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Strength Training for the Zombie Apocalypse, Ep. 5

Leg day, glute day, lower body day — my favorite, my favorite. Probably because when I see or feel progression, it is such an accomplishment. My lower body is a beast and I’ll always be working to tame it. Definitely a worthy challenge.

Here’s a routine I did the other day for time, which was around 56 minutes:

I have a community gym in my apartment complex – no fancy machines, but some equipment (dumbbells, ankle weights, resistance bands, ab rollers/slides, pull up bar, etc.). It’s been fun figuring out and improving upon basic exercises/functions in the name of strength progression. Like kinesiology, except, well, obviously not.

Still, it can be a little bit of a challenge to wake up other muscles in the body, which why I surf other blogs, YouTube channels, Pinterest, and the great and powerful Google for inspiration. I mean the way that the “yeah, she squats” craze burned across the interwebs years ago, I’d’ve never thought to do abductions or pull throughs. Like, come on now. She does more than squat, fool.

Anyway, a lot of folks incorporate and modify moves by “The Glute Guy” Bret Contreras, who incorporates and modifies from others as well. Let’s face it, though: he’s some kinda king. Boss of butts.

Abby Pollock on YouTube is also a favorite of mine with her scientific breakdowns to understand why and how instead of blindly jumping in and hoping for the best.

Check out previous episodes here:

Episode 4

Episode 3

Episode 2

Episode 1

Where do you get your workout inspiration?

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Strength Training for the Zombie Apocalypse Ep. 1

Hi — my name is Lindsey, but you can call me Linds.

Despite living in Los Angeles, a model body is not high on my list of priorities. I eat well, work out, and take general good care of myself, but wouldn’t refer to myself as model thin. Just a normal, slender-ish individual.

More importantly, I’ve come to the realization that (like everyone on this planet) my body naturally fluctuates in response to stress or hormonal influence, and that this is actually (1) okay and (2) normal. Besides, aesthetic isn’t really going to matter at all during the zombie apocalypse. 

Hear me out:

  1. When the zombies come, you’ll need to be able to run away, and quickly.
  2. You’ll also need to pull your body up and over things, carry items and maybe comrades, and lug foodstuffs, gas canisters, etc., wherever possible.
  3. You’ll also need to have the endurance to be on the move so as to not be a sitting target.

If you haven’t guessed it yet, these points cover sprints, strength, and endurance. After years of trying to figure things out, breaking it down like this has helped me take a more practical approach to fitness.

Here’s an sample workout (and my actual workout today) — first, strength — 3 sets of the following circuit (with a weight that makes the last rep difficult):

12 tricep pushups on toes
12 bicep curl to press
12 upright rows
12 bent over row to tricep kickback

I followed this with 30 minutes of high intensity interval cardio. After showering, I walked to the grocery store for some items I’d forgotten to pick up earlier in the week.

Strength, sprints, and endurance — it’s not that it’s any easier, but it’s what’s necessary for survival. 

If you happen to find yourself overwhelmed like I have, why not try the zombie apocalypse approach and see what it does for you?