Category Archives: Fitness

Outstanding Post at American Partisan; Read and Heed!!!

H/T WRSA.

Original, here.

“Very basic background. My friend is a prior service 1st LAR 0311, 0351. (from Wiki: 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion is a fast and mobilized armored terrestrial reconnaissance battalion of the United States Marine Corps.) Multiple tours in the early to late 2000s, then DoE, then was put through selection and went to work for Colonel G____ as a team member. Since leaving, he has been doing contract work.

He is an experienced and capable meat eater and the furthest thing from a pussy or coward. Try to learn from his experiences.

“Me and three of my buddies were in Portland this weekend, got attacked by Antifa. There’s a Twitter video with millions of views on it. They ended up on Hannity and Tucker Carlson, Ben Shapiro etc., of us getting beaten with bats and rocks the size of cantaloupes thrown at us, getting spit on etc. We were all carrying pistols as well. Opportunity, ability and jeopardy, we were in a deadly force situation and we could easily articulate the use of deadly force, but they had pepper sprayed us. They were using industrial strobe lights on us, etc. We couldn’t PID our target and what lied beyond it, They did a great job of taking our situational awareness away, it was fucking incredible.
Bro my perspective on this changed so much.

The reason we were there wasn’t to counter protest or some shit, **** and *****, two of the guys with me, one of which is a bronze star and Purple Heart recipient. They’re both in the hiring process for the Portland Police Department. One is from Ohio and one is from Virginia. They both flew in that day just so they could come check out the city before they move their families across the nation.

Something else that I should make perfectly clear. We went to the Federal Courthouse first. There wasn’t a whole lot going on down there. We walked around and took some pictures. Bumped into a Sheriff at one point. Talked to him for a while. We asked him if the riots were over? He said fuck no, they’re trying to fuck a police station up right now on 47th and Burnside, We asked him if we could go, and he said yeah, it’s still a peaceful assembly, it hasn’t been declared a riot yet…. So, legit, we walked into this thing blind, in hindsight it was stupid on our part, I had no idea that they were like that. If it had been a full-blown riot we would not have gone. Bottom line, man, if you had ever given me a scenario like this and said hey, you’re sober, and you have a gun, and somebody is hitting you with a bat and throwing rocks at you that could kill you or put you in a coma, you try to get away but they cut you off with a convoy of vehicles and the assault starts again. They impede your movement and beat you with bats…
Would you shoot?

I’d be like, yeah what fucking planet are you from?

But in all the training that I’ve been through my life, I’ve never been in one where in the first five seconds of the scenario you’re blinded with a strobe light and sprayed with pepper spray…. That changes everything. They were throwing these rocks from 15 feet back in the crowd, you couldn’t see who the fuck through it, etc. things like that…. It’s just a good talking point for guys that carry concealed, but you need to think through all these different scenarios.

It got way worse after that video ended, they chased us for 11 city blocks. They had a convoy of about 25 vehicles that cut us off at the next intersection, They had scouts on the corner with radios, they had a drone following us, they had a bull horn calling us Nazis, and the crowd was following a red strobe light that was up in the air on a stick, so they would announce Nazis and then people would follow the red strobe light, That video is just the beginning, I’ve got a fucking fractured hand from a baton, everyone of us has black and blue bruises up and down their legs and back, I had a guy spit in my face from 6 inches away, call me a pussy and a coward for not doing anything about it, and then tell me that he was going to find where I live, rape my mother, rape my children in front of me and then kill me.

I’ve never been more angry about something in my fucking life, the level of restraint that it took for us to not fight back in any capacity whether that was with a gun or fists is incredible. All of us have kids at home. The only thing going through all of our minds was we have to be able to justify deadly force if we’re going to go that route, there’s also hundreds of these people, we can’t see straight because of all the pepper spray, and it’s hard to PID exactly who is throwing these rocks and hitting us with batons, because they would hit you and fucking run and their buddy would run up and hit you. It was an incredibly stressful situation, they did a very good job tactically of taking away your situational awareness, and in my opinion complicating your legal defense when you split one of their faces open with a hollow point.

As we were running from the crowd after about the third block or so, we’re sprinting because the mob head caught back up to us and vehicles were trying to cut us off, I put my hand on the back strap on my appendix, And I heard somebody yell “Hey bro, whatever you’re reaching for, don’t reach, just keep running, they’re still 30 feet behind you. Keep running straight.”

