There are tons of article written on which caliber is best for survival. Same goes for how much water you should have and which water filter is the best. Let’s throw in the countless opinions on why you should own this knife or that knife above all others. Know what I rarely hear about? Fitness as related to survival.
I am no exercise or fitness expert – but in my 43 years I have spent much of it “trying” to get fit and looked for workout programs to survive a SHTF situation. Right now I am in the best “fitness level” of my entire life. I am better, stronger, faster. No, my name is not Steve Austin.
As a teenager in the late 80’s I was HUGE into bodybuilding. I ate an extremely low fat diet and worked out with free weights for 3 hours a day, 6 days a week. Know what happened? I couldn’t gain any weight, or strength, and my endurance was terrible My fitness program was very one sided – trying to build my chest, back and arms to “get the chicks”. Yeah – worked decent for that!
Over the next 20 years I was in and out of gyms lifting weights, running, and mountain biking. I used to run short distance sprints.
Hours and hours of basketball summer after summer used be take up much of my time. Brazilian ju-jitsu and Okinawan karate have been infrequent activities. I have been practicing Filipino stickfighting for the past 9 years. P90X was great but I lacked self-discipline to go out in the garage, stick that DVD in, and work my as off.
Today I Crossfit – which I love and I have found it to work. Why? It combines so many attributes of many of the things have done in the past. I lift weights – sometimes light and sometimes extremely heavy. Bench press, cleans, squat, dead lift, overhead press – and more. I run – sometimes short distances and sometimes long. I hate running. I row. I hate rowing more than running. I push up, sit up, air squat, do pull ups, and climb ropes.
Fitness and survival. I believe the key to getting fit for survival is VARIETY. If you run miles and miles and then believe you are fit for survival – good luck when you are called upon to lift something heavy and carry it over distance. If you go to the YMCA and bench for hours and do some pull downs – good luck when you need to travel 10 miles as quickly as possibly. How about the big muscle-bound guy that throws his back out while setting up camp?
Variety is key. Stressing the body many different ways, different angles, different intensity levels is required. THIS to me is the best way to try to duplicate the stresses of a survival situation.