So, what is the level of fitness necessary to save your own life in a dangerous situation? What skills are necessary?
Earle Liederman, in a 1926 book called Endurance, mapped out five basic skills necessary for someone to save his or her own life.
- Swim at least half a mile
- Sprint for 200 Meters
- Hurdle an object at waist height
- Complete at least 15-20 pull-ups or chin-ups, with chin over the bar
- Dip between two bars or chairs for at least 25 reps
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These are obviously not beginner-level in terms of difficulty, but they are by no means on the world-class level. These are skills attainable by the average human being and it is only once your are capable of securing your own safety that you can effectively consider saving anyone else's life, which is the topic of Part III.