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Harry Potter and the Wizardly Workout: 5 Quidditch Training Tips
It’s a big day for Harry Potter fans: The final film hit theaters last night at midnight! To help the magic live on after the final minutes of the film, FITNESS Magazine got the scoop on the very real sport of Quidditch that spawned from the series.
FITNESS caught up with Troy Stanford and Winter Schwaid-Lindner of the International Quidditch Association (IQA) to find out how to get fit for each position. Check out tips below or read more here:
Chasers: Pass and Score.
How to train: Chasers are comparable to soccer players. The position involves plenty of running, but is also very physical, so muscular legs and a strong back and core are essential. “Chasers should swim to help build core and back muscles. Cycling is also a great Chaser exercise to help build leg muscle,” Stanford says.
Keepers: Block Goals into the Three Goal Hoops from the Opposing Teams Chasers.
How to train: “If you are a Keeper I would suggest weight training and core exercises,” Stanford explains. “Keepers tend to have more of a muscular build and are similar to wrestlers or lacrosse players.”
Beaters: Protect Teammates from Objects Thrown by the Opposing Team; Throw These Objects at the Other Team.
How to train: “Beaters are one of the least physical positions of the game, but they should mix Keeper and Chaser training for the best results,” Stanford says. Powerful arm muscles are imperative for this position because it requires accurate aim. “The Beaters have bludgers (slightly deflated dodgeballs), and they throw them at other players to get them out,” Schwaid-Lindner adds.
Snitches: Avoid Capture by Either Team.
How to train: The Snitch position requires the widest range of training. According to Schwaid-Lindner, the snitch is “ideally an attention seeking cross country runner with some background in wrestling and gymnastics.” Not sure how to train for that? Try some cardio-kickboxing, Tai Chi or even capoeira classes.
Seekers: Try to Catch the Snitch.
How to train: “Seekers should run as much as possible since their only job is to find, chase, and catch the Snitch,” Stanford says. He also recommends a combination of swimming and weight training to help with the capture of the Snitch, who does whatever she can to avoid being caught.
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