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I’m very much an indoor person, and all my favourite hobbies involve sitting down. I exercise every morning before work because I feel I have to, but I do not enjoy it at all. Over Christmas, I sat down a lot, so my fitness levels have really dropped, and I also devoured enough cake to provide afternoon tea for the entire population of a small country. So, now it’s January, and I have to deal with the consequences of what I’ve done to myself. In a bid to make my morning exercise a little bit more relevant to my interests, I sought out some nerdy workouts. Each one is inspired by a different movie or TV character, so I thought I’d attempt to work my way through a few and share my thoughts along the way. I’ll sweat, so you don’t have to.

Since I basically spent two weeks lying on my mum’s sofa and exercise is at the moment a foreign and frightening concept, I tried to figure out which of the workouts I’d found would be the easiest. I’ll work up to some of the harder ones once my fitness levels have increased. One of them has burpees. Interesting fact: burpees were invented by the devil.

The workout that looked the least challenging was the Mulan one. Nobody could ever accuse me of resembling a Disney Princess, but I thought this one looked achievable for someone who has managed to transform themselves into a human/walrus hybrid through eating junk food and a lack of exercise.


The Mulan workout. Courtesy of Neila Rey

How many sets did I do: Four. The workout said level one was three sets, and level two was five. I managed four in around twenty minutes, so I guess that puts me on level one and a half.

Peak heart rate during workout: 130 beats per minute, so not much of a cardio workout.

Easiest exercise: The punches were definitely the easiest.

Hardest exercise: Mentally, I found the lunge punches the hardest, because I have the physical coordination of a walnut. I was concentrating so hard on getting the correct arm and leg to move that I don’t think I really gave these ones my best effort. The hardest exercise physically were the climbers, but they did the job of getting my heart rate up a bit.

Next day? I definitely felt this one in my butt, arms and shoulders the next day.

Playlist highlights: While I did this, I treated my long-suffering neighbours to Big Mouth Strikes Again by The Smiths, One Vision by Queen and Sabotage by the Beastie Boys, amongst others. My exercise playlist is a bit of a weird mix.

Difficulty rating: 4/10. The exercises were quite easy to do, even for someone who hasn’t exercised for a while. During the first set, I was fooled into thinking the workout was too easy, but by the third set I was starting to get a little bit tired.

Hero rating: 6/10. I’m not going to lie, the punches, archers and side kicks made me feel a bit like an action hero, and were quite fun to do. I’ll definitely do this workout again.


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Next week I’m going to tackle either Buffy or Wonder Woman, depending on how heroic I’m feeling…