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5 Minute Read-Episode 94: Preparing for Your First Tactical Games


Today we are going to delve beyond shooting, gear, and rules to help you develop a solid plan for your

first time competing in the Tactical Games. In this article, we will discuss the key aspects to consider

when preparing for this intense and challenging event. From selecting the right division to getting in top

physical shape and familiarizing yourself with essential obstacles and equipment, we've got you covered.

1. Picking the Proper Division:

Choosing the right division and if you are interested in individual or team is crucial for a successful

Tactical Games experience. Each division has its own set of requirements and skill levels. Take the time

to assess your abilities honestly and select a division that aligns with your current fitness level and skill

set. This will ensure a fair and enjoyable competition for yourself and your fellow participants. The

Tactical Games website provides stats for running time and lifting weights per division to help

decide which division may suite you best as you prepare physically.

2. Getting in Physical Shape:

Physical fitness is paramount in the Tactical Games. To excel in this demanding event, it is essential to

focus on strength, endurance, and agility. Incorporate a well-rounded training regimen that includes

cardiovascular exercises, weightlifting, and functional movements. Consult with a fitness professional to

design a personalized workout plan that targets the specific demands of the Tactical Games. The

Tactical games even offers its own training program to get you from the couch to the firing line.

3. Top Obstacles or Equipment to be Familiar With:

Familiarizing yourself with the key obstacles and equipment used in the Tactical Games is vital for

success. Here are a few examples to get you started:

- Axle Barbells: These thick barbells require a strong grip and forearm strength. Practice various lifts,

such as deadlifts and cleans, using an axle barbell to build your proficiency.

- Husafell Stone: The Husafell stone is a large, awkwardly shaped object that requires proper technique

and core strength to carry. Incorporate exercises like front squats, farmer's carries, and sandbag training

to prepare for this challenge.

- Farmers Carry Handles: This exercise involves carrying heavy weights in each hand while maintaining

stability and balance. Practice farmers carries with dumbbells or kettlebells to improve your grip strength

and overall stability.

4. Mental Preparation:

The Tactical Games not only test your physical abilities but also challenge your mental resilience.

Develop a strong mindset by visualizing yourself successfully completing each obstacle and envisioning

yourself achieving your goals. Practice stress management techniques, such as deep breathing and

positive self-talk, to stay focused and composed during the competition.


Preparing for your first Tactical Games requires careful planning and dedication. By selecting the

appropriate division, focusing on physical fitness, familiarizing yourself with key obstacles and

equipment, and developing a strong mental game, you will be well-equipped to tackle this unique and

exhilarating event. Remember, consistency and perseverance are key to achieving success in the

Tactical Games. To hear more about the Tactical Games, check out Episode 94 of The Gun

Experiment Podcast featuring Tes Salb; 2000 Olympic trial qualifier, member of the US National

Pistol Shooting Team and NRA Intercollegiate National Pistol Shooting Team for Notre Dame.

Good luck on your journey, and may you conquer every challenge that comes your way!


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