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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
September 17, 2018
There is no secret to this little bit of truth that I am hurling out….I love movies. I’m a bit of a snob as the general public likes to call me these days, but in reality I am just a film connoisseur of a different era that used to be considered refined and well versed on what constitutes a great movie. The issue that has hit the industry now is that anyone can now be a film critic, and it used be you had to have some chops, artistic training and even a baseline of solid writing. Now you you just have to do “reaction” videos on Youtube and say “Bro that looks lit!” 50 times in a five minute video. Yup, who says education of the arts is not necessary. Okay, there are some good channels that take film more seriously, but they have been outweighed by the fanboy generation of film goers and now every movie is a reflection of that ADHD riddled mindset. Right now, the hottest things are post apocalypse films and of course comic book movies. People get into serious and ridiculous discussion about being Marcel or DC never realizing this stuff is fantasy…not reality. Both legions have boring and never ending story lines that just don’t seem appealing to me. The is why I liked more limited run comics like “Y: The Last Man,” “Preacher” and even “Transmetropolitan.” Studios are so desperate that they are making television shows from these less known series just to try and beat the trend! Anyway, the powers that be in Hollywood have this common belief that if one is good, then 100 is better. While some films get it right in their presentation, someone with discerning taste like myself needs something more. Hence I got all geeked about the revenge epic that is “Mandy” which starred Nicolas Cage. It was essentially a two-hour drug trip straddled with saturated colors and extreme violence. I loved every second of it, for it got so many elements right in regards to good film making that pretty soon we are going to see a bevy of films trying to mimic it. Just like “John Wick” changed the revenge genre with righteous and clean violence along with high fashion ass kicking, “Mandy” should introduce a whole new generation to dirty, trippy as hell film making….hopefully.
But the thing that always makes me wonder about revenge films and even post apocalypse films is how the heck do the people in these movies become so superhuman all of a sudden? “Mandy” hit the right notes for me in its realism because Cage’s character is a lumberjack by trade, so proficiently wielding chainsaws and axes as his weapons of choice doesn’t take away from the actions. The strength and pliability needed for the job work with his actions and thus when he takes drugs and alcohol to “refuel” his rage, it seems more malleable. Seeing a random character suddenly become a deadeye or some bad ass hand to hand combatant doesn’t come off as realistic to me, hence the reason why movies are employing the tired “former” marine/army ranger/navy seal/black ops operative that left to be with his family/foreign spy, etc. trope to make it look like this character can magically spring from their sedentary home life back to their bad ass self in a span of seconds. To me, this is where the fitness is wrong when it comes to these kind of movies. You can’t be some random joe and expect to survive these sort of things. Just because you got the “Zombie Squad” sticker on your jeep with the douchey camouflage soft cover doesn’t mean you will be ready when the world is overtaken by aliens or monsters attracted to sound. All the bullets in the world ain’t gonna save you. Hence, this is where Game Theory and fitness come into play. Diet and explosiveness play a huge factor in surviving these scenarios.
Recently, Jon has been wanting me to do more with my snatch and other explosive style workouts. Basically he has been having me do three sets of five for the first round of an exercise, three sets of three o the second round and three sets of one on the third. If you are brave you will add more weight to each set to help with exercise. Needless to say, I tried this for the first time this past week both on Monday and on Thursday. I can tell you this…this sort of explosive training really but a number on my legs. I did feel a little stronger the next day and felt more capable in my walking and such, but it definitely put some fatigue in my legs and lower back. This pretty much tells me that I have to get some more work in those parts to maintain some better explosiveness. Now why would this type of training be beneficial. Aside from working your entire body, creating this explosion allows you to create more force in a short period of time in a small space. The very reason why so many olympic weight lifters engage in these practices is because of the margin of error in a competition setting. You have to make sure you get the lifts when you need them, and being able to create the energy necessary in that space is crucial to success. It is the main reason why straight weight training is not the only answer in the fitness game. It will also play a huge role in whether you beat that bad guy that is fighting you for the last can of garbanzo beans. Being capable of using your body for explosive movements will aid you in confrontations. Not to mention if you need to lift something, having a stronger body and the capability of using your entire body to lift and move objects will help. So yes, to prepare for the apocalypse or your standard battle with the rogue biker gang, being armed to the teeth will not always be the game changer.
So you are training your body to be explosive, which aids in so many things like jumping, surprise attacks and of course trailer fights (trust me, just about every movie and TV show has some kind of close quarters fight in a crappy trailer or cracker box house). While doing explosive training for olympic lifts is great, you can still utilize this mantra with other lifts as well. Before Jon started me this past week, I was trying to utilize faster and more explosive methods with my overhead press. While I topped out at 200 pounds due to my tendinitis, going with a more explosive approach offered some better and faster results as I started struggling with the heavier weights. I will eventually try this method with some other lifts I tend to move too slow on, like the deadlift and bench press. We shall see. Anyway, building up momentum is pretty useful for plateau busting, and can be adjusted accordingly with as you get better with the said weightlifting measure.
So explosion, power and flexibility are keys to surviving an actual played out plot in a movie. But what about maintaining that energy? Well, in the movie “Mandy” Cage relied on vodka, cocaine, LSD and god knows what else to keep his all night rampage going. But in real life, this is where I always shake my head. You have people in these shows and movies literally eating nothing for days and when they do, they hardly eat any of it and it is maybe beef jerky. Hence this is where this type of filmmaking has lost me. One of my favorite examples of this was ironically “The Hunger Games” where you had all of these kids training their butts off to fight and kill each other. One of my favorite episodes of “Film Theory” on Youtube pointed this out as well. If you are gonna try to survive or put on a murderous rampage, you better be eating a pretty well rounded diet. In the case of the post apocalypse, eating as much as you can is key. So, unless you are waiting for zombies to take over, this method is kinda useless to you unless you are clean bulking or prepping for a strongman competition. So being bulky would not be preferable in the post apocalypse, so always be sure to eat a decent amount of calories per day to maintain a smooth running machine. Engaging in bulking would make surviving kind of hard.
Either way, I think the training side is pretty much useful for you, but the eating is obviously problematic. Let’s just hope we never run into that quandary.
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