Having successfully identified and acknowledged our Top 5 "Must Do's", we are now ready to take action! (See Pt 1. REHAB, Step 3 - "The Action Taker").
“Take a vision of what you want and make it real”.
I'm often asked how to build a strong mind. That ability to take myself to the next level. One of the parts to that answer is physical practice. You can't expect to read about it and then have it.. you have to work on it, forge it yourself so it changes you forever.
"A daily dose of hurt is just what Evennett ordered"
A little information about the training system called KAOS...
The first step in living a life of adventure is to decide what adventures you want to go on. Then, you need to map out the steps you’re going to take, perhaps enlist a few adventure buddies to accompany you on the journey, conquer your fear, and set out on your quest.
Taking your mind and body out of the fast paced and sometimes circular lifestyle we live is imperative. Nothing has ever fast tracked my maturity and refreshed my entrepreneurial mind like sometime in the bush, or better yet, overseas.
I can put my hand on my heart and say that with every adventure trip i have become more mentally tough, more emotionally intelligent and energised to kick some life goals on my return. I find it hard to comprehend those who have never stepped out of the realm of normal life. More so because i know the positive effects of doing so.
Over the next few weeks, we are going to be looking at essential movements for a Commando utilising different style of training and equipment. This week we are looking at functional movements that can be done using small amounts of equipment, so there will be no excuses as to why you won't be able to find these basic pieces of equipment.
A Commando needs to have a holistic base level of fitness in which he can perform any task in any circumstance. The importance of these movements is that the exercises while they don't seem like they are exact movements that you would perform as a Commando, even though some are such as box jump and sumo deadlift high pull. What they do is build the necessary strength in the muscles that you will need to move whether it be during training or in combat.
This is something I get asked all the time, how do I get big when I can’t afford all this food or a gym membership? Well, I'm going to break down a few of those excuses for you here today!
As with anything in life, if you really want something you are going to be hunting for ways to make it work, as a kid if you really wanted to play video games you would do all your homework as fast as you can so you could play games. Vice Versa if a friend asked you to do something you didn't want to do you would say “oh I’m too busy, I don't have time.” This same principle applies here as if you really want to change your health and fitness you will find a way to make it work.
When functioning as a Commando on operations you are living and breathing in what is literally a different realm. A world so different that it is nearly impossible to duplicate in training. Conducting military missions overseas requires a physical adaptation. Both operationally and physically, those who focus on only the one domain would find it extremely difficult to adapt. This style of training was around long before a Crossfit WOD was even spoken of. I'm talking about principles of variation, intensity, and functionality will prepare a soldier for what he/she encounters overseas (i.e. anything!).
Stay with me whilst I give you a glimpse into what a single mission as a Commando could look like and how it relates to today's training. Are you doing enough to stay "fully functional"?
So you’re slogging it out in the gym doing the same old workouts, putting in the effort with extremely slow results. I’m talking about the exercises that are isolating the muscle groups - the back and bi, chest and tri story. You're desperate to build some serious muscle and if someone suggested going for a run it would make you cringe.
If this is you and you're looking for the ultimate change in performance, I have the answer right here.
Let's talk functionality, being able to feel as if you could do anything. Maintaining relative strength levels, utilising explosive movements and being flexible enough to heal and avoid injury. Not to mention finally building that desires ripped look that demands respect.
Because you see, the human body isn’t working to its max efficiency when using single ‘muscles'. It’s designed for movement patterns. In order to maximise the functionality of the human body, we need to focus on five basic movements, which encompass nearly all of the everyday motions.
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not the absence of fear.” - Mark Twain
Our bodies are extremely smart and when your life is at risk, or when you are in any other stressful situation, your body will activate an automated system located within in our brains. This system is activated so quickly that you might have already ‘reacted’ before you’ve been able to make a conscious decision. It is that powerful.
Although this system is great at protecting us from immediate threat, it does have flaws, as fine motor skills will be negatively affected which is turn can have a huge impact on your performance as a soldier. Even if you are not a soldier, it’s important that you are able to deal with stressful situations. That’s why I’ve included mindset principles in my program – to equip you with tools to deal with anything thrown at you.