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The Ultimate Trainer’s Guide to the Project Ares Cyber Gym

By Angela Shugarts • Posted 7 months ago


We’ve all been there.

We’ve paid for the membership, laced up our sneakers, and dragged ourselves through the cold and dark morning to the gym, all the while half-high-fiving ourselves for just showing up.

And we’ve stood in that atrium – stared at all the equipment – and quietly asked ourselves, “Okay…so, what now?”

Yikes, walking into the gym for the first time is overwhelming. How do you know what equipment to use? How do you even use that equipment? How many reps should you do, and oh man, what will you do tomorrow?

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Because even the most state-of-the-art gym in the world won’t get you to where you want to go if you don’t know how to use it.

So what does this have to do with cyber security and Project Ares?


What is the Project Ares Cyber Gym?

Glad you asked!

Project Ares is a cyber-gym that’s chock-full of digital treadmills, virtual weight racks, and high-tech yoga mats designed to help Players get the training they need to reach their cyber-six pack goals.

The Project Ares world map displays different scenarios you can play to learn certain skills. Just as a gym has equipment inside it, the Project Ares world map has learning scenarios in it.

But just like at the gym, showing up is only the first step.

Players need a plan, a workout routine, and familiarity with using the equipment to safely and effectively achieve that cyber-pro skillset they’ve always dreamed of.

Enter the personal trainer.

Because Project Ares is a one-of-a-kind platform, the tools available within it can be confusing at first glance. Luckily, Project Ares is a lot like a weight training gym… watch to learn why and how to use it to meet your training and teaching objectives.

Why Trainers Matter

The Project Ares Cyber Trainer equates to the personal trainer who is hired to help their clients meet their fitness goals. In this case, you’re a professional personal trainer in the Project Ares gym! It’s your job to inspire, motivate, and empower your Players to curate their own success.

Sound a little intimidating? Don’t worry, we’re here to help!


That’s why we’ve made this blog series!

In this guide, we’ve gathered all the information a new Cyber Trainer needs to help their Players get the most out of the Project Ares gym.

(Not a member of the Project Ares “Cyber Essentials” gym yet? Sign up here 👇)

There’s a lot to think about when you’re just getting started.

  • What are your Players’ starting points and goals?
  • How do you build a workout routine that works for them?
  • What can you do to keep them accountable and motivated?

In this guide, we’ll tackle all of those questions (and more!) so that you can focus on doing what you do best — training.

The Ultimate Trainer’s Guide to the Project Ares Gym

Our Message to You

Just like at the gym or any self-improvement endeavor, people are ultimately only going to be as successful as the work they put in.

But that work will sure be a lot easier when they’ve got someone as awesome as

We’re pysched you’re here, and we’re psyched that you’re sharing our mission to improve cybersecurity education!

We’ll see you on the training ground!

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