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Army PFT / CFT / Rucking Prep and Ranger / Special Forces Combo Prep Guides

Stew Smith

You're Going To Get Selected And Prepare Properly
For What Follows...Qualification

Army CFT / PFT / Rucking Prep  |    Army Ranger / SF Prep

You Need To Start Training Today.

I think it's safe to say that it is not an easy process to get TO and THROUGH the Army Rangers or Special Forces selection process. In fact, it is no cake walk to get through Army Basic Combat Training - There is preparation time involved!

The problem we all have in common is we all have certain weaknesses as we transition out of high school or college sports and into the tactical professions.  These weaknesses will get exposed quickly especially in any special ops training program. Learn about tactical fitness - what you don't know can crush you.

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This Takes Time.

The typical approach for most people here is start training too hard, doing long rucks and runs, high rep PT and don't build a foundation of strength and cardio endurance first with a logical progression. .

The challenge with this approach is too many people waste their time not seeing results or getting injured and be forced to either join unprepared or have to take longer to heal. 

The Combination Of The Army PFT Workout And The Army Ranger / SF Workout Programs

The better solution is get on a program that prepares you for longer runs and rucks while building you up to handle the load bearing and impact of both. Preparing for the new combat fitness test requires more lifting for strength and power anyway. Getting good at new PT testing events will help you prepare properly for many other job tasks in the Army as well as Army Special Forces / Rangers. 

Stop Worrying About What To Do And Follow The Plans.

Right now your best option is make today DAY 1, not one day.  Get started building your foundation of strength and fitness so you can create a more durable body with the work capacity of handling long days of training and  selection programs with very high attrition rates. Start training today and be consistent about it for many months..

To do this means a change in thinking about not making your own workouts that might have worked with high school sports or body building.  This is tactical fitness not sports training or aesthetic fitness and preparing for the long days of spec ops training requires you do get good at EVERYTHING - strength, power, speed, agility, endurance, muscle stamina, mobility, flexibility, and grip. 

Specifically, this means a mindset shift about training on your own and perhaps working harder than you have ever thought possible, or just work smarter so you don't injure yourself doing crazy gut check workouts that just break you.

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You'll also need to take advantage of the time you have each day and devote significant parts of it to training as there is no 30 minute gym workout that will prepare you for a day of Spec Ops training.  You have to put in your time lifting, doing calisthenics, running, rucking, and maybe even swimming depending on your future route in the special ops world. 

Stop Wasting Time And Get Moving Now.

This doesn't affect you because you can download both programs immediately and start today, or get the book version.  Regardless, you can view these workouts on your phone, computer, pad, and even print them out on paper.  Start training today!!

Prepare To Get TO And THROUGH The Army Special Forces / Ranger Training Pipeline With These Programs.

What makes this even more exciting is you can start off with the Army PFT / CFT Workout which will build you with basic training and rucking preparation. Then you can build upon that foundation and take your fitness to a new level and get selected for further Spec Ops training in some of the toughest jobs the Army has to offer.

Here is the one-two combo that will help you with this journey.

More Options: Army Special Ops Training Pipeline


Running Plans - All books and ebooks will contain some form of progressive running plan and some with rucking depending on your goals.  But here are some links to running:

Special Ops Running / Rucking Plan (advanced)

1.5-2 mile Running Plan (PDF free) (decent progression - intermediate /advanced)

Tactical Fitness or Tactical Strength training are good ways to build a foundation of all the elements of tactical fitness for candidate preparation you will need. Also the more specific Ranger / SF Training program builds you up with calisthenics, weight training, and challenging runs and rucks in order to prepare you for 5 mile runs and 12 mile rucks, log PT, pullups, pushups, situps, and more.  You should also consider the Army Ranger Flash Cards, there is a lot of information you are learn while you wait to attend schools – see

Tactical Fitness Series - Tactical Fitness, Tactical Strength, and Tactical Mobility is an ALL-encompassing program that focuses on lifting, calisthenics, run, ruck, swim, speed, agility, and flexibility / mobility. Many people focusing on USMC (OCS, RECON, MarSOC) Army Ranger / SF, Air Force Special Warfare, SWAT / Federal Law Enforcement, and Navy Special Warfare have done very well focusing on the Tactical Fitness Series and developing themselves into an all-round Tactical Athlete

Tactical Fitness - At the core of this program is the Tactical Fitness Test which measures 12 standards for your physical capacity, including: cardiovascular conditioning, strength, muscle coordination, and stamina. Tactical fitness means having the skills needed to save lives and extend the limits of your endurance whether you are in the military, police, firefighting professions, or just an everyday hero. Also featured in the Tactical Fitness Test called the Dirty Dozen.

Tactical Strength - Tactical Strength is the lifting program used by Stew Smith and his Military, Police, Fire Fighter fitness program called the Heroes of Tomorrow. It is designed to build strength in the upper body, legs, and core to prepare you better for any load bearing activity (rucking, boat carry, log PT, etc). The program also does not neglect cardiovascular activity and will end workouts with rucking or swimming (or other non impact options (row, bike, elliptical) if needed. The cardio workouts will be quick and fast focusing more on speed and agility than long slow distance. We also use the Tactical Strength Test to test elements of speed, agility, and strength / power.

Tactical Mobility is a comprehensive fitness guide for greater mobility, flexibility, and performance—designed for the men and women serving in military, special ops, law enforcement, emergency services. Tactical Mobility is a perfect fit for any fitness program as a stand alone "Mobility day" supplemented into your regular routine and will help you reach the pain free level of fitness. Gaining flexibility and mobility is the goal of the program and it will help with performance and help reduce injuries.

The Warrior Workout Series - If you are solid with making your own workouts, but need some ideas.  This three part series has 300 workouts (100 / book) to pick from focusing on all the elements of fitness and training programs. Each book is organized with periodization cycles in mind along with calisthenics only, weights / calisthenics mix, cardio options and more. Warrior Workout 1   -  Warrior Workout 2  -   Warrior Workout 3. 

Personalized Training Programs
There are many more options as well as personalized training programs member's only program and the new :

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