The Ultimate Pokémon Go Workout: How to Get Fit With the App
If you haven’t played the game, then you’ve definitely heard…
And what could be better than getting in shape while playing Pokémon?
Nothing as far as I’m concerned.
The question is—how can you maximize exercise from the app?
Sure walking is great in it’s own way, but with a little creativity you can really go far.
That’s exactly what I’m going to share with you in today’s post—a workout you can use to help improve your team and body.
The best part is that the workout is specific to the team you’re on: Valor, Mystic, or Instinct.
Let’s jump right in…
Why Playing Pokémon Go Rocks
The creation of this app is genius.
It’s as close as you can get to Pokémon in real life.
You have to actually go outside, get some fresh air, and hunt for Pokémon.
You can’t be cooped up in a room moving a character with a joystick.
Not only does the game encourage you to be more active, it also helps you be more social as well.
It’s a dead giveaway when someone else is playing the game, and you can simply ask the person what team he/she is on.
Who knows what can happen from there?
The social aspect of the game will increase even more once trading and human battles are incorporated into the game.
Finally (and possibly the best part) is that you don’t have to feel like a nerd for playing the game because it’s so popular.
You could seem like a loser for not playing the game because that’s how widespread it is.
So if you want to be more active, social, and fit in download Pokémon Go and start playing.
What are My Team, Level, and Strongest Pokémon?
I’m on team Mystic.
Blue is my favorite color, and I liked how the Articuno looked so I chose that team.
It’s unfortunate though because many of my friends are Instinct, and as of right now you can’t change teams.
My current trainer level is 18.
My strongest Pokémon are as follows:
- Exeggutor: CP-1,631
- Lapras: CP-1,312
- Vaporeon: CP-1,478
Pokémon I would really like to have:
- Dragonite (who doesn’t want this Pokémon?)
The Ultimate Pokémon Go Workout
There’s certainly a rivalry between the 3 Pokémon Go teams: Valor, Mystic, and Instinct.
Naturally this can’t be a general workout where everyone does the same thing—it’s team specific.
You’ll be doing a different workout as you play the game based on your team.
Here’ how it’s going to work:
- Go to an open area like a park to play the game. Don’t go to a crowed area where it’s going to be hard to perform the exercises.
- You’ll do an exercise based on an event in the game (i.e. leveling up, encountering a Pokémon, etc.)
- Perform the exercise after the event is complete (i.e. do push-ups after you catch a Pokémon, not during the encounter)
- Do the workout for as long as you like while playing the game
- Feel free to modify the repetitions based on your current fitness level (i.e. only do one push-up on your knees instead of 3 standard push-ups)
Here are the workouts for each of the 3 teams:
Team Valor Workout:
- Get a PokéStop: 10 seconds of mountain climbers + 3 additional seconds for each item received
- Enter a Gym Battle: 10 push-ups immediately followed by 10 bodyweight squats
- Encounter a Pokémon: 3 jump squats + 1 jump squat for each Poké ball, great ball, or ultra ball used
- Level Up: Multiply your new level by 2 and do that many steps of walking lunges
- Hatch an Egg: 2k-High Knees in place for 10 seconds, 5k-High knees in place for 20 seconds, 10k-High knees in place for 30 seconds
- Register a new Pokémon: 25 jumping jacks
- Evolve a Pokémon: 1st evolution (i.e. Charmander into Charmeleon)-10 burpees, 2nd evolution (i.e. Charmeleon into Charazard)-15 burpees
- Activate/Use an Item: (i.e. using a potion, revive, activating an incense, etc.): 20-second plank
Team Mystic Workout:
- Get a PokéStop: 5 push-ups + 2 push-ups for each item received
- Enter a Gym Battle: 10 split squat lunge jumps immediately followed by 15 seconds of mountain climbers
- Encounter a Pokémon: 10 second plank + 2 seconds for each Poké ball, great ball, or ultra ball used
- Level Up: Multiply your new level by 2 and do that many bodyweight squats
- Hatch an Egg: 2k-5 jump squats, 5k-10 jump squats, 10k-15 jump squats
- Register a new Pokémon: 10 burpees
- Evolve a Pokémon: 1st evolution (i.e. Charmander into Charmeleon)-10 reverse lunges in place (5 per leg), 2nd evolution (i.e. Charmeleon into Charazard)-20 reverse lunges in place (10 per leg)
- Activate/Use an Item: (i.e. using a potion, revive, activating an incense, etc.): 15 yards of butt kicks
Team Instinct Workout:
- Get a PokéStop: 2 tuck jumps + 1 tuck jump for each item received
- Enter a Gym Battle: 20 seal jacks immediately followed by 5 push-ups
- Encounter a Pokémon: 3 push-ups + 1 push-up for each Poké ball, great ball, or ultra ball used
- Level Up: Multiply your new level by 2 and do that many jumping jacks
- Hatch an Egg: 2k-mountain climbers for 10 seconds, 5k-mountain climbers for 20 seconds, 10k-mountain climbers for 30 seconds
- Register a new Pokémon: 5 inchworms
- Evolve a Pokémon: 1st evolution (i.e. Charmander into Charmeleon)-side plank 20 seconds per side, 2nd evolution (i.e. Charmeleon into Charazard)-side plank 30 seconds per side
- Activate/Use an Item: (i.e. using a potion, revive, activating an incense, etc.): 20-seconds high knees in place
Tips to Improve Your Level in the Game
Being at a low trainer level in the game sucks. You don’t get as good of items, your Pokémon are weaker, and you’ll encounter more common Pokémon. Therefore, leveling up fast is a priority.
Here’s how to level up fast:
Step 1: Stock Up on Pidgey, Caterpie, and Weedle
- These Pokémon only take 12 candies each to evolve and you get 500 experience points for each Pokémon you evolve.
Step 2: Wait to Evolve Your Pokémon Until You Get a Lucky Egg
- A Lucky Egg is an item you’ll receive when you reach level 9. It gives you double the experience points for 30 minutes. You can also buy a lucky egg for 80 Poké Coins.
Step 3: Activate Your Lucky Egg, Evolve All of Your Pokémon, and Cash In
- Now evolve all of your Pidgeys, Caterpies, and Weedles after you activate your Lucky Egg. You’ll now get 1,000 experience points for each evolution.
Note: Don’t evolve into the 2nd evolution while trying to maximize experience points. For example, only evolve Pidgey into Pidgeotto. Don’t evolve Pidgeotto into Pidgeot.
Pro Tip: Wait to evolve a Pokémon into its 2nd evolution until you have all of the candies to go from an uninvolved Pokémon to its 2nd evolution.
For example, if you have a Dratini, it takes 25 candies to go from Dratini to Dragonair.
Then 100 more candies to go from Dragonair to Dragonite.
Wait to evolve your Dratini until you have 125 candies.
This way you won’t waste candies if you come across a stronger Dratini later on.
Pokémon Go is an awesome and creative game.
It encourages you to be more active while you hunt for Pokémon.
Not only that, but you can maximize your fitness through the app with a little bit of creativity.
Now I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below.
Which team are you on?
What’s your strongest Pokémon and what’s its CP?