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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
July 2, 2018
The other day was one of the proudest I had ever had in my life. You see, up until this point in history, Jon and I have always argued about who is the better video game character….Sonic the Hedgehog or Mega Man. We all know the answer, for Mega Man is just a flat out badass. Sonic is just another loser that couldn’t even compare to the Donkey Kong Country games. Yup, spitting fire to start the day. Anyway, Jon always likes to ask other people if they have ever heard of Mega Man, and usually most people have no idea who he is. One lady friend of mine even called him “cute” and thought it would be cool to cosplay as him (which I would not object to…hehe). So for the first time in a long time, someone actually knew who Mega Man was. Now of course, it was the young son of a Parsons Training client who is pretty jacked in with video games, but considering someone under the age of ten knew who he was is a win in my book. Here is a quick primer on who Mega Man is.
Back in the 80s, Capcom wanted to build a video game franchise that would rival that of Nintendo’s Mario. Initially the idea was to adapt the popular “Astro Boy” anime and create a complete line of games with the series. Astro Boy had a large following and the company thought it would be a slam dunk as the Nintendo gaming system started to allow other companies to make console games. However, the rights for the Astro Boy image never materialized, and the developers of Mega Man had to come up with some new ideas. Coupled with the limitations of technology at the time, they created a little blue character by the name of Rock Man. Blue was chosen because it was the easiest to program into the game and Rock was meant to be a call out to “rock and roll,” for metal and hard rock was very popular in Japan during the 1980s (Rock’s sister was named Roll, just so you can get the reference…he also had rivals in a later game named Treble and Bass and some characters were even named after members of the band Guns and Roses). In the United States the developers decided to rename Rock as Mega Man, which ultimately became synonymous with the character as the series grew and became more popular. At one point, they thought of naming him something else like Rainbow Warrior Miracle Kid, but I guess that would have been too damn awesome for conservative America in the 80s. In 1987, the first Mega Man game hit the Nintendo to mixed reviews. Coupled with atrocious box art, few people played the game but many game critics felt it was a very good first effort. Mega Man was the first game that allowed you to choose which levels you wanted to play first, and had a very unique game play unheard of at the time. Mega Man 2 came out in 1988 and Capcom’s first superstar was born, for the game still stands as one of the best selling games of all time and turned Capcom into a superpower in the gaming industry. For nearly two decades, Mega Man was the face of the company. And then just like that, sometime in the last decade, Capcom stopped shelling out Mega Man games. The reasons are still debated today as inner strife at Capcom and modern gaming styles didn’t fit with the old Mega Man model. I guess they were too busy making Resident Evil and Devil May Cry games. While people thought Capcom would come out with a Grand Theft Auto open world style Mega Man game (as was insinuated in the 1990s with Mega Man Legends 1 and 2), nothing ever materialized
Anyway, a reboot of the series is expected to come out later this year, and needless to say it looks great. https://youtu.be/3aSC5A726f0But what is it that makes “The Blue Bomber” so cool? Well, first and foremost, the guy has access to over 80 unique weapons, and he also has a robotic dog named Rush who can turn into a jetpack, submarine or even a trampoline at a moment’s notice (the perfect dog so to speak). In the early games, he also had this look of determination in his face, like whatever he was doing had meaning to it and had to push and push to get everywhere he needed to go. By canon of the games, Mega Man is technically a robot, a repurposed domestic model that was converted into a bad-ass killing machine to fight the rogue robots of the world. This was even expanded upon in the offshoot series of games called Mega Man X, where he was a newer and more amazing model that could modify himself. Needless to say, with the rumors of a movie being made, the film makers will most likely go the Robocop route and make him a cyborg in some way, but we shall see if that ever gets off the ground. So here is an important question…why even mention this guy? Well, Mega Man is fit as hell!!
If Mega Man was a real person, he would have to be extremely fit just to do the things he does. Jumping, scaling walls, sliding, avoiding other robots and carrying around a heavy arm cannon is taxing. Not to mention you have to have some precision considering you are doing a lot of platform jumping as well. So what in the world would you do to get ripped up like Mega Man? Well here is a break down….
One thing the diminutive assassin can do is move at a full sprint for entire levels. I mean, he never takes it slow in regards to where he is going. Essentially, this means you have to focus on building power and stamina. You got a couple modes of thought on this. You can do speed intervals out in the open space or on a treadmill. https://www.active.com/fitness/articles/2-interval-training-plans-to-build-speedAlways be sure to be well rested and most interval recommendations are for 30 minutes at a time. If you are a more advanced runner, you can certainly push it to an hour. This always means you could fit in some tabatas as well, running for thirty seconds at a time and then rest for 10 with a recommended time of four minutes per interval. You need that speed! As for the stamina, seek out longer distances to better aid your capabilities in conjunction with your
2. YOU GOT TO HAVE STRONG LEGS
Obviously, Mega Man jumps….a lot. He has to avoid spikes and other traps on the ground, and so he needs strong legs. To achieve this effect, you first have to have a strong base with your legs. Doing standard leg exercises like squats will aid in the process as you give yourself flexibility, but resistance jump squats can also help. What I mean by this is using resistance bands to make the process a little harder than usual. By forcing your body to compensate, you will strengthen the legs. You cal also do box jumps or box step-ups in addition to this procedure. Either way will be good for you. Be sure to also strengthen your core in the process. Working on smaller muscle groups will also be necessary if you don’t jump a lot in your life. Calf raises and lunges might be a good fit to help with this process.
3. CURLS FOR THE ION CANNONS!
Mega Man’s signature weapon is his hand held “mega buster.” Depending on who you talk to, his hand is either the cannon or his hand morphs into the cannon. That is an argument for another day, but one thing is for certain, carrying any kind of heavy piece of technology is gonna take some strength. So this means you are gonna have to do the one thing that gym bros do exclusively…..arm day! Curls would be perfect for this sort of strengthening, but don’t just focus on the regular curls. Do hammer style curls and french curls to build up your strength in other areas. You also want to get the shoulders strengthened as well, for even if your arms look aesthetic, not having a good base at the shoulder is problematic.
So these are the three best ways to to turn yourself into a robot destroying machine (figuratively). While advanced robotics will not be around before you die, at least you can build naturally. Here is a good little workout that you might want to try out.
Back or Front Squat (heavy)
six sets of three at 80% max.
Tabatas and shoulders….5 Sets
4-minutes of tabatas, 20 dumbbell upright rows, 20 curls
50 Calf Raises
50-100 Jump Pull-ups
25/25 step-ups on a Rogue Box, individual legs.
I think you will have a blast trying that out. Either way, have a good one!
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