We get 11 blocks down the road and this black Chevy Impala is ghosting us down the street, he’s kind of been in our shadow since block two or three He rolls his window down and starts asking us a bunch of questions. Why are we here, what are we doing, telling us we need to get the fuck out of here, asking us where our car is etc., we pretty much told him to get the fuck away from us because we didn’t know who he was. I finally asked him at one point, Who the fuck are you, man, you need to leave us alone, and he was like I’m the fucking police, bro, who are you? So he pulled his car over and he and his partner talked to us. He was one of the special programs guys, either with SWAT or SRT or whatever. He was the one that yelled at me not to reach, and tried to help us out. He said he knew that we’ve been pepper sprayed and we’re having trouble seeing, I kind of snapped at him, Like hey motherfucker, You’ve been watching this whole thing fucking unfold and you didn’t intervene at all or light the crowd up or something? He started laughing and he was like, Man, if I got out and tried to help you guys, my fucking car would be on fire right now, and I’d be running next to you.

Bottom line: don’t go to an Antifa protest where you can put yourself in that situation. And if you find yourself in that situation, expect them to employ tactics that take away your situational awareness, and complicate the use of force continuum.”

 

Side Benefit of Long Speed Walks…

Right now, I’m up to 9 miles in and around my AO.  Hopefully, in the next couple weeks, I’ll be starting to add a 35 pound ruck and increase the intensity of my walks working up to 65 pounds (a pound for each year I’ve been on the planet).   Right now, I’m simply making sure that my recovery from surgery has absolutely no setbacks.  Besides getting my ancient butt in better shape, there’s another side benefit that I’ve focused on.

That benefit is ‘boots on the ground AO familiarity’ followed up with weekly map review and annotation of anomalies. 

Obviously, the graphic above is not a built up area, such as a village, city, or suburb.  But you get the point.  Walking through the areas you may be defending in another 2 to 3 months will be much less daunting if you actually have seen the area and know the lay out.

For example:  If you have a river near where you live, you can find the best low key routes to it for water.  You can see how close it runs to residences, and if you could use the river bank as a navigation route without being seen, or at least the having the chance of being seen reduced.

                             Military Example of Avenues of Approach Diagram – Modify to Meet Your Needs

You can look at different avenues of approach from the view of OPFOR; you can pick out the initial targets of looters (large, expensive homes, specialty stores, etc.  You can see how they might approach YOUR home or immediate defense area.  You can determine what might be a ‘high speed’ approach and how to turn it into a low percentage approach.  You can see what might be the best choke points.  You can also pinpoint people you KNOW will not support a defense of the neighborhood (hint – Biden and BLM signs) in times of trouble.  Making quick notes on your walks will be worth their weight in gold when it comes to defense planning.  You can also verify ranges for your close in range cards, too.

There’s a LOT you can do on your conditioning walks around your AO.  What else could you add (list in the comments for others)?

PS – ALWAYS go armed!

From Lew Rockwell’s site…

Title linked to original.

Majority of People Are Already Resistant to SARS-CoV-2

 

Using the ‘Down Time’ to get back in Shape

                                                     My hair’s actually thicker, and I’m older than this guy!

Just a couple years ago, I was routinely carrying a 65 to 80 pound ruck sack up to 10 miles on occassion, but typically around 6 or 7 miles.  I was also doing about 150 to 300 push ups in sets of 25 or 30 on my ‘chest day.’  I interspersed with lighter free weights and focused on different muscle groups when it was ‘weight day.’

Then, work and life got me too busy to do it.  Transparent honesty here:  I basically got lazy.  2 years worth.  So, this year, after an outpatient surgical procedure (which I would probably not had to have if I had kept myself fit), I grabbed myself by the ass and started my PT again.

I started slow, just doing a single set of 20 push ups on the first day, and then walking 2 miles quickly on the 2nd day.  Then I didn’t do anything for 3 days because I was very sore.  Went back and did 2 sets of pushups followed by 4.5 miles walking.   Still sore for 3 days.  Went back and did 2 sets of 25 followed the next day by 6.5 miles @ 17 minutes and a few seconds per mile.  It’s coming along.

Next week, I’ll start with a light ruck, maybe 20 pounds and drop the distance down to 2 miles as fast as I can walk.  That might put me in the 16 minute range.  I’ll still increase push ups for another month, then add dips to the routine.

I was fortunate in that I didn’t gain much weight; I need to lose 15 pounds, and the exercise will take care of that, so I’m grateful.

I’ll keep this up, slowly, as fast as my body wants to go, until I’m back doing what I did two years ago.  Hopefully, I’ll keep my motivation up to continue no matter what.

I hope you find a routine that you can work on, starting slowly, even 1 pushup at a time or walking around your block.

Just don’t quit.  Don’t let yourself go like I did.

Especially now, with the projections of a 2nd wave of this virus, and the implications on the supply chain and potential unrest.

This situation is a clarion call to get thine self into decent shape, if you’re not already there, like me.

This is a test – It is ONLY a Test!

Productivity Counts!  There ain’t NO time to be simply layin’ about if you haven’t done something productive for ‘Team Freedom’!!

