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Gabriel Suarez
09-16-2016, 06:40 AM
THE IMPORTANCE OF FITNESS (http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2016/09/the-importance-of-fitness.html)

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In a recent discussion at warriortalk a point was brought up that one did not need to have a "physique" in order to be able to fight. I countered that fitness and fighting were two separate matters and showed images of the UFC fighter Tank Abbott. Abbott is a huge man and can fight, nobody can deny that. But he is fat and not "fit" in the sense of what we want fitness to be. I then showed an image of Clarence Bass, a 75 year old bodybuilder who looks better and is probably healthier at 75 than most men at 25.

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If all we wanted to do was to "be able to hit hard and fight", we would be emulating the Sumo wrestler...getting as big and fat as we could, so we could bowl over lighter men. A sumotori would able to break a smaller man's wrist by simply taking his punch. But I will bet a health profile for a Sumo is hardly one promising of a long life. I will also bet a sumotori could not run any distance, and I will bet they don't get laid much either....except by female sumotori.

So in this article, I will explain what I think fitness is, what its components are, and then why it is a desirable thing to pursue. Whether one wants to be able to fight...or to just be fit. And we will also note that there are plenty of very fit and muscular fighters today whose physicality contributes unequivocally to their success.

Fitness.

First we refer to the body's ability to adapt to challenging situations, be it cold, hunger, stress, or any physical hardship. Put ten people into a survival situation and all things being equal, the fittest will prevail, whereas the frail or unfit, will perish...perhaps even for food. Fitness in a true form avoids specialization. The overweight wrestler or obese sumotori may be seen as "fit" for their sports, but they are specialized. Same with the emaciated marathoner that can run for 100 miles. He is the other extreme.

One who is fit should be able to run fast at moderate distances...say three, five, even ten miles. He won't be as fast as the specialist marathon guy, but he will do fine because he will be able to do it in boots, without a warm up, and on broken ground. He may even be carrying a rucksack with a percentage of his weight and the run done at a fast walk. Tell the sumotori to carry a ruck with half his weight for five miles in one hour over broken ground. Good luck.

One who is fit should be able to lift heavy weights. A good barometer of strength is powerlifting. A strong man should be able to bench press 1.5 times his weight, squat 1.5 times his weight, and deadlift twice his weight. And no, one does not need to specialize in those lifts either. I personally have transitioned from the Bench Press to the weighted Dip. But in any case, that means to be considered adequately strong, I at 170 currently, should be bench pressing 255#, squatting 255# and deadlifting 340#.

Great "cardio", like what a marathon runner has, will not allow you to pick up your wife and run with her on your shoulders to safety...nor to break another man's neck in a contest of strength. And yes, all martial bullsh*t aside, as Inosanto said, "You cannot ignore nature". Once the technical skills are equal, it will be the fitter man who prevails.

One who is fit should be able to explode into action without any detrimental effects. I recall recently Tom C and I sprinting through the terminal in Dallas after two hours sitting at rest. No problems. Explosiveness is made up of the ability to contract the muscles quickly and plyometrically but also anaerobically, without incurring an injury or a cardiac event.

One who is fit should look fit. Unless you really don't give a crap about how you look, smell, or dress, most of us want to look like we are fit...or at least trying to be fit. I do not spend the hours I do sprinting up hills and in the weight pile to be mistaken for Jabba the Hutt. And all grey man nonsense aside, the thugs will look at you and think, "that guy right there....he looks like he can kick my ass...I will leave him alone". Then they will go find a weak looking fat guy. The life of the fit guy is easier. People immediately evaluate you based on your appearance. If you look fit, you will demand a physical respect that the frail will never be given.

One who is fit will be able to live as a strong man into his later years. I suspect if more men spent time lifting heavy stuff and running fast, there would not be any need for Viagra, or any of those "you can still be a man" pills. A gentleman does not talk about such things but those I associate with...other fit men, find no need for such pharmaceuticals...much to the smiling agreement of their equally fit wives.

One who is fit should be healthy and without the degenerative maladies of modern, soft, domesticated man. Some of this has to do with genetics, but that which does not...does not. I wonder how long the obese sumo wrestler...who is such a bad ass in a fight, will live? Fitness has many aspects my friends...but the best aspect of all is that its only real cost is discipline. The bad ass Sumo killer? Imagine how much better he would be if he had the body of a George St. Pierre. The skin and bones marathon runner? Imagine if he had the body of someone like Hussein Bolt.

Fitness is its own goal.

Once you are fit, in the sense of the word being discussed here, everything...EVERYTHING from fighting to pleasing your spouse will be better, easier, and repeatable well into your nineties. Select your path wisely. Next time we will discuss the Triad Of Fitness!

