HOW TO GET IN JAMES BOND-LIKE SHAPE
“This isn’t a slow-speed pull-up or chin-up, but more of a rapid acceleration to build that power to rapidly scale that under-construction building so you can track down your foe and shoot him in the face.“
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It got me thinking: What kind of training program does it take to do stuff like that?
Reality check first: The laws of gravity got suspended in those scenes. Also, it’s a fact of life that you’re far more likely to bang a Bond girl than get into a multi-story fight to the death, but still, it’s cool to imagine how you would train for that kind of save-the-world action.
(Note to self: Write article about how to train for banging a Bond girl.)
The main thing that strikes me about those scenes is that it’s all about power.
OK, I know you’re still thinking about having sex with Bond girls, but bear with me. This involves physics. All sports involve acceleration, so here are some basic formulas:
- Force = Mass x Acceleration (so now you know what force is, and not the Jedi kind)
- Work = Force x Distance (and now you know what work is, and not the kind you’re probably supposed to be doing instead of reading this article)
- Power = Work / Time
There is a lot of “power” displayed in those scenes, where the combatants are accelerating mass across a certain distance in a short period of time. Get it?
How to develop power? Well, it’s not by lifting weights slow.
It’s ironic that competitions for things like the bench press, deadlift and squat are called “power lifting,” because in reality, they are more a display of slow-speed strength. Power involves moving things rapidly, such as in Olympic lifting (like “clean and jerk” and the “snatch”).
You’re thinking about Bond girls again, aren’t you?
I’m not eschewing regular old bodybuilding exercises; I love that type of workout. It can also give you a good base to work from. However, I recently interviewed an Olympic heptathlete who favors Olympic-style lifting for competing in sports such as hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put and javelin — all of which are power-based sports.