Get Fit Angry Birds Style!
I recently stumbled upon a rather interesting calisthenic routine created by a guy named Steve Kamb over at NerdFitness. Before I get into the details of the routine, I’d like to go over something really quick. I’m going to assume you’ve heard of Angry Birds. Here’s an interesting fact, in 2011 it was reported that every day, 200 million minutes are spent playing Angry Birds worldwide. That’s 380 years worth of time is spent playing this game every day. Yet, people claim they don’t have time to exercise.
Back on track, the Angry Birds Workout is a fitness plan that’s gamified in the same way that Angry Birds is. You can do the workout all at once, or spread out throughout the day. It’s comprised of 4 different exercises…
So the only equipment required is something you can do pull-ups with. The way it works is pretty simple. Each exercise has levels, which is basically a set numbers of reps you strive to reach. For example, Level 1 of Bodyweight Squats is 30 squats. You attempt to complete the 30 squats in as few sets as possible. You score your exercises out of 3 stars (just like each level in Angry Birds is scored out of 3 stars).
- 2 sets earns you 3 stars
- Advanced to the next level
- 3 sets earns you 2 stars
- Work towards 2 sets
- 4 sets earns you 1 star
- Work towards 2 or 3 sets
- 5 or more sets don’t earn any stars
- Keep trying, you’ll get there
This workout plan is a great introduction to bodyweight fitness for somebody who’s interested, but isn’t sure where to start. It eases you in slowly and allows you to work at your own pace to prevent training to failure.
If this routine interests you, read over the whole plan on Steve’s site. You can download an editable spreadsheet found at the bottom of his post that you should use it to track your progress.