Ever feel like you’re surrounded by zombies with all the repetitive, boring exercise options available at the gym?
An exercise program in Chicago takes the whole internet zombie fetishism thing a step further, with a more compelling twist on fitness than elliptical machines and treadmills. It’s marketed as a way to keep fit for a zombie apocalypse, and the Chicago Tribune spoke to the course’s creator Rich Gatz about the almost viral (ha!) popularity of the program:
And so, two nights a week in a gymnastics studio in St. Charles, five to a dozen people gather to run, jump, climb and vault up, over and around obstacles that stand in for the features of a city in the grip of a zombie infestation. They also undergo strength and conditioning training because zombies are relentless.
There are no actual zombies or zombie stand-ins, though Gatz says they are invoked for inspiration. A precision jump, for example, requires participants to land in an exact location, much as they would have to do if fleeing a zombie from rooftop to rooftop.
“You’ve got to land that, or the zombies are going to get you,” Gatz tells students.
Indeed. The program has a website where you can learn about the program more, and it expounds on the necessity of physical fitness if you don’t want to be zombie food:
The keys to surviving Z-day are simple: Be able to lift and throw heavy things, run fast and for long distances, and be able to navigate obstacles and urban environments in an efficient manner. By following the ZombieFit WODs (workout of the day) and practicing parkour, you will achieve increased fitness through the performance of functional movements at high intensity and find within yourself the internal discipline and mental fortitude necessary to become a traceur.
Although the gym bores the pants off me, this sounds like it would be kind of fun. Sadly for the rest of the country, Zombiefit classes are only available in Chicago.