Lightsaber Fitness Classes Are Now A Thing
Young padawans: If you want to be a Jedi, you first need to know how to handle your weapon.
So luckily, with the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" all across the country today, we're at peak Star Wars mania — which means, of course, that lightsaber workouts are now a thing.
And after all that waiting in line, exercise, you must.
Lightsaber-sparring classes are popping up across America, all the way from Honolulu to New York City. Fans get to sweat it out in character, practicing moves just like the lightsaber battles from the movies.
Working out with a lightsaber involves a mix of cardio and body-weight conditioning, said Keith Mylett, who started one of these saber-themed fitness classes at the Hawaii Jedi Saber Academy (part of a gym called Precision Parkour) in Honolulu.In New York, classes are offered at the New York Jedi fitness studio. Meanwhile, at some locations of the East Coast sports club chain that includes New York Sports Club, Boston Sports Club and Washington Sports Club, a class called "Awaken Your Inner Force" is offered. In San Diego and other California cities, a Meetup group called the Lightsaber Team gets together or "Star Wars"-themed exercise.
Like any martial arts class involving swords or sticks, saber-training primarily targets the muscles in the upper body.
"When held at arms length for nearly an hour straight, there is definitely some burn in the arms, back and shoulders," Mylett told Live Science. There are also some benefits to your core and legs from holding a "strong, mindful stance" for an extended period of time.
Once the students are taught some basic lightsaber movements, focusing on proper form, aim, speed and power, the instructors teach them the choreography of the workout, which was designed by watching fight scenes from the movies, and then they can finally partner up and face off.
Naturally, each class ends with a brief meditation on the Force.
But don't worry if you're not Force-sensitive — Han Solo isn't, and just look at his saber skills.
Why not geek out while you work out?
(h/t Live Science)