I came across an article written by Aaron Cowan at Moderno that really described a shift in my training paradigm three years ago. Cowan writes, “All things considered, the case for a sedentary life or simply practicing the gun and not strengthening the body is not just weak, it’s effectively dead.”
It’s particularly intriguing when observing the amount of time and money spent on firearms and firearms training, compared to our own personal health. Stephen Luntz shared an infographic Julia Belluz created, comparing money donated to fight various diseases and the number of people in the United States who die from the same diseases. It appears we consistently, myself included, have difficulty prioritizing our issues objectively.
Seriously. It seems there are a lot of people dead from a preventable condition.
I’m not particularly heavy, but I should shed a few pounds. Moreover, I believed I can develop and push my marksmanship training further if I was stronger, and perhaps more conditioned. I began a workout regiment and ran regularly in 2011. I managed to run 3 miles at a 9:10 minute pace, but I wasn’t making progress with my strength. Despite acknowledging my lack of progress, I continued without a program, inconsistently over the next two years. Further, I experienced more injuries as I was adding weight too fast, or simply had poor form. I eventually tapered my workouts all together.
I started 5×5 starting strength after Burch’s class in April until I established good form. I made steady, and progressive improvement overtime with no injuries – especially when I started to focus on hip mobility. Then in April 2014, I switched to Wendler’s 5/3/1 program with boring but big accessory movements.
Reviewing my notes from January 2014:
Deadlift: 1 x 315 lbs x 3
Squat: 1 x 245 lbs x 5
Bench: 1 x 145 lbs x 5
Wendler August 2014 Cycle, week 3 of 4:
Deadlift: 1 x 360 lbs x 2
Bench: 1 x 205 lbs x 2
Press: 1 x 120 lbs x 3
After this Wendler cycle, I’m going to get back to conditioning. I’m signed up for another ECQC course this November. It’ll be interesting to experience how much progress I’ve made since 2012.