recently forwarded me a press release that I think is just genius. A little downtown-Chicago gym is launching a "zombie-preparedness fitness class," with the idea that they'll get you in shape for the upcoming zombpocalypse. From the press release:
"Zombies are the biggest paranormal threat facing society today, and a fit, strong body is the best tool you have for survival during the coming invasion! A free trial class on October 31 followed by an affordable four-week session at Unicus Fitness is the absolute best way to get you physically and mentally ready for when zombies actually attack. Endurance and strength drills will help you develop the skills you need to execute the necessary stunts, and also build the mental toughness you will need to cope with extreme stress. (Zombie-specific defense drills will also be covered.) Would you be a survivor of the zombie apocalypse? Find out on October 31 at Unicus Fitness!"
I cannot think of a better way to make exercise and self-defense fun than by basically making people into movie protagonists facing a currently popular horror scenario. To top it off, some of the proceeds are going to a local theater company, which gets a history writeup in the press release; I can only assume they've hired some local actors to come be zombies for the class.
Astonishingly, the gym's website
says nothing about this. (It also looks rather as though it hasn't been updated since the '90s, given the super-simple design and front-page screens and screens of ugly text and thumbnail photos.) But here are the details: "To Register: Email email@example.com or call 312-819-4466 by Friday, October 30 at 5 p.m. Your name must be added to a security clearance list in the building in order for you to attend. Location: Unicus Fitness, 233 N Michigan Ave. Free Trial Class: Saturday, Oct 31 at 10 am. Session 1 Dates: Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21, Dec 5. Cost: $15 per class or $45 for 4-class session."
I'm mighty tempted by the free trial class myself. Of course, it's also downtown, an hour away from home, at 10 a.m. on a Saturday where I expect to be up very late. So I imagine I will also be mighty tempted by sleep. But I mean C'MON. Who doesn't want to burn calories by fighting zombies? Perhaps my contribution to my friend group when the apocalypse breaks out will not be entirely limited to dutifully reminding people that we all signed a pact not to hide it when we get bit!
I'm-a feelin': curious