No matter what level of preparedness you’re at, you might consider kicking it up a notch.  Doing something.

If you can afford it, get a AR kit and build one (just this act alone causes 3,952 liberal heads to overfill with air and burst).

Palmetto has kits for $289 and lowers for $60.  Less than $350 for a ‘better than decent AR!’  The lower below is for someone I know purdy good.

Buy some more ammo!  I just picked up a case of 9mm 124gr Winchester FMJ from SG Ammo for $206 (less tax) shipped!

Go to the range and PRACTCE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!

Re-do your kit!

Teach a kid to shoot an AR!

Teach anyone how to properly sharpen a knife!

Get some more non-perishable food and water filtration that works (Sawyer, anyone?)

Take long hikes with heavy packs (you be the judge on ‘heavy’)

Plan, plan, plan!

Refrain from beating your chest on the various data collection sites (aka ‘social media’)!

Let your reward be the nice, comfy, warm feeling you get from doing the above.

And now, we return you to your regularly scheduled programming….

                                             Lee Marvin Guest Star with Vic Morrow on “Combat!” tv series

 

Better Weather Can be YOUR Motivator to a Fresh Start in Your Training

Posted at AP 6 Jan 19 as ‘A New Year Can Mean a Fresh Start in Your Training”

Simply put, sometimes life will get in your way, and pretty soon, you’re not training like you should in any area, and then, even with a couple attempts at getting back on schedule, you might feel overwhelmed…..and then just lay off for a few or more months.  Then, if one isn’t careful, the habit of no longer training will become routine, rather than the forced discipline of training becoming routine.  And then comes the end result pictured below:

                                And this is before TOO much damage has been done!!

Not a good outcome for you OR your family, if you are the leader and/or protector.  Not good from any perspective that you might have if you’re a regular DTG reader.  Here it is, already the 3rd week of April, and you haven’t gotten serious about being in shape, because ‘weather.’

Right now, anyone (used to include me – I’ve been at it now for about 6 weeks) who’s slacked off for whatever reason have an opportunity to motivate themselves and get back on track.  The hardest part of the journey is making the first step, and that’s getting off the couch.  Use the mild weather to help you.  Open some windows, walk around outside.  Add some stabilized oxygen to your drinking water a couple times a day.  The more oxygen in your blood stream, the more you’ll be energized.

The second step is to start doing ‘push away’ exercises (push yourself away from the table).  The third step is to restart your PT program.  Now.  Today.  In the rain if necessary.  No matter how inviting and warm that chair or couch near the fire place, wood stove, or TV looks!

Each step comes easier following that extremely difficult first step.  And yes, you’re going to be sore, possibly even cranky as your food intake decreases.  Persevere.

In addition, consider cutting back on sugar/carbs/starches/alcohol.  They have one purpose beyond the very little bit your body needs:  Make fat.

Increase your intake of natural fat, vegetables (especially green ones) and natural protein.  Natural fat is necessary for good brain function and also will help jump start your metabolism again.

And, if it needs to be said, check with your doctor before doing anything rigorous.  Personally, I’ve got a clean bill of health, but I’m also starting out again gradually, on that long, hard road to fitness.  Being able to move without screaming is actually a positive!

My first phase still includes increasing numbers and sets of push-ups, walks of increasing distance (no weight) and speed, and abs all summer.  About a month ago, I started rucking again in addition to more rigorous PT.  Right now I’m at 5 miles with 50 pounds at about a 17 minute mile.

It can be done without too much agony.  Remember, science shows us that we can rebuild muscle mass, strength, and stamina into our 90’s…..so there’s really no excuse not to, especially in the preparedness world.

Here’s a couple of good resources if you like guided programs (like I do).

Buy it here for less than $9.

Here’s another for pure body weight exercises that cover entire physique conditioning that can be done in a small space.  It’s called, “Convict Conditioning,” and it can take you from no strength whatsoever to powerhouse strength.  When I bought mine it was almost $40; now?  It’s less than $24 on Amazon, here.  Such a deal!!

For abs, my favorite reference is, Legendary Abs – Gold Edition.  I’ve been using this routine since my early martial arts days, and it really does work without stressing or hurting your back.  It also provides the science behind the routine.  It’s just under $24, too, if you want to try it out.

 

Once I get to April, or possibly mid-March, I’ll be adding this back into my routine.  Up to 10 miles, eventually, most likely by August/September, and, as I’m purging my ruck, probably 65 pounds.

80 lb ruck – Prior to a 7 mile walk – 2016 – I was 60.  Still rucking 3 years later.

Whatever you choose as your primary routines, the most important ingredient will be your resolve to see it through and form the habit of exercising so that when you have to miss it, you feel guilty.  It helps.

So, what will your routine be?