Last updated on December 12th, 2019 at 08:46 pm
We took a break from Young Justice characters for a bit there, but we’re back.
And this time we’re going to see some villains.
Although I suppose Cheshire could almost be considered an anti-hero.
Definitely depends on a number of factors.
I was actually going through some of the IMDB information for The CW’s upcoming Batwoman release with Ruby Rose and the first episode lists a character they’re referring to as “Cheshire Cat”, which prompted me to realizing we definitely needed Cheshire on the site.
We most recently had Superboy, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash and Batgirl and the week’s before that we’ve seen Arsenal (Cheshire’s love interest), Arrowette, Aqualad and Miss Martian. I also continue to remind you that we’ve already seen basically every Robin variation (including Nightwing and Red Hood), and we’ve seen a good handful of the lead heroes as well: Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Flash and Green Arrow.
Oh, and let’s not forget the first ever comic-style-progression workout path with the release of The Robin to Nightwing within The Academy.
Weight: 135 lbs.
Real Name: Jade Nguyen
Cheshire is actually pretty tall.
We have some female characters that are extremely tall, but I’d still say she’s definitely in the tallest range we have among the ladies.
Supergirl and Erza Scarlet were our shortest at 5’5 before Wasp came in at 5’4 and Kale, Anna and Nina Williams matching her there. BUT, now we have Caulifla at 4’8 and Sailor Moon at 4’11! Katana is just behind her at 5’2.
But the average height for female celebrities on the site is generally more-so ranging from 5’4-5’6 – and our Black Widow is just above that at 5’7 with Spider-Gwen, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy at 5’8.
But don’t worry, either way.
Not only are these routines for all shapes and sizes – they also work for both men and women – regardless of the gender of the hero!
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Cheshire Diet and Nutrition
**Keep in mind: this section will be nearly identical for each hero, unless I mentioned differently (for example someone like Hellboy 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.
Guys like Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart incorporate 80/20 dieting with big weekly cheat meals, Hugh Jackman, Tom Hopper, Benedict Cumberbatch and Terry Crews utilize intermittent fasting (something I use daily as well), Ariana Grande, Mustafa Shakir and Madelaine Petsch are vegans, Brandon Routh and Frank Grillo opt for paleo, and tons of others utilize their own variations as well.
It’s all about sustainability.
AND, 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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Cheshire 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 Cheshire’s, powers and/or abilities.
Here’s what her Wiki Fandom [for Young Justice] lists as her powers and abilities:
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): Cheshire excels at hand-to-hand combat, and is proficient in various acrobatic and martial arts skills.
- Martial Arts
- Acrobatics: Her joints are extremely flexible, making her a skilled acrobat.
- Poison Specialist: In addition, she is also an expert on poisons, preferring to douse her fingernails into a vast variety of deadly chemicals.
I unfortunately can’t teach you anything about poisons.
The extent of my knowledge was from Potion’s Class at Hogwarts, which isn’t going to help us here.
The majority of Cheshire’s abilities, aside from the poisons and her weapon choice being her sai, is her acrobat skills and mixed martial arts.
But before we jump too far ahead of ourselves, let’s take a brief look at her background:
Born to a French father and a Vietnamese mother, Jade Nguyen had an unhappy childhood and was sold into slavery. This trauma ultimately drove her insane, and paved her way into becoming one of the world’s most ruthless mercenaries.
After killing her master, Jade was informally adopted by Chinese freedom fighter Weng Chan, who taught her all he knew about guerrilla fighting. She acquired knowledge of poisons from Kruen Musenda, a famed African assassin known as the “Spitting Cobra” and to whom she was married for the two years prior to his death.
She was a long-standing rival of the superhero team the Teen Titans. However, when Roy Harper, a.k.a. the archer Arsenal, went undercover for the government in a mission to get her confidence and turn her over, the two fell passionately in love. Knowing he would not be able to turn her in, he walked out; Cheshire would not learn his true identity until years later. The result of their romance was a daughter, Lian, whom Roy is raising. Despite her own shortcomings, Jade loves her daughter.
If you have watched Young Justice, you’ll probably recognize some of this.
For this one we’re going to actually be training similar to Arsenal’s programming, with some additions here and there.
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Cheshire Workout Routine
3-6 days per week
The volume you choose to run for this program is going to be up to you. You can perform the calisthenics and parkour style training 3 days a week, or you could even choose to do a 3 days on, one day off, split. I prefer the latter, but whatever works with your schedule is fine. I’ve shared the calisthenics circuits from Arsenal’s training protocol, but Cheshire has a new daily calisthenics program just for her.
Cheshire Workout: Daily Calisthenics from our Parkour Program
100 Chin Ups
150 (75 Each) Donkey Kicks
150 Glute Bridges
150 Push Ups
150 Air Squats (Scale up to Jump Squats if Possible)
**These can be broken down into any number of sets/reps that are needed to complete the overall count.**
Cheshire Workout: Calisthenics/Acrobat Circuits
- 20 knee push ups
- 30 body weight squats
- 10 body rows
- 10 lunges both sides
- 20 crunches
- 20 second superman hold
- 60 second forearm plank
- 20 push ups
- 50 body weight squats
- 10 pull ups
- 20 plank to push ups
- 20 clap push ups
- 20 Bulgarian split squats
- 10 chin ups
- 10 single leg hip bridges (both sides)
- 10 handstand push ups
- 30 second side plank each side
- 25 plank to push ups
Cheshire Workout: Mixed Martial Arts and Parkour
If you want to step your game up and start training with mixed martial arts, these are some of the programs Coach Derek has created for us outside of The Academy to do so.
I’ve also listed our Parkour workout below (which I’ve also stolen our daily body weight training protocol from [listed above], and is definitely something to take advantage of if you’re looking to unleash your real Cheshire potential.
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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