Shang-Chi Workout


Shang-Chi Workout

The workout we have come up with today to post is the Shang-Chi Workout! This one is inspired by the physique that Shang-Chi has in the DC Comics. Don’t forget that nutrition plays an important role when striving to achieve various fitness and strength goals!

Research process for celebrities/characters/etc:

When we are researching workouts for different anime characters, celebrities, cartoon characters, athletes, politicians, etc… We go through a fairly large deep dive into the data we can find available through books, movies, comic books, interviews, articles that have been written, and we often even reach out to contact the individuals to gather data if at all possible. Then using our education and knowledge we formulate workout information based on what the research and outreach information obtained.

Shang-Chi Stats:

Height: 5’10
Weight: 175 lbs
(Information retrieved from Wikipedia.)


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Shang-Chi Workout:

Training Volume:

6 days per week


Shang-Chi is a master martial artist.  That’s his REAL power.  For that reason, if you want to come anywhere near embodying him, you’ll need to hit the dojo and find a master trainer to mold you.  If you are just here for the aesthetic, and prefer it to come from the style of training we’ll utilize here (calisthenics, parkour, cardio, high intensity), then stay put and get ready.  You’ll be training 6 days a week, and if you can’t hit MMA (or utilize some of the options I’ll share), I’ll also be giving you some alternative calisthenics and cardio sessions to incorporate.

Shang-Chi Workout: Sample Workout Schedule

Monday: Calisthenics, Parkour and Cardio

Tuesday: Mixed Martial Arts OR Calisthenics and Cardio

Wednesday: Calisthenics, Parkour and Cardio

Thursday: Mixed Martial Arts OR Calisthenics and Cardio

Friday: Calisthenics, Parkour and Cardio

Saturday: Mixed Martial Arts OR Calisthenics and Cardio

Sunday: Rest Day

Shang-Chi Workout: Calisthenics, Parkour, and Cardio
Calisthenics Warm Up:

5 Minute Light Jog

100 Jumping Jacks

50 Butt Kicks

50 High Knees

100 Jump Ropes

3 Rounds of 30 Second Shadowboxing

Calisthenics Workout:

**For the main Calisthenics portion of this workout that will be paired with Parkour, you’re to complete all the designated reps in however many sets you need.  This can be completed in one sitting (one workout) or throughout the course of an entire day.**

200 Air Squats

200 Push Ups

150 Lunges (75 Each Leg)

150 Sit Ups

100 Dips

100 Pull Ups


For Parkour training you’re going to be utilizing our Nightrunner routine that I collaborated with Academy member Felix to create.

Parkour Warm up:

Dynamic stretching

10 minutes of cardio (chose between Option A and B)

Option A: Jogging or running

Option B: Quadrupedal movement such as bear crawl, crab walk, spider-man walk, backward and forward (try to mix them a bit this will help for your mobility)

5-10 Parkour Rolls (both sides)

How you should roll: (example on right shoulder) get down on your left knee, put your left hand on the ground in front of your left knee, beside your right heel, then put your right hand on the left one. DO NOT CROSS YOUR FINGERS. Put your head down and roll on your shoulder, you should roll diagonally from your shoulder to the other side of your waist.

Note: Start by doing them on soft surfaces like grass, when you feel more confident while doing it try to practice them from walking, jogging and running. Then start to practice dive rolls.

5-10 back rolls


Flow out/safety vault: as you come towards the obstacle, place your outside arm on the obstacle, then put your outside leg on the obstacle, pass your inside leg under your outside leg, release your outside arm as you push with your outside foot to pass the obstacle.

Speed vault: very similar to the flow out vault except that your outside foot does not touch the obstacle, instead just kick in the air with it.

Lazy vault: this one is more useful to get over a rail. Come towards the obstacle from a diagonal or parallel direction, put your inside hand on the obstacle, swing your inside leg then your outside leg in the same motion, before placing your outside hand on the obstacle.

Note: the flow out vault as well as the lazy vault are two movements that you can practice without momentum.

Kong vault: press with both of your hands on the obstacle, at the same time, tuck your legs on your chest to pass over the obstacle, don’t forget to raise your hips.

