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Aloy is strong, but not excessively so (she doesn’t go around throwing huge boulders or picking up and slamming robots as her finishing moves.) She is also fast and agile, but not superhumanly slow (there’s no bullet time mechanics or anything else going on.) She’s built, but not huge, and fast, but not at super speed levels. Basically, she’s an ideal modern (primitive) human – with a body capable of taking on basically any real-world challenge that’s thrown at it. We are going to build that body.
Before we get into the workout, let’s talk nutrition for a minute. First off, check out Macros and You! for an overview of the “macro” approach to nutritional intake! Next, decide if you need to lose weight to hit your fitness goals, or gain. For the former, The Secret to Burning Fat will help. For the latter, check out The Secret to Building Mass. If you’re comfortable with your body fat percentage and muscle size right now, then just stick to the basic guidelines in Macros and you!
Note: This workout, like most, is designed to easily plug into the RPG Fitness workout system.
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Station – Perform all sets of an exercise before moving on to the next exercise. Rest 1-3 minutes between sets.
Level 3 (Advanced):
5×5-10 Fingertip Pull Ups (use the rock rings or training board for these)
5×10-15 Push Ups
5×10 Jumping Chair Step-Ups
5×10-15 One-Legged Calf Raises
5×5 Pistol Squats
5×5 Hanging Straight-Leg Raises
5×15 second Planks
Level 4 (Seeker):
5×10-15 Fingertip Pull Ups (use the rock rings or training board for these)
5×10-15 Clapping Push Ups
5×10 Jumping Chair Step-Ups (just go for more height on these)
5×5-10 Chin Ups (on the regular bar, palms towards you)
5×20-25 Calf Bounces
5×10 Pistol Squats
5×20-30 second Planks
This is a solid, well-rounded total body bodyweight-style workout, with an emphasis on explosive lower body movements for speed and jumping, and hand-strengthening upper body movements for rock climbing and combat. Speaking of rock climbing, feel free to swap out any strength workout for a good session of either indoor or outdoor climbing, at any time.
Level 1 (Beginner):
20-30 minute Walk/Jog
Level 2 (Intermediate):
30-40 minute Jog
Level 3A (Advanced):
45 minute Jog
Level 3B (Advanced):
20 minute Interval Run – 3 minutes easy pace, 1 minute hard pace (repeat 5 times)
Level 4A (Seeker):
60 minute Jog
Level 4B (Seeker):
20 Interval Run – 2 minutes easy pace, 2 minutes hard pace (repeat 5 times)
When I refer to “easy pace” or “jog” here, I mean run at a pace where you can hold a conversation with someone relatively easily. “Hard pace” means run at a speed where you’re breathing way too hard to contemplate talking to someone very easily. Our goal here is to perfect ourselves as persistence predators (be able to run a long, long way without stopping,) while still maintaining some short-distance landspeed (that’s why the intervals are in there.) So, you run long sometimes to build your “gas tank,” and short sometimes to build speed.
Day 1: Strength
Day 2: Cardio (A, if you’re level 3 or above)
Day 3: Strength
Day 4: Rest
Day 5: Strength
Day 6: Cardio (B, if you’re level 3 or above)
Day 7: Rest
As mentioned in the strength notes, feel free to sub a rock climbing session in for any strength workout you’d like. You can also do a second cardio session of your choosing on Day 4 if you find yourself able (at higher levels of fitness this might be the case.)
That’s it for the Aloy workout! Sorry for the delay, I got caught up opening my own brick-and-mortar personal training facility, Hero Academy Fitness over the past couple of weeks. Updates should be regular again from here on out! I’ll see y’all again on Thursday, with The Skills of a Seeker! Live boldly, change the world, and continue to be awesome!