Can You Complete The Green Arrow Workout? Save Star City!

Star City is in trouble.

With masked supervillians like Deathstroke, Merlyn, Deadshot, and the League of Assassins terrorizing the population, it’s up to the our friend, Oliver Queen, also known as The Green arrow, to set things right.

Thanks to the popularity of the surprisingly fantastic (and only kinda hokey) show Arrow, Oliver’s battle with the enemies of Star City have been brought to the limelight. If he was a member of the NF Rebellion, Arrow would most definitely be an Assassin.

Admittedly, I didn’t know much about the Green Arrow comic series until I started watching the show; Stephen Amell’s portrayal of the Green Arrow and his training regiment (filmed here at the Parkour gym I’ve visited in California) got me hooked instantly:

Arrow Off Screen Training

And it was his on-screen training with the Ninja Warrior obstacle (the salmon ladder!) that turned me into huge fan:

Arrow On Screen Training

Today, I’m going to take you through a workout that would do the Arrow proud, and make his enemies think twice about once again kidnapping his sister, who can’t seem to stay out of trouble.

We’ve taught you to sprint like The Flash, and train like Batman, now it’s time to dominate life like the Arrow.

The Green Arrow Training Philosophy

If we want to fight crime like The Green Arrow or his heroic female partner The Canary, we need to prepare our bodies with four key aspects of training:

1) BODYWEIGHT TRAINING: The Arrow didn’t hone his skills and build a powerful body by doing machine-assisted bicep curls, smith machine power-curtsies, and ab-coaster crunches. It was done with real world movements that pushed his body to the limit. Thus, we’re only interested in exercises that can be completed anywhere…even a deserted island!

2) PARKOUR AND SPRINTS: Oliver is a master traceur; he’s constructed a body designed to carry minimal body fat but maximum power – allowing him to vault over obstacles or scale buildings at a moment’s notice. He’s pretty damn good at appearing up in the rafters, or on top of buildings, and disappearing just as quickly.

This is all possible because he has focused on clearing obstacles and really building a strong back to allow him to haul himself up into hard-to reach locations. Parkour for the win!

Note: Michael Scott Parkour doesn’t count:

3) MARTIAL ARTS ACUMEN: It’s said that The Green Arrow is proficient in several forms of martial arts including judowing chun, taekwondo, as well as eskrima.  The reason he was able to learn these skills so rapidly while trapped on the island is two-fold:

  • He has a body built for it! It’s tough to be a master martial artist when you’re carrying around excess body fat and no muscle. When you prepare yourself for everything, you can accomplish anything.
  • He HAS to do it. Oliver Queen was presumed dead after a shipwreck, and spent five years trapped on an island with minimal access to equipment of any kind. During those five years, he learned to hunt, survive, and thrive in some nature’s most brutal environments. His options were to either die, or adapt, evolve, and survive. It’s amazing what we’re capable of when there’s no other option. Now, with the fate of his family, friends, and Star City hanging in the balance, training with conviction is the only option.

4) A DISAPPOINTED GRAVELY VOICE AND HOKEY JOKES. I mean, everything sounds more epic when you do it in a disappointed, gravely voice, even reading famous sports lines. This is probably the most important part of this workout, so it’s probably best to start practicing now. You should probably have a detective with corny commentary joining you too.

Now, before we get into the actual workout, there are two more things I want to tell you: ALWAYS start with a warm-up when you can, and end your workout with a cool-down. The goal below is to pick the level of each exercise that is challenging but that you can attempt safely.

How often should you do the Green Arrow workout? This is a workout that can be completed in any park or location with a bar to hang from, and thus can be done whenever you need a break from fighting crime (or when you want to mix things up from your regular routine)!

Feel free to put on a green hoodie for this, and listen to some epic music.

The Green Arrow Workout

GreenArrow Workout

Alright, you masked vigilante, you…let’s get angsty.

Complete up to four circuits of the following exercises, picking the level of difficulty for each exercise that suits you.  So, complete the recommended number of repetitions for exercise 1, then immediately move onto exercise 2, then exercise 3, etc. After completing all five exercises, rest briefly and repeat the circuit 3 more times if you can!

They are split into four levels:

  • Intro (Beginner)
  • Oliver (Intermediate)
  • Green Arrow (Advanced)
  • Justice League (Expert)

Remember, we want to build a stronger, antifragile body, and thus we need to consistently increase our strength by progressively challenging ourselves with more difficult movements as we get stronger. As you repeat the workout in the future, see where you can increase your load.

This workout is best completed on a playground or park.  Ultimately, you need two pieces of equipment: a pull up bar or bar to hang from (aka Monkey Bars, the top bar of a swing set, etc.), and a bench on which to jump or do incline push ups. Ready?

Movement 1 [Safety]: The Parkour Roll (5 rolls)

Movement 2 [Explosive Lower Body]: Jumps
Movement 3 [Pulling]: Pull-ups

Movement 4 [Crawling]: Evasive Movement

Movement 5 [Lateral Movement]: Side squats

Movement 6 [Push]: Push Strength

Movement 7 [Self-Defense]: Punches and kicks

  • Intro: 2 punches (left, right) front kick with dominant leg
  • Oliver: 3 punches (left, right, left) roundhouse kick with rear leg
  • Advanced: 2 punches (left, left), front leg kick, 2 punches (right, left) roundhouse kick with rear leg
  • Justice League: Alternate right handed and left handed sets (while surrounded by 4 or more ninjas!)

