Apex Legends was just named the Best Multiplayer Game of 2019 at The Game awards. The game has grown a massive player base of over 70 million gamers with estimates of 8 to 10 million players battling to be named the Champion each week, all playing anywhere from an hour per day to 5 hours per day on average.
That’s a lot of sitting around and not doing much.
To help gamers get off of the couch or out of their comfortable gamer chair and get some exercise we worked with an Apex Legends player, graphics designer, and fitness aficionado Reddit user /u/DanyulD to come up with an exercise challenge based on one of the game’s Legends.
How to take the challenge.
a. For example while playing as Bangalore you might hinder your squad more than once during a match with your Rolling Thunder artillery strike. If that’s the case you’ll need to add 10 situps for each additional time. While playing as Crypto your drone might get shot down more than once, if so add up the number of times and multiply that times the 10 v-sits. Etc…
b. Each legend has a 2x multiplier which should be applied after adding up all of the exercises.
c. Make sure to not join a new match or start joining a new match until you’ve done all of the required exercises. Each legend has something they may have to do “until respawn or you start a new match” you’ll do these while waiting to join a new match.
d. Champions get to rest and relax. Each time you win you get a 5-minute break. We used minutes instead of rounds in case you drop into a match and get killed immediately. Unless you win with Lifeline, in which case you get to skip the challenge for 2 whole matches no matter how long or short they are.
Game Lost: 10 pushups
Hurt or knocked your own squad with your Rolling Thunder: 10 sit-ups
Misfired your smoke grenades: 10 high knees
Killed your squad because of bad timing of your smoke grenade: 30 seconds of running in place
Died despite smoke cover: Plank until respawn or you start a new match
Didn’t call your squadmates ‘ladies’ at any point (you not the character): 2x multiplier for all of the above
You are the CHAMPION: Locked & Loaded Paid Off. Take A 5 From Drills, PVT! (i.e. Take a 5-minute break from the challenge)
Game Lost: 10 Ankle Hops
Eye of the Allfather reveals Zero hostiles: 30 seconds of shadow boxing
Died while using Beast of the Hunt: 10 tricep dips
Shot but didn’t kill any enemies during the match: 20 lunges
Scan reveals enemy squad and you die: T-pose until respawn
Died to an enemy Bloodhound: 2x multiplier for all of the above
You are the CHAMPION: Honor the Allfather With A 5-Minute Break From Exercising
Game Lost: 30 seconds of neck stretches
Missed enemies with your Nox Gas Grenade: 10 bear walks
You got your team killed with your distracting Nox: 10 hindu pushups
You got killed while holding a legendary gun: 10 dead bugs
An enemy shot your Nox cannister: Open chest stretches until you respawn or start a new game
Your squad took 2nd place: 2x multiplier for all of the above
You are the CHAMPION: You’ve Emerged Victorious, Savor The Moment With A 5-Minute Break.
Game Lost: 10 knee hugs
Your drone was shot down: 10 v-sits
Your EMP hits your own squad: 15 windshield wipers
Your drone missed enemies that attack you: 20 cross jacks
You get scanned by an enemy Crypto’s drone: Neck stretches until you respawn or start a new match
Your squad placed 2nd: 2x multiplier for all
You are the CHAMPION: Nothing To Lose, Everything To Win. Take 5 Minutes To Relax From Exercising.
Game Lost: 15 crab kicks
Died to your own Bombardment: 10 wood chops
Your dome shield didn’t help save your team: 10 hindu pushups
Got killed while your gun shield was deployed: 20 reverse planks
You were the first person in your squad knocked down: lower back stretch until respawn
Died within the first minute of the match: 2x multiplier for all of the above
You are the CHAMPION: Well Done BRUDDA! Take A 5-Minute Break From Exercising!
Game Lost: 10 pushups
Drop you healing drone but no squadmates use it: 10 squats
Died within the first minute of a match: 20 sit-ups
Squadmate steals from your care package: 20 jumping jacks
Didn’t revive anyone during the match: Plank until you respawn
Died while every squadmate had a legendary item: 2x multiplier for all of the above
You are the CHAMPION: Take A Break From Exercising For This Match And The Next one!
