Update On Personal Preparation

Update On Personal Preparation
August 18, 2016 Admin

Earlier this spring I posted an introduction to a new series I was going to start which would focus on my own personal preparation for becoming ‘battle ready’ (being well-equipped in case the West ever does fall into anarchy). Obviously we don’t ‘wish’ for civil war in Europe, but if things do fall apart there, I would certainly want to go there to contribute in whatever way I best could.


Physical Development

I am basing my physical goals on the Army Ranger minimums, which are those activities and subsequent scores that qualify someone to try out for the Rangers. ‘Try out’ is the operative word, as the ‘recommended’ scores are even higher. I figure if I can get to the minimums though I will then work my way up to the ‘recommended’ later on.

Running: The Ranger’s minimum is a 15:00 two minute mile. I began running about a month ago, doing so when I wake up every morning. My day is based around waking up early, so this usually takes place around 500 or 530 am. It is always the first thing I do upon waking and a great way to start the day.

When I started I was quite out of shape, and could barely run for more than thirty yards at a time (that is a slight exaggeration but not much). I steadily improved every single day though, forcing another ten yards out of myself, until I was beginning to cover a decent amount of ground. I run the same stretch of neighborhood every day, and have now built up to running about .65 miles at a time without stopping, which takes me about 6:30. My intentions are to keep adding about ten more yards each day, and continuing that until I get to one mile a day. Then I will try to start running it in faster and faster times, working down to 7:30. This is half of the 15:00 two mile Ranger minimum, and once I can manage it then I will try to move it up to that level. As always, available free time is the biggest obstacle.

Pushups: The Ranger minimum is 50 pushups in 2:00. Because I have been lifting weights daily for the last two years I can already do that pretty easily (my best is 60-some), but am working my way up to the ‘recommended’ level of 85.

Situps: The Ranger minimum for these is 60 in 2:00, which I cannot do. As a result I am doing a 2:00 challenge every morning after my run, working my way up to that level.

Weight Training: I first became an obsessive weightlifter in high school, my entry into the practice coinciding with a normal teenage size explosion that caused me to go from 5’11” 145 lbs my Sophomore year to 6′ 221 lbs my Junior year. I essentially stopped after high school but got back into it in 2014. In 2015 I recomped 50 lbs, losing and gaining equal parts fat and muscle to add up to that number over the course of the year. Today, I lift weights twice per day 4 days per week, and have gotten my arms to 17.5 inches and my neck to 19 inches. I have not been ‘maxing out’ because of constraints in equipment (I lift at home), but am going to begin to do so soon.

Nutrition: I track every calorie that goes into my body on an app called ‘My Fitness Pal’. My macronutrient goal is 30% protein, 30% fat, and 50% carbs, trying to average around 4000 calories per day (trying to do a recomp/slight bulk right now).


Self-Defense: This area has had no focus and does not look to have focus added in the immediate future. Problem is lack of time. This is something I am seeking to overcome however, and I hope to have better updates on it in the future.

Tactical: I continue to read as many resources on 4th Generation Warfare, assymetric warfare, and similar topics as possible. Please send me anything to do with these subjects.

Personal and Political

Personal: I continue to engage in decision-making and long-term planning in such a way as to allow me to travel to Europe in the future to help do everything possible to help Western European patriots in their struggle to prevent the Islamization and death of their lands.

My book, Fistfights With Muslims In Europe: One Man’s Journey Through Modernity, continues to sell at a pace far beyond that which I had hoped for before publishing it. It is on track to sell several thousand copies by the end of the year. This is of course in part because of the low price, but even so I am still grateful for its success, since that means more people are introduced to the war in Europe. I intend on continuing to market it in a variety of ways, and plan on writing more books in the future.

This site:
I continue to post 3-4 articles per week on this site, but need to do far more. Despite that, I want to also take this as an opportunity to thank those who comment here, and send emails, and engage in this little community.


Editor’s Note: If others are conducting their own similar preparation, or have ideas on the topic, please share them below!

Comments (31)

  1. Mike 1 year ago

    Good work! I like how you are start where you’re are and slowly build up your training. That’s smart. It’s all about habit. Better to start realistically, build the habit of training and then add progressively more difficult challenges. Accountability is really helpful. Find someone to train with atlas once a week, set up goals for the week and then hold each other accountable. Also, end your daily shower with a cold shower.

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      Admin 1 year ago

      Hey Mike- thanks for the comment! I have done some cold showering in the past but never got super into it. I need to try again I think! I know I read on AoM that it raises testosterone which I found fascinating. I was also recently reading about it in the context of Wim Hof breathing stuff on Mike Cernovich’s website. Seems to be way more there than you would think just casually hearing about it.

      And then yes habit-manipulation is the absolute key to self-improvement I agree completely! I think its the freaking secret to life to be honest and someday I will write a self-improvement book incorporating it 🙂

  2. Mark Gullick PhD 1 year ago

    I have moved from the UK to Costa Rica. Europe cannot escape what is coming. Good luck to you. A very good piece.

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      Admin 1 year ago

      Hey Dr. Gullick-

      Thanks for the comment- its much appreciated. When did you move? What part of the UK did you come from? Was the situation vis a vis immigration/Muslims/Suicidalal elites?

      I spent time in Costa Rica as a kid it is certainly a great area.

      Would love to hear your experiences and your thoughts on what is happening if you don’t mind sharing. It would be highly welcomed. Comments are great or please email me if you prefer at valhalla1@europeancivilwar.com.

      Thanks again!

    • Mike 1 year ago

      You can run but you can’t hide. Shall we just give up Europa, our mother? What good is moving away that if we don’t change from weakness to strength? I know it’s hard. But is the ex-pat option really the solution? How long will Costa Rica be safe for white people? Shall we all move there and take it over? The natives there will definitely resist that. That’s the problem; as a group we have lost our will to resist. We are in a strange kind of suicidal trance. We need to snap out of that and build a new spirit.
      Another response is to train to fight. Here a bright example in Sweden:

  3. Laguna Beach Figey 1 year ago

    Very impressive.

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      Admin 1 year ago

      Thanks Laguna Beach. You doing anything similar on your end? What else is new in your neck of the woods?

  4. Michael 1 year ago

    Nice post Julian. I’m personally not exercising every days but at least several times a week, and will start Krav maga lessons weekly in September. hopefully that will strengthen me and be an outlet for all the rage that is burning inside me all the time.
    I would recommend something that I think is missing from your post and is crucial as well: stress management. I do HRV training every day with the heart math device and it does decrease stress and improve focus and sleep quality. I also didn’t drink a single drop of alcohol for more than 2 years.

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      Admin 1 year ago

      Hey Michael- thanks for the comment!

      Good for you with the Krav Maga- you should update us on how that goes or even write a guest post or something! As far as stress management goes I do a ton of other self-improvement stuff that I didn’t get into in the post, but I would definitely consider some of it to be stress-management related. The primary ones would be probably be 1) reading fiction every day if only for 5 minutes (usually more though), this is in my opinion the greatest stress management secret that exists, I always feel WAY less stressed/more peace of mind after reading fiction. And then 2) doing daily written affirmations and visualizations. I would say it is all very similar to Hal Elrod’s book the Miracle Morning if you ever get a chance to check it out. I am a self-improvement nut and may likely end up writing a book and maybe even creating an additional website in that area at some point in the future.

      I had not heard of HRV training but I just looked it up and it sounds very interesting. What would you say is the biggest benefit or way it helps?

      And then amen on the alcohol question as well, I am the exact same way, zero alcohol at this point in my life. That must be particularly hard for you in France- don’t ya’ll typically have wine with every meal?!?

      • Michael 1 year ago

        alcohol: 😉 not with every meal but when you live close to your family like me there is always an excuse to have a drink so at some point I had to make a choice, clarity or fatigue.
        HRV training: it forces me back into “the zone” when I start to feel overwhelmed. only this is precious to me, though there seems to be much more benefits than that when you listen to health gurus.
        guest post: would be honored, we could do that around November/December if that works for you.

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          Admin 1 year ago

          Sounds great man hit me up whenever you are ready!

  5. Michael 1 year ago

    Great article,
    I agree that a certain level of fitness is of utmost importance for a man if he wants to get ready for the times to come. I, too work out 5-6 times per week. I do a basic full body weight workout twice a week and do self defense 3-4 times per week. Self defense consists of CQC training, long staff and baton workouts. If anyone is interested, here is my yotube playlist of interesting CQC videos I’ve found throughout the years:
    There is a lot one can do at home and even without a trainer, thanks to modern media.

  6. SteveRogers42 1 year ago

    Consistent effort over a long period of time — well done!
    In order to continue your improvement, I hope you will consider doing some mobility drills (leg swings, hip circles, Saigon squats) before your runs and at least five minutes of static stretching after you finish. Guys always hate to stretch, but it pays off both in terms of injury prevention and improved performance.
    Since you are training for an event that might require you to walk long distances under a load, over broken terrain, it might be wise to replace one day of running with a day hike in boots carrying a moderately-heavy pack. It’ll give you a little training variety too, so you don’t get stale.
    Train pullups as hard and as often as you train pushups. Chances are there will be obstacles to climb over in Europe or here at home…

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      Admin 1 year ago

      Hey Steve I think that all sounds like excellent advice, much appreciated.

