Train Like a Tribute: New York gym jumps on Hunger Games bandwagon with themed workout class


Train Like a Tribute: New York gym jumps on Hunger Games bandwagon with themed workout class

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22:58 GMT, 23 March 2012

A New York gym is the latest business to cash in on the popularity of the hit trilogy, The Hunger Games.

In a fitting tribute to the story's well-trained protagonists, an uptown branch of The New York Sports Club has created what it calls its 'Train Like a Tribute' workout.

The 'tribute' regime, launching officially next week, will have exercise enthusiasts eager for a bit of cardiovascular punishment, sprinting, doing archery and climbing, among other activities, in a series of intervals.

Working up an appetite: The Hunger Games has now inspired a workout at a New York gym aptly named 'Train Like a Tribute'

Working up an appetite: The Hunger Games has now inspired a workout at a New York gym aptly named 'Train Like a Tribute'

Eric Salvador, a 39-year-old trainer and former marine who designed the class on behalf of the gym told Today: 'In the book, there are four skills necessary for survival – archery, tree climbing, speed work and strength.

'We picked out exercises to simulate [those things]. Although if you haven't read the book, you'll still get a good workout.'

Marine strength: Eric Salvador (left), a former marine, came up with the idea of tying a workout to the book and has designed a regime that includes archery, simulated climbing and sprinting

Marine strength: Eric Salvador (left), a former marine, came up with the idea of tying a workout to the book and has designed a regime that includes archery, simulated climbing and sprinting

Stations on the 45-minute interval
circuit will include 'Katniss kickbacks' and 'Peeta presses' named after
the duelling heroes of the book, as well as simulated tree climbing
using TRX bands and a 'Sprint to the Cornupcopia.'

Mr Salvador was inspired by the first part of the trilogy after he was encouraged to read it by his 16-year-old son.

'I just finished the first book and thought we could tie a fun workout to it,' he told Today.

Run! The protagonists of The Hunger Games endures a gruelling training schedule and now participants at New York Sports Club can expect to suffer through a punishing 45-minute interval session class

Run! The protagonists of The Hunger Games endures a gruelling training schedule and now participants at New York Sports Club can expect to suffer through a punishing 45-minute interval session class

Lightening speed: The Train Like a Tribute workout features Katniss kickbacks and Peeta presses named for the movie's heroes

Lightening speed: The Train Like a Tribute workout features Katniss kickbacks and Peeta presses named for the movie's heroes

At the very start of the class, participants are asked to run to fetch their equipment but allowed to pick up only one thing at a time, the back and forth proves a tiring beginning to a gruelling session.

The inventor of the brutal routine explained: 'In the beginning of the class, just as in the beginning of the book, I have them run around, like in the arena, strutting their stuff.

'And they totally start sizing each other up. No one wants to be last. It does get a little competitive.”

New York Sports Club is hosting Train Like a Tribute

The Hunger Games mocking jay is Katniss' good luck charm

All in the name of exercise: New York Sports Club will host the class in its Lexington Avenue outpost though it's doubtful its participants will be wearing a good luck pin like the mocking jay brooch worn by Katniss (right)

One Hunger Games fan, Lara Feoktistoff, who was lucky enough to sample a preliminary class said: 'It was a lot harder than I expected it to be.

'I don't know if I thought of myself as a tribute, but you could definitely [identify], like when you're pulling the bow. I felt very powerful, like Katniss.'

Fortunately for the 'players' of this hunger game, survival is guaranteed, albeit with somewhat an exhausted conclusion.

Salvador will lead his Hunger Games workout at the 86th and Lexington branch of New York Sports Club in New York