I’ve wanted to do workouts for these two series for quite a while; however, I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of the initial release of the Centurion Method and if anything matches the spirit of these manga, its CM. The workouts for the program are primarily done outside, mostly with rocks, logs, and sledgehammers. Of course, you can do them with barbells/dumbbells/kettlebells/medicine balls, but nothing beats the hardcore feel of a big-ass rock and log. There are workouts for pure strength, more cardio-based ones, and some really just ridiculous beat-yourself-to-death workouts, as well as a “Primal” section that focuses on the movement of the human body.
Throughout both “Vinland Saga” and “Berserk,” we are forced to look the brutality of the human condition dead in the face. It is unrelenting, unforgiving, and unapologetic. The body count racked up in these series- man, woman, and child- is mind-numbing. But there is a message present throughout each story.
Only the strong survive.
Survival favors those who can outlift, outrun, outfight, and just generally outlast others. There will always be people who will seek to pillage, plunder, and destroy. Man vs. Man or Man vs Nature are the everlasting themes of human history and they are themes that leave our history riddled with the corpses of those consumed by them. The Centurion Method embraces this concept, becoming a weapon to strike out against those who would oppose you and a chisel to carve the marble of your being into a fleshy god. (Don’t you love how over-the-top it is?) Below are a couple of workouts from the Centurion Method, as an example. If they strike your fancy, head on over and pick up a copy.
Vinland Saga: “Concentration Camp”
Berserk: “The Dance of Battle”
Stephen Ross is a Certified Personal Trainer with a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of South Carolina and author of Real Anime Training since 2007. He has been studying various modalities of fitness for 20 years and is greatly interested in helping people improve their lives, both in the gym and out.
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