If we are ever to reach any higher than the merely physical, we first must needs master the physical. The loftiest plans in the world are all too easily dashed out into the dust – much like the brains of the mere intellectuals – when confronted with the merely-physical but unabashedly-physical niggers of the world. Since our Readers are not really inclined to abdicate everything of value to the world’s violent orcs, let’s go into some discussion of physical training.
When we discussed diet in Yfirmaðʀ #1 we included amongst several sources of nutrition, all of them important, a ‘Key Three’ to which we wanted to give extra emphasis: vegetables, proteins, and cereals. Likewise, even though there are plenty of other more fine-tuned emphases in physical training, I’d like to go ahead and start tonight’s article with what I propose to be the Key Three of Aryan Battlefield Readiness. Again, these three in particular are each so vital as to deserve essentially equal emphasis, but if we did have to prioritize their ordering it would probably run thus:
- Cardio is king when it comes to combat readiness. How quick and agile you are, how efficiently your heart and lungs power exertions, how your cardiovascular and respiratory systems perform with and without adequate oxygen, how cleanly your body processes wastes and toxins – all of these crucial elements are secured by challenging your heart and lungs properly and regularly before finding yourself in a fight for your life. If, instead, the first time you take cardio seriously is also your first attempt at moving while under enemy fire, chances are that you will run out of breath, have no more power behind your muscles, make a fatal decision from a bloodless and bewildered brain, and essentially be a sitting (flailing?) duck awaiting the enemy’s relentless bullets.
- Endurance is very nearly as vital as cardio for the successful warrior, and is really needed much more consistently – the only reason I place cardio higher in priority is that it’s important to live long enough to endure! Whilst cardio (and, to a lesser extent, strength) is necessary for the short and intense bursts of combat which make up the minority of most any conflict, the vast predominance of war’s greatest burden will make its crushing demand on the endurance of the attrited parties. The ability to keep on going, past the pain and fatigue and every hardship, is just as much a mental/spiritual faculty as anything physical, but endurance-focussed physical training will develope this virtue. Few fighters of quality brag about the fighting portion of campaigns once weathered – when pressed to it, fighting is what’s expected of them, what they’ve trained for, why they are there. But hardships endured that can’t simply be shot/stabbed/blown up – these are the things by which canny veterans measure one another. Tortuously long marches, deprivation of food and water, the vagaries of living in the field, the fickle fortunes of war – cultivate the capacity for endurance now, or you may succumb to any of these without a shot being fired.
- Strength is the final component of this article’s ‘Key Three’, and because strength training is the least disabusing of the ego it is all too often the only aspect of fitness that the neophyte will bother to train. Strength is best seen as a secondary component to bolster the other two points of this triangle: developing the larger muscle groups to engage for cardio training will draw on more blood and air, and being able to better manage wargear and other burdens will help with overall endurance. Remember that these are the requirements of functional strength in context of the Struggle ahead of the Aryan Peoples: if there is a good reason, an actual task which demands the strength you train for, well and good. If you’re only concerned with your appearance (and we’ll cover the bodybuilding fad directly) then an honest sit-down session of working out whether you want to fight for your Folk or model swimsuits may well be in order before going to a great deal of misplaced effort.
So, now a word about the asset (or liability) of bodybuilders in a successful war effort. We’ve discussed the importance of functional strength, i.e. strength which serves a purpose, but what about excess of strength? In a demanding war against numerically and materially superior forces, at what point is the brute strength (not to be mistaken for combat strength) of a bodybuilder (or even multiple bodybuilders) a liability rather than an asset to the communities which would have to commit precious resources to feeding these hulks through the conflict?
Are the bodybuilders worth it because of their fighting power? Of course, as long as the fate of races can be decided via wrestling match. But what about a shooting war? Without adequate endurance or especially cardio training to support, maintain, or even quickly move their bulk, what the enemy is going to see through the sights of their weapons are very large and clumsy targets. In point of fact, the only thing easier than killing the bodybuilder will be simply wounding them, probably in the legs, in order to obligate their unfortunate comrades to carry their unnecessary weight as even more of a burden than their tendency to ruin any chance of stealth.
