Game of Thrones Fitness: A Different Look at the Show’s Mainstream Appeal


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It seems like an eternity since Game of Thrones was last on our television screens. The hit HBO television series, throughout the years, has amassed a cult-like following thanks to its unpredictable storylines, its heart-stopping scenes, and, of course, its larger-than-life characters.

Robert Keeling writing for the Metro revealed that Game of Thrones wouldn’t hit the reappear on our TV sets until the 16th of July for North American audiences, and the 17th our European counterparts. So for those who can’t wait three months for their favorite cable series to come back, why not look at the more popular stars of the show, specifically three women who represent strength both on- and off-screen.

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Sophie Turner – Sansa Stark
During the early seasons of Game of Thrones, Sansa Stark may have had a hard time dealing with the likes of Joffrey Lannister, but in real life, Sophie Turner can deal out some serious damage. Self Magazine’s Jessica Salter spoke to her trainer, James Farmer, about her preparation for the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse.

In the article, Farmer revealed how Turner’s workout mainly focused on functional movements using kettlebells and bodyweight. Her circuit-training program featured a lot of swings, planks, and presses in order to tone the body more efficiently. This high-intensity type of workout is good for people that are always on-the-go.

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Lena Headey – Cersei Lannister

Like almost all the other female cast members on Game of Thrones, Lean Headey plays a strong character in Cersei Lannister. This strength resonates even outside the Emmy award-winning show, as Headey is known to be an avid boxing fan.

Foods 4 Better Health shared how Headey loves training. It is an integral part of her daily routine. She credits this, along with yoga, for helping her drop the weight she gained after giving birth. This is why today, at 43 years of age, Lena Headey still looks ridiculously stunning.

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Emilia Clarke – Daenerys Targaryen

Of course no Game of Thrones list would be complete without ever mentioning one of its most popular characters, Daenerys Targaryen. Emilia Clarke, who plays the Princess of House Targaryen on the show, convincingly portrays her role with the help of a dedicated – not to mention unusual – training regimen.

Womanista highlighted Clarke’s killer workout routine in getting ready for her role in the 2015 reboot of Terminator. Along with going on a strict diet, she went through a fitness gauntlet that included kickboxing lessons, weight training sessions, and even shooting guns. This commitment, in more ways than one, helped her received the accolade of Esquire Magazine’s Sexiest Woman Alive in 2015.

Aside from being inspired by these aforementioned women to get into shape, there are many other methods to scratch that longing itch until Game of Thrones airs again this fall. There are various themed entertainment outlets that adapt the cable show’s image and likeness.

Fantasy Flight Publishing, Inc. developed a licensed board game that presents players a chance to vie for the Iron Throne. Also, gaming platform Slingo hosts a Game of Thrones slot game as part of its commercially licensed digital game roster.

From fitness routines and diet plans, to board games and digital pastimes, Game of Thrones’ mainstream appeal is extremely apparent in pop culture. These give loyal fans of the show plenty of avenues to enjoy the kingdoms of Westeros, Essos, and Sothoryos.

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*This is a contributed post and was not written by Dumbbells and Dragons staff.


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