Monday 29 February 2016

Monday: Witcher Workout

   The first workout of the week from my line-up is The Witcher, and I'll do this one every Monday, starting today.

   Darebee's Witcher workout is based on the CD Projekt Red game franchise, The Witcher, which in turn is based on a series of books by Andrzej Sapkowski. I've not played the first game, and I tried the second but it was a bit too technical to enjoy. The third, however, was simply amazing and easily shot to number 2 on my top 10 favourite games, the first being Last Of Us.
   The workout, as you can see, is heavily cario-focused with a good dose of martial arts and sword movements, and is done in a structure of 3 sets for beginners, 5 sets for intermediate and 7 sets for advanced, with an advised rest time of no more than 2 minutes in between, or 30 seconds for extra credit. The images provided are clear enough, though the big kickboxing combo does require you to move through the motions slowly to get the jist a little, as does the sword moves.
   I do have a bokken (a wooden training sword), so I am at an advantage with the final two moves, not having to buy anything or find anything to suit the purpose, which is why it made the cut. If I didn't have the bokken, I'd probably not have selected it because I don't like using alternative kit in place of what I should be using.
   I have a secondary advantage of having the Witcher Wild Hunt soundtrack, so I'm all set for music, too, which will help with immersion. Yes, I'm a nerd, deal with it. I want to dive into this, and the right music can help big time. Not every track is hard-paced, but as I can recall every track from the game, the mental images even of peaceful locations will be helpful enough.

   I'm aiming for intermediate, performing 5 sets of each move before moving on to the next, and I admit I have no idea how long it will take, but it lasts as long as it does, and if it's exhausting - well, good, but if it's super exhausting, at least I can go through the workout knowing I won't have to do it again for a week. So, my kit for the day:


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