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Indigenous Warrior Conditioning Challenge by Mark Hatmaker


The War Hammer

This is just one of the 200+ Historical Recreation Challenges in the Indigenous Warrior Series]

Mark off a course approximately 200 yards (Varied Terrain is ideal, my course is hilly and features a water-crossing, and one climb-over element.)

Grab a sledge-hammer (preferably a 16#-18#er, no less than a 12#er).

Bang a tire/stump/hated object with 20 full-power strikes alternating sides with each hit, then take that War Hammer with you thru your course.

You may carry it at port arms, over-the-shoulder, single-handed near the sledge but do not drag it or put it down (even to ford an obstacle in your course).

For each time you drag or put your weapon down hit 10 burpees at the site you have committed the sin of relinquishing your weapon.

Hit your maximum strikes/course trips in 30 minutes.

[Bonus Points for a blood-curdling war cry with each War Hammer Strike. Remember you are not striking the object to “exercise your body” but to kill your enemies-pour forth those bad intentions, Crew!]

Enjoy my warriors! Pechari, Teconiuap, Pechari! (Kill, Warriors, Kill!)

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