The One Punch Man workout has become an incredibly popular topic on YouTube, with countless vloggers posting their own take on the anime-inspired fitness challenge, following the routine for 30 days, 100 days, or in one extreme case, two whole years. Based on the personal training regime of fictional hero Saitama from the One Punch Man series, the workout consists of 100 situps, 100 pushups, 100 squats, and a 10km run.
In a recent video on his channel, CrossFitter and distance runner Elijah Orr does the workout just once: but his goal is to try and complete the entire challenge in as short a time as possible. Given that his fellow YouTuber Cole Baker managed to do it in 63 minutes last year, the pressure is on for Orr to manage a sub-1 hour workout.
“I’m going to try and do everything with as clean form as I possibly can,” he says, starting with the pushups. He all completes all 100 reps in 4:30, before moving straight into the situps, which cause him quite a lot of discomfort as he is doing them on a hard surface. “That took way longer than I expected,” he says. “I’m kind of lightheaded.”
He is 12:22 into the challenge by the time he finishes the situps, and the 100 air squats bring his total time up to 15:37. Then it’s time for the 10km (6.2 mile) run.
“I’m hurting,” he says once he is on the home stretch of the run. “Not feeling good today, but we’re just going to get through it. The days where you push and get through it when you’re not feeling good, I think those are the days when you gain the most mental toughness, so we’re just going to finish it out.”
Orr finishes the run in 39:56. “It was hot, I felt tired from the beginning,” he says. “I pretty much gave it all I had to break 40 minutes in this 10K.” This means that he was able to finish the entire One Punch Man workout in just over 56 minutes—although he admits to being a little disappointed.
“I thought I was going to go under 50 minutes, maybe closer to 45,” he says.
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