Rick Klopp
09-16-2016, 07:16 AM
Well said - and as you eluded to, physically fit people are less prone to medical conditions over their lifetime as well. I want to be able to get my wife out of harm's way, bust off my location and shoot the terrorist in the face today but I also want the ability to play vigorously and keep up with my grandchildren later in life.

CDX09
09-16-2016, 08:16 AM
https://youtu.be/GHb2XWJ_UKc

I know which one I'd rather look and perform like.

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Patrick K
09-16-2016, 08:37 AM
Fitness or finished...don't make it easy for them. 49658

paknheat
09-16-2016, 09:55 AM
Great write up . I remember early on , the UFC had a David vs Goliath venue. In one of those fights there was a Sumo wrestler who fought a smaller, but much fitter, Kenpo stylist. Big boy hit the canvas a few times and was never able to fight very well at all.

Get fit, get healthly and learn to hit REALLY F'N HARD!!!

Bill the Vet
09-16-2016, 10:44 AM
Since coming to this forum,I have twice proven that Mark Rippetoe was correct when he said " strong people are harder to kill".(Medical adventures in ageing).Thanks Gabe,for starting me on a lifelong path!

Herbert West
09-16-2016, 11:37 AM
Is this concept not a given? Isn't it simply understood? Good commentary, in agreement with the points made, but isn't it obvious? One doesn't have to be an Arnold Schneggar type, but being slender, mobile, agile, and strong will get you through long hikes, century rides, 5k races, and long stretches of sea kayaking !

Greg Nichols
09-16-2016, 11:44 AM
I have seen some amazingly athletic fatties but they are un believably rare. On top of that I would argue that I doubt they wouldn't perform better if their diet were on point.

Hammer27
09-16-2016, 12:34 PM
Fitness: able to easily take and save lives.

Sgt. Psycho
09-16-2016, 06:01 PM
This one falls under "you cannot ignore nature".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsqnPkBRAu4&feature=youtu.be#t=7.941972

45Smashemflat
09-16-2016, 06:55 PM
Read this on Havok Journal today, good timing...

"Across the board, the men and women that pass tough selections and outperform their peers in the military are simply stronger than their peers. I did not say “bigger,” I said stronger. Stronger in all tasks, globally stronger. Can you throw on 1/3 of your bodyweight in armor and gear and carry your friend 400m at a dead sprint? No? Well then, Turbo, I don’t care what your marathon time is."

http://havokjournal.com/fitness/military-and-special-operations-fitness/7230/

Mods, if link not acceptable, please remove. Article and site seemed good to me.

Bottom line, get strong.

Swobe1
09-17-2016, 05:22 AM
I've been thinking about this a lot lately. My family started eating right over a year ago with paleo, and I started working out almost a year ago. I can tell a huge difference in my everyday life, I just don't think I'll ever get rid of what's left of my gut, but I'm okay with being in that 225 weight range and continuing to get stronger.


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Gabriel Suarez
09-17-2016, 08:24 AM
Read this on Havok Journal today, good timing...

"Across the board, the men and women that pass tough selections and outperform their peers in the military are simply stronger than their peers. I did not say “bigger,” I said stronger. Stronger in all tasks, globally stronger. Can you throw on 1/3 of your bodyweight in armor and gear and carry your friend 400m at a dead sprint? No? Well then, Turbo, I don’t care what your marathon time is."

http://havokjournal.com/fitness/military-and-special-operations-fitness/7230/

Mods, if link not acceptable, please remove. Article and site seemed good to me.

Bottom line, get strong.


All of that aside...I like LOOKING LIKE I LIFT.

Nothing wrong with aesthetics as long as it doesn't take the overall focus. We wash our cars, we make sure our homes look good and we dress appropriately and well. We also brush our teeth and wipe our asses because we want to appear refined and look good. So yeah...aesthetics is "A Reason" why I am fit, although not the "ONLY" reason.

45Smashemflat
09-17-2016, 08:35 AM
Preparing for performance leads to a certain image, no?

Gabriel Suarez
09-17-2016, 08:42 AM
Preparing for performance leads to a certain image, no?


Nonetheless that perspective "its all about being strong regardless of anything else" is a slippery slope that leads to the Sumo image.

BSBG
09-17-2016, 02:57 PM
Good post Gabe. Strength and fitness are their own reward in many areas of life as you point out. I enjoy being the 52 year old that the college kids at the gym call "sir" as I lift more than they do.

45Smashemflat
09-17-2016, 04:25 PM
We are on the same page, sir. It's how you define strength. Mr Sumo probably isn't picking up anything and "sprinting."

