Tips & Tricks To Conquer Squid Game : The Challenge
The much-anticipated show on Netflix, Squid Game is back for its second season! It was also announced that a real-life Squid Game competition is now casting!
It’s time to train yourself to win that cash prize of 4.56 million dollars. Here are some tips and tricks to strengthen yourself for the challenge.
Red Light, Green Light
It may seem easy to many to stop at red and go at green, but this game needs more than just the ability to identify colours! With this game, stability is key to ensure that you do not make the slightest move and get yourself shot by that creepy killer doll.
Strength training works to improve power and stability to lower the risk of injury and enhance athletic performance. Stabilizing muscles are situated around joints and contract at a moment’s notice to support the joint when it is in an extreme position.
Training strengthens these stabilizing muscles and the stronger those muscles become, the more control an athlete has in positions of full flexion, extension, and rotation. While strength maximizes power output, stability allows you to perform complex athletic movements that require coordination, balance, and technical skill.
Dalgona / Ppopgi
We’ve seen this game and even tried making the honeycomb toffee candy during the circuit breaker period. Right?
In this game, players are required to carve out the shapes modelled into the candy without breaking the design with just a needle! What does it take to win this you may ask? All you need is focus!
When we strength train, the mind releases endorphins that can help bring down cortisol levels and make you feel good. Research shows that strength training specifically can reduce anxiety by up to 20%. This will likely lead to feelings of mastery and increasing belief in their capabilities.
This will most likely increase your confidence and self-esteem, which then could lead to a reduction in anxiety. Strength training can also help our bodies maintain hormonal health. Our hormones affect every part of our body, especially our emotions and our mental state of being.
Tug of War
The third game we look into is none other than Tug-of-War. We’ve all played this as a child and we never really thought of what it takes to be able to hold down your team.
For this game, the trick is to go low and that only means having a high level of stability, a strong core and hamstring for you to hold that position for a couple of minutes while the other team tries to pull you over that line.
Core stability is defined as the ability to stabilize the spine because of muscle activity, whereas core strength refers to the ability of the musculature to produce force through contractile forces and intra-abdominal pressure. Training the core muscles is ultimately found to cause structural changes and neural adaptations of the muscles which benefits performance by increasing the possible force generation.
What you also need are strong hamstrings. These muscles are responsible for bending your knees. If they’re strong, you can jump high, run fast and accelerate with explosive power. With well-developed hamstrings, you can maintain good posture and prevent leg injuries, and of course, help you win the Tug-of-war challenge!
The marble game allows players to decide how they want to play the game, but in all of the choices, one thing is common: usage of the arms!
If you are throwing a marble into a hole on the ground, arm strength and focus is very important!
There are three main sections of the arms, namely the anterior (front), posterior (back), and shoulders, and you want to make sure you’re training all three sections.
Some exercises you can do to increase arm strength includes Bicep Curls, Tricep Extensions, Shoulder Press and Lateral Raises.
Glass Tile Game
Glass Tiles! One of the more popular games introduced in Squid Game! As we know, this game is about probability but apart from probability, this game requires a stable core, strong legs as well as the mental confidence to take that leap of faith.
As its name suggest, the core is the centre of everything. Your core is about keeping your body steady and sturdy as you move. It’s vital to strengthen your core muscles so you can easily and safely move your body. Without a strong core, you’ll struggle to do even the most basic activities, which includes hopping or jumping!
Strong legs will definitely help with this game as you would require a firm stance while getting ready to jump from tile to tile as well as landing on the tile. By having a strong hamstring, your legs will be able to keep your body stable when you land and also help you keep your balance as you’re about to jump.
Last but not least, the final game – Squid Game! This is one of the traditional games in Korea and it involves hopping on one foot in for most of the game and you are required to stay within the lines.
Therefore, this game is combines all the components that we have discussed above – focus, stability, core strength and jumping.
This game is the reason why strength training is important! Strength training is a key component of overall health and fitness for everyone.
Strength training can help you preserve and enhance your muscle mass at any age.
Strength training may also help you:
Develop strong bones:
By stressing your bones, strength training can increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Manage your weight:
Strength training can help you manage or lose weight, and it can increase your metabolism to help you burn more calories.
Enhance your quality of life:
Strength training may enhance your quality of life and improve your ability to do everyday activities. Strength training can also protect your joints from injury. Building muscle also can contribute to better balance and may reduce your risk of falls. This can help you maintain independence as you age.
Manage chronic conditions:
Strength training can reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions, such as arthritis, back pain, obesity, heart disease, depression and diabetes.
Sharpen your thinking skills:
Some research suggests that regular strength training and aerobic exercise may help improve thinking and learning skills for older adults.
If you train up and include strength training in your lifestyle, we’re pretty sure that you are able to overcome the challenges! Ready to train up?
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