You’re in for a treat today.
One of Coach Derek’s favorite superheroes.
He completely stepped it up a notch for this one. And it’s kind of starting to make me believe he might actually be Daredevil in real life….
But, this one is going to take our superhero / comic / character training to a whole new level – so I hope you’re ready!
Coach Derek has even written reasonings behind his decision making in forming the program, so while you’re going through you’ll have snippets of awesomeness from the coach himself (or possible Daredevil).
Weight: 185 lbs.
Real Name: Matthew Michael Murdock
Daredevil is actually pretty short!
Spider-Man and Green Arrow share the shortest spot among the heroes we’ve seen thus far at 5’11 – and Daredevil joins the crew! Just above them are Aquaman and Punisher standing only an inch or so taller.
And, of course, Hulk is up there with Thor and Cyborg, and sometimes even portrayed much taller.
But, don’t worry if you’re not the same height or weight range.
We write these routines to be utilized by anyone and everyone.
Daredevil Diet and Nutrition
**Keep in mind: this section will be nearly identical for each hero, unless I mentioned differently (for example someone like The Hulk may get something specifically different**
Every hero needs to still have a good diet.
Unfortunately we can train like them, but I don’t think any of us are suddenly getting their powers, or the ability to magically stop caring about nutrition.
You can’t out train your diet, so I want to still give some pillars for nutrition.
You can start by checking out The Nutrition Pillars on the site, but I’ll break down some more information for you guys as well.
That being said, I also recommend tracking and paying attention to protein intake.
BUT, there are a thousand different ways to reach your goals, so finding the most sustainable way is what’s important.
Which is why our Academy utilizes multiple different Nutrition Classes (Vikings, Spartans, Hunter Gatherers, Monks, Samurais, Minimalists, Superhumans) to allow people to choose what is right for YOU!
Daredevil Workout Routine Research
I’d usually say this is the fun part, but I’m actually pretty nervous to live up to Coach Derek’s awesomeness.
But, I’ll keep it short and sweet because he did all the hard stuff in his routine anyway!
And by that I mean he gave background information to make the specifics of the workout fun and sensical.
So let’s go ahead and start with the abilities and powers right off the bat (or club):
- Superhuman senses, including radar sense
- Skilled hand-to-hand combatant
- Utilization of specially-designed club
Taking that up a notch, the Daredevil Wiki page writes out the explanation like this:
Although the character is blind, his remaining four senses function with superhuman accuracy and sensitivity, giving him abilities far beyond the limits of a sighted person. Few characters know that the hero cannot see. Daredevil developed a radar sense, which is similar to echolocation.
And Marvel’s Daredevil page continues this with:
Daredevil possesses the strength, speed, agility, and endurance, not to mention acrobatic and gymnastic skills, of an Olympic-level athlete. Through a combination of the tutelage of Stick and self-training, Daredevil is a master of a unique martial art form, which is a hybridized form of American boxing and the Japanese arts of ninjutsu, judo and aiki-jujutsu. Martial arts training has given him an immense degree of concentration and personal control over his body and energy, or Ki.
Which is just a snippet of his ability section.
And the power section goes on for a full page! So, that might be something you’ll want to check out in more depth.
But here’s a piece:
In compensation for his lost sight, Daredevil’s other four senses have been preternaturally enhanced.His sense of touch is sensitive enough to detect the faint impressions of ink on paper, allowing him to read by touch. He is also able to feel minute changes in temperature and pressure, enough to sense a human body at a distance of five feet, due to body heat and air disturbance.
Let’s get on with this routine, though….shall we!?
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The Daredevil Workout Routine
6+ days a week
Daredevil can meditate and recover from injuries and therefore brutal training as well. If you want to train like this hero, you’re going to have to step it up a notch.
Coach Derek has written out exact details and explanations for each part of your routine so read through carefully and have fun with it!
Day 1: The Battlin’ Murdocks /Fight like the Devil
Matt and his father were both boxers, while its impossible and dangerous to box blindfolded, and you are most certainly guaranteed to get injured hitting a heavy bag blindfolded, let’s focus on defensive maneuvers to give you that Daredevil like “Radar Sense” to avoid blows
Crucial not only in Boxing, but all forms of combat. Used primarily not just to avoid, but to set up your strikes. A moving target is much more difficult to hit. The best way to practice this is with an partner using pool noodles. Have your partner swing at your head in straight and curved motions, simulating straights , uppercuts and hooks Doing this injury free drill will assist in turning flinching into slips, Parrys, Shoulder rolls , and bob n weaves
Bob n Weave to the Right or Left
Best Used when you’re approaching and getting into range. As soon as your opponent throws a punch, you quickly bend at the knees (not your waist) and move your head (like in a “V” or “U” shaped motion) stepping to the outside of the punch. Remember to keep your weight centered at all times. If you’ve done it correctly, you should end up on the outside of your opponent’s punch when you come back up,
- Off opponents’ center line
- Able to counter quickly
- Loaded for powerful counters
- Not effective on straight punches
- Wide open if faked
- Not effective for Uppercuts or multi combos
Slightly deflecting your opponent’s punch away with your hand using the same side (when they throw a left you Parry with your right and vise versa) Never Reach across!!
