A Survivalists guide to tactical fitness strategies

We all are aware of the importance of being prepared. You have your equipment ready, your bug out bag is packed, camping gear and such, but are you physically prepared as well. Do you have the strength and fitness to carry your gear and get you and your family from here to there?

Here’s a scenario that a Houston area man may have recently found himself in. Flood waters are rising, the ground floor of your home is getting flooded and your wife breaks her leg. Would you have the strength to carry her upstairs to safety.

You are a woman who has been confronted with a potential rapist. Do you possess the tactical knowledge to fight off his advances, or the speed and stamina to run to safety?

There is a hurricane and evacuation becomes necessary but a tree has fallen on your car. Are you going to be able to carry your bug out bag and possibly one of your children to safety?

All these tasks require a special strength and stamina that you need to train properly for. This is the difference between tactical training and fitness training. You need to train like a soldier, not a gym workout.

I think you would be surprised to learn that one of those muscle bound gym rats would have a difficult time carrying a soldiers back pack on a five mile march. My guess is that he’d collapse inside of two miles.

They train to look good in a mirror. They can squat and bench press a ton but that will serve no purpose when SHTF. You need to train specifically for the situational demands that may occur.

3 powerful fitness strategies


  1. Train with relevant weight

As a survivalist it is essential to be able to walk long distances. Walking alone isn’t enough, you need to be able to carry weight on your shoulders.

So, an actual scenario would be the best way to train. Carry a pack on your back that has the same weight of your bug out bag. You could also just carry your bug out bag in training.

When walking, practice doing squats and lunges, as these would simulate best an actual situation. You certainly don’t want to take off your pack every time you need to bend over or pick something up.

Mix it up. Carry your bag in your arms for a while. After all, in a real situation, you may have to carry something besides your pack.

2. Sprinting

I think most people don’t often run and some people don’t run at all. As a survivalist you must train to sprint. While walking burst into sprints at frequent intervals to build up your strength and stamina.

This particular form of training could be very useful to the woman faced with an attack by some unsavory character. The ability to run away from an attacker may be your best defense from harm. The man that can’t catch you, can’t hurt you. Sometimes just the extra effort it takes will discourage an attacker and he won’t pursue.

3. Drilling

For a prepper, some form of self defense is essential. In Karate it’s called katas, a pattern of movements practiced again and again, until they become second nature. A series of kicks and punches thrown repeatedly in order to reduce reaction time as close to zero as possible.

Again this sort of training especially helps women as they are usually attacked by someone with a size and strength advantage. These advantages are overcome by speed, quickness and agility and these are only gained through repeated practice. During a physical altercation, a woman is best served if she acts instinctively. A quick palm heel strike to the chin or nose, a knee to the groin and I think his willingness to chase you is dampened.

Practice your drills, daily if necessary. Remember, if you’re attacked, if you must stop and think, you already lost. Practice is when you plan. Situations call for reactions.

This applies to all preparations, firearms, evacuations, starting a fire or setting up a tent. All skills are made better with practice. Don’t think about it, do it.

A gym rats fitness training and yours are different. You’re training to survive in any situation and as long as your tactical training keeps this in mind, you’ll be ready. Be prepared and stay tough.


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