It's Star Wars time!!!

It’s time to begin coaching like a Jedi!

We love Star Wars round these elements (our web site is actually referred to as “Nerd Health”), so that you’re within the excellent place to start your coaching, my younger Padawan. 

We focus on creating nerdy-themed exercises and right now certainly one of our coaches will stroll you thru an train routine that might make even Mace Windu proud. 

Right here’s what we’ll cowl in right now’s information:

Seize your lightsaber and let’s punch it!

The Star Wars Exercise

A photo of some Star Wars LEGOs

Exercise Abstract: This exercise consists of quite a few explosive actions meant to fireside up your nervous system, construct explosive muscle tissues, and get your physique to begin considering “POWER!”.

It additionally consists of some static holds, whole-body actions, and even grip power strikes.


(Coach Jim filmed this in the course of the pandemic, which not solely explains why he shot it in a hallway, but in addition why he appears just a little “scruffy trying.”)

Time: 30-45 minutes

Tools wanted:

When you’re having bother discovering any of the above gadgets, we stroll you thru some intelligent replacements in Learn how to Construct a Residence Fitness center (When Every part is Offered Out).

ALWAYS: Begin with a warm-up and finish with a cool-down stretch.

Right here’s one other warm-up sequence you may run by way of:

Right here’s one other cool-down routine you may strive:

Half 1: SkyWalker Handstands

This is an awesome photo

Right here’s the primary a part of your Jedi Exercise:

  • Padawan: 3 units of 30-second knee or toes entrance plank
  • Knight: 3 units of 30-second push-up place faucets or pike shoulder faucets
  • Grasp: 3 units of 30-second wall walks

When you’re gonna do Jedi coaching, somebody goes to make you do a handstand:

A classic scene from the Empire Strikes Back

Listed below are some variations to think about:

For Padawans, your knee planks will look one thing like this:

If you can't do a normal plank, start with doing them on your knees until you can advance.

Shoulder faucets are like so:

Coach Jim performing shoulder taps

A wall-walk, would look one thing like this:

Coach Staci showing you the wall walk hold

If you are able to do one-arm handstands like Luke, go forward and do these right here. Then use your Drive-telepathy to inform us the way it goes.

If you wish to develop into a handstand grasp, we have now a full course present in Nerd Health Prime that might make Yoda stoked.

Half 2: Jedi Excessive Jumps

I guess Yoda did jump about in the prequels.

Right here’s the second act of your Jedi Exercise:

Younger Obi-Wan wanted to make use of his Jedi excessive leap abilities to return to the right degree to fulfill up with Qui-Gonn Jinn and Darth Maul.

We wish you to do the identical.

Listed below are your Jedi leap variations:

You possibly can do squats or assisted squats:

All too simple? Go for leap squats!

Coach Staci showing you how to perform the jumping squat

True Jedi Masters shall be doing tuck jumps or field jumps:

Be careful on your box jump! But it is a bodyweight exercise.

Relaxation: 1-2 minutes in between units. Hold issues secure – relaxation in the course of the 30 second work interval as wanted. 

Half 3: Jabba the HutT Chokes

A toy set of Jabba's palace

For the third installment of the Jedi Exercise, you’ll be doing:

Is there something extra satisfying than watching Leia take out Jabba the Hutt? I do know I set free a cheer after I first noticed the scene:

We'll get you strong like this.

Leia is powerful, and it’s worthwhile to be robust too.

Work in your pull muscle tissues by finishing certainly one of these “finish Jabba” variations:

You are able to do rows from a doorway:

Coach Jim showing you the doorway bodyweight row

You are able to do towel doorway rows or band-assisted chin-ups: 

Coach Staci showing you how to do an assisted chin-up!

You’re coaching is full when you are able to do regular chin-ups or pull-ups:

The classic pull-up

Relaxation: 1-2 minutes in between units. Hold issues secure – relaxation in the course of the 30-second work interval, as wanted.

