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Your Athletic History Determines How You Should Train (for Spec Ops Selection)

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Your Athletic History Determines How You Should Train (for Spec Ops Selection)

Your Athletic History Determines How You Should Train for Special Ops Selection: A Guide for Former Athletes  If you are a former athlete setting your sights on a special ops selection program, you're likely finding the prospect both motivating and daunting - especially before you start your training and do your research on your future career. The challenge lies not just in excelling at one or two athletic events, but in mastering a comprehensive range such as —endurance (run, ruck, swim), strength, power, speed, pace, agility, muscle stamina, flexibility, mobility, and grip. While your athletic background offers a valuable foundation,...

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Quitting Caffeine - A Worthy Challenge (or am I crazy for even mentioning it?)

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Quitting Caffeine - A Worthy Challenge (or am I crazy for even mentioning it?)

Take the Challenge - See If You Can Do It!! Would you consider quitting caffeine if it helps you sleep better and improves nutrient absorption when you eat? Recovery from workouts and life stress is best met with good sleep and nutritional choices. However, there are many other benefits to quitting caffeine. The question is: “Are you willing to accept the challenge?” Or am I crazy for even considering it? Quitting caffeine is not even an option, as most of us rely on morning and afternoon energy jolts to help us focus better on the day’s activities. But does caffeine...

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New Rules for Fitness Over 40!

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New Rules for Fitness Over 40!

The following NEW RULES are part of the programming used in the new 52 week – four part training series: Tactical Fitness 40+.  From Rebuilding the Foundation to getting Ready to Compete, this series uses the following four rules religiously.

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The Strategic National Threat Everyone is Ignoring

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The Strategic National Threat Everyone is Ignoring

 Well...Not Everyone is Ignoring It But Nothing is Getting Better (steady downward trend since the late 1980's) There are a number of reasons why people cannot serve in the military. Besides those who are just disinterested is service, a growing number of recruit aged (17-24) men and women would not meet a range of requirements. See the 2020 Qualified Military Available (QMA) Study shows the following in graph form:Throughout our history there has been a recruitment issue of some type. Medical issues (manual labor work injuries, deformities, tuberculosis, etc.), education, and criminal records were among the most prevalent during WWI...

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Recovery: Training Systems, Periodization, Rest, De-Stress, Mobility, Nutrition, and Sleep

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Recovery: Training Systems, Periodization, Rest, De-Stress, Mobility, Nutrition, and Sleep

Recovery: Training Systems, Periodization, Rest, De-Stress, Mobility, Nutrition, and Sleep Recovery: There is more to being well-rested and ready to go than a good night's sleep. That is a big part of recovery for sure, but when you are training hard, you also have to train smart, add rest / easy days, eat well, and relax. In my opinion, recovery is represented well in the unscientific chart below: Sleep, Rest, Relax 50%Nutrition 40%Ice, Heat, Stretching, Mobility 5%Gear, Massage, other Services 5% Once You Realize That IT IS ALL ABOUT RECOVERY - You Got It... Optimal Performance is the Mastery of Recovery ...

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