Game Lost: 10 Burpees
No one shot your decoy: 10 crunches
You got shot instead of your decoy: 10 pushups
You were the first in your squad to die: 15 crab kicks
Your full 3-person squad dies to a 2-person squad: Wall-sit until you respawn (or start a new game)
You shot an enemy Mirage’s decoy: 2x multiplier for all
You are the CHAMPION: Take A 5-Minute Break, Cook Some Pork Chops, You Deserve A Good Meal And A Little Break From The Challenge!
Game Lost: 10 ankle hops
Your jumppad doesn’t get you to where you wanted: 10 burpees
Died to an enemy Octane: 30 second Heismans
Died first in your squad: Running in place until you respawn or start a new game
Your squad placed 2nd: 2x multiplier for all
You are the CHAMPION: I Doubt Your Legs Are Tired, But No Workouts For The Next 5 Minutes.
Game Lost: 10 pushups
Missed with Grapple 3 times in a row: 10 crunches
Zipline leading nowhere: 10 sit-ups
Get killed within 10 seconds of grappling: 20 jumping jacks
Didn’t revive you friend in time: T-pose until you respawn
Insulted your squadmates: 2x multiplier for all of the above
You are the CHAMPION: My Heart Would Be Racing If I Had One Friend, Take A 5-Minute Break And Relax From The Challenge
Game Lost: 10 squats
Placed your pylon unnecessarily: 10 frog jumps
Didn’t fully fence in a camping spot: 20 flutter kicks
Enemy shot and destroyed your fences: 15 pulse ups
Didn’t manager to self-revive with gold knockdown shield: Wall-sit until respawn
Your squad placed 2nd: 2x multiplier for all
You are the CHAMPION: You Made Papa Proud! Take A 5-Minute Break From The Challenge And Recharge!
Game Lost: 10 crunches
None of your squadmates used your portal: 10 sit-ups
You got killed right after you came out of the void: 10 ankle hops
You didn’t listen to the voices and got killed: 20 tricep dips
You got out sniped and knocked down: Wall-sit until you respawn or start a new match
Killed by an enemy Wraith: 2x multiplier for all of the above
You are the CHAMPION: All Roads Always Lead Here. Take A 5-Minute Break From The Challenge.
Appetite and exercise are a funny combo…
There may be times when you finish a workout and feel like you could eat a horse, while other times the thought of a basic salad is totally unappealing.
Neither of these feelings are out of the ordinary, it just comes down to understanding how the body is responding to different types of exercise. This can keep you from derailing your hard-earned results. To plan your workout and diet regimen to be the most effective, let’s take a look at the different ways exercise can affect your appetite.
Gone are the days when you simply had to choose between a treadmill and an elliptical. Now, at-home fitness includes a new kid on the block… the high intensity interval training machine!
In recent years we have seen an influx of HIIT Trainers that promise you amazing results in less time. There are three machines that we are going to look at today, the Horizon Peak Trainer HT5.0, the ProForm SMART HIIT Trainer line and the Bowflex MaxTrainer.
If you’ve ever had a loved one suffer from dementia, you understand the extreme hardship it can place on a family. You watch your loved one lose touch with the world – feeling a mixture of sadness and fear. Fear because you wonder if you might one day deal with the same fate.
That’s why it’s important to do all you can – right now, right here – to keep your mind and body healthy for many years to come. One of the most surprising links recently discovered to brain health actually comes from an unexpected source… your heart!
We’ve talked before about heart health and why it’s so important. Now, new studies are showing that a good and strong heart may actually help our brains battle diseases like Alzheimer’s.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been taking steps to tackle what is being viewed as a global epidemic. Over 50 million people currently suffer from dementia – and these are our fathers, mothers, and grandparents. Sadly, that number is expected to triple by the year 2050.
To battle this outcome, the WHO announced a brave action plan. They conducted widespread research to compile a database of life-saving information. More importantly, they created a 96-page report to help people like us prevent this terrifying disease.
So… let’s take a look at some of their most important recommendations.
No Pain No Gain?
Soreness… stiffness… a tweak…a twinge here or there…
All of these things are part of the deal when you work out regularly. For the most part, exercise enthusiasts have learned to just accept them and move on.
