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Physical fitness is every bit as important for living a successful life as our psychological wellbeing. This category contains discussions on developing and improving physical fitness and mobility.

The Martial Marksman Physical Fitness Hierarchy

In this post, I outline the physical training hierarchy for Martial Marksmen- or really any prepared citizen, first responder, or military member. What are the most important to least important things to worry about when building up your capability? Let's get into it.

The Home Gym Compendium: Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?

Late in 2022, I made the leap to abandon the commercial gym memberships I'd used for decades. Instead, I committed to turning our garage into a gym suitable for my continued journey towards my goals. I've learned a few lessons along the way, and thought you might be interested in the pros, cons, and the weird.

AAR: Tough Mudder 5k and the Value of Generalism

As a team building event for my day job, I joined a Tough Mudder. After finishing, I decided to jot down a few thoughts about how it went, how to train, and why I think it's a decent approximation for "real life emergencies."

The Devil’s Mile Sandbag Challenge

This marksman challenge is about grit. It's about pushing through pain, discomfort, and exhaustion to reach a goal. Our tool of choice? The humble sandbag and a pair of shoes.

VO2 Max, Aerobic Energy, and Why it Matters to You

You might not have noticed, but I recently updated the Level 1 fitness standards to include a 1.5 mile run instead of the 1 mile that I originally used. I did this based on a lot of learning I've done over 2022 concerning conditioning, metabolism, and how your body recovers from stress. In this post, I want to touch on the key measurement used for aerobic conditioning, how I'm using it for the fitness test, and some tips on how you can improve it for yourself.

Level 3 Fitness Standards: Tactical Excellence

This is the last of the Everyday Marksman fitness standards. Level 1 was about general health and fitness and Level 2 focused on strength and work capacity. Level 3 combines everything into a few events to test all aspects of combat fitness.

How to Use Math to Master Your Physical Strength

I'm nerding a bit today. After many months, if not years, of reading various exercise programs and following many of them, I started to notice several similarities between them. I thought there must be some kind of forbidden knowledge that a non-trainer like me must be missing about how how these experts were selecting the given weights, sets, and repetitions. Then I stumbled onto the work of some Cold War-era Soviet researchers and it put it all together for me. So now I'm going to share what I've learned about the math, and how to use it for your own ...

Fit or Fat? It’s Time to be Honest With Yourself

Earlier in 2022, I told you about some of the goals I was working on. Two of them dealt with fitness and nutrition, and now that I'm about done with the six-week nutrition plan I thought it was time to have an honest discussion about where I'm at, where you might be, and where we should all be striving to go.

Tackle the Kettlebell Mile Challenge

This Marksman Challenge is a test of strength and endurance. Like rucking, but with an added twist. The short version: pick up a kettlebell and carry it one handed for a mile. The devil is in the details.

Level 2 Fitness Standards: Strength and Work Capacity

This is the second level of the Everyday Marksman fitness assessments, and it focuses on strength and work capacity. Caution, this is not for beginners.

Level 1 Fitness Standards: The Baseline

It's time to set some standards. Members of The Everyday Marksman community have been trading ideas back and forth about what a proper set of fitness standards might look like, so I decided to try and answer that question. This is Part 1.

The 12-Mile Ruck Challenge

If you've been around The Everyday Marksman for long, you know I'm a fan of rucking. It's a foundational skill of light infantry work as well as a fantastic builder of strength and endurance. I thought it was time to have another challenge about it. As I write this, we are still amidst the COVID-19 struggles. It's difficult to get together in groups, either indoors or outdoors, and ammo is hard to come by due to the panic. So let's do something that requires no ammunition, range time, or social contact.

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