- great for power , straight and long punches as well as push punchers
- creates vulnerability for counters, make them off balance or slows down arm recovery
- tires opponents, especially long-armed and power-punchers
- useful for shorter fighters to deflect punches to get inside
- ineffective against fast/light/non-committed punches,& curved punches
- not always effective against combinations
- can leave you open if you get faked
- difficult to do at close range
- not helpful against body punches
Shoulder Roll or Fade Right or Left side
The shoulder roll is naturally the next step up from the parry technique. Instead of deflecting punches with your hands, you use your body now. The shoulder roll is incredibly effective because your body can roll off your opponent’s best shots with ease ,it relies on rhythm for defense while neutralizing entire combinations at even close range.
- effective and easy against multiple punches
- frees up the hands for faster counter punching
- covers both head and body easily
- can work when unable to see momentarily or off-balanced
- will deflect power Punches even when they land
- saves shoulder energy & gives tricky counter angles
- ineffective/unnecessary against weaker punches it can also leave you highly vulnerable if you get faked and/or roll in the wrong direction
- less effective in cross-stance , extremely vulnerable to Leg kicks and take-downs in street, Thai Boxing or MMA
Slipping to the Right or Left
Slipping requires complete evasion of the punch by displacing the head or body to one side, MOSTLY by going to the outside of the oncoming punch,in a” V” step ice skating motion. .
Slipping is the best way (sometimes the only way) to counter against really fast opponents. On occasion it’s the only way to close distance against a taller opponent, .
- hands and body completely free to counter instantaneously
- creates huge vulnerabilities in opponent (they are wide open after missing)
- avoids punch entirely, no contact (assuming slip was successful )
- create escapes (great way to escape when trapped in the corner)
- allows you to advance forward while defending
- complete evasion easily breaks your opponent’s punching rhythm (combo-breaker)
- Used to set up position for counters
- requires lots of practice and skill
- highly vulnerable if caught or faked
- not recommended against multiple punches
- ineffective against body punches
Now that we have a basic understanding, work them into your shadowboxing, focus mitt or heavy bag session. Remember your striking table
- Left Upper Cut
- Right upper cut
Now work on:
Slip left, slip right
Bob n weave Left then Right
Slip Left, shoulder roll left, bob n weave left, repeat on other side.
Now add strikes, using your movement to position you.
1-2-1-2 slip Left, Slip Right
1- Shoulder roll Right -2-3-2
Bob n weave Right- 6-3-2
1- slip Left
2 -slip Right
1-2-3-4- bob n weave Right
3- bob n weave Left-3
2- slip Right -2
1-parry Right -2 Parry Left -shoulder roll Right -2
1-2-1-2- shoulder roll Right- 2-3
1-2-3 Slip Left , Rear Slip Left-Shoulder roll Left
Parry Left-2- Bob N weave Right-2-3
Slip Left -5-4-3
The best defensive technique?
Like the Super Soldier Serum, it does not exist. Use the one that fits your situation and feels the most natural in that moment. If you have to think about it too much, its not natural. Evade your opponent’s punches any way that you can and be sure to counter immediately Different techniques will work against different opponent’s styles. Great Fighters are forever adapting their offense to get around opponents defense, so keep changing up your defensive game to keep up
Day 2: Full Body Training
3 x 6 Minute rounds on Heavy bag
Medicine ball, Swiss Ball, Med to Heavy Dumbbells
Half Kneeing Overhead medicine ball slam:
Hold a medicine ball over your head . put your Right knee forward and your Left knee on the ground, brace your core and explosively slam the ball against the wall, catch the ball, switch legs and repeat
3 times 10 each leg
Box Jumps or tuck jumps
3 x 8
Goblet squat with Heavy weight 3×8
Sitting on Swiss Lat Pull downs ( or Shoulder Press) with Medium Dumbbell 3×8
Swiss ball lying bench press with Med or Heavy Dumbbell 3×8
Lying Swiss ball hip Bridges 3×8
Using Bodyweight :
12 minute Tabata
Sprint 30 seconds
Inchworms 30 seconds
Day 3: Baton And Grappling
Billy Club or Baton Basics:
When deploying club don’t flail, Keep club up by shoulder (hands in a boxing stance ) keep club close to body
Without winding up ,Strike down ,at an angle Using rotation of shoulder and power from the hips immediately bringing the club back to starting position at shoulder after impacting not following through the swing .