You push through the end of your 7 mile run even though your lungs are burning and your feet feel like dead weights strapped to your ankles. You go back for another lifting session even though the muscles in your arms are still tender from your session two days before. You tell yourself that you need to be tough because “pain is just weakness leaving the body.”
But sometimes, this isn’t the case. Sometimes that tweak or pull is actually a sign of a deeper problem or injury that needs rest and treatment. And – when this is the case – every bit of exercise you stubbornly perform risks making that injury worse with a longer recovery as a result.
The old adage “No pain, no gain” can sometimes do you a lot more harm than good. So, how do you know when to push through and when to pull back?
Well, you need to listen to your body. Some of us have a hard time understanding the signals we are receiving. Your body might be sending you signals you don’t recognize as an injury. So, you need to become a bit of a detective to understand the signs and symptoms of real injury.
It’s with smart exercising that we can truly become stronger and fine tune our bodies to reach our fitness goals. And smart athletes know the value of rest and recover when it’s warranted.
Remember the good ol’ days? Your parents shout from upstairs, “Go outside and play!” Hours later, you’d come in with muddy knees, a scrape on your elbow, and a huge exhausted smile on your face.
Ah yes… playing outside was fun as a kid.
So, why should it change as an adult? It turns out, going outdoors has some solid health benefits that you can’t get otherwise. It can have a positive effect on both your physical and mental health.
So, while autumn settles in for a stay, take advantage of the crisp cool weather and take your exercise and leisure time outside a few times a week. According to a study published in Scientific Report, you can reap the health benefits of nature without spending a lot of time outdoors. In fact, just two hours a week is enough to make a difference.
Remember sitting at the table as a kid staring a big soggy pile of greens? Your mom wouldn’t let you leave the table until you gave it a try.
Or worst, your father demanded that you, “Eat all of your vegetables!” before you could dig into any sort of sweet dessert.
Ah yes. These scenes may be from a childhood horror story. But – as an adult — reminding yourself to include those fruits and veggies in your diet can make a huge difference in your health.
In fact, according to a new study presented at Nutrition 2019, an annual event put on by the American Society of Nutrition, eating your recommended fruits and vegetables could actually save your life.
The mind is a powerful thing. There’s no doubt about it.
We can’t do anything without it. We can’t reason through a problem, lace up our shoes, or pay for our Starbucks half-caff sugar-free vanilla latte. (The horror!)
But when it comes to your physical fitness and performance, how much of it is in your head?
We’ve talked before about the mental health benefits of physical exercise, but does that relationship work both ways? Are their physical benefits that stem from a healthy mind?
That’s a lot of questions, so let’s see what the experts have to say…
A group of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are looking at things from this perspective to see if being mentally strong can help you reach your fitness goals.
In particular, they are hoping to understand why some people have an easier time meeting their fitness and health goals by studying their brains.Continue reading
It seems there is always a new fitness trend claiming to be the “next big thing.”
In fact, marketers spend millions to get you off the couch and into the best shape of your life. Lately, one of the innovations we’re most excited about doesn’t look like a fitness machine at all. In fact, it looks more like a decoration you’d hang in your living room!
Meet “the Mirror…”
Yes, I’m sure thoughts of Snow White’s magic mirror may be floating through your head. The true magic with this gizmo is how it can use sophisticated technology to put other IKEA-brand mirrors to shame.
This mirror has just one goal in mind… to get your butt into great shape!
It does this by giving you access to on-demand workout videos or live stream classes directly in your home. Suddenly, your living room is like a personal fitness studio complete with a trainer ready to help you along. The app for this device lets you build a custom workout designed for your specific goals.
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Your phone’s app store has page-after-page of fitness and exercise apps. It’s an endless supply really. You can find apps for everything from motivation … to meal planning… to yoga … marathon training… and more!
We’ve talked before about how programming, like iFit found on NordicTrack and ProForm ellipticals, can help you boost your workouts. But other fitness apps found on your smart device can also be great tools to help keep you interested and motivated in your daily workout.
Whether you want to up your cardio game, build and tone muscles, or learn to stretch properly, there’s something to fit every need.Continue reading