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Growing Pains - Growth Does Not Occur in Comfort Zones

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Growing Pains - Growth Does Not Occur in Comfort Zones

Face it.  Growing is not easy.  Whether you are a young kid experience the nightly pains of actually growing, or you are an adult working hard to improve your chances of becoming bigger, stronger, faster, smarter, or just a better person overall, growth requires moving out of the comfort zone. 

Here Is a List of What You Need for Growth:

Be Fearless - You need to go fearlessly head first toward your goal. Remember, we all start out as beginners no matter what journey we are on, but after some effort and time, you will no longer be a beginner and one step closer to goal achievement. We are all scared and excited on Day 1, when we start out as a freshman, an apprentice, a greenhorn, rookie, probie, or new guy. Every all-pro was a rookie and every Master Chief was a recruit. Don't let fear prevent you from taking that first step. 

No Excuses - Eventually, you will have to build up your self confidence and be not only undeterred by other's opinions, but also unwavering in your ability to fall and get back up again - still focused and still moving. Every journey will have ups and downs, successes and failures, but once you learn the process of getting TO and THROUGH the training, you will be on your way. 

Progress - As you face new challenges, you not only find out something about yourself, you acquire new abilities and skills that enable you to take your game to new levels.  Being able to accomplish tasks along your journey that were one time impossible is going to set you up well when you reach the next level. "Upping your game" on this journey is required for each successful step to get TO and THROUGH the training program / school you are learning to master. 

Never Quit Attitude - This is easier said than done as you have to have the tools to meet and exceed the standards to remain on your journey, but you also have to keep moving when the pain, exhaustion, struggles, and failures join to halt your progress. When you ask yourself, "why am I doing this to myself?" you have to have an answer - a purpose - for without a purpose this journey would likely be over long ago. 

Get Out of the Comfort Zone - Early to Rise

One of my favorite ways to get out of a comfort zone is to start your day early before anyone else in your home. Get moving when you are so comfortable that hitting the snooze button is tempting. Get things done when your are tired and don't feel like doing them. Make a recording of yourself when you are motivated to train telling yourself to "Get your sorry butt up out of this bed and go train."  Play it as your alarm.  I did this when I was 15 years old doing pre-school workouts.  Eventually, you will not need it and you will know you have built a habit that is hard to break for the rest of your life. 

Once you have accomplished ONE thing, you will find this ability to focus on completely different goals is the same process to success. Time to go get something accomplished - get moving - keep moving - never quit = growth.

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Programs / Training Options

Which Program IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Special Ops Programs
Military Programs
Law Enforcement / Fire Fighter Programs




Navy SEAL Workout Phase 1 Beginner Weeks 1-9 
Navy SEAL Workout Phase 2 - 3 - Intermediate Weeks 1-12
Navy SEAL Workout Phase 4 Grinder PT - Four weeks before Hell Week

Navy SEAL Weight Training Book
Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness Book

The Pipeline of Training Options: 


It depends:  The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness is a classic and focuses on high rep calisthenics and running and swimming base.  You will build up your running over 12-18 weeks to 20 miles but very fast paced focus on both the 1.5 mile run for the PST and the 4 mile timed run for weekly run test at BUDS. If you are an athlete with a strong power / strength background in lifting and not running or swimming, Navy SEAL Fitness is ideal for you. IF you need some place to start Navy SEAL Fitness is ideal for you as well because a calisthenics base / running / swimming progression is a good place to build a foundation.  Though you will likely need to spend some time in the Navy SEAL Weight Training Book OR if Navy SEAL FItness is too challenging, go with Navy SEAL SWCC, EOD, Diver, PST Phase 1 Workout.  Phase 1 is a good starting point if Navy SEAL Fitness program is too tough. 

Navy SEAL Weight Training - This is part two (winter lifting phase) of my SEAL Prep program. If you have done the Navy SEAL Fitness (12 weeks to BUDS) program a few times and need a break, this is the next program that integrates lifting with the Navy SEAL Prep training. This is ideal for people who have come from an endurance athlete background.  Athletes like swimmers and runners will also require some strength training as you will be exposed to challenges under logs and boats during the first phase and many miles of rucking 50+ lbs of backpacks and gear in 2nd and 3rd phases of BUDS.  Do not skip lifting in your year of training prep.  However, if you are coming from a powerlifting / football background, supplementing a few lifts into your endurance / muscle stamina focus plan is something you may enjoy especially if training for a year or more during your prep phase. 

Navy SEAL / SWCC, EOD, Diver Program Series - Phase 1 is what I call a beginner guide, but it is still challenging.  It is geared toward those who are scoring minimally or failing their Navy PST test - 500yd swim, pushups, situps, pullups, 1.5 mile run.  It is easier than The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness and a good prep course before attempting it. 

Phase 2 and 3 of the Navy SEAL / SWCC, EOD, Diver program is about the same level of intensity as Navy SEAL Fitness and is also a good follow-up plan after Phase 1

Phase 4 ot the Navy SEAL Key to Mental Toughness is by far my toughest workout ever created.  It resembles a day of BUDS, complete with "wet and sandy", runs after eating, high rep punishment push-ups, 4 mile timed runs, 2 mile swims with fins, log PT simulation, and even a HellWeek Simulator with 3 workouts a day.  

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

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. 

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