Good day. new kid on this block... I've been reading with interest back to the Nov. timeframe, and what seems to be happening in a round about way is that on most levels, mose everyone agrees! I know that sounds a bit strange, come with me for a minute, or three.
I'm thinking this post was originally intended for those with functioning body parts, some level of training (or desire to train), and an age of some physical maturity... On that point I have to say anaerobics training is an ESSENTIAL, deriving from the "15 second adrenaline dump to 3 minutes of recovery" principle.
The underscored and unstated phrase here, however, seems to be: "it depends", and dud has touched on one of the more VERY significant points.
Who IS a mugger going to attack, one who knows how to look the look, walk the walk, etc., or wheel chair person taking the alleyway shortcut home? (BTW, my first teacher was a frail looking from-the-knees-down amputee 'Nam vet in a 'chair who showed me stub legs to the 'plexus is just as nasty! He was admittedly, far from typical, but among several lessons learned: ya just never know...)but I digress. Answer of course, is the obvious "who do you think the coward is going to target?" question
Anyway, in summ:
1) Awareness/avoidance/prevention - absolutely !
2) Anerobics - yes, very.
3) learning "keep it simple" defense - no doubt.
to ignore any of these is signature self-protection failure potential. ESPECIALLY #1... on #3, remember that "any means necessary" also includes handing it (wallet, watch, replaceables) over, and running!
I hope I didn't miss dud's point, that not everyone has the capacity or physical capability to train in the conventional anaerobic methods.. so the question still remains: what - if any - physical training potentials CAN be developed for the "challenged" as mentioned in dud's thread (young, old, handicap, etc)?
Is the answer here, again, "it depends"?
Thanks for reading my babble.
Train hard, Train smart !