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Fitness

Your health account, your bank account, they’re the same thing. The more you put in, the more you can take out. Exercise is king and nutrition is queen. Together you have a kingdom.

I truly feel that one of the biggest shortcomings in the gun-owning world is a lack of focus on physical capability. When you look at it, though, our physical fitness underpins nearly every activity we do. Strength helps you carry heavy loads for hunting and hiking. Cardiovascular health helps you be more accurate and recover quicker from exertion during a hunt or match stage.

Muscle mass helps you survive longer when the situation grows dire.

Since the Everyday Marksman community emphasizes taking action, I want to make sure you have the resources and tools to own your physical fitness and improve upon it. Here you will find all of my articles, podcasts, and challenges related to your physical capabilities.

If you haven’t tested yourself against a Marksman Challenge, be sure to check one of them out and lets us know how you did over in the community forum.

/// Test Yourself

We all need objective standards to hold ourselves to, it gives us a direction to train for and a yardstick to measure our progress. And as part of promoting a more capable type of citizen, I thought it was important to develop a set of standards for the community. So here they are! Think of them as a progression as you improve and develop your personal capabilities.

/// Fitness Archive

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 ...

Three Reasons Fitness Matters in Scenario-X

Today we continue on our Scenario-X series by touching on fitness. It's a core pillar of The Everyday Marksman philosophy, and in this episode I'm giving three domains where it really makes a difference. Only one of them actually has to do with accomplishing the mission at hand.

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.

Five Things I’m Focusing on in 2022- You Probably Should, Too

I dislike the whole New Year's resolution ritual, but that doesn't mean I don't do some self evaluation and pick some new things to focus on. In this episode, Allison and I discuss my primary focus areas for 2022, how they will affect the site, and why you should probably consider focusing on these things too.

How to Prepare for the Tactical Games with Mike and Pascale Green

The Tactical Games are part of a growing trend with combining physical fitness with marksmanship in competition. I've seen them talked about quite a bit over time, and I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Mike Green and his wife Pascale to talk about how the games started and what to look out four while you prepare.

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.

Why a Fitness Test? Why now?

This is just a quick unedited rant about why I decided to launch a physical fitness test for The Everyday Marksman. In short, 2020 sucked, and 2021 might be worse: maybe it's time to hold ourselves to some objective standards.

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.

A Marksman’s Balance: Making Time for Things that Matter

Today's episode has to do with the theme of the month within our community over at The Marksman's Quarter: finding balance. I thought this was an appropriate topic because I just came off of a month-long break from writing or recording, and wanted to talk a little bit about what led to that hiatus and the things that have been on my mind.

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.

Sharpening the Edge: There’s Value in Competition

Life is full of competition. In fact, in the grand scheme of things, all of life is a giant competition for resources and reproduction. Entire species either prosper or go extinct on the macro level due to their collective abilities to compete in an ever-changing environment. Nations, businesses, and people operate in a similar way. And so should you.

Finding Balance: If Everything is Important, then Nothing is

In today's episode of Everyday Marksman Radio, I'm talking to an old friend of mine, Garret Glover. What makes Garrett interesting is not that he's my friend, though. It's that he has managed to strike a balance between his career as an active duty Air Force officer, planning a wedding, getting his second master's degree, running a side business, and still compete as a bodybuilder. So where does he find 36 hours per day to fit all of this in? It's all about smart time management and prioritization.

100 for 30 Pushup Challenge

This challenge is about the lowly pushup, one of the simplest and most effective exercises you can do. But, really, it's not about the pushup itself- it's about discipline and routine building.

Combat Strong: Analyzing the New Army Combat Fitness Test

I recently got the chance to speak to Dr. Whitfield East, the research physiologist for the US Army Center for Initial Military Training (CIMT). You’ve probably never heard of him, but he is responsible for leading review and analysis of military physical fitness training for the Army. More importantly, he’s a key player in developing the Army’s new Combat Fitness Test. During this interview, we cover several important topics including the history of combat fitness testing; how military physical training evolved over time; how the new ACFT came to be; and what a training program for the average guy like ...

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