We all like a fun workout, right? Well, I thought about going to the gym yesterday, but then I realized I had about two full seasons of Supernatural to catch up on before the season eight finale. And erm…priorities.
So I decided to try to get the best of both worlds, and I created the Supernatural marathon workout game!
Beware, there might be some spoilers nestled in here.
Here’s the sitch. It works pretty much like a drinking game, but you know, without the booze and with a lot more exercising. There are plenty of fun things I love about Supernatural. The Impala. The meta. The Sam.
There are also a lot of things that reappear fairly often. Like…the Impala. And motel rooms. Angels. Demons. And erm, death. So I made up a little program of exercises to do! Amanda Byrne suggested that I share it with you, so for your Friday funsies, enjoy!
Let’s start with the basics. To do this, you’ll need access to some or all of the seasons of Supernatural, a love of Winchesters, and a bit of open space. You’ll also need some dumbbells of whatever weight you fancy moving around. Some exercises you can do with your bod alone, others you’ll want to use weights.
- Supernatural episodes
- Winchester lurve
Here’s what I came up with!
1. If you see the Impala, show that muscle car some muscles.
What better way to do this than bicep curls? Grab a dumbbell in each hand. Keep your elbows close to your torso. Contract your biceps, raise your weights. Don’t grunt unless you want the lunk alarm to go off. I did 30-50 reps with smaller weights for this. Do what you gotta do.
2. Motels are popular places. Sort of. Whenever Sam and Dean hang out in one……
It’s planking time!
Nope, you’re not trying to plank on top of the McDonald’s arches. We’re talking the other kind of planking. I like to do this one leaning on my forearms. Keep your body (especially your core) as straight as possible. Raise yourself up on your toes and forearms and hold the position for whatever time length you fancy. I go with 30 second increments.
3. We’re gonna mix the Impala with some Queen, because when they’re driving, you want to ride your bicycle.
Not the traditional bicycle. We’re talking bicycle crunches. Whenever the boys are driving around, you get down on the ground, lie on your back, and alternate extending each leg in front of you. While doing this, put your hands behind your head and twist your torso from side to side, trying to bring each elbow close to the opposite knee. I did this in sets of 20 (per leg).
4. Only way to get abs like this is to work them out. A lot. Consider this your reminder.
Whenever you see a set of Winchester abdominals, get your crunch on. Pretty simple. You can do crunches, right?
I started with fifty or so in sets of 10-20.
For this, you can use whatever weight of dumbbell you want, but you’re doing dumbbell flyes each time you see an angel. I don’t care if it’s Castiel or Lucifer. Get flapping.
6. When one of the Winchesters drops, so do you…and give us fifty.
Pushups, that is. These boys have a tendency to get dead. When they do, get your pushup on. Lots of pushups. It doesn’t happen that often, but when it does, you show those boys some respect by conditioning your core, back, and arms. Fifty pushups. Do them in as many sets as you need.
7. The Winchesters drink a lot. And somehow they manage not to get the beer belly. The only way they keep those cut obliques is by working them out.
You can do side crunches or side planks, or whatever you want. I like to use one dumbbell, hold it above my head, and lean from side to side. You’ll feel it in your sides. Just picture the V. Or, you know, Dean’s or Sam’s.
8. When they fake an occupation, so do you.
Those Winchesters like to flash badges that aren’t theirs. For this one, you hold dumbbells in each hand with your elbows bent at 90 degree angles and held close to your torso like you’re going to do curls (or like a server holding a tray full of drinks). Stand on one leg with the other bent like a flamingo. At the same time, rotate both arms and the bent leg outward so that they’re all in line with your body, then back in so they’re in front of you again. It’s a lateral movement, no vertical curling, etc. Do about ten reps on each side.
So that’s it.
Eight different exercise triggers in honor of the eight seasons of the show.
Have fun getting as ripped as the Winchesters! Got ideas for more we can add? Let me know in the comments!
It’s Terror Tuesday, and though Supernatural isn’t a horror show, there are definitely some scary moments. At the behest of Kristin McFarland, I started watching the show a couple months ago, but it wasn’t until this week that I really dug in and marathoned most of the first season.
I finished the first season yesterday. I had a lot of thoughts, both while watching and since finishing (I also watched the season 2 premiere), and I thought I’d lay some of them out here.
First seasons of shows can be a little ishy, and in my opinion, the first season of Supernatural was no exception. Don’t get me wrong; there was a lot of good, and I certainly intend to keep watching, but there were some head-scratching moments that took me out of the story.
For those of you who have not watched the show, be warned that here be spoilers. Mmkay?
