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Which Way Do You Go From Here

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 10:35 AM

In 2016 I lost my interest in training. A lot of things happened family-wise with several deaths, one very tragic. Summer that year I started getting back on track and started YouTubing about firearms, fitness, and self-defense. It is an ongoing thing. Having not been involved in firearms for many years, that has been the focus of most of my attention. But things always even out. 


I am not totally fitness consumed like I was for many years. I laugh when I think about the thousands of pushups, knee bends and situps I've done in the last ten years. I could say the same about martial arts training or weight training I have done during the decades. Training like an athlete has some benefits, but the bottom line is, when you are in your fifties, it is a wasted effort. Energy becomes more precious and you need to be concerned about long term health and productivity. No one cares about how much weight you can push or how many pushups you can do. If it is not for your own betterment or personal satisfaction, it is a wasted effort.


I've always been a fan of the Charles Atlas course. 'Ive come not to always agree with the exercise advice, but overall, it is an excellent way for the ordinary person to look and feel better within the context of working a job and raising family. Will it build a bodybuilder physique? No. Will it allow you to lift heavy weights? No. But it will enhance your overall life and strength for day to day tasks.


So I want to take off from that base. How can that course be enhanced and solidified beyond doing pushups to perpetuity? Along with that what about basic self-defense via simple movements trained repetitively. Can you say John McSweeney? How can self-defense for the average person be enhanced beyond the basics McSweeney taught?


Last but not least - firearms. A lot of people are antithetical to firearms. But, it is a part of American culture and life. Educating yourself about firearms, firearms use, laws, and self-defense strategies goes a long way towards creating a safe and respectful culture. It is also very empowering for the weak, the infirmed, the elderly and women.


It is all about being prepared. Being prepared for the unexpected, and taking your body's health and fitness one step at a time. But, that is not the only thing here at this site. I'm a Christian with fundamental beliefs in God and the sacrifice of his son Jesus Christ for our sins. A lot of people are uncomfortable with that. That's O.K. I'm still going to speak it. I am not going to try to proselytize or argue my faith, but I will tell you where I stand.


Historically we are heading for some very intersting and exciting times of great social upheaval worldwide. It pays to prepare mind, body and spirit, and to try to live at peace with all men, as much as possible. So I encourage you to prepare and to not waste precious time that you could be bettering yourself, mentally, physically and spiritually.



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4 Comments

Reply sixmillionman
9:40 AM on July 30, 2017 
i agree with you 120%. well said.........................
Reply Michael
8:57 PM on July 27, 2017 
Some good insights and wisdom.
Reply Lionquest1
5:38 PM on July 27, 2017 
stickman4 says...
Greg, your shift in focus over the last year or so was/is evident to all who come here. No problem. You, like all of the rest of us are evolving. Stasis is not possible or even desirable if we are to grow and develop. Playing cowboys and Indians or toy soldiers has its moments in the younger years but as we age we see the world change in many ways. Those who haven't seen us in awhile note with a smile that we too have changed. We come to see that our presence here is temporary, and this provides context to the changes both physical and psychological we undergo, It is meant to be so. I still work out, but not in the same way I used to.. My efforts are focused on reasonable objectives to be reached by commonsense efforts. I still come here every day to see what's posted. I probably don't say a lot very often but I think I've pretty much decided that a lot that I believe is out there to be found. Doesn't mean I have to shout it from the rooftops. Our time here is limited. Everyone's is. Enjoy the good. Seek to make the bad better. Be kind to those you encounter when possible. Accept that your time will come. Don't fear it. From the Old Testament,, Chronicles Chapter 29 verse 15: For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding."


Thank you Stick for posting that. It was very profound.
Reply stickman4
4:43 PM on July 27, 2017 
Greg, your shift in focus over the last year or so was/is evident to all who come here. No problem. You, like all of the rest of us are evolving. Stasis is not possible or even desirable if we are to grow and develop. Playing cowboys and Indians or toy soldiers has its moments in the younger years but as we age we see the world change in many ways. Those who haven't seen us in awhile note with a smile that we too have changed. We come to see that our presence here is temporary, and this provides context to the changes both physical and psychological we undergo, It is meant to be so. I still work out, but not in the same way I used to.. My efforts are focused on reasonable objectives to be reached by commonsense efforts. I still come here every day to see what's posted. I probably don't say a lot very often but I think I've pretty much decided that a lot that I believe is out there to be found. Doesn't mean I have to shout it from the rooftops. Our time here is limited. Everyone's is. Enjoy the good. Seek to make the bad better. Be kind to those you encounter when possible. Accept that your time will come. Don't fear it. From the Old Testament,, Chronicles Chapter 29 verse 15: For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding."