Following a previous fitness challenge where he trained like Saitama from One Punch Man, YouTuber Brandon William’s latest video sees him living like another anime hero for the day: Goku, the protagonist of Dragon Ball Z.
As anyone familiar with the phenomenally popular series will already know, Goku (a Saiyan raised on Earth to become its mightiest warrior) wears weighted clothes during his intense training. William follows suit, putting on 130 pounds of clothing—5 pounds on each wrist, 10 pounds on each leg, and a 100-pound vest—which nearly doubles his bodyweight. He has experience in this area, having previously tried to spend a whole day in a 150-pound vest.
“In order to get the most benefit out of these weighted clothes, I’m also going to be following Goku’s diet and training the entire day,” he says.
For his first test of how well he will fare in the weighted clothes, William runs a mile while in a fasted state, setting himself the goal of trying to get as close as possible to the 14 minute 30 second world record of completing that distance while carrying 100 pounds. “With every step I took, I lost more and more feeling in my legs,” he says, after completing the run in 21:30.
Then it’s time for the first meal of the day, taken straight out of Goku’s diet: two bowls of pork ramen and a serving of fried gyoza. Once he’s all fueled up, William heads to the boxing gym for some sparring. “This is actually really dangerous,” he says by way of disclaimer. “I’m wearing 130 extra pounds, nearly doubling my bodyweight of 155. One wrong step in the ring and my ankle or knee is done for.”
He soon finds that “throwing any kind of effective punch is nearly impossible,” and is exhausted by the end of the first 60-second round. For round two, William takes off the weights and notices an immediate increase in his “power level,” just like Goku.
After that, William recreates Goku’s calisthenics workout, which includes 200 reps of pushups, situps and squats (he stops at 150 for each exercise in order to conserve his energy). Then, as the character is never seen doing pullups, he opts for a different kind of pulling motion, and goes indoor climbing. “Since it was my first time climbing, I was shocked I could do it at all with the added weight,” he says after completing the most difficult wall at the beginner level.
The next meal is sushi, and William carb-loads on a California roll before the final workout of the day: swimming the length of a pool in the weights. After multiple failed attempts, he is forced to admit defeat in this final test, and it is finally time to remove the extra 130 pounds.
“My back is killing me, my ankles hurt, I can barely feel my shoulders anymore,” he says.
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