posted on May, 13 2008 @ 06:29 PM
I've been as small as 180lbs and as large as 380lbs when i was injured and gained weight doing nothing.
It depends on what region i'd be surviving in and what terrain as to size, and even then, there's no ideal size, as mentioned above, it's really
all about fitness and mentality.
For me, 180lbs is scrawny, i'm 6' and big boned, not fat, but really big boned. My hands and feet are huge, wrists that no watches fit on, and
generally a rugged and heavy bone structure. I've got a lot of extra bone also, places where previous breaks have formed masses of calcium, and now
don't break as easily anymore. A couple more breaks in my right hand and my knuckles will probably all just fuse together.
At 180-190lbs i'm fast, superagile, and can swing through the trees like a monkey. If i lived in the trees or had a job as a ninja, this is what
at 200-220 I'm fast, agile, and can go for long distances easily, being able to cover 40-50 miles a night on foot if need. If i needed to live on
the ground and be fast, as well as cover a wide range, this would be the weight i'd like to be.
At 230-250 I'm still fast, fairly agile, i can still go long distances, but at a bit morea price of fatigue. I've got some weight which i know how
to use to my advantage. With the weight, it's like having a longer lever in a lot of situations, and i can accomplish tasks a lighter animal
couldn't. If i had to do heavy work within a small range, i'd like to be about 240lbs, then it's easy to do rugged heavy lifting work for a long
At 260-280 I'm a bit slower, but not slow, agility is decreased, but not to any debilitating degree. Dealing with situations using brute force
becomes easy. At this weight, disadvantages start showing themselves. Climbing trees isn't easy, as branches snap and it's hard to fit through
smaller places. If i was dealing with large powerful animals i'd like to be this weight. At 280lbs i can tackle large hooved mammals like horses,
Xibu, smallo cattle, large deer, and bring them down, keeping them pinned. I can also stand a good chance of dealing with preadtors. If a cat
like a mountain lion bit into my fat, i have puncture wounds and it has a broken neck, and i'll be chowing on cat as i dress my flesh wounds. Same
for a bear, i it's under 350lbs, at this weight i can pin it quickly. Gators up to 10 feet are easy to handle without getting swung around. I'm
still fast enough to chase down a deer.
At 300 to 340, during most of this time i only had use of my left hand, as my right was undergoing reconstructive surgery to put my middle finger back
on, and doing moist things was a fair effort. I could use my weight with so much force though, that i didn't need my right hand for most strenuous
tasks. I could take 6' gators and handle them easily with only one hand, although jawcatching was a bit sketchy without 2 hands, it was doable, and
once i got a good catch it was no problem. I could tackle large deer with ease, without even having to pin 'em. I could just grab 'em by the
back of the neck and they're captured solid.
At 340-380 it wasn't easy or fun to do anything fast, but there were a few times i still had to run down an animal occasionally. One day an Axis
deer got loose, i chased it, it jumped a 4' fence, and so did i, and caught it in a field as it ran for the treeline. I had no problem snatching it
by the back of the neck in a full run and stopping it dead in it's tracks without me so much as being affected by it's inertia as i stopped it.
It's not good to be this heavy though, but there are advantages. We shot a 400lb pig one day and it dropped in the deep mud, i had to drag it about
100 yards through the sticky deep mud, and had i not weighed what i had, i wouldn't have been able to drag it home or hang it to dress it out.
For me though, i'd pick a weight of between 200 and 250, depending on the terrain. Lighter in hotter climates, heavier in colder. If i was living
in the trees(in the canopy like monkeys) i'd go for lighter.
I don't think there's an ideal weight though, and it does have more to do with fitness. I was weightlifting pretty seriously for a while, i got up
to 240lbs from 190, added 50lbs of muscle, and i was beastly strong, but it was useless. I could deadlift 700lbs but i never found myself needing to
on a regular basis, so being that strong was just useless.
Whatever weight you're at, make sure you're fit. Even at 380lbs my doctors were puzzled, they said i had the internal health of a top athlete.