A local man just proved that watching Japanese anime can actually cause wonders for your health. Sort of.
Inspired by a hilarious origin story in the manga-turned-anime series One-Punch Man, Singaporean investor, author, and public speaker Sean Seah thought that he too could train like a superhero.
Some context first, if you’re unaware of One-Punch Man. The series follows the epic adventures of Saitama, a man who became a tad too powerful and has grown bored with his ability to end any battle with a single punch to his opponent. In one episode, the secret to his godlike powers was dramatically revealed to be… a training regimen involving 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, and a 10-kilometer run daily.
Wanting to get fit after a going on a binge during the Chinese New Year holidays, Seah decided to try training like Saitama (without going bald) for a month to see if it works. On Feb 10, he announced that he’ll be embarking on the “One-Punch Man Training”, but starting off slowly at half the intensity: 50 push-ups, 50 sit-ups, 50 squats, and a 5-kilometer run.
It’s been 30 days since he started, and the results are in. Sticking to the regimen obviously proved to be a success — Seah lost 5 kilograms, reduced his body fats, and gained a six-pack in the process. The man encouraged everyone to try it out with his recommended degrees of intensity, but we can’t promise if you’ll earn the ability to down gigantic city-leveling monsters with your fist.
Seah wouldn’t be the first to go on the anime-inspired fitness regimen though. Many others have taken on the One-Punch Man workout challenge to varying results and sanity.