June 24, 2003
Keanu workout....no, not that kind, ya perv

That's TOTALLY a PILATES ball behind him

I always thought that the Matrix training would make a great workout program.
So does Ceri Gould in this ic Wales article, Get fit with Keanu


To run like Keanu you need stamina. To add a cardiovascular element to your workout, experts at Fitness First Cardiff West suggest the following exercise: run on the spot for 10 seconds, then jump in the air, and land in the lunge position (with one leg in front, with the knee bent at up to 90 degrees, and the other leg out behind to stabilise you). Jump back to run on the spot, and continue until you can't go on.

For dodging bullets by bending over backwards, you need ... strong abs

Remember the amazing scene (in the original) where Neo (Keanu Reeves's character) fell back in slow motion to avoid the bullets? It has inspired this exercise. Obviously, you won't be able to do it quite like Keanu without a special-effects machine.

this makes my thighs hurt just thinking about it

How to:

Lie on an exercise ball, so that the ball is supporting your lower back. Keep your knees at a 90-degree angle, your feet flat on the floor, and keep your head in line with the rest of your spine, as above. Raise your arms, take a ball from your training partner, and lie back, taking the ball over your head. Draw your abs in, exhale and, with straight arms, crunch forward, raising your shoulders off the supporting ball to give the smaller ball you are holding back to your partner.

To punch your way out of a tighter corner you need ... to practise jabs and crosses.

This is an age-old fighting skill, but one still applicable when facing futuristic monsters. Speed is what's important here.

How to:

How to: Holding small weights, take up the Standard Boxing Stance, with hands raised in the "guard" position. Put one foot forward and one back (if right-handed, start with the right foot forward) with your weight distributed evenly between your feet. Jab straight forward with your leading hand, then, swivelling your body so that your back heel comes off the floor, throw a "cross" punch with the other hand.

come on baby, work it

To tackle the bad guys with high kicks, you need ... strength in all your thigh muscles.

Balance and control is the basis of all martial-arts kicking. This will help you with both.

How to:

How to: Stand with your feet directly beneath your hips, and your hands raised in the "guard" position, as left.

Raise your right knee in front of you, then swivel it out to the side and kick out at hip height. Bring your knee back to the centre, then lower your foot. Repeat to the other side.

kickin' it - By the way, all of the images in this entry are from KCRL.NET's captures :)

To jump across rooftops, you need ... power in your thigh muscles.

Your quads and hamstrings are where the explosive power in your legs comes from.

How to:

How to: Stand with your feet more than hip width apart, with a football in front of you. Sit backwards into a squat, keeping your knees over your heels. Don't lean forward. Pick up the ball and then, pushing through your heels, jump up from the squat position, as above. Sink back into a squat, put down the ball, and jump, this time raising your arms above your head.

To develop the core strength you need for side-kicks you must work the outer thigh and bottom muscles.

In the films, the ability to side-kick is key.

How to:

How to: Stand with feet more than hip-width apart, sink into a squat as above (either alone or holding your training partner's hands, as above), then come up and kick one leg to the side at waist-level. Repeat, kicking with the other leg.

Now, I'm actually looking for some sort of fitness program (I'm giving up coffee, sugar and cigarettes all at the same time, I think I need to cultivate an endorphin addiction). I think with a little motivation or perhaps the right personal trainer *cough*KeanuReeves*cough*, I could get into this.

Of course, there's always the scurvilicious "Little Buddha Orange Fast"or the Conor O'Neill diet, which involves living on cigarettes, beer and one slice of pizza a day. Of course, running from your bookie is great for cardio.

it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at June 24, 2003 12:20 PM .

you gotta try kickboxing. i've been doing it for a few years now, but after seeing matrix reloaded it made it even more fun :) but what i really want to be able to do is trinity's scorpion kick. i just don't know how she did it.

Posted by: laura on June 24, 2003 01:05 PM

I saw this article and thought about doing pix, but too tired....LOL

Good work!

Posted by: Keanuette on June 24, 2003 02:42 PM

p.s. Trinity had a wire attached to her foot. That's how she 'did it'...:)

Posted by: Keanuette on June 24, 2003 02:43 PM

I'd bet CAM would kick your butt for saying that, Keanuette.

Krix, kicking ciggies and coffee at the same time -I couldn't do both. One at a time, but not both together. Caffeine keeps me alive (and sitting upright at my desk.)

You're right about the personal trainer though - for him I'd could do both.

Posted by: Chianti on June 24, 2003 03:28 PM

It completely sucks, believe me. But I have to quit drinking coffee (at least at work) because it makes me want a cigarette. I'm supplementing with sugar-free Red Bull. I have to quit sugar as well, otherwise I'll be quashing the niccie-fits with snickers bars. But I've not had a smoke in 5 days now.

Posted by: krix on June 24, 2003 04:29 PM

Wow...a workout routine that I think I may try regularly (perhaps as a pre-season training thing for sports->conditioning>but someday I wanna take some sort of martial arts/defense class, etc....)

->and congrats on not having a smoke in 5 days--keep it up! the results are worth the effort (if you do quit, maybe you could give eanu some pointers...it's the only ting i don't like about him....)

Posted by: stacey717 on June 24, 2003 05:03 PM

but one more thing--where are the pics (even on the website at which the original 'news report transcript' is) where it shows a demonstration of how moves are supposed to look? it doesn''t really matter..i get the gist, but still...

Posted by: stacey717 on June 24, 2003 05:07 PM


Posted by: :: jozjozjoz :: on June 24, 2003 05:28 PM

if keanu were MY personal trainer, i'd die from exhaustion because i'd insist on three workouts a day, 7 days a week. good thing he doesn't even know i exist... erm, well, you know what i mean...

Posted by: lori on June 25, 2003 07:06 AM

Chianti - it's true my dear, I've seen the behind the scenes footage.

Haven't you...?

Posted by: Keanuette on June 25, 2003 11:12 AM
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