I was more focused on cardio vs strength training.

Gabriel Suarez
09-17-2016, 04:36 PM
Yes sir.

Swobe1
09-17-2016, 06:33 PM
I want to look like I'm working out, and I can tell when my wife comments on my traps and back that I do. I am a long, long way from a sumo, but I meant that I'll probably always have a chest protector over my abs. I'm very fortunate to have my own range and I've been taking my bar, dumbbells, and kettle bell down with me when I shoot and doing workouts during my range time to change my range routines up a bit.


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michael
09-17-2016, 08:43 PM
Being fit, strong, agile, fast, flexible, and having endurance is vital if we want to live a life worth living. I'm 56, but regularly get mistaken for being late 30's or early 40's, and I have to admit I love that. There is a certain amount of pride involved, as well as knowing you have the capability and capacity to handle anything that life or some miscreant throws at you.


Out of destruction rises opportunity. Never, ever give up.

AFSOCCRNA
09-18-2016, 08:15 AM
Nonetheless that perspective "its all about being strong regardless of anything else" is a slippery slope that leads to the Sumo image.

I had an interesting experience my last deployment to Afghanistan. My team was supporting an op being conducted by our country's most elite infantry unit. They were clearing a valley of shitheads during daylight and it was balls hot and the kids were weighted down with an unimaginable amount of gear, many were carrying 70% or more of there body weight. They had casualties and both surgical teams were alerted to get on helicopters. Hot LZ so it took us several tries and over an hour to get in. When we finally landed we took on three GSWs and 17 or 18 heat casualties and our other team did the same. Fortunately everyone survived. During the after action with the company senior medic we talked about all the factors that contributed to the heat injuries. One of the things he said was he has many guys that only lifted heavy weights, no strength endurance or cardio at all. While not all of the heat casualties were his weight lifers, all of his weight lifters were heat casualties.

None of these guys had the sumo look of course but they did specialize in strength at the expense of other parts of fitness and they paid a price.

Swobe1
09-18-2016, 05:44 PM
I'm going to put this on here to look at some stuff I'm trying to throw in with my range time and fitness. I'm lucky to be able to do this and this is the first time I tried it. I did it yesterday and ran it again today to film and share. Ive got a long way to go, but I'm trying. If I'm not supposed to post YouTube links, I'm sorry.

https://youtu.be/XWfqsARUZuE



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Gabriel Suarez
09-18-2016, 06:34 PM
Swobe1: Very nice.

AFSOC: Not all weightlifting is the same. IMNSHO strength is more important than endurance for day to day life. The marathon runner that weighs 125 soaking wet may be able to run 50 miles...but not carrying a buddy. If the weightlifter seeks complete fitness, leaning more to being strong than being enduring, I think he will be in a far better position than the guy that wants endurance over strength.

Today for me, it was carries...which far more offer conditioning than a plodding three miles. First three sets with 80# in each hand. Next three sets 90# in each hand. Three more with 100# in each hand, and a final two sets with 110# in each hand. Circuit was 50 yards.

Heat inoculation...living here in northern AZ, involves less work in the AC gym and more work in the sun...directly in the sun.

henri
09-19-2016, 09:22 AM
Recently attended a small gun class in the southeast, large club, we had a bay to do our training, 6 slender, 'in shape' individuals, normal clothes, jeans tshirt, shorts, sneakers, nothing tacticool....several matches being held in the other bays, noticed an inordinate amount of grizzled pot bellied, morbidly obese, plain old fat fucks walking about with 'I'm a sheepdog shirt' DTOM nonsense shirts, and more gear on than a combat soldier...pathetic toothless drones...No wonder the gun community /gun guys are ridiculed as brainless twats. Slovenly corpulent dickweeds with no sense of self or any self respect from what I witnessed. Not all, but 90% I would say at least, not the type to associate with by any means.
I digress, fitness matters tremendously ( preacher -choir I know) combination of strength and endurance as noted is optimal, takes work, of course but damn its important to a good fun life!

Swobe1
09-19-2016, 09:38 AM
I'm tying to get my wife to join me in the fitness journey but she is being stubborn. I've told her how much better I feel just in the last year. Playing with the kids, work, everyday activities.

I laugh when I see those guys wearing the III% shirts and Sheepdog and stuff like that. Those shirts aren't for me as I do try to maintain a "grey man" mentality, but like Gabe said early, I don't mind the looking like I do work out and am fit. Most of the guys wearing those shirts are huge or skinny little guys who cover their pickup windows with the DTOM flags and gun stickers that get their info from their huge parents.


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