8 Things every man should be able to do…

“Every man should be able to save his own life.”

That’s what I read going over my “History Of Fitness” books this morning.

Every once in a while I crave lifting heavy and being a super bodybuilder again…

Then I read things like this from the past…

“He should be able to swim far enough, run fast and long enough to save his life in case of emergency and necessity.

He also should be able to chin himself a reasonable number of times, as well as to dip a number of times, and he should be able to jump a reasonable height and distance.”

Such simple requirements. But can you do them?

They don’t require a gym membership or long hours of training to acquire. They make you feel better instead of beating you down and you can practice them every day if you want to.

I just thought that this was important information to share with you.

This as well…

Last night I was ordering pizza (yes I was) and I saw the Mille-feuille. It’s my go to desert. But then I thought about my ability to chin, jump, run…

And I remembered what else I read in my history lesson…

“If a man is of the fat, porpoise type, naturally he cannot do all, if any, of these things; he has nobody to blame but himself, and his way of living that has brought his body into its condition of obesity.

It has happened many times that there should be a fire at sea or on lake or river; should one be half a mile or more from the shore, he would be mighty thankful to realize, were he compelled to jump for his life from the fire, that he could swim that distance and reach the shore in safety.

Suppose one were in a burning building and he had to lower himself hand under hand down a rope or down an improvised rope of bedclothing tied together to reach the ground in safety; he again would be thankful a thousand times that he possessed the strength and endurance in his arms and coordinate muscles that would enable him to save himself. Such things never may happen, and let us hope they do not; but what has happened always is possible to occur again and, in fact, always is happening to some one.”

You never realize how important basic life skills are until you need to call on them.

And that’s why when the urge to go back to my weight room, bodybuilding days pulls at me, I ask myself…

“How high and far can you jump? Can you pull yourself up over a ledge to save your life?”

Now that’s important training.

I MUST be able to be good at those before I consider putting time and money into feeding showy muscles.

And that’s why I created Commando Cardio and the monthly Basement Barbarian club.

Get gritty,
Raymond Burton

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