Got my time down to 40 minutes for a 2 1/2 to 3 mile hike in light pack (30 pounds) plus cutting down two small pine trees (soft wood) of about 15 to 20 feet tall with my hatchet. Just finished timing and testing myself.
Also I have divided my packs and rucks into light (30 pounds), medium (50 pounds) and heavy (70 pounds). I thought about making my heavy pack 80 to 100 pounds but given my previously broken back and my knee injuries 70 pounds seemed adequate for my training purposes especially since my Roman Way training (which I’ll discuss later) usually involves carrying tires and logs as well. No sense courting injury, especially at my age. Yeah, yeah, I know, 53 ain’t what it used to be. People are a lot healthier, stronger, and more youthful than they used to be. Assuming they eat right and take care of themselves. And often I feel like I’m in my thirties, not fifties.
But it took me almost six months to fully rehab my broken wrist from last year and I’m still not up to where my bench press used to be.
However just last week I did 20 pulls ups and later 20 chin ups in the same training routine in addition to my bench presses and the rest of my routine with no wrist pain at all. So that’s good progress as well. And I’m down to 175 pounds, much of which is lean muscle now and so that’s a big advantage.
Also this past weekend I went out in the car and measured where I used to run as a kid. No wonder I was so skinny back then. Turns out I used to run about 8 to 12 miles most every day after school back when I was a kid. Depending on the circuit I took of course. I was thinking I was running more like 4 to 8 miles a day as a kid.
Of course back then I seriously overtrained. I’ve learned better over time.
But now I know exactly how far to run my wife and how to better train her for the mini-marathon she wants to run.
So that’s good too…
Although I like and regularly follow the Art of Manhood this fit in so well with the new training program I’ve developed, The Roman Way, that I decided that this should definitely be shared here as well. This is exactly how I perceive The Roman Way, as being a tactical, personal, mission-oriented, and fully-functional form of athleticism for the average man and woman (and child).
My wife, by the way, who aside from my youngest daughter and myself happen to be the guinea pig(s) for my program has lost nine pounds (so far), regularly hikes and rucks now and every day after her workout and run she chops down two ten to twenty foot tall trees with her hatchet to help clear our land.
Soon I will teach her how to build things out of the trees she cuts down. Anyway enjoy the podcast and conversation. Later on I will return to The Roman Way and discuss it in more detail as I am now writing a book and training manual on the program.
A lot of really good things are happening nowadays in the fields of personal health and athleticism.
We don’t normally think of soldiers and first responders as “professional athletes,” but that’s exactly how my guest today argues they should see themselves. His name is Rob Shaul, and he’s the founder and president of the Mountain Tactical Institute — a research organization dedicated to creating fitness programming that takes workouts outside the gym and gives them a mission-centered focus. Rob believes that soldiers, police officers, and firefighters, as well as folks who participate in strenuous mountain activities like rock climbing and backcountry skiing, should view themselves as tactical athletes and train not just to train, but for a purpose outside the gym.
Today on the show, Rob and I discuss what makes the Mountain Tactical Institute’s mission-focused approach to fitness different from other organizations, why it is that soldiers and first responders should think of themselves as professional athletes, why soldiers in Afghanistan started following his fitness programming for mountain climbers, why there are so many out-of-shape first responders on active duty, and how to train to become a “tactical athlete,” even if you’re a civilian.
- Rob’s background and how he got started in tactical training
- Why do mountain/adventure athletes even need specific programming?
- How MTI caught the eye and focus of active military members
- Why different missions and events require specific fitness programming
- The most important things listeners can know about fitness requirements for military service
- The fitness culture (or lack thereof) of first responders
- The safety issues that present themselves when first responders aren’t fit
- What happens in our society when fitness standards are implemented in police and fire departments
- How age impacts one’s role in the military, and in first responder departments
- Why first responders and military members should see themselves as athletes
- The philosophy behind becoming a tactical athlete
- Specific fitness benchmarks and goals for police officers, military members, etc.
- The importance of durability in any athlete
- Should civilians strive to be become tactical athletes?
- The next evolution of fitness, and how we’ll move on from gyms and obstacle races
- What to do when your programming and workouts get stale
- What Rob calls “the burden of constant fitness”
Resources/Studies/People Mentioned in Podcast
- X Games (winter games start soon!)
- The History of the Army’s PT Test
- Fitness on the Front Lines in Iraq and Afghanistan
- My podcast interview with J. C. Herz about CrossFit
- GORUCK Challenge
- CDC study about firefighters and obesity
- First Responders: Why Do You Tolerate Unfit Police and Firefighters?
- Colorado Springs police department fitness test
- Why Every Man Should Be Strong
- Every Man Should Be Able to Save His Own Life
- Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
- Train to Dominate an Obstacle Course Race
- Are You Combat Ready?
- Army Physical Fitness Test standards
If you’re looking for a fitness routine that’s mission-specific and designed for a purpose, be sure to check out the programs available at MTI. I’m thinking of trying one of them out myself.
Connect With Rob Shaul and Mountain Tactical Institute
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I am seriously considering inventing an improved and a modern version of this gear system for my adaptation of the Roman Way. Also I very much like the fact that if you have to go into combat you can immediately shed the weight as compared to a ruck or backpack. I will still use the weight vest to simulate armor but adapt this system for carrying additional weight and gear.
This happened back in 2013. I still miss Alex. Boy thought he was a dawg. All Dawg.
(Sam and Alex on point)
I like to watch Sam chase my female cats. He never hurts them but he likes to chase them across the fields and to the woodlines where my female cats either tree, or turn and stop and Sam blunders to a halt to avoid running over them.
Sometimes they will sprint right in front of his face to entice him to chase them. (You know females.)
Once Alex (my male Viking cat) sees Sam chasing the females he’ll go outside and chase them as well as if he’s another dog. And if they tree he’ll sit beside Sam and watch em from the ground as if he’s waiting on em to come back down.
So my two males, dog and cat, sit watching my two female cats as if they are dogs who have treed possums.
It amuses me.
All of these people died in faith without receiving the promises, but they saw the promises from a distance and welcomed them. They confessed that they were strangers and immigrants on earth.
People who say this kind of thing make it clear that they are looking for a homeland.
If they had been thinking about the country that they had left, they would have had the opportunity to return to it. But at this point in time, they are longing for a better country, that is, a heavenly one.
Therefore, God isn’t ashamed to be called their God—he has prepared a habitation for them.
Sitting here at the house with all of the doors and the windows open enjoying the cool, cool breeze of the passing storm as I work.
But at least, thank God, the rain has stopped…