A YouTuber Trained Like Anime Character Rock Lee for 60 Days

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Photo credit: YouTube
Photo credit: YouTube

Last year, comedian and content creator Jimmy Zhang took on the One Punch Man workout for 30-days, a popular physical challenge based on the character Saitama's training regime in the anime series. During that time, the YouTuber seriously toned his physique, albeit while also suffering due to the daily workouts and lack of rest time.

In his most recent post, Zhang admits to having "let himself go" since the One Punch Man video, and decides to try a workout routine inspired by another hugely popular anime; Naruto. Specifically, he sets out to spend a month working out like Rock Lee, a character who is unique in that he was initially unable to master the same ninja disciplines as his peers, and so pursued his own, different training path.

The Rock Lee workout that Zhang will be performing every single day consists of:

  • 100 pushups

  • 5 minutes jump rope

  • 5 minutes Stairmaster (with leg weights)

  • handstand

In the first week of the challenge, Zhang soon realizes which of these exercises will be the hardest. "Each workout comes with its own challenges," he says. "This handstand shit is a constant bitch slap in the face, because every time you attempt it, you just fail. You fall on your ass, boom. Fail, fail, fail."

By the end of the first 30 days, Zhang is still struggling to maintain a handstand to any decent form. "I might need another couple weeks," he says, and so he extends the Rock Lee challenge to a second month. 60 days after first beginning this workout, his technique, endurance and performance have all significantly improved—as has his muscle definition.

Photo credit: Men's Health
Photo credit: Men's Health

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