One thing that I’ve learned over the years is that exercise needs to be fun. Working out can’t feel like working out. In my last article I pointed out that Exercise is VERY important for Performance in the gaming world, see that article by clicking here.
The problem is that because we’re so fixated by staring into the screen when we’re playing our e-sport of choice that we’re unable to get the same stimulation from traditional forms of exercise. Whether you’re a huge starcraft 2 and hots fan like myself or you’re into some first person shooters you know that nothing “IRL” really compares.
It’s sick right?
Martial Arts has always been a great outlet for me to get my fitness level up while not feel like I’m actually working out. Through my childhood I’ve done a bunch of different taekwondo, karate and martial art classes. I grew up in Fairfield County, Connecticut and loved heading to the local dojo from an early age. Martial Arts in Connecticut was where I learned how to defend myself, the importance of fitness and even how to focus my mind. Sparring was one of my go to fitness activities after I graduated high school. Sparring is kind of like play fighting except with pads in all the right places!
If you’re aren’t doing anything right now to get in shape I highly recommend checking out a Martial Arts Class near you. It’s a great way to get in shape and prime your focus so you’re ready to kill other players online.
Definitions for Non-Gamers
IRL = In Real Life
Starcraft 2 = One of the best strategy games of all time. Based with 3 races, the Zerg, Protoss and Terran
HOTS = Heroes of the Storm which is a very similar game to DOTA.
I’m not saying you need to start chugging protein shakes and turn into the person that you despise, but exercise is what we call the “blade of life”. Being in shape, fit and strong helps you in many ways.
Still looking at the picture? Wondering exactly what that means? Sure you are!
It’s there to get your attention, but it’s not exactly what I’m talking about. There’s a story which I’m about to share with you regarding the “blade of life” and two brothers with axes.
Sharpening the Blade of Life.. A Short Story
Two brothers we’re sitting down to eat dinner on their farm when brother one (we’ll name him Kevin) asked brother two (we’ll name him Will) to entertain a challenge for the next morning.
“I reckon I’ll be able to finish my wood chopping duties before you tomorrow, Will” Kevin explained to Will.
“I guarantee you won’t, and to further that guarantee I’ll bet you cooking duties,” said Will sharply.
Kevin immediately OK’d the challenge. The next day they awoke at the same time and Kevin immediately went outside to get a head start on his work. Will on the other hand decided to sharpen his blade for the next hour. Kevin stood in the window laughing and pointing at Will as he was already done with 2 logs.
By the time Will was out the door Kevin was on his 3rd log. Sure enough Will went to work..
Kevin’s blade got dull and his progressed slowed. Will’s blade was sharp and he was able to be a lot more productive than Kevin.
Sure enough he finished first. Kevin shocked is dismay learned a valuable lesson that day. Sharpen your blade…
Moral of the Story (for those skimmers)
Exercise, eating right, and treating your body right is how you sharpen your blade. Get your exercise so you can feed your addiction and get addicted to winning.
You need to have a addictive personality to be good at E-Sports because the sport demands a serious work ethic. I literally play 24/7 all three hundred and sixty five days a year. I’m non-stop playing. As you can see by the lovely layout of this blog I’m not keen on keeping it pretty. I’m rather keen on keeping the content effective.
With that being said you need to addicted the process of becoming the best player in the world. Literally, the addiction needs to be so strong that you can’t stop and think about anything else in the world except for gaming. Starcraft 2 is one of my favorite things to do in the world. Heck, real life takes a backseat.
No matter what I’m doing I’m thinking about how I can perfectly time out a zerg rush or how I can micro my first drone to piss off the terran opponent even more while building my base up perfecting timed. The level of play in the higher master leagues is insane. If you don’t have your build down to the second you’ll get smashed when it comes down to mid-game. One zealot off, one roach off or one upgrade off… that’s all it takes to lose/win a game in the masters league.
To be one of the best players in the world you need to be up on all the latest information. I follow Day9 and his videos about starcraft because he’s a very progressive player.
Here’s one of his videos about micro. I’ll get into micro a little more in later blog posts.