Do It If You Want To Live

PT, that is.

John Robb’s Global Guerrillas links two paths to greater strength and endurance:

100 Pushups

Couch-to-5K Running Plan

Even though you are not training, the people who will come to kill you and your family are.

No excuses.

No slack.

8 responses to “Do It If You Want To Live

  1. Already there and then some.

    Quite frankly CA and AP forced me in to it and I’m glad they did.


  2. Great program! Simple, effective, and takes into account all fitness levels.

    Great job, CA!

  3. Ain’t that a bummer, that the Other People get paid to do PT… sometimes, as their five-year plans allow. But I’ll accept the idea that the others get paid to be fit, and we do not.

    Knowing that, is just reinforcement of what we already know: That a fit person is better equipped to deal with life, than an unfit person.

    I’m not there, with that push-up program. Did enough of them as punishment, saw enough of the people who did real well on pushups in actual PT tests, and can view in my mind a generation later, what they probably look like now. Cranking them out, does not get it for me.

    Wonder why John Robb did not get into the use of the kettlebell for personal fitness, he’s wired into the OpFor, right, and the modern use of kettlebell training goes back to our once and future foe, the durn Russians

    The use of a kettlebell, if light, can be combined with the daily hurts that people remember from Basic Training. Weight must be kept light. The idea here, is to do the remembered exercises, with another ten pounds on top. You can buy a ten-pounder at Walmart for cheap. Don’t laugh about the weight, all is about how the weight is incorporated. Do, with the laughable weight of ten pounds, your daily cals from Basic Training, then report back.

    In conjunction with the above cals with light weight, a person can get into more of the traditional use of a kettlebell, as a daily conditioning tool. Again, the caution is to keep it light. Don’t let your balls dictate your choice of weight. Twelve KG might seem to be pussy weight, but I’d recommend no higher to start. Find ways to make that weight work for you, prior to going higher. That approach, beats the other idea of starting high, staying static in your use of it, and risking injury at the start.

    Back to the top, where we learn that the OpFor gets paid to do PT on a Stalinesque schedule. They do disregard their proper enemy, which stays in shape on its own time and on its own terms. Embracing the use of a kettlebell, light, and incorporating it into your own way of learning how to beat the OpFor, might be a winning thing for you.

    As you progress with a light kettlebell, you can always buy a heavier one. Starting out too heavy, is just going to make you try and be a bodybuilder in order to handle the too-heavy weight. Start light, manage it, learn to like what it adds to calesthetics. After that, maybe consider going higher in weight.

    Most of us could also benefit by doing some light and practical PT, that about shouldering a rifle… that’s the bangstick that you carry on daily walks, right? In an earlier WRSA post, CA talked about ways to win in the upcoming struggle. As a sub-part of his list of doing various things to get in shape, CA recommended shouldering drills with the rifle. His recommendation was about lifting of a weight to a place, with the side benefit of learning point shooting. Many x/per day drills of that sort, are a good thing.

    And as a side benefit of that small aspect of PT, that of doing shouldering drills… know what? The other folks don’t get paid to do those drills, their PT pay is to reinforce the more brutal sort of skills… not, as our folks have learnt them, the sideways skills that overcome brute force. As you do the little shouldering drills… what the hey, you’re just paying yourself back.

  4. Couch to 5k is a great plan to get started on running. I am not sold on the pushup routine at all. First it seems aweful arbitrary and I doubts its effectiveness and second if the goal is to control your body weight you would be far better off doing multiple exercises (pushups, pullups, situps and dips come to mind) to actually make yourself more fit instead of just good at one exercise.

    The thing with fitness is that you have to take a long view. Fitness is the ultimate slow cooker concept requiring consistent (if not always perfect or increadably intense) effort over a long period of time. Not weeks or months but YEARS, especially developing strength and mastering body control movements.

    Also don’t blow off eating right, sleeping enough and recovery. We don’t get in better shape because we work out and run hard, we get in better shape because we work out, run hard and recover. I wish I had learned that years ago but at least I am getting it now.


  5. I did the 100 push-ups program and it works. I did it several years ago and did not maintain it and that is the key. It will put muscle on you but its a specific set of muscles only and you must combine it with other programs.
    I struggle with fitness because I like to eat but my Scot-irish genes seem to be programed to put on the insulation from cold North Atlantic winds and so I get a drop tank around the middle. I keep at it though last night I did 2 miles quick walk and run with two 10lb weights in hand. Some times I carry the Mauser as that bitch is thick and sometimes I swing a kettlebell on my walk /jogs.

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  7. Full kit now. Two mile run with:
    1. Gas mask left thigh.
    2. Pistol right thigh.
    3. Chest rig with 12 mags of 360 rounds 5.56mm, 60 rounds .40 S&W, 2 quarts water, energy bars and jerky for 3 days, flashlight, leatherman, cleaning kits for both weapons, folding and sheathed tac knives.
    4. M4 carbine.
    5. Tac gloves.
    6. Tac boots.
    7. One hundred degree Florida heat with 85 percent humidity.
    Fuck push-ups!

  8. Oh, for got the individual trauma kit.