So, here’s what an entire workout for the intro level looks like:

  1. 3 Beginner Parkour Rolls
  2. Box squats
  3. 5 second Bar hang, (shoulders pulled down and back!)
  4. 10 seconds Quadrupedal movement
  5. Ducks under an obstacle 
  6. 5 Push-up negative/knee get up
  7. 2 punches (left, right) front kick with dominant leg

Rest. REPEAT 3x!

Save Star City

Green Arrow Lego

See if you can complete the workout above for a full 4 circuits. If you can only do one set or two circuits, that’s okay. But start training, for the League of Assassins is coming for you.

And they are NOT happy.

Deadshot has you in his sights and Deathstroke won’t hesitate to hack your head clean off.

I’ll leave you with this quote, from Arrow to Superman:

“You remember what we did yesterday? We saved the world – again.

You don’t think that has any value, well think again, pal. The Justice League goes on, with or without you. Look, nobody can question your service or commitment to making things better. If you’re quitting because you think you’ve already done your fair share, fine, we’ll throw you a parade.

But if you’re quitting because it’s easier than continuing the fight, then you’re not the heroes we all thought you were. The world needs the Justice League… and the Justice League needs you.”

If this workout is too advanced, check out the beginner bodyweight routine, and work your way up to the Green Arrow Workout. The Justice League wants to keep you happy and healthy first!

Here are some other fun workout plans if you want to mix things up!

The world needs heroes. Good luck, Arrow!

-Steve

PS: If you are looking for more workout plans, along with high def demonstrations of each exercise, check out the Nerd Fitness Academy, which now allows you to actually complete quests, gain experience points, and level up your life!

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photo source: 1upLego: Flash and Arrow , 1upLego: Arrow Lego  Arrow Screenshot

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  • Natasha Sellner

    Stephen Amell is actually on Facebook and posts a lot of his workout routines. He’s also VERY open to discussions with the fan base–but not only about the show. He’ll discuss pretty much anything–the show, his workouts, his daughter, his numerous community service projects and fundraisers. He’s just overall a really cool guy. Aside from being the Arrow, he’s a great role model, not only for my teenage sons and my daughter, but to me as well. I’ve really enjoyed adding him to my FB for inspiration!

  • Kyle

    This guy is in no small part responsible for my continued efforts. Between him and Altair, I always have a goal to focus on! And Amell is a serious awesome person. Good article.

  • Hasteur

    Steve, you have failed this post!

    Stephen Amell not Stephen Amil (e not i, and 2 l’s)

  • Hasteur

    Also, Olver didn’t spend all 5 years on that island (he did have some entertaining sidebars including ones we have yet to see).

  • Ulfgard Leo

    I am not so thrilled about this workout, Some levels seem to be chosen in an odd way. The quadrupedal backwards/upwards is much easier than the shown quadrupedal push-ups as that one is equivalent so an asymmetric push-up which puts a lot more stress on the triceps of the backwards arm. And nothing in that progression helps with the cat-balance as this is mostly a balance feat while two intermediate ones are strength exercises. I fear that people will get stuck there.

    I would also argue that the handstand wall-walk and strict-form push-ups are oddly chosen as at least for me the former is a piece of cake while the latter (still) kills my triceps. They clearly use different muscle groups. This is even more odd as the strict-form push-ups would be scheduled after the much harder quadrupedal push-ups.

  • Caitlin Hempton

    Love this workout! Cant wait to try it out

  • http://www.lifeofcompassion.com deanaed

    Kinda cool that Green Arrow represents Steve and your love for strength training, and you’ve got The Flash representing cardio geeks and runners =)

  • Gene

    Don’t argue. Just do it if you have guts.

  • Kyle

    I agree, it has some weird progressions. Just did the workout myself, and I think I will have to tweak it. But it isn’t a bad framework, by any means.

  • http://www.goliftlife.com Steve Clarke

    I had to tweet about this. It looks insane! Thanks for sharing with us Steve.

  • Alejandro Zárate

    A post on Green Arrow with no mention of archery? BOO! (Not that the article is bad per se, but as an archer I’m kind of biased here 😛 )

  • http://www.rifitulous.com RiFITulous

    Hahaha, this is wonderful. A good, solid workout plan to achieve results that appeals to the average person in a creative way. I might have to incorporate this.

  • Ulfgard Leo

    Its nothing that I haven’t done before. My regular training DOES look this way. The only thing I am saying is: it does make sense to shuffle some of these exercises around to ensure that you always train all parts of your body evenly and this entails shuffling push-up related stuff to push-ups and shoulder related stuff to shoulder stuff.

  • Jarrod CL

    Archer as well…surprisingly difficult, in my experience, to run and jump fences etc…with a large recurve bow 🙂

  • Summer Wang

    Really? may i know the URL of the facebook page of Stephen Amell? i’d like to follow him, just finished the season 1, he was the hero saving the city , also Felicity was my most loved Female character, really hope that would be couple in the next seasons, Serena Milton from http://cosplaysky.co.uk/

  • Natasha Sellner

    https://www.facebook.com/stephenamell

    Pretty easy to look him up 🙂

  • Summer Wang

    Thanks you so much , liked him already

  • jordan999fire

    You kinda forgot a really important thing… diet.