Is this not a ridiculous picture? I mean, when you consider the obvious, where ever did this meme of bodybuilders being an asset rather than a liability in war even come from? Certainly not from anyone’s experience in constituting a successful body of greenside fighters. I remember that there were some bodybuilders around during my enlistment in the United States Marine Corps: in the administrative and other ‘non-combatant’ offices whose personnel had the luxury for such things. These were the same ones constantly falling out whenever forced to march along on the rather tame field exercises that were even required of them. Their PT in the controlled environment of the gym was very much a modern comfort that was a far cry from the rigours of the field.
Perhaps one might argue for the use of bodybuilders in hard labour or thrall-work as a kind of bipedal livestock, but I would still advise that conventional livestock are preferable in being able to serve other roles (such as meat/dairy/leather sources) while subsisting on fodder that isn’t nearly the drain on a community’s resources that even one bodybuilder would be. I might concede that bodybuilders could have a useful place manning artillery, perhaps, but I was never far enough to the rear to confirm and either way I hope we all know that’s not the kind of fighting we’re likely to see success from past possibly one good surprise attack – though of course regional circumstances will vary. But in a light infantryman’s war, a prolonged conflict in which our victory depends upon a long-term strategy where manœuver must outfight attrition, I would put it to you that our side cannot afford the resource sink and tactical liability of bodybuilders whose sense of accomplishment stems from lifting external weights rather than pulling their own.
In the military during some of the Afghaunistan years, I was regularly witness to various politicians making the same essential mistake as that behind the bodybuilding fad derailing so many of our young men’s potentials (to say nothing of steroids’ derailing their reproductive viability). They were eager to show their constituents back home that they were ‘helping to support the troops’, and if they had asked the combat-experienced officers and NCOs what was necessary they would doubtless have been mystified to receive such answers as placing a priority on more demanding training, higher standards, greater élitism, more exposure to hardship, and the rest of the proven warrior-building method. These things, to the ignorant politicians’ eyes, were so intangible. How much more visible it would be to every moron allowed to vote, if instead more tax dollars were spent on a new uniform item, or a different vehicle, or some other thing more impressive in appearance than of vital bearing for combat readiness. Much the same mistake can be made when bodybuilding instead of pursuing combat readiness: the mere appearance is cultivated, which can lead to an excess of confidence (and this effeminate-plus-testosterone obsession with preening appearance often does originate as a compensation for some lack of personal confidence) which lulls the individual (or community) up until that moment when the air-conditioned gym environment is a thing of the past and all bluffs are called.
To reiterate the tale of Pheidippídês from the previous article, when the time comes you do not want to be unaccustomed to what will be demanded of you. You should already be so accustomed to lunges that kneeling is just as stable a shooting position as going prone. You should already be so inured to endless burpees that dropping down or springing up from the ground to rush at speed takes no particular effort. Cardio, endurance, and strength are to be the solid foundations on which to build Victory – but how to hone these essential aspects of combat fitness while making the most of your time, and maybe even cultivating some useful skills? We will attempt now to give some worthy ideas for the aspiring Aryan Warrior, as always striving to embrace the holistic and the multidisciplinary in the effort of cultivating the perfectly well-rounded Yfirmaðʀ or Aryan Renaissance Man:
- Running is a discipline whose place in the repertoire of a war-winner is (or should be) obvious to all. Not only will it provide excellent cardio, stronger bones, and a more robust immune system, but as with all of these examples the very exercise is a valuable end in itself for perfecting the Aryan Warrior. A principal division is that between long-distance running and sudden sprints: both of these are essential grounding. An emphasis should be laid upon running cross-country through the varied terrain of your staked claim, transferring the initial PT into more and more utility for the times that lie ahead.
- Hiking (humping/yomping for you veterans out there) is another rather innocuous way for you to train while keeping a low profile (assuming you’re not trying to show off obvious military kit on public trails). This will both train endurance and give immediate feedback on different methods of carrying your gear, and throwing in a map and compass for orienteering practice will pay you back in spades when it comes to maintaining dominance on your chosen turf. I should include here a word or two about the recent trendiness of ‘rucking’ as PT: this is an important capability, but one that wears down and degrades your body considerably with constant repetition. There’s a reason that otherwise young and fit men who do serious time in the ‘light’ infantry often suffer from debilitating knee and back problems. Will you need to handle your ruck at speed when the time comes? Absolutely, but consider this: the best preparation you can engage in for ‘rucking’ besides plenty of regular humping is simply to build up your core, especially with an eye to endurance. Periodically, sure, go ahead and ‘ruck’ with your current loadout just to see how it rides and to fine-tune the way that you carry your gear. But I would advise against making this a frequent or regular part of your regimen – this is an area where it definitely pays to be smarter than the military, because that institution assumes a far greater degree of ‘replaceability’ in its constituents than Our Cause has any right to assume of you.
