Pokemon Go: it’s the talk of the town. Well, the entire world it seems. I’m not even going to hide my obsession, I love Pokemon and I love this game. So much so, I created a Pokemon workout. I saw this post on the Internet the other day and made me think:
Okay so eradicating obesity and finding world peace seems like a tall order for a Pokemon game.. But honestly, my pants are a little looser so I’m cautiously optimistic. I’ve already made friends with a 3 year old in the park – and the mom didn’t even chase me away – she complimented my shirt. Spoken to neighbors I’ve seen thousands of times and previously [and awkwardly] ignored. Pokemon has given me a reason to interact with strangers. The other night, our whole group walked together to get pizzas in 90 degree humidity. Two weeks ago we would have paid the delivery fee – guaranteed. But ya know, we got eggs to hatch and Pidgeots to snag.
It was on one of these Poke-walks I came up with the idea for a Pokemon workout. We went down the the art museum area where there are tons of paths, a park, stairs – you name it. Translation: ample Pokestops and Pokemon (Evees, man!!) Nick would go ahead with Poppy-chu while I stopped to catch every single dude and hit all the Pokestops. I had to jog to catch up. When was the last time I jogged?! COULDN’T TELL YA. The Pokemon workout was born.
The workout was beta tested this morning, by me. Within 2 minutes, I had caught a Snorlax, done a cartwheel, and sprinted back to the apartment to tell Nick about it. By the end of the workout, I had done so many jumping jacks and burpees, I decided to mix up the exercises and do something different. That’s the great thing about play – there’s no right or wrong way to do it! So, without further adieu.. Here are the suggestions:
Walk 5-10 minutes to warm up. Oh yeah, I’m supposed to tell you to check with your doctor before beginning a new workout routine … Great! Now that you’ve done that..
The goal is to move to as many Pokestops as possible. Depending on your neighborhood, you could be jogging a lot or doing tons of burpees.
Run to the Pokestops. If you encounter a Pokemon along the way, catch it, and do repetitions of the designated exercise, according to the type of Pokemon you caught. Start with 10 reps, or increase to 20 if you’re a Pokemon master.
Here’s the list of Pokemon types and exercises:
- Fighting – push-ups (get your guns)
- Grass – squats (work that [gr]ass)
- Flying – jumping jacks (spread your wings)
- Rock – plank for 30 seconds (get those rock hard abs)
- Fire – lunges (feel the burn!)
- Water/ice – crunches (get that beach bod!)
- Bug/poison – mountain climbers
- Electric – high knees
- All other types: do a cartwheel
After you catch your ‘mon and run to your Pokestop – for every item you get at the stop, do a burpee.
If a Pokemon breaks free from a pokeball [or you choose to run] double the set.
If you hatch an egg, follow the rules for the type of Pokemon you get.
App freezes: wall sit (or chair pose) until it works again [HAVE FUN *evil laugh*]
Level up: hand stand or somersault
So these are the basics. If you guys think of anything to add, drop me a comment – I’d love to hear it!!!
Now, go be the very best.. Like no one ever was.