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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Mike
January 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Thanks for posting this calculator. It’s a great wake up call… It’s also good to see that, in the 27 years since I went through Basic Training, as America has gotten fatter and lazier (myself included) the standards of Physical Readiness haven’t declined. As a matter of fact, it used to be 40 situps and 40 pushups to qualify for a 19 year old kid, and now its a bit higher.


+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Anne Barone
January 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm

At 65, we’re going at this a little slower probably than most folks but we are stocking up, got chickens this year and learning all about that as well as growing as much of our own food as possible on 2/3 acre. We study our Bible and BackWoods Home magazine from cover to cover looking for new or old ways to be more self-sufficient. We are reading our Constitution and taking no one’s “news” as gospel until we research it ourselves. We have lots of complacent family who will be very soon asking why we are not in a panic. We’ve tried to give warnings but they are in denial. Hope you all are having better luck in educating the young folks than we are. God bless you in your efforts to prepare and God bless America.

Tip: Learn old skills from the “Back To Basics” books….go to Amazon.


+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Ben Martino
January 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I’m not sure if my goals will make the APFT requirement…
Age… 65…
Goal by years end……
Push ups…. 15
Sit ups ……. 10
Walk a mile …. half a day … nap the rest of the day….

Hope I’m not pushing it too much !

Just trying to keep it light…. LOL


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Arthur
January 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Ben. I,m 67 and that is the truth !! With bad hips and bad back, I won’t get far ! Staying in place !

Anne, that’s where my wife and I are at , at this time ! As for educating the young folks some are doing it under cover ! They will get there, we are setting aside a little extra, for them that are slower !

“Back To Basics” good book, no, great book !!

God bless all !!!!


Vote -1 Vote +1Kate Russell
January 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm

For those who are having touble getting the younger generation to listen and prepare, instead of me telling them (which seems to be the problem) I e-mail them articles and let them choose to read it. I bet they are just out of curiosity. I’ve noticed they are “starting” to admit to the problems we are facing. It’s a start!


Vote -1 Vote +1Tim
January 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I am 58 now but when I was 55 I was squating 480 lbs for 8
with 300 bench for 4, at 58 now chaos seems to be the name of the
game it is hard to keep order. I have your self defense pre 911
discs the concepts are so semple as to be genius. thank you for
your info, We need to stick together and help each other through
these troubled time, keep the faith.


+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Deborah Midkiff
January 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Dear David,

Thanks for the encouragement. My husband and I are nearing retirement age and have been talking about getting into better shape in order to stockpile and prepare our property. There is much work to do! I have tried to get our kids and other family members as recruits, but they have lives of their own. I mention the need for help digging a root cellar, but again, they have lives of their own. I have informed the family that this summer I will be digging a root cellar even if I have to do it shovel full by shovel full! They are quick to remind me that I am pushing 62 years old. I remind them that I have done many things in my life that others have told me couldn’t be done! In other words, I am stubborn and will not take NO for an answer. (For example, I am a Journeyman Locomotive Machinist and a woman- rather, the first woman). I don’t know the meaning of the word “can’t”. I was wondering if I should add my background, as many others would know who I am. So be it. In this time of my life, I guess I don’t really care what others may think. I added my website, too, so yeah this is me (a writer, too). We need to forgive, forget, and live our lives to the best to the glory of God. Thanks for helping others and I will try to do the same. God bless!


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Tim R
January 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I’m 28 and have to admit I’m a little jealous of all the young folks being persued by y’all older and wiser folks. If any of you are in the Hampton roads area of va and need someone to shovel let me know. My parents are 800 miles south and grandma’s are 400 miles north and none are as worried about prepping as me. Do we have a Facebook page or anything?


Vote -1 Vote +1Deborah
January 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Hey Tim,

Thanks for the reply and would love to “recruit” your youth as help, but we are on the west coast. I hope you can find like minded folks in your area. Also, I think that a Facebook page is a great idea! What do ya’all think?


Vote -1 Vote +1Bob Froberg
January 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I have been enjoying these insights into survival, and the replies as well.
Having retired from the Army 37 years ago and am now going on 78 years of age I’m happy that I’m at present in good enough health to not need any doctors or medications. I exercise regularly, but set no goals. I will have to survive in place because my wife is in bad health an uses a walker to get around. However we have the promise of our heavenly Father to see us threw whatever we must face.
Keep the faith.