Half 4: Chewbacca carries

Chewbacca with a "free hugs" sign

The Jedi Exercise for episode IV shall be:

  • Padawan: Farmer-carry (Farmer’s Stroll) dumbbells – 2 x 60 seconds 
  • Jedi: Rack carry – 2 x 60 seconds 
  • Grasp: Rack carry with some lunges – 2 x 60 seconds

Chewy is powerful. Freakishly robust. He has no drawback carrying robots, individuals, ripping individuals’s arms off, and extra:

A true badass.

We wish you to channel your interior Chewbacca by engaged on carrying heavier weight!  Be at liberty to strive any of the variations:

Farmer’s walks might be executed with dumbbells or some impromptu weights:

Coach Staci showing Farmer's Walk

Stroll or stand for 60 whole seconds with weights at your aspect.

Rack carry:

Stroll or stand for 60 whole seconds with weights at shoulder top. 

The Jedi Grasp Variation: Rack carry with some lunges – 2 x 60 seconds –

Stroll or stand for 60 whole seconds with weights at shoulder top. Grasp-level for those who’re in a position to knock out 10 whole lunges (5/aspect) throughout that point).

The objective with Chewbacca Carries is to select up the heaviest weight (or baggage) you may handle after which carry it round your home for the set period of time. This builds up bone density, tendon power, and muscular power, and fires up your physique’s central nervous system.

Relaxation: Once more, decelerate 1-2 minutes in between units. Hold issues secure.

Half 5: Han Solo Shuttle runs

A picture of a Han Solo toy

I like Han.

He shoots first (actually) and asks questions later.

He additionally runs into conditions the place he may not have the higher hand.

Han does always find some trouble to escape form

This spherical of your Jedi Exercise appears like:

  • Padawan: March in place for 3 minutes of intervals (6 units of 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off)
  • Knight: Excessive knees in place for 3 minutes of intervals (6 units of 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off)
  • Grasp: Alternating units of excessive knees and burpees for 3 minutes of intervals (6 units of 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off)

A Tabata Timer could be useful in setting your intervals right here.

We’re having you largely run in place since you’re in all probability trapped inside your home (or escape pod). When you’ve got an enormous yard, be at liberty to make use of it.

For our Padawans on the market, you’ll march in place:

This exercise will be our Padawan

While you attain Knight standing, do some high-knees:

Raising one knee after the other is a great level up to marching in place.

For the Jedi Masters on the market? You’ll combine in some burpees along with your high-knees:

The infamous burpee bodyweight exercise!

For this final variation, do alternating units of excessive knees and burpees for 3 minutes of intervals:

  • 20 seconds of high-knees
  • 10 seconds of relaxation
  • 20 seconds of burpees
  • 10 seconds of relaxation
  • Repeat for 3 minutes

E-mail me for those who make the run underneath 12 parsecs.[1]

Half 6: Drive Push-Ups

A cool shot of Star Wars LEGOs

Half 6 of your Jedi Exercise appears like:

That is in all probability my favourite Jedi transfer. Channel the Drive, and use it to violently PUSH issues away? Superior. The place do I enroll?

This would come in handy

Now, though we will’t truly Drive Push in actual life…but, it doesn’t imply we will’t construct up our explosive Drive push muscle tissues.

For our Padawans, you’ll do elevated or knee-push-ups:

Rebel Leader Steve doing knee push-ups

Our Jedi Knights will do regular push-ups or divebomber push-ups:

Rebel Leader Steve showing you the divebomber push-up

Are you now the grasp? You then’re doing pike or handstand push-ups:

Coach Jim showing you the handstand push-up

Once more, this could get sketchy for those who begin doing these final push-up variations whereas drained. Go forward and relaxation every time it’s worthwhile to.

