Firearms fitness as a working adult - (yes, this is a form of "gun training" and "safety")

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by bluez, Oct 26, 2019.

  1. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    Only doing a run today.. I thought it was one day later in the week than it really was.
    Friday will be Gym
     
  2. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    Today I again tried some exercises different from my normal routine..

    My normal routine is designed to support infantry type activities but I still need to mix it up a bit

    So today, in order:

    3x Sets close arm pushups to failure... push-ups are a lot easier to me now then even two weeks ago

    3x Sets of Seated row to failure

    4x times plank

    8 minutes of Stretches

    3x sets dumbbell standing military press to failure

    2 x sets hip tuck

    4x times farmers walk to near failure (failure defined as drop of weight)

    1x sets of sit ups (only one set, because I was actually, not figuratively, passing out near the end.. just barely caught myself)
    I was gonna call it a day and go right then, but after I recovered a bit decided to still squeeze in some:

    3 x sets frontal raises (raises, especially frontal, are critical to have a stable firing platform thru your shoulders to hold your carbine on target while firing from the standing unsupported and also to quickly respond to moving targets..especially when exhausted and in a reflexive fire situation .)

    still planning on a run in the evening..

    Just like many others on this board I am not a young man.... not even close.. but after 20 yrs army I know how to work thru "the suck".... I dont care what your age is, unless you are outright major handicapped, if I can do it ,so can you.

    Remember: No fate but what we make..
     
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  3. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    The MOnday after that last post I went on a hard run with a buddy how is still active duty.

    He smoked me of course.
    but it was a great workout.
    Tuesday I did nothing to let my legs recover.
    Wed I could have but I was lazy.. same with thursday..

    But today I just came back from a nice long hard nighttime ruckmarch
    And I have the next two days to get to my miminum of 4 workouts for the week.
     
  4. Nmwabbit

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    Darn bluez...i’m exhausted reading about you exercising...whew...:eek:
    You go...tho glad you started w/o me! :rolleyes:
     
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  5. bluez

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    Followed up with another ruckmarch today.

    My 3rd Cardio for the week.
    Today I substantially increased the load from approx 35 lbs, to approx 57 lbs, by addition of a 10kg (22 lbs) plate.

    I could really feel the difference especially on the uphill and got gassed.

    Tomorrow Gym, mostly upper body a little core too.
     
  6. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    After Mondays run this week, I did nothing on Tuesday due to work.
    Nothing on Wednesday due to well,, laziness... but today being Thursday I knew if I dont get a workout in it will ruin the week as it will likely take away my ability to have 4 for the week..

    So went on a ruck march.
    Again with 60lbs not 35.. felt a lot easier now than when I did it the first time a week ago.
     
  7. SRK97

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    Ruck tomorrow, only 50ish pounds. Thinking about getting a new pack, maybe a Mystery Ranch
     
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  8. bluez

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    I wouldn't say "only" to 50 lbs.. it took me a while to work up to 60 for a hilly march...
     
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  9. Chuck Roberts

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    The only exercises I do are dead lifts and push-ups, and I am not even consistent with those.

    I am 55 years old, and maybe 5 pounds overweight. When I have my annual checkup at the VA, the doc says to keep on doing whatever I’m doing.

    So, I continue to eat my Hershey bars, dip my Copenhagen, and enjoy life:)

    I’m serious enough for SD to make sure I stay practiced with my CC so that my draw to hit times are below 1.5 seconds from concealed at 10 yards, and I can draw and make hits while doing dynamic movement off line.

    My AR rifles collect dust in the safe, but after 8 years of carry and use in the combat zone, I figure it will all come back to me if needed:)
     
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  10. SRK97

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    Was making great time until I found all those black berry bushes. 10 miles is enough for me right now, I need better hiking shoes than 10lb work boots Screenshot_20200703-120659_onX%20Hunt.jpeg
     
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  11. bluez

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    Rock on fellas!
    Keep 'em coming!

    Here is me today:
    To my surprise my legs weren't sore at all from yesterdays hard and heavy ruckmarch.

