up into four different levels to easily plug into the RPG Fitness system.

Strength Workouts

If you have access to a rock climbing wall or gym, any given strength workout below can be replaced on a day of your choosing by at least a half hour of climbing.

Level 1 (beginner):

3×3-5 chair-assisted pull ups
3×3-5 kneeling push ups
3×3-5 bodyweight squats
3×5-10 second planks

Level 2 (intermediate):

5×3-5 pull ups
5×3-5 push ups
5×5-8 chair dips
5×3-5 bodyweight squats
5×5-10 second planks

Level 3 (advanced):

5×5-8 pulls ups (with weighted backpack)
5×5-8 push ups (with weighted backpack, while up on chairs)
5×3-5 frenchies
5×5-8 chair dips (with weighted backpack)
5×5-8 bodyweight squats (while holding weighted backpack)
5×5-8 lunges (while holding weighted backpack)
5×15-20 second planks (with weighted backpack)

Level 4 (master thief):

5×8-12 pull ups (with weighted backpack)
5×8-12 ring push ups (with weighted backpack, feet on chair, hands in rings)
5×8-12 frenchies
5×8-12 ring dips (with weighted backpack)
5×5-8 bodyweight squats (while holding weighted backpack)
5×5-8 lunges (while holding weighted backpack)
5×15-20 second planks (with weighted backpack)
5×10-20 second L-sit hang (hang from pull up bar, hold legs out straight so you make an “L” shape)

Strength Notes:

We’re starting slow, as usual, and then progressing eventually to a lot of relatively high rep ring work, with added weight.  This is going to build a lot of core strength and body manipulation (because of the bodyweight work) while still moving into the realm of real power building, too (with the added weight).  This should keep you fighting fit, and ready to adapt to any situation needed (without packing on too much weight to haul around while climbing).

Cardio Workouts

Cardio A (long form):

20-40 minutes of steady pace cardiovascular exercise.

This can be as simple as running, but I would advise mixing it up to keep yourself, again, adaptable.  Good exercises include biking (mountain or road), swimming (fantastic), elliptical (not as good as running, but if you have bad joints, it can really help), or stair climbs (take it easy when starting out).

Cardio B (High Intensity)

4-8 minutes of Tabata interval exercise

Tabata intervals are thirty seconds long.  20 seconds of doing an exercise as fast as you can, ten seconds of rest.  These are repeated back-to-back with no rest besides that ten second interval, until the required time has been met.  Start at 4 minutes, work your way up to 8.  Good exercises include sprinting, hill sprints, burpees, mountain climbers, or even just running in place.


When you get to the schedule, you’ll see you’ll be alternating these.  Long form cardio promotes aerobic performance over anaerobic recovery time.  This is basically the ability to “keep going” at an steady pace for a long period of time.  High intensity intervals, on the other way, promote anaerobic recovery over aerobic conditioning.  Anaerobic conditioning is how well your muscles perform without a steady flow of oxygen, and how quickly you can recover.  These drills are very good for promoting combat readiness.


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


That’s all for Nathan Drake!  Tomorrow’s video day!  The Champion’s Guild email will be going out tomorrow night, as well, with a special survey relating to the blog, so sign up at the bottom of this post if you haven’t, yet!

I’ll see you again tomorrow.  Until then, remember to live boldly, change the world, and continue to be awesome!

Dan “DaRatmastah” Wallace


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16 thoughts on “The Nathan Drake Workout

    • DaRatmastah says:

      There’s an idea! I know we covered Chris Redfield, but Albert’s definitely a different beast entirely. I’ll add him to the list, but it might be a bit before we get there. In the meantime, I’d recommend Sephiroth as a decent alternative. Albert’s workout would probably end up being pretty similar, and they’ve got similar character profiles as well.

  1. Hunter says:

    I am debating between this workout or the riku workout. Which one would come in better use. or is it more of a pro/con kind of thing?

    • DaRatmastah says:

      Well, I personally think they’re both great, but of course, I’m a bit biased. =P

      Riku = More slender build (dependent upon diet, of course), better long distance cardio and mobility.
      Nathan Drake = More raw strength and upward strength potential, less long distance mobility.

  2. Isaac says:

    Hey I was just wondering which workout would be a great kind of beach body type thing, I imagine since Nate has such great all around body strength he would have a lean set of like light abs, or would Wesker/Sephiroth be better since they’re leaner, I just want a great beach body with a fair amount of muscle as well

  3. Isaac says:

    Also I want all around fitness as well not just becoming a giant muscle lmao, if you have any suggestions that would be amazing

    • DaRatmastah says:

      That means three sets of three to five repetitions. So, do one “set” of three to five pull ups, then rest for a minute, then do another set of three to five pull ups, until you’ve done three sets. Then, move on to the next exercise =D

  4. Cordath says:

    Ideally, I’d like to end up with the whole Nathan Drake physique, but I feel as if this isn’t enough to achieve that. Am I just being inexperienced here? Or is there more that I could do in order to get his physique?

    • DaRatmastah says:

      Well, personally I think this will get you that physique, if you stick with the workout plan and set your nutritional goals correctly. Remember, body shape is 80% nutrition, 20% exercise. It also requires persistence over time. Is there a reason you have doubts about the program?

      • Cordath says:

        Mainly because all of the programs that I have done in the past include a lot of isolation exercises, or are focused on adding a lot of weight to your compound lifts. Though I am most admittedly a beginner, so I don’t know a whole lot about the mechanics of different styles of working out. I can currently do a 210 pound squat for eight reps, and I feel like the weighted backpack may not be enough? Or am I thinking about it the completely wrong way?

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