Half 7: hanging Over the Sarlacc

This is a great LEGO pic

The final part of the Jedi Exercise appears like:

  • Padawan: Doorway Leans – 2 x 60 seconds
  • Knight: Bar cling – 2 x 60 seconds
  • Grasp: One arm bar cling – 2 x 30 seconds for every arm

Typically, Jedi discover themselves coping with a creature that desires to digest them for 1,000 years.

A classic scene from Return of the Jedi

That’s the place your hanging abilities will are available use!

Another scene from Return of the Jedi

Our Padawans will begin with some easy doorway leans:

Simply grab the edge of your door frame and lean back.

You’ll maintain onto the sting of a doorway and lean again for 60 seconds of cling time – ought to really feel tougher on the grip than doorway rows

When you’re following our “Knight variations,” you’re going to be doing bar hangs:

Coach Staci showing you the bar hang

Not sufficient? Then prepare to hold from one arm:

Coach Staci showing you a one arm bar hang

This talent will develop into helpful for those who ever lose an higher appendage in a lightsaber duel (it occurs to the very best of us).

Observe: this may be difficult in your joints for those who’re not used to hanging, so progress slowly on this one! Begin with only a few seconds and work your approach up!

Might the pressure be with you (Subsequent Steps)

A picture of two Star Wars toys

Right here’s a recap!

Full this exercise with regularity, and work your approach as much as the Jedi Grasp ranges for every.

As I talk about in our information, Learn how to Construct Your Personal Exercise Routine, I usually suggest newbies full a full-body exercise two to a few instances every week.

Our Star Wars Exercise can be thought-about “full-body” since we hit each main muscle group. You possibly can additionally alternate it with a extra typical power coaching follow.

In your “relaxation days,” you may look into performing some lively restoration, yoga, or enjoyable motion.

When you can solely get your self to work out as soon as every week, that’s okay! Let that develop into regular, then we will brainstorm methods to squeeze in an additional day. 

Constructing the behavior of understanding is our objective right now. We will fear about maximizing “gainz” down the highway. 

Don’t get me flawed, I’m all about maximizing gainz

Now the one factor left to do is begin!

"Punch it," as Han would say.

Listed below are some choices for subsequent steps with Nerd Health

Possibility #1) In order for you an expert coach in your pocket, who can do video type checks, present suggestions, and modify your exercises based mostly on the tools you’ve gotten accessible, take a look at our 1-on-1 On-line Teaching Program

For instance, let’s say you end up caught indoors, and also you need anyone to custom-build you a exercise program based mostly on the tools and furnishings you’ve gotten. That’s the place a web-based coach is a game-changer! 

Personally, I’ve been working with the identical on-line coach since 2015 and it’s modified my life. You may be taught extra by clicking on the field beneath: 

Possibility #2) In order for you an actual blueprint for understanding at house (whereas doing nerdy-themed exercises!), take a look at NF Journey. Our enjoyable habit-building app helps you train extra incessantly, eat more healthy, and degree up your life (actually).

Strive your free trial proper right here:

Possibility #3) Grow to be a part of the Rise up! We want good individuals such as you in our neighborhood, the Nerd Health Rise up (the true identify).

Join within the field beneath to enlist and get our Insurgent Starter Package, which incorporates all of our “work out from house” guides.

Alright, I wish to hear from you and your expertise:

Did you strive the Star Wars Exercise?

What degree are you on?

Any workout routines that we missed that might be excellent for a Jedi?

Let me know within the feedback!

Might the Drive be with you.


PS: When you’re on the lookout for extra nerdy-themed exercises that may be executed at anyplace, take a look at The 8 Greatest At-Residence Exercise Routines.


picture supply: Leg0fenris: Dagobah, JD Hancock: Yoda Bounce, JD Hancock: Han Solo vs Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett & the Sarlacc Pit, Teymur Madjderey, Darth Vader Drive, JD Hancock: Han Solo, Pedro Vezini: Chewbacca, metaphorge: Jabba, Leg0fenris: Darth and Leia, Pedro Vezini: Yoda and Luke

gif supply: stroll in place,


Supply hyperlink