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Trick AND Treat: Staying One Step Ahead of Zombies

By Patricia Glynn

It’s October, and Halloween is just around the corner, which begs the obvious question: When the zombies invade (and yes, they are coming!), will you be fit enough to survive?

If you’ve any doubts regarding your ability to outlive the undead, then ZombieFit, a new workout launched by 28-year-old Chicago-based lawyer Rich Gatz, will help ensure that you live to see the dawn.

Inspired by Parkour, the French-born discipline requiring practitioners to overcome any obstacle in their path—be it a sidewalk curb, a fence, or even a building—Gatz’s classes are held twice weekly in the St. Charles suburb of the Windy City. Attracting a mix of men and women, the program, priced at $10 per class, includes a series of rigorous drills that test speed, agility, and strength. Participants might, for example, find themselves lunging, running, jumping, climbing, and/or doing pull-ups. The pace is frantic (as in run-for-your-life); the potential for increasing endurance, functional strength, balance, and coordination is significant. All told, “if you’re ready for the zombie apocalypse,” as Gatz tells the Chicago Tribune, “you’re ready for anything.”

And for those unable to prepare for the zombie onslaught in-person, well, don’t panic: Gatz regularly updates the ZombieFite Website with a detailed workout of the day. The challenging curriculum ensures that enthusiasts the world over may follow along, and benefit, independently. He merely advises his followers, no matter their location, to bear in mind the course guidelines:  “The keys to surviving Z-day are simple: Be able to lift and throw heavy things; be able to run fast and for long distances; and be able to navigate obstacles and urban environments in an efficient manner.”

Not only is ZombieFit an incredible workout, but, thanks to its creative premise, the program is also incredibly motivating. After all, wouldn’t you run a little faster and jump a little higher if ghouls (real or imagined) were hot on your heels? 

- Patricia Glynn is associate editor of CBI magazine and can be reached at