Dragon Ball And Fitness – A Dragonball Conversation

Most of us have at least marvelled at how strong Goku and friends are in Dragon Ball, but is any of it even remotely possible in real life? Today, my friend JaxBlade and I talk about fitness and DBZ go hand-in-hand in inspiring a whole new generation of athletes, enthusiasts or simply the casual gym-goer! We talk about our past experiences as well as some of the weirdest merch we’ve seen.

Check out more from JaxBlade’s fitness videos on his YouTube Channel!

About MasakoX

I'm MasakoX, part of TeamfourStar's Dragonball Z Abridged team. When I'm not fighting bad guys or eating muffins, I produce content for Channel Awesome! This ranges from my long-lasting anime reviews to reading bad fan fiction to even messing around with Google Translate for kicks. Either way, it is my pleasure to present my oddments to you in glorious awesomeness!


  1. Goku may have abilities far beyond a lowly human like me, but it’s his strength of will I’ve always admired most. He’s constantly going up against opponents even stronger than he is, and it’s usually his sheer willpower that pulls him through the fight. As an avid cyclist this has always been a massive source of inspiration for me. I love riding an pushing myself to my utmost limit. On of my favourite things is going toe to toe with those dudes you see in full body spandex outfits on $3000 carbon fiber racing bikes. Few things give me greater satisfaction than the look on their faces when I overtake them on my standard mountain bike 🙂

  2. #5 is a Rob Liefeld drawing. =3

    I can’t help but look at a clock; honest, I’ve got a grandfather clock in my bedroom!

    This is was a wonderful video, thanks for this Masako and Jax (Mortal Kombat reference?).

    Oddly enough, though, I think my biggest inspiration for getting into shape wasn’t really Dragon Ball so much as it was Street Fighter—I suppose because the characters are “somewhat” closer to real than the DB cast (I mean they’re still ridiculously strong, but aside from outliers like Akuma they’re not blowing up mountains or anything).

    However will power is my biggest weakness which I think might stem from some sort of inherent depression due to my current life circumstances… but I keep trying to tell myself that things could be worse and to keep on truckin’ through it all; honestly if I were to judge myself the biggest corrections I need to make would be a simpler diet and spending less time in front of the computer or my radio transceivers. Granted I’ve spent the better part of the last year studying amateur radio and am now working towards commercial radio and radar so sitting in front of a transceiver is kind of a necessity… but at least I can read the manuals whilst walking. For my diet I just need to cut down on the sweets and eat more wholesome, plain foods… fortunately I don’t drink as much soda as I did in my youth—a 20 oz. can last me the better part of a day.

    I’ve considered joining a gym but I’ve neglected to do so mainly because of my current life situation—looking after an elderly and ill relative almost 24/7, so I can’t quite travel too far from the home for any length of time. If I recall, though, walking/jogging/running around the neighborhood is approximately 1,000 steps (as counted by my Nintendo 2DS’ pedometer, having the system clipped to my pants via a chain and a carrying case). So, ten laps in the morning shouldn’t be difficult (the recent snowstorm notwithstanding). Thank you, Jax, for explaining the differences between walking and running and how it affects the body—ah, things were easier when I was younger and would regularly walk 90 minutes/5 miles to the next town just to visit a friend’s house; of course I had a better metabolism back then, too.

    To also help get myself back in the grove I’ve tried going old school in my exercises; I’m following a lesson plan laid out by “Farmer” Martin Burns—his “Lessons in Wrestling and Physical Culture.” Published in 1913, back when wrestling was still “real” (primarily catch-as-catch-can). Honestly it’s not a bad little guide with very basic calisthenic/cardio exercises and resistance exercises using your own body (such as laying your wrists across each other, lifting with one arm while resisting with the other). Burns’ focus appeared to be not just strengthening the muscles but making them flexible and “elastic” as well. The advice sounds very sensible… but due to its date it is filled with rather arcane terminology (“use lots of ginger and vim”). Still, it’s something, and while I’m certainly no expert on any of this I feel that a simple, not EASY, but simple routine done regularly should be beneficial; that a big drawback for people is the sense of being overwhelmed, and having something that sounds simple can ease one into the process of personal development.

    Granted, I’m not looking to get jacked or beefy. I mean if I do end up as such that’s fine, I won’t complain, but for the moment I just want to be “healthy.” …or at the very least strengthen my heart and lungs enough to hold my breath for a good length of time (especially when changing a certain cat’s liter box ×_×).

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