Are You As Battle Ready As Your Ancestors? – Part 2
Ancient warriors were immersed in a culture that forged physical perfection and the ability to fight. Use this workout program to get battle ready.
THE 9-PART BATTLE READY WORKOUT
I have put together a workout sessions that in my opinion are pretty damn close to fighting in an ancient battle (at least I feel like I have been in a battle during and afterwards). Now, before you try the workout it is important to go over a few details.
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First, your mindset must be in the right place. This is a great opportunity to use your imagination; kids do it all the time, but adults suck at it. I want you to pretend you are really in a battle. This will help you as the workout goes into the depths of your conditioning. Personally, I like to jump up and down and scream “Krrrrreee-aagh!!” or some other nonsensical war cry before I do this workout.
Second, be careful. I know that is kind of a downer to read and I sound like your mommy, but I am being sincere. Some of the tools you will be using were weapons in their origin, and some of the weapons you will be using are in fact, weapons. Tools such as the Onnit Steel Club (which is fantastic for some of the grip building drills we will be doing), or the Onnit Steel Mace (heavier for some of the drills and lighter weights such as the 7lb is great for sword simulations), are designed after ancient weapons. These are dangerous and if you have others around you be careful.
Third, do not quit!
This workout takes the better part of an afternoon and is a hard kick in the arse, so make sure you have some time set aside, some mates to play with, and some mead for when you finish.
WORKOUT PART 1: BATTLE PREPARATION
Stone carry, as if you were carrying supplies to the battlefield with 60-120lbs (the one pictured is 108lbs). You will carry it for time alternating shoulder to shoulder as you feel without the stone touching the ground. This is mentally and physically demanding. You will carry for 5:00 minutes, 7:00 minutes, then 9:00 minutes with a break in between rounds. Don’t put it down, stay tough!
WORKOUT PART 2: ONNIT STEEL CLUB MELEE
I use the 25lb steel club for this one. Start about 40-50 yards away from a tire, pile of sand or heavy bag. Sprint to the target (don’t forget your battle cry I mentioned earlier) then beat the hell out of said target. Two hands, one hand, alternating hands, until you have reached 100 blows.
WORKOUT PART 3: SPRINTING
Sprint at a diagonal about 15-30 yards then dive to the ground, this is tactical running great to have in your wheelhouse should you ever be under fire. Repeat 4x
WORKOUT PART 4: MACE SPEARS
Mace Spears 30/30, Steel club “sword ready position swipes (pictured)” 20/20 these absolutely shred the biceps.
WORKOUT PART 5: MORE SPRINTING
Tactical Sprinting 15-30 yards 4x
WORKOUT PART 6: MACE SPEARS
Mace Spears 30/30, Steel club “sword ready position swipes (pictured)” 20/20
WORKOUT PART 7: MORE SPRINTING
Tactical Sprinting 4x
WORKOUT PART 8: WEAPON WIELDING
This is the fun part, grab a sword if you have one, or a Steel Mace (light), or a sledge, or ax, or even a long stick then wield whatever weapon you have for 12 minutes straight.
WORKOUT PART 9: WRESTLING
Wrestle a heavy sandbag for 10 minutes, the one I use is 180lb.
Alba gu bràth
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Mark Smith is the owner of Asylum Fitness in beautiful Wilmington, North Carolina. He is a Movement and Strength Coach that uses unconventional tools and methods to make his students a little better with each practice. His main focus is movement, he believes, “We were born to move. Reclaim your birthright.” He encourages his students and all those he meets to just play, similarly to when you were a kid, believing that play is the foundation of movement and movement is life. “By learning to move better and improving our mobility, everything falls into place.” he says. Mark is an Outdoor Fitness Enthusiast, is well versed in corrective exercises, and currently holds a level 1 FMS (Functional Movement Screen), and is a MovNat level 2 certified trainer and is always seeking to learn from the best. He also has a background in track and field, martial arts, ballroom dance, and currently is practicing parkour.