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5 Things Every Man Should Be Able To Do To Save His Life

By Laura October 22, 2015
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Our bodies are built to move, to run, to jump and swim. In a world where everyone seems preoccupied with getting 6 pack abs or killer quads, sometimes it's good to get back to basics and good old endurance and strength training. 

Guys, you might be able to bench press X number of kg but if you can't swim a mile or even pull up your own body weight then what would you do if you had to rescue someone who had fallen in a lake? So with a little help from Earle Liederman, author of the 1926 physical culture book, "Endurance", here’s the top 5 things that a man should to be able to do to save his life (because you never know when an emergency will arise or when a Great White might make its way into the local swimming pool)

1. Swim at least half a mile or more




2. Run at top speed two hundred yards or more



3. Jump over obstacles higher than his waist


4. Pull his body upward by the strength of his arms, until his chin touches his hands, at least fifteen to twenty times





5. Dip between parallel bars or between two chairs at least twenty-five times or more

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So why not set yourself a challenge to be able to do all of the above? Not only will you be using your body with the purpose it was built for, you'll also feel So. Very. Manly. 



Written by Laura

After 3 years of excess at uni took a serious toll on my waistline and wellbeing, I found that a love for strength training, HIIT and spin classes were key to keeping me healthy and happy. I'm at the forefront of finding out and creating awesome stuff about health, fitness and happiness and when I'm not at work I love nothing more than pizza and prosecco in the sun with friends. What motivates me? Knowing that life is short...


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