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Personal Fitness: The Oft Overlooked Prep – A Personal Story

It doesn’t matter how many sacks of flour and rice or cans of ammo or cases of water you have if you can’t carry them to the car in an emergency without gasping for air.  What good are your home defense weapons if the mere act of grabbing your 12-gauge under stress, and running to the front door causes your heart to nearly beat out of your chest and torrents of sweat to stream down your face?

Yes, this post is about a vital prep you may be overlooking in your necessary pursuit of more ‘stuff”;  Physical fitness.  This subject is near and dear to me because I am an asthmatic.  Some years ago, despite regularly taking my medication, I could not exert myself very much before having to stop and catch my breath.  It wasn’t until I became involved in the ‘prepping mindset’ that I realized that my lack of stamina was a potential source of problems in an emergency situation.

I decided that I must improve my conditioning, to the degree that I was able to due to my medical condition.  Light weight-lifting and running on a treadmill 3 times a week, and the support of a wonderful wife who did those things right along side me at a local Planet Fitness club slowly, but noticeably, began to improve my woeful physical state.  Gradually, I began running longer distances and greater inclines on the treadmill and lifting greater amounts of weight.  Has it helped?  Well, I went from not even being able to jog slowly to the end of my block (200 yds) without stopping for a breather, to running a 5K race this morning in the South Florida heat and humidity without once stopping to catch my breath.  Did I win?  No.  And YES!  To me, completing that race (in just over 31 minutes) was the culmination of my efforts to improve my conditioning and is a source of enormous satisfaction and pride.

The moral to that story is, of course, that physical fitness is important and you can improve yours if you have the desire.  A gym membership helps – and I only pay $10 monthly for my Planet Fitness membership and I highly recommend them.  If you can’t afford that, walk around the block after dinner.  At first just one lap, than work your way up to longer, faster laps.  Sure, it’s work, but it will pay off in an emergency as much, if not more, than much of the stuff you’ve acquired.

Be safe.  Be prepared.

PP 2011

September 10, 2011 Posted by | General | 1 Comment

PP At the Range: Real-Life Practice v. ‘Group Think’

Think shooting tight groups is the be-all and end-all of pistol shooting?  You might be kidding yourself.  In this video, I show you how I use my range time to get proficient at quick target acquisition and the ‘double-tap’.  My rationale being, that in an actual encounter (God forbid), you won’t have time to get the perfect sight picture and breath cycle required of tight groups – rather, you will be under immense stress and have to get two quick shots off ASAP.  Practicing that, to me, is more meaningful and relevant.  Just one man’s opinion, though – your mileage may vary.

Be Safe.  Be prepared.

September 6, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Labor Day 2011- Obamatons Turns Up the Anti Tea-Party Rhetoric

Since trying to pin the nearly averted government shutdown on the Tea-Party, the Obama administration has been slowly, but inexorably turning up the rhetorical pressure on the Constitution-Loving conservatives (notice, I did not say ‘Republicans’).

Slowly, that is, until today, when the malignant spawn of Union Gangster Jimmy Hoffa uttered these, now infamous words right before President Obama took the stage during a Chicago pro-Union Labor Day rally:

And, of course, the President immediately distanced himself from that harsh rhetoric…  No.  Wait.  All he did was praise Hoffa when he took the stage.  Let’s get this straight:  A union thug whose lineage can be traced back to the mod boss who is now resting comfortably in a New Jersey swamp (or so the legend goes), threatens to ‘Take these sons of bitches out’ and the President PRAISES him??  What’s going on here?

Then, on the same day, in what must admittedly be the oddest of coincidences, Vice President Joe Biden implores union thugs to stop the ‘Barbarians’ at the gates.  To whom is he referring when he uses the word Barbarians, why the Tea Party, of course.  Here’s more red meat for the Bolsheviks:

Now maybe I got this all wrong, but it seems to me that the two highest ranking elected officials in the country are calling for violence against the Tea Party, or at the very least, failing to condemn in the strongest terms, calls to “Take the sons of bitches out”.  I do not accept that these two incidents were mere coincidences.  And if you do not either, then you’d do well to keep a careful eye on the doings of the unions and community organizations vis a vis acts of violence against Tea Party members.

It may all come to nothing.  Just a little hot rhetoric to fire up the union robots.

But, then again, it might be a good time to speed up those preps.

Be safe.  Be prepared.

September 5, 2011 Posted by | My Opinion | Leave a comment

   

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