Hatmaker’s Readiness Test — Part 3

Click here to see Mark’s entire post

If you missed Part 1 & 2 in this series, click here.  In a nutshell, author and martial arts coach Mark Hatmaker recently posted The Self-Resilient Readiness Test  and I’m working my way through them to assess my ability to self-rescue.

In the video below I’m facing question #6 — drag a 100 lb. sandbag 50 yards in under 30 seconds.  Was I cheating a little by using a trashcan lid as a sled?  Not sure, test doesn’t specify.  But to compensate I set a course that was slightly uphill for the first two-thirds — and I still made it 19 secs.  Video below.

Off camera I also tried question #11: Walk 50 yards out and back on one breath (without hurrying).  Totally failed that one.  Barely got the 50 yards!

My Scores So Far

#2: Run at top speed for 200 yards.  I’m slow, but I did it. 1 point.
#3: Jump over waist high obstacles.  Close but no cigar.  1/2 point.
#5: 25 dips.  They were pathetic and I had to take breaks.  1/2 point.
#6: Drag a 100 lb. sandbag 50 years in under 30 seconds.  19 seconds.  1 point
#9: One minute unprepared breath hold. Check.  1 point.
#10/11: Swim 25 years underwater or walk 50 yards out and back on one breath. Picked the later and failed.  1/2 point.
#13: One minute shower on full cold. Check.  1 point.
Total Score so far: 5 ½ points out of max score of 7

Wanna play along?  Post your scores in the comments!

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