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Gas Station Ready Training for a Strong Badass Body

Be prepared for the worst case scenario with this program designed to defend and defeat.


So what does it mean to be gas station ready?

It’s 3 in the AM. You pull into a gas station to fill up your tank. As you approach the pump, a wild-eyed degenerate stumbles over. He smells of cheap whiskey and walks with the false bravado that comes from years of chemical abuse. When he comes within striking distance, he demands your money, your ride, your lady…Are you ready?

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To be #GASSTATIONREADY means that you are prepared for this scenario, equipped to protect your life and what’s yours.

#GASSTATIONREADY does not mean taking that exit off the interstate to fill up at the next station.

#GASSTATIONREADY means that you train, continually, for the unexpected.

#GASSTATIONREADY training is not MMA training.

In MMA, you have an 8-week camp that prepares you for a fight with specific rules against a specific opponent. During this time you are checking out his YouTube clips and developing a tactical strategy that prepares you best for victory.

If you plan your camp correctly, you develop a type of stamina that is a specific to the demands of an MMA match, which could last up to 15-25 minutes. In particular, mixed martial arts is characterized by short intense bursts of dynamic movement followed by longer periods of moderate energy output. As a consequence, you need to train for a quick release and continuous endurance.

Moreover, on the day of competition, there is the luxury of mental and physical preparation. In the hours leading up to the fight, you get to warm-up and psych up. You could even consult a life coach to gauge and improve your emotional equilibrium.

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Unfortunately, there is no life coach at the gas station at 3 AM. You do not know who is waiting for you and what the rules will be when you meet him. In the words of the political philosopher Thomas Hobbes, the encounter will be “nasty, brutish, and short.” Your training should be in preparation for this reality. 

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Rather than hitting the elliptical or a step class for cardio, focus exclusively on the type of training that will serve you in this self-preservation scenario. You will need a program that is short and dynamic. This type of training will equip you with the physical and emotional means to go from pumping gas to defending your life and stopping some perp from jacking your ride.   


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