Swinging backhand not recommended as you can get jammed up in close quarters
Main targets should be shoulder, elbow, ribs and knees Do not strike at head as it could potentially be lethal
Blindfolded or eyes closed Grappling basics
What is needed to fight are the ability to See, Think and Breathe
Grappling is a small component of fighting and can be done safely with eyes closed or blindfolded in a controlled manner
Both partners start either blindfolded or eyes closed start from their knees. using touch , sticking control and sensitivity work to get your opponent into a dominant top position (Mount, or cross body/Side Control)
If partner A gets top position , keep your chin & weight down and try to keep / maintain top position. Partner B on bottom should bridge hips, try to trap top person’s limbs and use shrimping to get partner A into guard position or escape.
Day 4 : Endurance & Stamina
Muscle Endurance is a key element in fighting. On this day, use little to no rest to fatigue muscle groups
5 x 50 yard wind sprints
50 leg raises
Muscle Endurance – Equipment Needed : Light & Medium Dumbbells
Asymmetrical Training Using Med Dumbbell, ( works Bicep , Lats , Forearms) Option A, 12 Reps , Option B, 30 seconds . On one arm, do a bicep curl , then wide row , Switch to other arm when completed
Using Light Dumbbells ( 10-15 libs max) Lateral Raise , hold at the top for 30 seconds , when complete , perform forward raise , hold at the top for 30 seconds
Shadowboxing using light weights : (Builds shoulder endurance as gravity works downwards , use your Delts to help keep punches straight , stay in place and hone your punches or move around to add footwork
(option A 30 seconds, option B, 1 minute)
Speed Squats (using light dumbbells ) Hold light dumbbells at chin level in a boxing stance, squat deep for 30 seconds, when time’s completed , stay in low squat position and hop staying low for 30 seconds
-Equipment needed: Medicine ball
Now Hold Medicine Ball in a fighters stance ( have a lead leg ) do 4 small lunges per leg
Hold Medicine ball over your head with straight arms do Oblique Pendulums for 8 reps
Bob N weave 4 High , 4 Low
Sprawl 4 reps
For round 1: do two circuits of all stamina exercises
Round 2: Do three circuits of all stamina exercises
Round 3: Do Four circuits of all stamina exercises
Day 5: Resistance & Grip Training
If you plan on emulating Daredevil’s swinging/ climbing you will need to work grip training and resistance.
3 x 5 minute rounds on Heavy bag
Resistance Bands, Medium Dumbbells
Rope Climbs ( if unable to do , tie rope to a secure area and play tug of war for 30 seconds
Tie a resistance band to a pole, tree or post grab an end with both hands with your back facing the post
Standing chest press 20 reps
Lunges (same grip as above ) 20 reps
Standing row with Resistance band ( facing post now ) 20 reps
Straight Punches 20 Each arm
Secure one end of resistance band to post and the other to your ankle
20 knee strikes per leg
Remove resistance band, wrap around your back, grab dumbbells
you should be holding Dumbbell & end of resistance band
20 alternating chest press (laying On floor )
20 Standing rotating bicep curl ,(at top rotate palms out, go back down repeat ,)
20 Pushups with Resistance band
20 standing crunches With Resistance band
Day 6: Agility & Parkour – The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen
Warm up: 5 -15 Minute Jog
Ricochets for 7 minutes ( find a medium sized square or rectangle shape, jump all around feet together ,various directions inside of square , side to side back & forth , trace the square etc )
Find a playground or someplace safe to attempt
Forward Walking Lunge 10 per leg
Wall Handstands 30 seconds
Frog/ Long Jumps 30 seconds
Squat to explosive pull up: Get into a squat stance (knees bent) under a pull up bar, swing set or whatever is being used to execute a pull up, Explosively jump up and catch bar, do one pull up and let go dropping into squat stance 10 reps
Air Squats 30 reps
Balance on 1 leg , as long as you can hold, repeat on other side
Monkey Plant -go to a wall or obstacle around waist level or higher, , place both palms on surface and lift yourself using your legs to fully stand on obstacle – 10 reps
Jump to soft landing, jump off box, allotted steps or other knee high items, try to land as softly and quietly as possible – 5 to 7 reps
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