There are many aspects that go in to your ability to win a fight. When we prepare our personal protection plan, we give a lot of thought to things like firearm selection, ammunition ballistics, holster construction and clothing that best conceals our weapon. All of these things are important considerations, but unfortunately, one very important component is often forgotten, fitness. Yes, fitness is a very important aspect to any personal protection plan and should not be overlooked.
Generally speaking, being physically fit means that you are healthy. If you are the type who takes care of yourself by eating right and exercising regularly, you will have a tactical advantage over the person who does not take an active role in their health. You will be stronger, more flexible, possess better hand-eye coordination, be faster, have more aerobic stamina and be less likely to suffer an injury during a fight. In the end, your body will be able to function at a higher level than the average bad guy who may be an alcohol or drug abuser, a smoker or somebody who is generally lazy about physical activity.
Most of your garden variety bad guys will fall into the category of poor health, however, more times than not, most bad guys will be young adult males. Even without paying much attention to fitness, a young adult male is generally more physically capable than the average women or the average male in his 30’s, 40’s or 50’s. Any added advantage you can get by taking proactive steps to improve your health will be to your advantage.
Without getting into the particulars, I suggest a mixture of aerobic and strength training as well as exercises to improve hand-eye coordination and grip strength. Yoga and Zumba have their place in a good fitness plan, but adding strength training utilizing free weights is a must. Yoga isn’t going to help you as you trying to fight off a bad guy long enough to get to your firearm. Only strength training will.
So, as if you need another excuse to get off the couch and get moving, add surviving an attack by a highly motivated 19 year old male determined to take your life to the list.
Don’t just survive, thrive!
Carrying a firearm for personal protection brings with it an awesome responsibility. You have the power to change a person’s world forever, and even the power to take their life. It is you duty as a responsible gun owner to always obey the cardinal rules of firearms safety and to understand the laws where you live and travel with your gun. Do your due diligence become educated on the use of force continuum and become proficient with your firearm before you leave home.