Note: this one is the most known and most used vault in Parkour, however it is a very scary and tricky vault, so here’s a few steps you can do to break it down.

Step 1: practice it on the floor, crouch and dive into a kong vault, this will get used to the movement, you could also practice with your quadrupedal movements as a warm up.

Step 2: plant plyos/monkey plant; put both hands on an obstacle and use your legs to get on it

Step 3: following the plant plyo keep your hand on the obstacle and go down into a squat position.

Bar/Rail moves:

Under bar: as you come towards a bar or rail, jump feet first and place your hands on the bar, swing under the bar and extend your body while arching your back.

Tips: one exercise that you can do to practice it and test yourself is to find a park with bars, like a calisthenic park, put and elastic band between two poles parallel to the pull up bar, grab the bar and jump trying to pass your whole body between the elastic band and the bar, raise the elastic band as you get better.

Wall moves:

Wall run: run towards a wall, when you’re at the right distance (not to close, not to far) make a small jump at the same time plant the ball of your feet on the wall, a bit higher than hips level, push upward with your leg that is on the wall then try to reach with your arms the top of the wall.

Tik Tak: Similar to the wall run, run towards the wall then jump putting your other leg (feet facing upward) then push with the leg that is on the wall, then push away from the wall transferring your momentum wherever direction you need to go.

Arm jump: this one is like a long jump but you use it to grab the edge of a wall, or a bar as you jump.

Note: when performing this jump your legs should land slightly before you grab the bar. as you might hurt your knees on the wall. just don’t over do it so you don’t drop kick the wall.

Tips: this works for precision jump as well as arm jump, when you’re not sure if you can execute the jump as the jump might be high for example, go down and practice it from the same distance, if you can cover the distance, that means you can do it, if you can’t maybe you should wait. of course there’s always the height difference between the two objects that is important.

Balance: to practice your balance, you can practice it pretty much anytime anywhere, for example you can stand on one leg as you wait for the bus then to the other leg, you can also walk on the road lines (just not in the middle of the road please) there’s literally a lot of things you can do to practice your balance.

Now that you know a few movements for parkour try to find  places where you can try them (bench, picnic tables, etc). This really depends on your surroundings, as you get better you will also be able to see more things you can do: this is called The Parkour Vision. For example where others might see a wall, you might see a wall run, etc..

Shang-Chi Cardio:

To embody Shang-Chi we’re also going to be adding in some extra cardio.

Since we’re training 3 days per week (utilizing this format) we’re going to swap back and forth from high intensity sprints and longer distance running (1-3 miles).

Here’s what your format might look like:

Week One:

Calisthenics, Parkour and Cardio Day One: High Intensity Sprints

Calisthenics, Parkour and Cardio Day Two: Long Distance Run

Calisthenics, Parkour and Cardio Day Three: High Intensity Sprints

Week Two:

Calisthenics, Parkour and Cardio Day One: Long Distance Run

Calisthenics, Parkour and Cardio Day Two: High Intensity Sprints

Calisthenics, Parkour and Cardio Day Three: Long Distance Run

High Intensity Sprints formatting:

Variation One: 

Sprint 30 Seconds

Walk 90 Seconds

Variation Two:

Sprint 60 seconds

Walk 60 Seconds

Shang-Chi Workout: Mixed Martial Arts OR Calisthenics and Cardio

Some of your other training will hopefully come from mixed martial arts.

As I’ve mentioned earlier: the BEST way to train MMA is to hit the gym and have a trainer/partner to practice with/under.

If that’s not an option, we also have some Mixed Martial Arts based training methods (utilize the days specific to the MMA training in each workout listed):

BUT, if you can’t make it to a local gym, AND you won’t be utilizing any of these mixed martial arts styled programs, you can always add in some more calisthenics training.

We’re going to switch it up, though.

Shang-Chi Workout: 3 Round Calisthenic-Cardio-Circuit

10 Plank to Push Ups

30m Walking Lunges

15 Sit Ups

15 Push Ups (Claps if you can)

30m Spider Crawl

15 Pike Push Ups (Chin Ups if you can)

15 Jump Squats

100 Jump Ropes

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