Cheers to the first character coming to the site that isn’t portrayed in an illustrated series of some sort.
I’ll explain more, don’t worry.
I generally keep the character workouts to comics and anime characters so that we can include images of the “characters” rather than their celeb portrayals.
BUT, I needed a Lord of the Rings character on the site, and I needed it to be Gimli.
So, sue me, okay?
I really blame Funko for coming out with the Gimli Pop that continues staring at me and reminding me how amazing he is and how badly I need to have him featured on the site…
Height: 4-5 ft tall
Weight: 160-200 lbs.
Real Name: Gimli
Gimli is likely the shortest character on the site.
But I can’t say for sure because it’s not fully confirmed.
Vegeta were tied Wolverine for the shortest spot among comic characters we’ve seen at 5’3, prior to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coming in at 5’2, but Damian Wayne (Robin) is only two inches taller. Goku isn’t that tall either, though, standing only 5’7.
We’ve had Superman and Eddie Brock’s Venom at 6’3, and Captain America, Scorpion and Batman at 6’2, and Carnage at 6’1. Thor and Cyborg are towering over them at 6’6, Thanos and King right there with them at 6’7, Bane at 6’8, and Deathstroke right below at 6’5.
And I say “was” because Doomsday came in at 8’10, and I doubt any characters are touching that anytime soon.
But, don’t worry if you’re not the same height or weight range.
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The Gimli 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 (Greek Gods, Vikings, Spartans, Hunter Gatherers, Monks, Samurais, Minimalists, SuperHumans) to allow people to choose what is right for YOU!
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The Gimli Workout Routine Research
We’ve made it to “the fun part”.
And, if you don’t know by now, I say that every single time we get to the workout routine research section for character workouts.
This is where I get to break down the “how” and “why” of the workout we’re going to build based on the characters, in this case Gimli’s, powers and/or abilities.
Well, he doesn’t have any.
So, section over.
See yah later nerd. Lol, just kidding.
We’ll just start with Gimli’s Wiki description:
Gimli, son of Glóin, was a well-respected dwarf warrior in Middle-earth during the Great Years. He was a member of the Fellowship of the Ring, and was the only one of the dwarves to readily fight alongside elves in the war against Sauron at the end of the Third Age. After the defeat of Sauron, he was given lordship of the Glittering Caves at Helm’s Deep.
But, lucky for us, they also have a “Powers and Abilities” section as well:
As a Dwarf, Gimli enjoys the great brawn and stamina typical of his race. He was said to be able to carry the weight of his armor like it was nothing, and together with Aragorn and Legolas, he ran 45 leagues in less than four days with only a few hours of sleep. He is undoubtedly a powerful warrior and capable axe wielder, who survived innumerable confrontations with Sauron’s forces.
And, make sure to remind us that his go-to weaponry is:
- A “bearded” axe
- Two throwing axes
- A battle axe
- Double-bladed Axe
So, while we might not include axe training, it might be fun to include some training methods that keep this in mind.
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The Gimli Workout
4+ days per week
We’re going to be working on a 4 day lifting split that was inspired by James McAvoy’s routine published this week, but with a twist. We’re going to train using some big compound lifts, followed by some big accessory work, and then the possible addition of MMA and more.
Perform 5 sets of 5 reps of the same weight. Progress each week. Those 5 sets do not include warm up sets.
Gimli Workout Day One:
Hammer Strength Rows
Gimli Workout Day Two:
Incline Chest Press
Gimli Workout Day Three:
Gimli Workout Day Four:
Shoulder Front Raises
Gimli Workout Bonus:
All heroes should know how to defend themselves.
Just ask MMA Coach Derek in The Academy.
For some Thai Boxing fun check out Anna Diop’s routine.
**And the Daredevil workout also has some beginner Parkour as well.**
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