In our end-of-world scenarios, we want to be strong. I can’t help you become mentally strong (from writing an article), but I can help you get your body where it needs to be when the inevitable happens.
1. The “your country’s been invaded” apocalypse.
This one’s easiest to survive simply because you can group with a large number of people and really FSU. Again, I’m speaking from the United-States where you have access to personal-defense weaponry every few miles or so.
In this scenario, you’ll never be the most lethal in your group. However, you can be in the best shape. They’ll need you for scouting. Scouting requires patience, dexterity, and agility. Our workout plan?
Spider crawls. Planks. Squat-holds. Jump-rope.
Pro-tip: Be friends with rednecks and Navy-Seals.
2. The “zombie” apocalypse.
Every movie shows a group of people with guns and knives and crazy skills that no one in their right mind usually has. I know I don’t.
What we do have are arms, legs, and opposable thumbs. You may not know how to load, aim, and fire a gun (before getting your face chewed off), but I know you can swing a baseball-bat (or a sword!) and toss grenades. Climbing stairs is a must (you always want the higher ground.). Our workout plan?
Sprints. Cable oblique twists (above head, midline, from the floor). Stairmaster. Wood-Choppers.
Pro-tip: Always buddy-up with someone you can run faster than.
3. The “bunches of aliens” apocalypse.
Let’s cut through the crap here: We’re a pretty intelligent species (for the most part). We’ve yet to travel to different planets and colonize them, much less interact or subjugate its inhabitants. If some entity came from space and began annihilating us, there is no fighting back. We can’t win. They proved that just by showing up.
What we can do is climb things. And run. And perhaps dig holes. If you can’t fight; hide. Our workout plan?
Pull-ups. A mixture of sprints and long-distance running. Jump-Squats. Kettle-bell swings.
Pro-tip: Unless you know these beings bleed and can die, don’t even try fighting them. If they can, carry a thick wire with a handle on each end. Aim for the throat.
4. The “world is desolate” apocalypse.
Frankly, unless you plan on repopulating Earth (for whatever reason), there’s no point in putting in much of an effort to survive. However, most of the time you have no way of knowing the world is actually wiped out (besides you of course, you special protagonist). So you travel and travel trying to find other signs of humanity.
Since you’re essentially the last person on earth, there’s no reason to be immensely strong. There’s no reason to be immensely fast, since you don’t exactly have to go out and hunt for Spam. You truly don’t need to be special in any way, really. It would be nice to have the physical capacity to travel, though. Our workout plan?
Hiking. Outside of hiking: walking on a myriad of different inclines at a brisk pace on the treadmill. Yoga (for flexibility). Push-ups (for getting off the ground). Farmer’s walks (for carry-strength).
Pro-tip: pray you’re in the U.S. We have Wal-Marts and McDonalds’ every 100 miles in every direction. If you die from starvation, you really shouldn’t be the Messiah to repopulate the earth to begin with.
Your brain may not keep you alive, but after this you can bet your body will hold up to the demands of survival. Most everyone can do these workouts to varying levels of intensity and get in great shape. Depending on your intensity, these 4 workouts will have you exercising 4 of every 7 days, or perhaps 8 out of every 10 days. Depending on your apocalypse, you’ll either have lots of rest, or die trying. Good luck!
*For more information on surviving, check out these Youtube videos.
25 Things You Need To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse.
7 Cool Zombie Apocalypse Survival Home-Made Weapons.