      I need to get a pullup bar, I lift weights 2-3 times per day while I work (not at the gym just at the office/home/etc), usually 6-8 sets each time, and do lots of pushups and air squats and stuff (I try to do one or the other before each meal if I haven’t lifted weights before it), HOWEVER I NEVER do pullups :/

      I love hiking though and I live in the mountains (quite similar to Europe). My little son used to love hiking with me out in the woods back when he was 2/3 years old, ironically, but now (he is 4) he just wants to stay near the house and mess about when we go outside. Gonna try to get him back into hiking with me though and also get both of us into martial arts in a year or two.

      I’ll make sure to stretch too!


      • DaShui 1 year ago

        I got this thing called the ultimate sandbag, which might be better than standard weights. U can vary the weight in it, and the weight shifts so it’s much more of a challenge. Also u can drop it on your foot, or hit yourself on the head with it and it won’t break anything.

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          Admin 1 year ago

          Just checked it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T67IeOUY4Bs I like the shoulder to shoulder press. I am trying to develop big traps for intimidating liblabs 🙂

          Might have to suggest this to my wife for a Christmas present!

  7. SteveRogers42 1 year ago

    Thanks to the wisdom of my parents, I trained and competed in judo from age 6 thru age 12. Judo never let me down when I needed it — and I’ve needed it a few times. Since it involves upper-body grappling and ground fighting, it is perfectly suited for an ironpusher such as yourself. Also a very good sport for the little ones, since rolling around on the mat is not as “scary” as trading kicks and punches.
    I’ve attached a pertinent thread from another blog, with more input on training the kids. (If you are not familiar with James LaFond, I recommend a daily dose of his writings on a whole bunch of topics.)


  8. SteveRogers42 9 months ago

    Here is a very good perspective on the politics of physique and fitness:


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      Admin 9 months ago

      Absolutely loved this one too. He wrote exactly what I would have written if I had really thought it through, and in fact I don’t think I could have written it as well myself…

      Copied the whole last three or four paragraphs down.

      Actually just in the last week I have started a ‘master file’ of links and quotes. I had kept both before on the same files as outlines of specific things I was writing, but never one big master one. I think it is going to bear massive fruit/dividends. I appreciate the great additions to it you are providing me 🙂

  9. SteveRogers42 9 months ago

    A post from PA that promotes workout motivation:


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      Admin 8 months ago

      Heck yeah. Just got done doing the top one myself. Hoping for the bottom one this year too 🙂

  10. SteveRogers42 7 months ago

    Evidently a Gen. Identaire gym in Lyon:

    • Author
      Admin 7 months ago

      That is absolutely BADASS lol. Favorite video I have seen this year by far. I love it.

      I can’t take it man I need to hurry up and get to Europe. I’m working about 16 hours a day between business and writing, trying to make more money so I have more time for writing/politics, but it can never come fast enough!

      I’m gonna start watching that video for motivation though I think 🙂

    • Author
      Admin 5 months ago

      That looks so fun lol. I need to build something like that in my backyard.

      When I was a kid I always loved watching all those war films where they would do that kind of stuff in training. It always looked like such a blast. CHIPS The War Dog just popped into my mind thinking about it… I hadn’t seen that film in like 25 years either lol.

      If I could go back I would have joined the military out of high school. I was too busy at the time being a filthy degenerate though, but at least I got all that out of my system so I guess that is good 🙂

  11. SteveRogers42 3 months ago

    Hey, Julian, this is a book that might be a good reference for your young man. I’ve read it. It’s well done.



    Don’t know if you’ve ever listed to any of Jocko’s podcasts, but I find them to be informative and extremely motivational.

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      Admin 3 months ago

      Hey Steve yes you actually told me about it a couple months ago and I have been meaning to update you… My wife and I ordered it and I have read it cover to cover twice already. Has made a more actionable impact on my day to day behavior/mindset than anything since The Way Of Men. Beefed up my morning routine tremendously and have basically been trying to go full ‘Uncle Jake’ mode. I even just started doing the two minute pushup, squat, situp challenge each morning and tracking how well I do. Was running each morning but have added that as well. Unbelievable book. Made my wife promise me that if anything horrible happens to me she will have our son read it when he’s older lol.

      But yeah I will check out the podcast too. I have not listened to Mr. Willink at all but I can’t image I wouldn’t enjoy doing so given how much I liked the book.

      • SteveRogers42 3 months ago


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