Where does Tactical Fitness and shooting fit into your everyday life? Fitness is extremely important in shooting. This does not mean that you need six pack abs. Fitness can help all types of shooters. From the low impact shooter who plinks and usually fires from the prone to the high-performance shooter who shoots competitively or performs high risk missions. Tactical Fitness aids in making the body stronger in the aerobic and anaerobic systems. Aerobic affects breathing and long-term activities that require moving oxygen to the muscles. An example of this would be a run that is slower than a sprint or moving light weights. Anaerobic is the lack of oxygen in the muscle system. This can be explained in moving heavy weights for limited repetitions or sprints.
In shooting, functional fitness is usually the best option. Using programs that train both aerobic and anaerobic systems gives better results. A system that utilizes a cross training (not necessarily Crossfit) philosophy that is designed to accomplish your daily missions is best and helps prevent injury by allowing the body to heal and repair from the previous day. It also ensures that you are not doing the same thing every day causing the body to adapt to variations. This makes the shooter stronger and more durable in the long term. Fitness can also help reduce stress, reduce wear on the cardiovascular system and make bones and muscles stronger. It can also increase flexibility making alternative shooting positions One thing that truly helps is reducing wear on the heart and lungs by making them stronger. It also helps by making it easier to control breathing which is important in breath control for longer range shooting. When the lungs are heaving, it gets harder to hit the target.
Regardless of which fitness program you wish to partake in talk to a doctor if it’s been a while since you worked out. I am a fan of SOFLETE’s daily workouts, because they make everything simple. However, don’t forget the core work. It will make sure that you are less likely to throw your lower back out. Don’t forget body movement exercises like dips, pushups, and pull ups. Compound movements can generally hit multiple muscle groups. Examples of compound movements are bench press, squats, cleans, military press, and dead lifts. Seek new ideas to add to your program that can do both anaerobic and aerobic like boxing and martial arts. Be creative with your cardio to make it fun. Instead of running, throw on a ruck sack and get outside. Once you start, the key is consistency. If you are a tactical shooter, train with your gear on to see how effective your gear is during movement. Soon you will see results and the progress in shooting adds up. If you want the six pack abs, that is all about nutrition and another article.