- Swimming is yet another efficient combination of PT (cardio and endurance) and useful skill rolled up into one. In addition to its practical utility in any coastal/riverine/other aquatic setting, swimming is one of those very valuable activities that repays your time and energy by strengthening and even restoring your joints, which can be much less straightforward to care for than simple muscle and bone. If you’re going to go to the trouble of water training, be sure to practice with your combat load as well. Learn how to make the important parts of your pack watertight/buoyant and get in there with them: helmet, pack, boots, rifle, and all. If you’ve focussed on just buying that sweet gear and you’re reluctant to get anything wet/dirty and have to actually clean/maintain it – that’s a bad sign. Test your gear and yourself before it all goes ‘Weapons Free’!
- Rowing incorporates all of the Aryan Warrior’s ‘Key Three of Battlefield Readiness’: cardio, endurance, and strength! If your locale features the widespread presence of navigable water (whether the opposition considers it navigable or not), being able to alternately row, stow, and portage a small craft will render you infinitely more fluid in your movements and harder to pin down. Additionally, this training is excellent for team-building and for observation of natural group roles and leadership potential.
- Those martial arts whose emphasis remains martial rather than commercial will provide another conjunction of cardio and endurance training (in addition to balance, flexibility, and other less-important but still-important components of fighting fitness) along with a vital skillset. Stick to the straight-up street-fighting oriented schools: bloodstains on the dojo floor is a good sign, unblooded kata-ballerinas not so much. If the only things available in your area are watered-down/Americanized karate-taekwondo and boxing, go with boxing for the workout and to at least grow conditioned to taking a punch. However, take boxing only as a great workout that incorporates some hand-to-hand fundamentals but is too neutered by artificial ‘rules’ to apply too far in the real world. The same can be said of the MMA craze, albeit to a lesser degree (and please don’t even get me started on BJJ). A no-‘rules’, destroy-and-survive oriented art like kajukembo (spelled kajukenbo in probably the majority of lineages) will serve you well for all the crazy PT and formidable teaching you can stomach, and many schools within that art seem to share my own’s fascination with incorporating kali/arnis/other eskrima into the stick/knife curriculum. Again, these methods emphasize contact sparring with careful evaluation of what works. I’m sure there are others that merit endorsement but I am binding myself only to speak to you of what I know personally. Speaking of: bear in mind that in the 21st century of unbridled civilizational corrosion, even the ‘combatives’ taught within the (Western, at any rate) militaries may not necessarily reflect the best means for Our Ends. Even in what’s left of the still more or less anachronistically-competent US Marine Corps the ‘martial arts’ employed focus more on UN-policing control and restraint than on actually destroying the enemy. Take advantage of your freedom from the modern militaries’ ‘enlightened’ constraints and train better than that.
We could go on, but our purpose here isn’t to be exhaustive but to be inspiring – whether of determination, critical thinking, or even embarrassment that might lead to the lack of a need for it. These are only some of many ideas for physical training, and because our time is so precious we’ve striven to mention some that directly link in to relevant skills and capabilities as well as contributing significantly to the Aryan Warrior’s Cardio, Endurance, and Strength training.
Remember that our emphasis here has been on combat readiness: by no other benchmark but efficacy has our valuation been made, and this can be no respecter of the complacencies and conceits with which the comfortable ego is wont to lay deadly traps for one’s life (and for one’s comrades’ lives) once the lights go out. This has been the Yfirmaðʀ Initiative’s conclusion to presenting Helthe, the Fortress: the first solid foundation upon which to array the further building blocks of Your Freedom, Our Empire. Work on this, because the next Yfirmaðʀ installment on skills and knowledges will assume you are already healthy and strong!
Be an Asset,
Not a Liability!