The Game of Thrones Workout

If I were to train John Snow, how would I do it?

He needs to be all around functionally strong, possess no-quit endurance, and incredible amounts of sheer grit, or mental toughness!

What determines whether or not John Snow and the rest of the 7 kingdoms survive the approaching White Walkers?

To me, it comes down to 3 things.

1 – Training/Preparedness

2 – Mental Toughness

3 – Luck

Training/Preparedness

Are you strong? And not just one rep max strong – that won’t serve you too well when fighting a horde of White Walkers all night long or when they are chasing you and you need to carry your kid or spouse, or best friend to safety.

Do you have strength endurance? Do you possess a high level of work capacity? Are you able to perform at peak levels for an extended period of time?

Do you have usable, functional strength? Strength that integrates the entire body and allows for strong, 3 dimensional movement across all planes and throughout all ranges of motion? Or do you train in isolation?

What tools would I pick to develop this type of strength and conditioning?

My top 3 would be kettlebells, sandbags, and some sort of club/mace/sledgehammer. Why? Because all are extremely versatile, super low-tech tools that build raw, rugged, all-around enduring strength. And also they are all a hellova lotta fun to train with at the same time!

Mental Toughness

Mental toughness, simply put, is the resistance to failure. It is a series of qualities that allows you to persevere through adversity without giving up. When the 7 kingdoms are being overrun and the dead are turning into newly minted White Walkers at an alarming rate all the while trying to kill you, this is an extremely necessary quality to possess!

Luckily, mental toughness is a quality you can develop with the right training.

Doing feats of strength endurance like high rep kettlebell swings or snatches or long distance heavy farmer walks interspersed with high rep body weight exercises or other kettlebell work will build that mental fortitude. Pushing the threshold of the body requires pushing the mind since the mind navigates the body.

One way to train for this is to put yourself through a severe challenge test of strength endurance/work capacity once a month or at least once a quarter. Pick a goal and just go with everything you’ve got! At the end you will be spent physically, but will feel great about all that you’ve accomplished!

Luck

Sometimes just being in the right place at the right time is a factor in survival as well.  Let’s face it, not everyone who is the most prepared survives all the time. Usually, in war it’s the bravest warriors who die first since they are at the front!

Although, I do think that being physically strong, mentally tough, and having a positive mental attitude that things will work out in your favor goes a long way in creating your own luck.

The “Unofficial” Game of Thrones Workout

 

Day 1 – Combat Conditioning – This workout will test your physical limits and mental fortitude!

 

Sandbag Shouldering with Burpee x 10
Rope Pull-ups x SM
Sandbag Zercher Squats x 10
Sandbag Rows x 10
Med Ball Slams x 10
Sandbag Clean & Press x 10

Protocol: Perform 3-5 rounds. Rest 30-60 seconds between rounds.

 

 

Day 2 – Bodyweight Conditioning – Not for the faint of heart!

 

  1. Alternating Lunges (Jump Switch Lunges for a greater challenge)
  2. Hindu Push-Ups
  3. Bear Crawls
  4. Sit Thrus
  5. Sprawls

 

Protocol: Each exercise is done for 90 seconds followed by 30 seconds or rest. Repeat 2x’s.

 

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Jon

Jon Haas, "The Warrior Coach" has been training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu for more than 25 years and is currently ranked as a Kudan (9th degree black belt) under Jack Hoban Shihan. He has also trained in Okinawan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Russian Systema, BJJ, Krav Maga, as well as Internal Martial Arts of Yiquan and Aiki.He is a certified Underground Strength Coach-Level 2, a certified Personal Trainer as well as founder of Warrior Fitness Training Systems. In 2008, Jon wrote the book, Warrior Fitness: Conditioning for Martial Arts, and since then has created numerous other online training and coaching programs helping people around the world become the strongest, most capable versions of themselves!

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Jon

Jon Haas, "The Warrior Coach" has been training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu for more than 25 years and is currently ranked as a Kudan (9th degree black belt) under Jack Hoban Shihan. He has also trained in Okinawan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Russian Systema, BJJ, Krav Maga, as well as Internal Martial Arts of Yiquan and Aiki.He is a certified Underground Strength Coach-Level 2, a certified Personal Trainer as well as founder of Warrior Fitness Training Systems. In 2008, Jon wrote the book, Warrior Fitness: Conditioning for Martial Arts, and since then has created numerous other online training and coaching programs helping people around the world become the strongest, most capable versions of themselves!

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