The ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Workout

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy needs no introduction, so I’ll get right to it.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy workout

You’ll be doing a total of 42 reps per circuit. Don’t ask why you’re doing 42 reps, because we haven’t figured out the exact question yet. Don’t forget to bring your (workout) towel.

* Arthur Dent’s bulldozer intervention – Long as possible wall sit, holding weight. Stay suspended against the wall, in the same way that bricks don’t.

* Zaphod’s Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster – 10 spins (5 to each side) + 10 snowboard jumps (5 to each side). “If there’s anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now.”

* Trillian’s Improbability Drive operation – Aim for a 1:1 probability factor – Do 1 pushup and immediately move into a triceps pushup, blending the two into one move. X10. “Probability factor of one to one. We have normality. I repeat, we have normality. Anything you still can’t cope with is therefore your own problem.”

* Marvin the Android’s planet-sized brain – 5 wall walk-ups (plank to handstand to plank, against the wall). “I ache, therefore I am.”

* Ford Prefect’s hitchhiking thumbs – Weighted squat -> overheard press, X5. “You sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? He knows where his towel is.”

* Slartibartfast’s fjord creation – 1-rep max squat, or another long-as-possible wall sit with weight. Contemplate the award you’re going to win when fjords become fashionable again.

Repeat: Use the Improbability Drive to determine how many times you repeat this 42-rep circuit. Roll a dice and repeat as many times as the number you get.

Now that you’ve worked out, go relax at a Vogon poetry slam.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Workout


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