I begin my workout by hydrating. Yes, water is very important, especially in the hotter-than-something-that-is-uncomfortably-hot weather here in the Southeast. Then I do a little light stretching and head outside to my makeshift range. It's usually a nice idea to lay down a tarp when doing this; you never know when a sharp rock is hiding in that otherwise soft grass.
I begin holstered (a good holster is a MUST) and do burpees with a jump after standing. My one modification? When I land, I draw and fire two rounds into a target. Repeat until magazine is empty. Note: It's a good idea to only load ten rounds the first time. A lot of people have issues with exercising because they overdo it once or twice and never stick with it. Take it easy starting out.
After slide lock, I take a breather by changing the target to a fresh one. After a leisurely reload (two rounds in this magazine, four in the next), I take a little jog the 8th of a mile of my driveway. When I return, jogging, I fire two rounds for accuracy, reload, and fire two rounds for speed. Take a breather here to hydrate some more and change your target one more time. You'll also need to reload; the number of rounds is determined by how long you plan to hold the upcoming pose.
This is where the tarp really comes in handy. I lie down, feet towards the target and hands covering my face similar to how one might defend one's face from an attack. I plant my left foot on the tarp with my knee up and right leg down, draw, come ***OVER*** my right leg with the muzzle parallel to the ground (rules two and three, folks), bring my right knee up, aim at the target, and empty the magazine slow-fire. This pose is similar to a crunch, and my tummy muscles hate me for it.
That's all for my usual workout. It uses minimal ammo while somewhat simulating the cardiovascular stress of how a self-defense situation can be. Please collect your brass and targets as well as the tarp when you're finished. Nothing ruins a range like junk on it. Additionally, wash your hands. Shooting can cause exposure to lead, which can be dangerous.
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