Gizmodo's Illustrated New Year's Workout for Geeks...With Nothing But Gaming Gear

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Does the image above remind you of this past New Year's morning? Have you made a resolution to get back in shape this year? The press loves to talk about a Wii Workout as if all it takes is a shudder of the Wiimote to make a gamer's gut melt into nothingness, which isn't true. I don't know many other gamers that would willingly leave the house or spend money on a gym membership, either, though. So here's a real workout built around only gaming and gaming hardware you already own, developed with the consultation of a professionally certified personal trainer (me). Happy sweating, tubby!

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Before we begin, keep in mind that I'm not suggesting that using your expensive gaming system as a weight is the ideal situation—that would be stupid. You can use just about anything, even a jug of water to get the job done.

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Step 1: Get the hell up (or have someone help you). Hangovers are a bitch, but the sooner you start, the sooner you will attain a physique that will actually be attractive to the opposite sex. (Too bad we can't work out faces, eh?)

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Step 2: Now that you are awake, put down the Mt. Dew and grab a bottle of water. Drinking plenty of water is essential—it aids in digestion and it will help you lose weight. Just don't go overboard.

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Step 3: Put on some Survivor "Eye of the Tiger" and some stupid looking sweatbands like the kid in Juno. Then stretch (if you have a band to help that's great) and do some light cardio for 5-10 minutes. Done? Good, now, lets do this thing...

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Circuit Training Program (30 minutes):
Do one set per exercise then move on to the next. Thirty second max per exercise unless otherwise noted. Complete two circuits with few minute's rest in between. If you are way out of shape, start slow and work your way up.

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Exercise 1. One arm clean and press (works quads, shoulders, calves, glutes): 15-20 reps on each arm

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Exercise 2. Upright row (works traps, biceps, shoulders): 20 reps

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Exercise 3. Kicks (cardio): Alternate 10 reps on each leg for 40 total reps.

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Exercise 4. Concetration curls (works biceps): 20 reps each arm

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Exercise 5. Overhead triceps extensions (works triceps): 20 reps

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Exercise 6. Our own Adrian Covert illustrates the bent over row with the PS3 (works most muscles in back, traps, biceps): 20 reps

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Exercise 7. Shadow boxing (cardio): Jab 10x (alternating) then uppercut 10x (alternating). Repeat.

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Exercise 8. Adrian again with the PS3 doing weighted push-ups (works chest, triceps, shoulders): 15-20 reps

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Exercise 9: Weighted crunches (works abdominals): 20-30 reps

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Exercise 10: Woodchops (works abdominals, shoulders, lats): 15 reps on each side

Rest for 2-3 minutes and repeat circuit four times.

So there you have it, a New Year's workout that any gaming geek can relate to. Hopefully this interim set of drills will help get you back into a regular fitness regimen—or even an actual gym. But first you have to go outside—baby steps.

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DISCUSSION

As a certified fitness professional (it's true look me up) AND a gamer ( I just resurrected my Gears of War habit after trying in vain to put it down - and I just burnt 2 hours making wretches scream as my wife tried to work)I approve of this system.

All joking aside this "program" will help you IF you did it every day.

Except! for Exercise 6 the bent row: Terrible form with the rounded back. tsk tsk. The back should be slightly arched and your torso (hamstrings permitting) should be parallel to the floor. Odd considering his pushup technique looks nearly flawless.

I am a firm believer in the power of games to transform our bodies *into flat blubbery messes* unless someone develops a REALLY cool game that gets us into good shape. I have the plans if anyone knows anyone in Nintendo development please put me in touch with them.