A YouTube exercise challenge involves copying the difficult training routine of the character “Saitama” from the anima series One Punch Man, who follows the same exercise regimen every day without a rest day, until he breaks through all of his physical limitations.
A number of people have tried following the workout and discover that the relentless volume of repetitions take a real toll.
Recently, vlogger Ozkar took on Saitama’s routine and recorded his results. The One Punch Man’s workout includes:
- 100 situps
- 100 pushups
- 100 squats
- 6.2-mile run
Ozkar began slow and eased into the challenge, started with a 5-km run and 50 reps for each exercise in his first week. This was to allow his body to get used to the routine, then he increased his volume over the next weeks.
He also added in mobility exercises to prevent injury, and used a low-carb and high-protein diet.
While Ozkar adjusted to the high reps and his endurance improves, around week four he discovers he is getting shin splints, a common overtraining side-effect.
Ozkar ignored this warning sign that his body was being pushed too far, and he kept going.
On his first day, his weight was 193lbs and his body fat was 26.3 percent. 100 days after, he had lost 28lbs, and his body fat went down to 18.4 percent. It’s a shocking change that Ozkar shows off using photos he took every day.
“It is honestly surprising what a workout like this, combined with the right diet, can do,” he says. “This experiment has really motivated and inspired me. I highly recommend this to everyone,” he said.
Author: Steven Sinclaire