    In recent weeks/months as I am getting back into shape this soreness was often a limiting factor as it made me doubt the wisdom of consecutive days legs.

    After a run or a hard ruckmarch my legs would be sore for one, or even two days..

    So I would not re-exercise them with another cardio in order to allow them full recovery ( I suspected my advancing middle age was responsible).

    Well it appears it was the deconditioning that had been responsible.
    Because today no soreness at all, despite a heavy ruck march thru the hills yesterday.

    So today I ran again..
    I was a bit slow (not losing any weight with all this telecommuting...) but at least i was out there.

    Hard times are coming, best get ready.
     
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  12. sheriffjohn

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    Found my fitbit. And a box of thin mint girl scout cookies. Tannerite and another can of mace. Hiked to the garden to fill Management's garden tiller with gas. Fitbit charging. Enough exercise for one day. Go Bluez, exercise fascinates me. I can sit and watch for hours.
     
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  13. bluez

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    Went on a ruck march today. 60lb ruck.. not far, approx 4 miles, but fast and hard in hilly terrain.
    This stuff is getting easier the more often I do it..
     
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  14. bluez

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    Just got back from a run.. my 3rd cardio of the week.
     
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    bluez Well-Known Member

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    Saturday I was supposed to hit the gym but got lazy.:confused:
    Today Gym is closed... was gonna run but then I got tired and cat napped around noon .. for 4 hours... :eek:

    So now in the evening I knew I wasnt gonna have a good week (minimum 4 workouts) unless I did something tonite..
    So went on a nice ruck march.. short (4 miles) but fast and heavy through hills
    :)

    Hard times are coming, best get ready...
     
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  16. Ghost1958

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    I'm having to start over again.
    I'd lost 45 lbs in two months but over the winter I gained it back.

    Knees and back are too shot to run or jog much. So I'm getting another elliptical like I had before, and going back on the eating pattern I lost the weight on as much as I can. Now that I'm alone I dont cook and the stuff my wife used to fix isnt available obviously.

    I'm 61 now and figure itll take me maybe a little more than two months this time.

    As far as shooting im just a smidge over a 1 sec draw to fire from concealed at 10 to 15 yards head shot on a FBI bottle target.

    Do shooting on the move etc.
    Shoot at least a few rounds every other day or so.
    Also shoot the AR but not as much as the 45acp.

    So the shooting part is fine but I wont be hustling up hillsides very far for a while. Maybe never agsin.
     
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  17. bluez

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    I feel you.
    2 years ago I was in seriously good shape. Easily comparable to the active army types I deal with all the time..
    Now after Corona isolation (and also before) I lost nearly all of that and also got a bit fat.. Trying to claw it back, step by step.

    I am gratified to see that this thread is inspiring folks to do likewise.
    This is the sole reason I maintain this thread :)

    best to set attainable goals.

    I started just with 3-4 walks per week in the first month to build up my muscle and tendons again after isolation.
    After the first couple weeka the walks starting getting a bit faster
    Then 2nd month 3-4 times a week with a light ruck.. starting at a slow pace and by end of month getting faster.. this phase can last a couple months.

    Only then did I start running again... and despite being overweight I know joints/tendons/muscles can handle it now.. due to slowly getting them ready..

    Its all about setting attainable goals.
     
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  19. G66enigma

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    Years ago, I tromped around Hawaii's "hillier" areas for weeks with a ~60lb+ pack. (Na Pali coastline, Haleakala crater, etc.) Old injuries preclude doing any of that type of stuff, these days, so it's gym + cycling and home exercises for this old boy. Daily's good. Best way I know of to keep the strength up, and the aches/pains at bay.
     
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  20. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    Today Thursday is I must admit the first time I exercised this week.
    Having some sleep issues so I lack the energy for it..
    Well today i came home early from work and slept for 2 hours and then went.

    A Ruckmarch fast and hard with 60 lbs through the hills.
    Feels great to have it under my belt.

    Hard times are coming, best get ready...