Complacency Kills

Written by: Joe Decker

We all love the funny fat guy today. They make us laugh. Turn on just about any TV show or movie and you’ll see that funny fat male or female comedian finding humor in their current condition. The unfortunate thing is that being obese is not funny. Overweight out of shape comedians do not live to a ripe old age. Look at John Candy, Chris Farley and more. But then again, neither do overweight out of shape people in general. Obesity, inactivity and complacency is currently effecting about 75% of the population. But you can do something about it and it’s truly not that darn difficult.Try to invest 45-60 minutes of time most days of the week and try to eat as much food as you can that was grown from the land and not manufactured. Like I always say, “it’s not a Rubix Cube, don’t overthink it. Gut Check Fitness, just like the US Military, knows the importance of not becoming soft or complacent but trying to continually stay what the military calls combat ready. I call it training for life. Life comes at you a 100 miles an hour on a random Tuesday so you had better be ready. Invest an hour a day of Gut Check and we’ll certainly do our best to help prepare you for just this as you never know. Are you ready for a Gut Check?!

In reference to the above, please check out this interesting blurb from the blog “The Art of Manliness.”

“Few recruits are physically fit for the arduous duties ahead of them. The softening influences of our mechanized civilization add difficulties to the problem of conditioning men and thereby make physical fitness more important than ever before. Even within TOE [support staff/non-frontline units], labor saving devices and mechanized equipment exert this softening effect. If men are to be developed and maintained at the desired standard of physical fitness, a well-conceived plan of physical readiness training must be part of every training program.” —FM 21-20, Physical Readiness Training (1969)

Throughout the seven-decade history of the Army’s PT test, the rigor of its standards, and whether it emphasized combat readiness or general fitness, has fluctuated along with the cycle of peace and war.

In peacetime, when the prospect of serving in combat seems remote, physical training relaxes and soldiers grow softer, content to maintain the minimum baseline of fitness required by a milder PT test.

In wartime, the vital importance of physical readiness is once again made patent and proven in the field, and these lessons lead to the toughening of PT training and tests.

The lesson in all this for both soldiers and civilians is clear: complacency kills.

Ground warfare is obsolete…until it isn’t. Mechanization is going to make battle a cakewalk…and yet the need to carry 60-100 pounds of gear while dragging a 200-lb comrade stubbornly sticks around. Everyone is sure a big crisis requiring the re-institution of the draft will never, ever happen…right before it does.

The takeaway of course for all individuals is never to allow things like institutional bureaucracy or gender politics or cultural fads to set your personal standards for physical prowess. To always exceed the minimum. To remember that what you measure is what you get, and to set goals accordingly. And to strive to be not just healthy, but skilled — not fit for life, but ever ready for action.

 

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