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Wanna workout? No gym membership? No problem!


Being fit continues to be an aspect of preparedness that is mostly ignored. I guess it is not as cool as a “tactified” AR or a Benchmade Nimravus knife. In a survival situation the ability to perform physically (and mentally) could very well mean the difference between life and death – or maybe not. Who knows?

The vast majority of us sit in the comfort of our warmly heated homes, being transported here there via petroleum-powered vehicles over great distances. We make our way through the drive-thru to get instant nourishment or walk into the local grocery store and walk

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Supplements as part of your food storage program

Back in the late 80′s I was big into bodybuilding. No ‘roids here – but I tried numerous nutritional supplements trying to get that “edge” to build more muscle – faster. Back then like a typical teenager I really didn’t think about health so much as my looks. Today at almost 44, I Crossfit and run for health reasons and all the while HOPING that looking better will be a benefit as well. 

I have a few select supplements that I use to assist in workout recovery and solidifying an environment that my body can build muscle

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Exercise and health….recommitted

A while back I talked about fitness, nutrition, and preparedness. Far too often people – even me sometimes – do an awful lot of talking and planning and not enough doing. Fitness is something that people always put of ’till tomorrow. It’s the “I’ll start my diet Monday” routine, while I eat like a pig all weekend. Monday comes and nothing changes.

Last year I had lost about 15 pounds at one point and was working out hard doing Crossfit. If you do not know what Crossfit is check out my other posts following the links above.

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Fitness and Survival

The following is another entry into the ModernSurvivalOnline Preparedness Guest Post Contest running through the end of July. Prizes include:

First Place winner will receive - The Power Pot V Thermoelecric Generator from Directive21.com, a Deadwood Cook Stove from Deadwood Stove Company, a Paladin Go Bag provided by SurvivalGearBags.com, CampingSurvival.com is providing the following: eGear Ready Kit 300 Survival Kit  , one eGear Jolt USB Mini-Light , and an eGear 10 Day Lantern. Total value over $400.

Second Place will receive - EndlessSunSolar.com is providing a NOMAD 5 Thin Film Solar Charger, Prepper Press - 5 preparedness books of your choice, Old West Lawman’s Forgotten Memoir courtesy of http://www.oldwestlawmansforgottenmemoir.com/, and one American Firearm Gun Oil Lubricant Boxed Set from American Gun Oil Company. Over $225 in prizes!!

Third Place will receive - Two Grow Buckets Kits from Choate Machine and Tool. Each kit

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Fitness and survival……..

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

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YouTube Video: What is crossfit?

I have been doing Crossfit for almost a year and a half. When it comes to preparing your body for the challenges of a survival situation - I think Crossfit is the absolute best method.

Many people have emailed me and asked about Crossfit. This video does a great job of explaining.



Part Two: Crossfit and Paleo……a journey into health and fitness


Part Two: Paleo Diet


Part One can be seen HERE.

Starting in my teenager years in the late 80′s all the way up to very recent I always followed a low fat, medium protein, high carb diet when trying to loose weight. I know, I know…. this goes totally against the low-carb rage that engulfed this country several years ago. When I was younger I studied nutrition and actually attended college studying nutrition for a year. Anyways, I have avoided low carb due to my love for pizza, potatoes, and bread.

A few months ago I heard

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Part One: Crossfit and Paleo……a journey into health and fitness


Part One: Crossfit


In most any survival situation health and fitness are factors that are extremely important. Several years ago I read a book written by Sylvester Stallone and he made the statement that once you turn 40 – it’s decision time. He said that around the age of 40 if you don’t start taking health and fitness seriously things can go downhill quickly. Back then I agreed with him and set out to try to change my life so I could stick around as long as possible.

Since my teenage years I have lifted weights

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Survival Fitness…..Welcome to Crossfit


Fitness has always been something that I have thought about since being a teenager (now 41). Over the years, like many others, I have joined gyms and worked out for a few months – and then returned to a sedentary lifestyle.

A little history -

At the age of 16 I discovered bodybuilding. Reading Muscle & Fitness magazine – I was amazed at the condition that people could get into. I began working out with weights and reading everything I could on nutrition as well as bodybuilding. For the next few years I trained very hard and certainly changed

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Guest Post: The Low Carb Prepper

by James Nelson


While in many ways we prep just like everyone else. We are well armed with guns, the related skills and ammo. The Big Berkey is backed up with 40 gallons of stored water. We have various methods of cooking and heat, everything from home made stoves burning wood, rocket and wood gasification types with stored fuel, alcohol stoves of various types, and commercial stoves burning butane and propane. The 6 hour chafing dish alcohol burners work really well and cases prices at Sam’s run a little over a dollar each, and we have a

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Guest Post: The Skinny on Preparedness

There is a joke I like to tell people about my weight.  It’s my little way of saying “I’m just big boned!”  I always say that in addition to storing food, I am also storing fat so that my body will have something to live off of in hard times.  Now, while, it may be a cute little self-deprecating joke, what it really hides is my growing uneasiness about my weight when looked at in the light of preparedness.  I have thought about this essay and started and restarted it for several weeks now.  Frankly, embarrassment has been the source

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Survival of the fittest

I have posted before about my desire to improve my physical conditioning. I recently took some actions to get me on my way. Also – I do not consider myself in bad shape – just want to get better.

First – a little history:

Hurt my back 3 years ago playing basketball – lower back pain ever since – every so often. In and out of weight lifting/bodybuilding for the past 25 years. Have participated in several types of martial arts over the past 25 years including jiu-jitsu and stickfighting. Went to college studying sports nutrition.

My desire is to

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Went running today……

I have been working out quite a bit lately and improving my diet. I would like to loose about 20 pounds. I think physical fitness is an important part of survival as the demands placed on your body during a survival situation may be substantial.

Cardio has always been my main drawback – I hate any kind of cardio.  I have been reading about fitness and survival over at Ryan’s Total Survivalist Libertarian Rantfest. He is in the military and honestly his writings have convinced me to get cardio into my fitness plans.

So – I went running today and

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Health, Fitness and Survival

Like most people – I would like to be in better shape. I have spent most of my life involved in the martial arts and weight lifting. As a teenager I was very into bodybuilding and even went to college studying nutrition – I wanted to be a sports trainer.  To sum it up – I know what I am doing when it comes to exercise and nutrition – it’s just a matter of getting it done. I just joined back to my local YMCA and have gone to a few “getting back into it” sessions and will be increasing

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