Sharpen Your Hatchet While The World Screams

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Will to Prep Yourself

We preppers are a strange lot sometimes. We buy food and water filters and meds along with all kinds of gear and weapons.... Then many times it all just sits, waiting for the go signal. 

I have news, you won't be able to shoot like Marky Mark or move like Keanu Reeves or save lives like Alan Alda just because you have the gear. That Baofeng in your bag that you never use because you are not licensed won't magically contact your tribe and never mind that HF radio you bought but never operate  

We all have fell into this trap at times. We all suffer from normalcy bias and tend to get stuck in the business of living our lives. It's natural  don't get me wrong, but it can also lead to not being able to actually do what all these preps supposedly give us the ability to accomplish ... survive and protect. 

I have alluded a few times to my commitment for 2018 of prepping me, the man. I want to hone and sharpen to razor quality my abilities and knowledge and make myself the ultimate implement I will use. 

This is not easy. It means PT, paying for classes, reading and doing (not just reading) and putting into action an actual plan for all of this that is actually doable. Setting a goal of being John J Rambo by December 31st is not achievable and will cause me to become discouraged pretty quickly. Putting goals in place that are well thought out and then making every effort to see it through will inspire confidence and act to push me (and you) harder. To quote a quirky 80s teen movie "I think once you taste success, you will find it suits you"  

So, this year I started shooting IDPA, I joined with a group of friends in seeking out quality training in med and tac subjects, began serious PT and started learning long range shooting as a serious subject. 

There is more and I hope to come away with having learned a great deal as well as training the lizard side of my brain to act instinctively in many more things to leave the thinking side free to do more important things. 

We were given a reprieve when DJT was elected and what many did was simply stop preparing. We need to be pushing, gaining ground and using this precious time rather than sitting on our rumps taking a breather. Time is wasting my friends, we are still spinning out of control no matter who is at the wheel.

Tick Tock. 

1 comment:

  1. Re: The Will to Prep Yourself: PT


    Physical training (and eventually, fitness) is easier than many folks think, but it helps to know (a) what to do, (b) how to do it, and (c) when you're done. An Executive Summary follows.

    What to Do: Full body Workouts
    Without getting into the tall grass about this, Dan John (strength coach, Highland Games) has written that the human body has five fundamental compound movements: squat (lower body push); hinge (lower body pull), loaded carry (for the core, sometimes for Conditioning); upper body push and upper body pull. A full body workout engages all five compound movements.

    Pavel Tsatsouline ( is a former Russian special forces trainer and a bit of a minimalist. His approach is that, because compound exercises engage the entire body to one degree or another, a very satisfactory full body workout can be had using only three of Dan John's movements: (1) an upper body pull (pick one: pullups, rows, front lever); (2) an upper body push (pick one: military press; bench press, dips), and (3) a conditioning exercise
    (pick one: kettlebell swings, kettlebell snatches, or loaded carries). Tsatsouline's conditioning exercises tend to follow Dr. Sears program:

    How to Do It: Strength or Conditioning
    Pick one exercise within each of the necessary whole-body movements (five for Dan John, three for Tsatsouline). If you've accumulated injuries, you just do what you can. Anything is better than nothing, but a "push" and a "pull" working antagonistic muscles is the practical minimum.

    For CONDITIONING, as an example, I do heavy kettlebell swings (four sets of 25), or heavy loaded carries (suitcase, farmer's walk, etc). Loaded carries are recognized as a good exercise for the core, but anyone who says they aren't splendid conditioners probably should put the pink dumbbell down and reach for something in black. For various reasons, kettlebell snatches (with an appropriately lighter bell) are an excellent choice (they're said to be a favorite of some of the Secret Service's assault teams), but I simply don't like doing snatches.

    For UPPER BODY PUSH I've just completed a cycle of weighted dips. In the current cycle I'll be practicing the bench press.

    Chinups are my UPPER BODY PULL of choice this period, although I find them difficult. Nevertheless, I can do singles and doubles with a little weight added.

    Resistance exercises can improve conditioning (through infinite repetitions of lighter weights) or strength (few reps of close-to-max weights). It's generally unsuccessful to expect much improvement in both conditioning and strength in the same cycle (although it does occasionally happen with new exercisers). Normally, the person who wishes to use resistance exercises for both purposes would alternate between separate conditioning and strength cycles, each about 3 or 4 months long.

    The three exercises take about an hour a day, three days a week. I enjoy the time and I don't rush. The hour is split into into morning, afternoon, and evening sessions of < 20 minutes each. There is no particular value in spreading exercise sessions throughout the day, as far as I can see, but it gives me activity breaks and my body seems to appreciate it.

    When to Stop: Men
    Dan John has listed the following:

    Expected @ bodyweight bench press
    Game Changer @ Bodyweight bench press for 15 reps.

    Expected @ 5 pullups
    Game Changer @ 15 pullups

    Expected @ Deadlift @ 15% of bodyweight
    Game Changer @ Deadlift at double bodyweight

    Expected @ bodyweight squat
    Game Changer @ bodyweight squat for 15 reps

    Loaded Carry:
    Expected @ Farmer's Walk with half-bodyweight per hand
    Game Changer @ Farmer's Walk with bodyweight per hand