Fitness is the Foundation

By Travis Denman


As an avid sport shooter and also a former Ranger and Special Forces Operator I have witnessed levels of performance that are truly impressive. The capacity of the human being to achieve and continuously improve is a marvel. Through years of examples there is one glaring similarity linking all of the absolute best performers, a high level of physical fitness. Maintaining a high level of fitness will remove many possible distractors from your training protocol and also your daily life. Maintaining strength, power and flexibility will ward off physical injuries like sprains, pulls, tendonitis, and muscle soreness allowing you to continue training and participating in your chosen physical endeavor uninterrupted. Maintaining a proper diet and sleep pattern will contribute to reduced stress levels, increased immune system performance and proper body mass. All of which will keep you training and participating in your sport. Once you decide to prioritize your distractions, make sure to put fitness at the top of the list. A solid foundation will allow you to move other distractions down the list and possibly remove them all together. If you don't know where to start I highly recommend attending a quality CrossFit Affiliate Gym. The coaching and staff interaction you will experience there is grossly different from what a traditional "globo" gym will offer.

Maintaining a high level of fitness will remove many possible distractors from your training protocol and also your daily life.

Article By Travis Denman
Tactical and Competition Shooting, CQB
A former senior enlisted advisor at the Army's premier CQB and hostage rescue course, sponsored competition shooter, and weapons trainer who isn't satisfied until his students are teaching.


Just this past year a friend of mine wanted me to show him some drills, and he near passed out on some simple drop-prone stuff. Now he's hitting the gym to get ready for the shooting season this year. Tactical shooting is a physical endeavor. You can't race without a motor.
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Not a huge fan of Crossfit myself, however, it would be a good starting point for someone who isn't already in to fitness.
I've been going to a CrossFit gym for about 6 months and so far that's the only physical fitness I'm getting after about 5 years sitting behind a computer. The gym I go to is ran by an Ex Army Ranger and he's a fantastic guy. The hardest part about it though is turning your brain off and accepting the punishment and after 6 months, I'm finally getting to that point but boy has it been a journey.
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This makes total sense. Although, I think for most people this is the hardest part of being ready which is why it isn’t talked about a lot.