Add Stress To Win


Add Stress To Win

Great day on the range today at Urban Tactical Brantford!
Today we’re adding some stress to the mix of shooting. This is absolutely necessary to ensure survival in combat. I’ve talked before about Survival Stress Reaction, and how important it is to not only be aware of it – but also to train for it.
As a police officer in the Hamilton Police Service, I was only given an opportunity to shoot once per year. This is completely inadequate and is highly likely to have resulted in bad outcomes for stressful situations. I found it upon myself to train on my days off, but this isn’t mandated and therefor not likely to make a big impact in skills officers demonstrate under stress.
In this video we came up with several evolution’s to introduce stress. As we’re working big muscles, warm up and stretching is still super important so don’t skip it. Building these obstacles on the range and using them in various manners is super easy. The Lebert EQualizer turned out to be awesome here for the workout and and shooting tool.
It’s not acceptable to accept the lowest common denominator.
Train hard, always.

Let's Do Some Gear Reviews

These EQ’s are a must have for any fitness training, but they also add value on the range. The versatility in adding physical complexity is always there. The bars can be used to jump over, pushup on, or do dips.

To do with combative training, they can be used as obstacles that can be shot through, around or traversed. With hybrid fitness/firearms training, they’re invaluable on the range.

Eye protection is a must, but not all eyepro is created equal. I’ve used my share of issued and purchased eye protection, and nothing works as well as Oakley M-Frames. Oakley is well known to uphold that ANSI standards, which is why I avoid anything cheaper. Frag and shrapnel vs. the eye isn’t something I’d like to risk.

These M-Frame 2.0 are also awesome as they have flattened arms. This reduces shifting and discomfort when these are worn under more robust ear protection, as you see in this video.


  1. Hi there Josh. I just wanted to say I am enjoying watching your videos and reading about your experiences and your thoughts on things. I am in agreement with you on many things. It is so refreshing when someone actually speaks “truths” out there, especially when the money to fund all services for all citizens comes from we the taxpayers!!! Whether it’s policing, military, or even all federal, provincial and municipal governments, there needs to be more common sense in how things should be done. I believe you are correct that there should be better training for police officers, and I also agree with you about being “fit” for your job.

    That being said, just over 5 years ago I was involved in an accident where someone hit me, and it has devasted my life, physically, emotionally and financially. I underwent back surgery which was partially successful, but still have other issues that I am likely to have to deal with for the rest of my life. I will be 66 in July, but no one ever believes my age. Lol Good “genes” from my grandmother. She was the best!!! She passed at 100yrs and 4months. She is always in my thoughts. She worked full time until she was 94yrs old.

    Anyway, I am babbling a bit. Because of the accident, I have lost a lot of my strength and fitness, but after watching some of your videos, I am going to try and start working out a bit.

    Keep up the good work you are doing. You are a bright light in this crazy world.



    • Thanks for the feedback on public sector – I think most of the public can agree that we need better. The status quo is not acceptable.

      Seems like you do have good genes if you Grandmother worked to 94 – that’s outstanding. If you’re getting back into fitness always take it slow. Some of my videos are a little wild in terms of applications, but fitness can be as simple as standing up. If you are set to workout, you can always google “(exercise) regressions” to find some introductory ways to accomplish the same movements. If you have any questions feel free to reach out and I can make some videos 🤙

      Take care,