The premise of the show is that these two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, lost their mother to a demon at a young age. After this horrific incident, their father started hunting the things that go bump in the night and expecting his kids to do the same. When the show begins, their father has vanished, Sam is in pre-law ignoring the beasties and considering proposing to his girlfriend, and Dean shows up to drag him out of his safe life and back into the world they grew up in.
It’s a pretty solid premise. They start out with the goal of finding their dad, who left them a journal full of dirt on the less-appealing creatures that roam the earth.
At first, I didn’t see much of an arc. Most of the episodes were sort of one-offs with Dad’s whereabouts occasionally speculated about and the boys tackling various spirits, ghosts, and ghoulies. If that’s all there was, I don’t know that I would have kept watching.
There were even a couple of pretty blatant Buffy rip-off episodes that made me borderline amused. For instance, the episode “Something Wicked,” which bears erm, striking similarity to a season 2 episode of Buffy (“Killed by Death”) in which a monster attacks and steals the life force of children in a hospital. Buffy’s even mentioned a couple times (by a pair of Jonathan/Andrew-esque nerds who run a paranormal website). Aside from that stuff, the Winchester boys take on some well-known legends, like Bloody Mary.
All that’s cute, but what kept me watching first was the chemistry between Sam and Dean and the fact that they kept growing more layered as the season progressed. Dean goes from good ole boy to a big brother I think everyone wishes they’d had, a character with deep-seated emotions and an over-arching need to feel needed. Sam goes from a scared college boy in denial to someone who takes up the yoke given by his father with pride and learns just how much Dean sacrificed to preserve even a little of his innocence.
The dynamic between the brothers is striking, poignant, and often downright beautiful. Their dad, John Winchester, is sort of the weaker link in the family, because the writers didn’t seem to give him much consistency, which made his changing decisions seem foolhardy instead of touching. The brothers talked about him as a hard-ass, but it’s clear moving through the first season that he loves his boys, because even though he’s told them to stay away from him, John pulls an Angel and lurks in the vicinity, watching them.
He tells them they can’t help, then he changes his mind. He goes from singleminded demon-destruction plans to making a deal with one (okay, so that’s episode 1 of season 2), and his character gets a bit muddy because of it. Either way, the one constant in John Winchester’s character is that he loves his sons.
Though there are some odd moments, the occasional killer truck, and a finale that was less cliff-hanger and more “What on earth are you trying to do?” but overall I really enjoyed the first season of Supernatural.
Through the last eight or so episodes, they did a good job of raising the stakes and cultivating tension on the show. My only WTF moment at the end was the finale, which seemed to suffer from a severe lack of thought. Demon leaves them for dead and just goes on its way? No. If that demon wanted them that dead that much (which, hello, it did), I don’t think it would have just assumed they wouldn’t come after it again after smashing them with a Freightliner. That said, the premiere episode of season 2 would have made a much better wrap-up to the first season because it is what more definitively ended the arc of season 1.
So, Supernatural fans, I’ll leave you with the knowledge that I’ll continue on. I’ll also give you a chance to let me know which Winchester boy I ought to have a crush on, because I’m torn. Vote below!
Good evening, gentle viewers! I confess it took me a wee bit of time to get around to you today, but I blame Tin Tin. And my sore muscles. And a nap. Nevertheless, here I am, and you look so charming today. Do you have snow? I don’t have snow. More’s the pity.
If you haven’t read Kim Harrison‘s series of books about The Hollows, I daresay you should put down this blog and go track down Dead Witch Walking and read it. They’re fun, quirky, and like to play with stereotypes before they eat them and stuff them into the Ever After.
Jenks is introduced in the first book — and the first imagery I recall of this introduction involves him sitting on Rachel’s hoop earring, muttering in her ear. He’s her backup (the only pixywho would even agree to take the hazard pay for such a job), and he sticks.
One of the things I find most interesting about Jenks is that in spite of his size (around 4 inches tall) and the bluebells and daisies sort of image pixies put off and the fact that he is only about 16 years old, his role is most assuredly that of a father figure. He looks out for Rachel and Ivy in the field and personally. He takes great pains to ensure that Rachel knows his opinions on her various suitors, and he is responsible for getting them out of more than one very tight and uncomfortable place.
Jenks has a massive family — something around 20 children — and a wife named Matalina whom he loves to distraction. He is fiercely protective and defends his land and their lives throughout the book series. At a couple points in the series, he is changed to human size, which has some serious and unintended consequences.
Jenks is highly motivated by his loyalty to those he loves — his family (both natural and adopted). His primary driving force is to see his wife and children safe, as well as Rachel and Ivy, though his dynamic with the living vampire often shifts based on his perception of her threat to Rachel. Jenks risks himself more times than he has children in order to perform his role. He is a bona fide hero, a diverse and interesting character, and — let’s be honest — quite the stunner.
Jenks, you are…