It’s a little known fact that I love nerdy or fandom holidays. Maybe you picked up on the idea that I love these holidays when I celebrated Pi Day over, say, Easter. And this week is a big holiday for me. No, I’m not talking about Cinco de Mayo. Bigger. A whole galaxy far far away bigger. That’s right. I’m talking about Star Wars Day.
Every year, my fellow fandom friends celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4th. Why May 4th? Ready to groan? “May the fourth be with you.”
Several years ago I celebrated Star Wars Day by decorating cupcakes with Star Wars cupcake toppers. That’s not happening this year. Although, apparently, I will be cooking some food that came from far far away, but that’s about as far as I’m going with that theme. I am very excited to hear from an old co-worker at Idaho Falls Zoo that they will celebrate Star Wars Day in style with their new Star (Wars), the camel Zoobacca (you can’t make this stuff up, I’m so excited for them!).
Last year, I designed a Star Wars workout. Since the new movie came out, I decided to do a little editing, and added a couple more exercises to match some of our new characters in the Star Wars universe.
We did our Star Wars workout a day early because tomorrow we will be doing CrossFit, and while I mentioned how much fun it would be to have a Star Wars themed WOD, I’m just not sure how likely that is to happen…
Here was our new May the 4th Be With You Star Wars Bootcamp:
20 Obi Wan Kenobi Overhead Squats
20 Palpatine Push-ups
20 Amidala Armadillo Rolls
20 Boba Fett Bent Over Rows
25 Death Star Deadlifts
25 Skywalker Skull Crushers
25 Darth Vader V-ups
25 each Millenium Falcon Mountain Climbers
30 Ewok Walkers
30 Chewbacca Choppers
30 The Force Flutter Kicks
30 Jabba the Hut Jump Rope
10 each Princess Leia Lunges
10 Hans Solo (Hand stand push-ups weren’t possible on the soccer field) Thrusters
10 BB-8 Burpees
10 Kylo Ren Cleans
Prescribed between each exercise was 15 Star Wars Star Jacks, but Chris hates Star Jacks and after three rounds, the impact affected my knees, so instead we did a small lap around the goalie box (the larger box, not the small goal box). I called it Jar Jar Jog. Just go with it.
Having fun designing the workout is part of Keeping Fit with Zookeepers, as part of your own enrichment. If you have fun creating the workout, you will be that much more motivated to try it out. Such a happy and healthy way to celebrate a happy day! How will you ensure the Force is with you for your Star Wars Day?
I love how I begin to scoff at these workouts then half way through I can’t breathe because it’s kicking my butt, you would think I learned my lesson. May the 4th be with you!