Tuesday, October 19, 2010

COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN - POST # 19 / SURVIVAL


Let's stick with the zombie theme from yesterday. I began re-reading World War Z by Max Brooks last night (hey, ti's the season), and suffered from one of my reoccurring zombie apocalypse dreams. Maybe suffer isn't the right word for it, maybe survived is better. I have nobody to blame but myself, I could just sit back and read a happy book about flowers and sunshine, but that's not me. What does it mean to dream about zombies? Thank the computer gods for the Internet, because I can find out in a heart beat. Here is what I found:
To dream that you are attacked by zombies, indicate that you are feeling overwhelmed by forces beyond your control. You are under tremendous stress in your waking life. Alternatively, the dream represents your fears of being helpless and overpowered.

About what I expected. Growing up in the days of President Reagan, anti-nukes, The Day After and nuclear winter, I would often dream about surviving in a mushroom cloud of radiation and sickness. These dreams were often hopeless because there is no escaping the kind of environmental damage that would occur with a nuclear exchange. At least with zombies we feel like you literally have a 'fighting' chance. This is where ZombieFit comes to mind. Scooter Polanski first brought this to my attention, and I found this article in Wired Magazine by Christina Couch that sums up the concept nicely.

Are you truly prepared to survive a rampage of the undead? Because it’s not just a matter of stockpiling MREs and shotgun ammo; you need to train for some serious fight-and-flight situations. That’s the idea behind ZombieFit, an exercise class in St. Charles, Illinois. To prepare for Z-Day, students do cardio, lift weights, and practice parkour maneuvers in a foam rubber mock-up of an urban environment. “It’s about being quick and efficient with your movements,” explains instructor Jesse Randall. “If the zombies come, you’re going to need to conserve your energy.” If? I think he means when.

Survival Workout
1 Climb
Zombies aren’t very spry, so climbing over barriers is a key evasive maneuver. Practice on a wall that’s a little taller than you.
Extra training: Pull-ups, bench dips
Muscles worked: Core, triceps, deltoids

2 Free Fall
Jumping off a roof may provide temporary respite, but break a leg on landing and you’re dinner. Cushion the impact by extending your legs and touching down on the balls of your feet. Then get up and make tracks.
Extra training: Toe raises
Muscles worked: Calves, hamstrings

3 Hurdle
Run at a sturdy obstacle—park bench, subway turnstile, picnic table. Dive forward, placing both hands on the object, and swing your legs up to your chest. The momentum will propel you over.
Extra training: Air squats, push-ups, sit-ups
Muscles worked: Pecs, delts, quads

4 Breakaway
“Extricating yourself from a zombie’s grasp uses every muscle in your body,” says Rich Gatz of ZombieFit. Practice by lifting and tossing a big object like a tractor tire.
Extra training: Resistance running, weighted pull-ups and push-ups
Muscles worked: Lats, core, hamstrings





They have a great web site that you can find here at Zombiefit.org

I am also fond of taking the test that is found at the web site for Max Brook's World War Z book, which you can do so here:
Here is a quiz from Max Brooks, author of World War Z.

I never rate higher than the mid 30% change of survival when I take this quiz, and I blame it on location rather than being out of shape. Remember, the zombies in Brook's book are slow moving zombies not the fast moving relentlessly quick 28 Days Later variety. Thank Goodness!

Shelley

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