Trust the Process...But Verify / Assess Regularly
If you plan to challenge yourself by attending any Special Ops program selection course, you likely are training hard just to get accepted into the training. If you are wise, you are focusing on the both phases of tactical training (getting to and THROUGH the training), then you likely have been on this journey for quite some time. Here are some questions:
Do you trust your efforts each day? Consistency? Sleep? Nutrition?
Did you push your perceived limits? Intensity?
Do you see the results toward your goal / timeline?
Are you patient and trusting the process?
Are you assessing yourself on occasion?
Do you know the standards of fitness required of you when you join the military / in selection?
Are you training for specific events while improving the elements of fitness you need to develop to endure training?
There is much to unpack here, but this process is not as simple as finishing your high school athletic career (any sport) and joining the military. You have to put in the time to assess your strengths and weaknesses, develop what you are not good at, and get good at them. Trust me - your weaknesses will be exposed on the first few days of any spec ops selection.
What Types of Assessments?
Having assessments regularly can be as simple as starting the week after a Sunday rest or Mobility Day doing the fitness test you are training for. Or it can be part of the workout. For instance, the PT Pyramid may be a classic workout with a warmup - max out - and cooldown built into it, BUT it is also a great assessment tool to check your muscle stamina/endurance and work capacity every week or so. Multiple sets of goal pace running (400 - 800m sets) getting easy each time you run time week after week is another assessment.
None of these assessment work if you are not keeping track of your pace, repetition progress, and times of each workout event. In workouts like the ones below, there are countless opportunities for self-assessment with PT Test programmed regularly, pyramids used as warmups, and timed runs, swims, and swims with fins to test your abilities and progress.
Try These "GOOD ENOUGH" Scores for the following events to compare yourself to typical graduate level fitness of Spec Ops Programs:
Remember - if you are not assessing - you are just guessing.
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When you start training again, consider the seasonal tactical fitness model. I call it A WAY to train and obviously not the only way to train. But it offers the opportunity to never neglect your weaknesses, helps with flexibility and mobility, but will also put you at a level of physical abilities where you are happy with your overall ability to do just about anything. We have a system where the seasons dictate our training. When it is nicer outside, we tend to run and do more calisthenics. When it is colder and not so nice, we lift more, run less, and still maintain our outdoor activities with shorter runs and rucks. Check it out: Seasonal Tactical Fitness Periodization System.
These Seasonal Tactical Fitness BLOCK Periodization programs will walk you through 4 x 4 weeks cycles with 16 weeks of each season in two programs. (32 total weeks)
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These programs will walk you through 4 cycles with 12 weeks of each season in two programs.
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