November 11, 2020 at 9:20 am #30503
I enjoy shooting including competition. I hunt and it’s my job too. I’ve been a firearms instructor in the military, LEO and regular folks for years. Many ask me how to improve and often the answer is to get stronger. You can’t hold the gun steady if your struggling just to hold the gun.
Start at the beginning. Your hands hold the firearm so increase grip strength, forearms and shoulders are next followed by the core and then legs to hold you in the correct stance and to move.
Pulling out you firearm to work out is frowned upon in most gyms so you have to get creative. I use the cable machine here with a rope attachment to grip, hold steady then move my aim to deliberate points I’ve picked out in my mind. Start with a single plate then increase as you become comfortable. You shouldn’t be comfortable because that’s not working out. You also shouldn’t be in pain so don’t go to heavy.
November 12, 2020 at 7:11 am #30552
I have used a 12lbs weight bar (about 5ft tal) that I will walk with “at the ready.”
But I have found using COL Jeff Coopers Rhodesian ready is more practicable then the tacticool low ready.
November 12, 2020 at 7:33 am #30553
That’s a good substitute for working out.
Rhodesian Ready is good for long walks, low is good for entries so that if it’s blocked you can still get rounds into legs. High ready is good if the suppressor is hot and/or concrete splash is worse than roof absorption.
It’s not a either or it’s an all. Situation dictates
I try not to get caught up in the tacticool of “a navy seal said” because we all have different missions with different equipment.
November 12, 2020 at 8:16 am #30556
I have seen too many of the YouTube Rambozwannabes “at the ready!”
Try that for a patrol for an hour and see how their arms shoulders feel.
You are right about using the right position for the right situation. Unfortunately tacticool crowd tend to focus on the tacticool part and not practicality.
December 12, 2020 at 11:29 am #31524Amelia BerryParticipant
I have seen many articles and videos on this subject and I know that many people do this and to be honest, this brings me a lot of joy because I understand that people are aware of how important it is to take care of our body and health. I personally maintain my form through yoga, which I have been practicing for a year and it brings me maximum satisfaction. I’m not doing it alone, but with a personal trainer that you can find more about if you need it.
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December 12, 2020 at 8:03 pm #31529
I like yoga. I don’t like the you gotta have a mat made from bamboo by a Tibetan monk during the monarch migration attitude though.
Yoga is great exercise for the small muscle groups and control. The breathing is probably the most important aspect especially related to shooting.
I’d love to see a post from someone, like yourself, who’s much more versed in it and the benefits related to preparedness.
December 13, 2020 at 12:21 pm #31534
Both my mom and sister do yoga.
Both now have some ‘guns’ i.e. upper arms!
I should for the stretching alone.
The wife got a stair stepper/elliptical like thingy a few months ago. I found I have liked it.
December 12, 2020 at 8:16 pm #31530
2 of my favorite
December 13, 2020 at 12:22 am #31531namelusParticipant
Yeah put you gym muscles against heavy farm work.
We do stretching yoga a few like more do tai chi chuan or qi gong.
Doing VO2max training helps the recovery from sprint to shoot well.
December 13, 2020 at 8:42 am #31532
The goal of the article was about directional workout towards the specific goal of shooting not a general grind. I’m not challenging anyone’s toughness, physical ability or anything like that.
A workout is a workout no matter. It’s not an either or. I grew up farming/ranching in days before ATVs and GPS run tractors. Melons, cantaloupe and hay were all loaded and unloaded by hand not machine. Fencing was a hand only operation as was milking. Joining the army wasn’t a tough physical transformation except push-ups and more running which took little adaptation time.
When I was young I did both types sometimes daily but now I kinda got choose. Yesterday it was no gym but wood cutting. Today it’s snowing and slick so gym equipment or home yoga etc.
I’m not challenging anyone on their workout type. I’m challenging everyone to be the best them they can be
December 13, 2020 at 12:24 pm #31535
The only person anyone needs to challenge is the yahoo in the mirror.
How one gets there is ones personal preference.
Some days it is with the weight bar, rucking, cycling.
Other days, stacking a few cords of wood, 400 square bales of hay, shoveling manure/snow.
At the end of the day, got that I worked out kinda of tired/tightness in the muscle groups, that was a good day.
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