By Stuart O'Connor (left, in disguise)
Yesterday I realised that I need to exercise MUCH more often – once every two years is simply not enough. How did I learn this? By spending an hour at a gym in Covent Garden, dressed as a ninja and being trained by a beefy British Army bloke named Rusty.
The press release below can fill in the context:
GYMBOX LAUNCHES LIMITED-EDITION GI JOE FITNESS CLASS
Fitness gurus GYMBOX have launched a first-of-its-kind exercise class combining the best elements of a military bootcamp with the ancient art of ninja training, all to mark the DVD & Blu-ray release of GI JOE: RETALIATION this week.
The unique class, which is a fusion of military and ninja techniques, combines hardcore cardio and aerobic exercises with martial arts based moves helping to fire any participant into the ultimate commando shape. The GI Joe fitness class was launched today with an hour-long pilot session taking place at GYMBOX in Covent Garden. The blockbuster movie starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Channing Tatum and action legend Bruce Willis follows the exploits of the Joe’s as they join forces with the ninja assassins to take on a global terrorist.
GYMBOX managing director Richard Hilton says: “Our members are always looking to try fun and innovative ways to keep fit so teaming up with Paramount Pictures for the release of the GI Joe: Retaliation DVD to launch this class is sure to be a success.”
• GI Joe: Retaliation is available now on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD
Rusty spent an hour putting us through our paces – first with some cardio work (jogs, sprints, squats and pushups) before getting into some martial arts fight training ninja-style (you can see the results below). It was a fun, sweaty and tiring hour that made me realise I need to hit the gym a little more often – I'm still hurting today. And the main lesson we all learnt from the gym session? The ninjas in GI Joe: Retaliation have got nothing at all to worry about.