Challenge yourself with our Game of Thrones inspired workout
The shocking Game of Thrones season 5 finale is on everyone's lips this week. If you haven't seen it yet, don't worry, you won't find any spoilers here! We thought we'd share with your this Game of Thrones Inspired Workout, from British Military Fitness. You know, in case you fancy getting yourself a physique like Jon Snow. Get ready for this challenging routine - it takes no prisoners!
#1. The Downward Hound
Sandor Clegane, known as The Hound, has been a popular character in the show over the first few seasons. This is one of the most popular yoga poses (known as Downward Dog) which will boost your flexibility and enhance your core strength.
Get down on all fours on a yoga mat or towel, with your hands in a press-up position. Lift your knees, straighten your legs out and lift your butt into the air, letting your head hang down between your shoulders, facing down towards the mat. Feel the stretch on your arms, back and pelvis.
#2. The Mountain's Grip
We love Game of Thrones' fight scenes, and the 8th episode of season 4, The Mountain and The Viper, has one of the goriest scenes yet (not counting this season's finale!) This move will give you the strength you need to wield a sword and battle to the death - or, you know, just boost your strength for things like carrying home the shopping...
Sitting with your back against a wall, press the palms of your hands together at chest level. Now squeeze your palms tightly togehter, contracting your chest. As you do so, extend your arms out straight in front of you and then pull them back into your chest, working your pecs and banishing those moobs!
#3. The Climb
The wall which separates the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros from the wildlings might seem like an unconquerable climb - luckily for you, this exercise isn't quite as much of a challenge!
Lying on your back, hold a dumbbell in each hand and extend your arms up towards the ceiling - don't lock your arms, just keep them straight. Without letting those elbows touch the floor, slowly lower each arm alternatively. Aim for 20 reps to feel the burn!
#4. The White Walker
In case you didn't already know, the White Walkers are zombie-like creatures that inhabit the lands beyond the wall. Start your march towards the Seven Kingdoms with this standing calf raise for toned, honed calves.
Stand straight with your feet together and toes pointing forwards. Now lift your heels into the air, balancing on your toes whilst you feel your calves contract. Aim for 10 reps.
#5. Lord of Light Lunge
Start in a standing position. Now, move your left foot back and lower your knee. At the same time, lift both hands into the air and look up. Returning to the starting position, swap legs and repeat for 8 reps.
#6. The Iron Throne
The Iron Throne is envied by would-be royalty across the Kingdoms of Westeros. Want the isometric strength of a King? Step away from the TV and try this move.
Stand with your back against a wall, feet shoulder-width apart. Now slowly slide down the wall until your knees are at a 90 degree angle and your thighs are parallel with the floor. Keep your back straight against the wall at all times. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds. Try 3 reps - you can always increase this as your fitness improves.
#7. The Beheading
Sad to say, but we've seen countless GoT characters meet their doom with their head over a block. Make sure you're not next - try this move which works your shoulders, arms and chest.
Lie on a bench on your stomach, with your head hanging over the edge, holding a dumbbell in both hands; your elbows should be at 90 degree angles. Now lift the dumbbells until your arms point straight out on either side, hold, then return to the starting position. Aim for 12 reps.
If you fancy an even more challenging workout, British Military Fitness run fitness bootcamps up and down the country - they're fun, seriously challenging and you'll meet some great people too! Check out times and locations near you here.