What It Takes To Be: Korra

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Earth. Fire. Air. Water. Only the Avatar can master all four elements and bring balance to the world.

And while realistically you can’t master those four elements, you can master these: strength, cardio, flexibility and balance.

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Korra, even before before Legend of Korra began, had my interest. When they first released this image, my first thought was, “Dang, that girl is strong.” Look at that muscle definition.

Then the show was released a year later. It was very much a love-hate relationship for me. At first she seemed cool and relatable, and then she became big-headed and started draining on my nerves (especially after the way she treated one of her guy friends after she found out he liked her. Friends just don’t do that to each other—especially with their sibling.)

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In season two she redeemed herself a bit; especially at the end. She’s matured quite a bit, and while she’s a B.A. she also has more humility then her season one head-to-big-for-her-shoulders counterpart.

Throughout both seasons, we see Korra fight and make her way through with plenty of strength and balance. While we may not have her 18 years of training, we can still strengthen ourself in the same aspects.

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Korra Workout

Strength
Warm-Up: 60 seconds of: Jumping Jacks, High Knees, Arm Swings
1. Full Body: 60 seconds Mountain Climber
2. Shoulder & Arms: 60 seconds Punching Circuits
3. Core: 12-15 Bicycle Crunches (each side)
4. Legs: 15 Bodyweight Squat
5. Back: 30-60 seconds Superman
6. Chest: 12 Push-Ups
Repeat 2-3x

Cardio
15 minutes of running (we all know how much of that the Krew have to do), cycling or if you do have access to a gym, elliptical (but if you’re not sweating by the end of it, you’re not working anything!)
Yoga
Not only do you need strength to be strong as a whole, you need flexibility, balance and piece of mind. Yoga is a great way to do both while cooling down from a hard workout. Here’s a 10 minute video to get you started.

How To
Mountain Climber
Punching Exercises
Bicycle Crunches
Squat
Superman
Push Up

As you can see in this workout, I’ve given a variation in numbers of repetitions (aka reps) per exercise. It all depends on your current shape. If you feel like you can make it to the maximum reps, then go for it. Just remember you have to do these exercises 2-3 more times.

Again, I do advise anyone whose just beginning this to make sure through their doctor that they’re able to workout. While exercise is very beneficial and important for your health, if you’re not in the right condition you could end up worse for wear.

Same goes for form. If you have a mirror, make sure you have the same body position as the person on video while doing each exercise. Bad form = bad injury.