Vote -1 Vote +1Vern A
January 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm

You are 100 % correct that the way to succeed with exercise is to record your workouts. I have created a spreadsheet with tabs for each kind of activity. I also wear a podometer to keep track of my steps. I did 5.2 million steps last year, rode my bicycle 1287 miles, did 94 hours on the elliptical, 117 hours in the sauna, and 120 minutes a week on the tread mill, and did strength training 3 times a week for 3 hours. I have COPD and rheumatoid arthritis and am 59 years old but I am in excellent shape. I hope to do better in 2011 at preparing to survive in place.


Vote -1 Vote +1Roger Hartsell
January 7, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I am 63, and I do see hope in the “younger” generation. I just attended Tom Brown’s Advanced standard class in the lovely Santa Cruz Mtns. in CA. Out of the 57 class participants, I would say 85% were under 30, a few in the 50’s and a handful of us old coots, men and women, soaking up survival skills. I don’t know how many people go thru Tom’s, and other similar training, but they ARE young, passionate, and don’t buy into the mainstream, materialistic culture. So there is hope. They appreciate the natural world, and know it will provide, with a little training, an abundance in life. I get a lot of flak, talking about rabbit snares. No one can imagine that our super society would resort to this for survival, and all you need is money to guarantee survival. You can get a lot further with a good, straight, strong stick, than with a crisp $20 bill.


Vote -1 Vote +1Robert
January 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Yup, I have found that an axe handle is MUCH more effective at fending off dog attacks than a $20 note! LOL


Vote -1 Vote +1Wes
January 8, 2011 at 4:14 am

Great thoughts for the beginning of 2011. Get in shape and get prepared, with some tips and tricks that you’ve posted to really get it done. I’ve been to Tim’s class and now am signed up for his advanced class in 2011, it was the best money I’ve ever invested. Now for 2011 I’m getting back into shape, down from 307 in November to 289 this morning with another 70 pounds to go, SMART goals and writing down my foods are the tips getting me there.
I’ve also printed out all my Survive in Place lessons so I have them in case the power goes down and I can’t turn on my computer.
Food storage and getting out of debt will round out my program for the New Year. Thanks for being a great resource.


Vote -1 Vote +1Bill
January 8, 2011 at 5:46 am

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are the two self-loathing Hollywood socialists who publicly SWORE TO SERVE BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA! Remember the controversy over this, more than a year ago, when a propaganda film of the two of them was played to public school children?

Any self-respecting drunk knows he was not born to serve some communist son of a *edited* in the White House. But not Hollywood socialists.

Call it uncharitable if you like; but I say, it will be a better world when there are NO SOCIALISTS OR COMMUNISTS IN IT!


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
January 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Their video(s) were and are absolutely disgusting, but they are also a very important look into the minds of the people who want to see the centralization of power and the elimination of personal liberty.

You’ve also got to remember that Obama won the popular election. Call him what you want, he was the marketer of the year in the fall of 2008. It wasn’t just Hollywood socialists who voted for him…it was your neighbors and mine. The only way to correct this is through rational discourse. Calling people SOBs or saying the world would be better off… will serve to polarize people much more than it will convince people that limited government and personal liberty are the best ways to solve almost ALL of our current problems.


Vote -1 Vote +1Bill
January 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Funny how life travels full circle. I was born in CA, moved overnight to an Indian reservation. It is there where I learned a lot of the information in your Survival book. When I read your book I smile and remenisce. My grandmother told me of preparing for the future. We had no running water, no electricity, no luxuries of life, at that time growing up. We always had food. If we needed meat we butchered a cow, sheep, chicken, or rabbits. Eggs, we had hens. Milk, we milked the milk cow. We used “all” of the animal to keep us sufficient. It was a wonderful time of learning. Now with the electronic age, and being former US Navy, and all the information I learned – I am affraid for all those who choose not to learn how to live off the land. One day (possibly soon) we will suffer an attack – EMP. And I will move back in the circle of life – when we have no running water, no electricity, no luxuries of life….just back to the basics. And all the kids will be lost and bored!! Prepare them while you can!


Vote -1 Vote +1MP
January 9, 2011 at 6:37 pm

To those of you that are still young, its cool that you are
all into this stuff too, I’m 30 and I sometimes look back at how I
used to make my “survival” plans, almost as a hobby, starting off
around the age of 16. While I didn’t have much money to do
anything, I was always into improvising and throwing together
whatever I think I may make use of in a “situation”. I would put a
lot of these gadgets or ideas to use in the home, or in the “forest
preserves” as I lived in the suburbs of Chicago. Now that we’re in
the woods of MS, I can definately do a lot more. The thing that
sucks is how I notice people still functioning like the proverbial
ostrich with its head in the sand. Just like this past weekend,
some severe weather, ice storms, etc were reported to be coming
through, and what do we see when we go to the store for a couple of
things that we needed to get anyway – people stocking up on stuff
like water and batteries and other emergency supplies like they
were preparing for a hurricane. I found it kind of sad that people
still wait till the last minute to do these things, even after the
lessons that Hurricane Katrina dumped on most of the people in this
area. Most people are working in much the same way as the grocery
stores – just in time stocking. Not to brag but I just looked
around and thought about how we were already prepared for whatever
may unfold and didn’t have to worry about the weather. We’ve
recenly acquired some baby chickens ourselves that are at the age
where as soon as late spring/early summer come about, they will be
ready to start laying eggs, so we’re progressing nicely from city
to full blown country folks. Of course the garden preps continue as
we pick up bags of leaves off of the curbs in the city when we see
them. I’ve been looking at the idea of fitness and health in
general and have taken it upon myself to exercise to get in shape
as well as to lose the “pillow” that has stayed with me since my
youth. After a while I’ve managed to be able to do 100 toe touches,
60 pushups, 100 jumpin jacks, 200-400 crunches, 65 backward
pushups, and 30 min of brisk walking/light jogging every other day.
While the weight has gone down quite a bit from where I’ve been in
recent years, I still have a pillow (not as big) but I’m still
working on that. The only thing I have to do now is get the ole
lady (whos actually younger than me) to start exercising some
herself in order to get in shape. While she’s skinny, exercising
can only do her good and help her build up endurance and strength.
I hope that when I reach my 50’s and 60’s like some of you guys out
there, I’ll still be able to move about just as good and be in just
as good a shape. My wakeup call was having to take care of my dad
after 20 years of progressively worsening diabetes caused him to
have a grocery list of problems (including heart, high cholesterol,
strokes, etc) that ultimately resulted in him being almost
immobilized for the last year of his life. Everyone out there
that’s working at everything, keep up the good work and don’t let
the pessimists crap on your parade, we’ll all have the last laugh
in the end.


Vote -1 Vote +1Mike Harlow
January 28, 2011 at 9:26 am


I think things will remain more civil here than in Egypt, Tunisia and Greece because we have guns. I suspect and hope it will cause us to be more polite, cautious and patient. According to Mr. Laffer, the collapse will arrive here about June. We hear all the time that we have the best military. Not without money my freinds. It runs on money. So does law enforcement. The future is what you can keep from the zombies. If you can stay alive long enough, they will starve or leave the area. One survivor alone will not survive. Form or join a group.



Vote -1 Vote +1Ben-USMC
February 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I agree Mike. We do have our 2nd Amendment (for now) and those who are
able to arm them selves should do so. Buy ammo. Better to have and not
need than need and not have. When the wolves come knocking at the door
we are going to need to stick together. Yes, form or join a group. Have
a plan for WTSHTF and have meetings. There are a lot of us former military
around who know how to stand guard. No kidding, it may come to
that. Have rules (i.e. Guards do not sleep!!!!)


Vote -1 Vote +1Evan
February 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Francesca, I’m sorry, that is not something I am able to find a way to do from the back end. You may be able to login, or modify the comment settings on your end.

Best wishes,



Vote -1 Vote +1Francesca
February 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm

When I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- Check box , right now every single moment a comment is added on I end up with four email messages that has typically the the exact same comment. Is there possibly any way you can delete me from that service? Thanks!


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