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Effective Training That Won't Break the Bank!

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Besides the need for effective and affordable training programs like mine at, you also need time to prepare properly. The good news is that we have the answers to all your issues if you want them done right without breaking the bank and fitting into a tight timeline. Whether you are preparing for military basic training, special ops selection, police and fire academies, or needing to maintain your fitness during and after your active duty time, check out - we have the programs that get results in half the time and half the costs. 

If you have decided to serve your country as a military member, or your community in the police force or fire / EMT department, you have made a brave and honorable decision. Now - it is time to make sure you are ready to serve. Preparation is critical to success in these careers, so preparing for the job's physical and mental aspects is essential. Here are some tips to help you get ready for service:

1. Learn the Physical Requirements:  These professions require a certain level of physical fitness to get accepted INTO the programs and standards to get THROUGH the training.  Do not overlook Phase 1 and Phase 2 of tactical fitness. Getting TO and THROUGH the training are two different training cycles.  Studying the physical requirements of all training phases in the profession you are interested in is crucial. This will help you better prepare and meet the necessary standards.

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2. Get in Shape: Start training today. Assess yourself against the future fitness test and start from there. Get on a program that walks you through the process one step at a time. Cardio and strength training are critical for meeting physical requirements, so focus on combining both. For most tests, they are calisthenics and cardio events. However, fire departments and some service branches have more tactical / job-related activities in their tests. Make sure you know the difference. 

Physical readiness is equally paramount. The demands of tactical training necessitate peak physical conditioning. Prioritize your fitness regimen, engaging in regular exercise that encompasses strength, endurance, and agility. Push yourself beyond your limits, gradually increasing the intensity to replicate the rigorous demands you will face. Develop a routine that prepares your body for the physical challenges ahead, ensuring you are at your best when it truly counts.

3. Get Educated: All of these professions require a certain level of education, so make sure you are current on the requirements. There will be some form of academic testing along the way. Know how to take the tests like the ASVAB, for instance. However, educating yourself on the academic and physical demands is also needed. Ask people who have been there - done that but do your research, as there is plenty of information on the events that will challenge you the most. 
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4. Prepare for Boot Camp, Academy, Basic Training, and Selection: Initial Tactical training is a grueling experience, so it is vital to prepare for it mentally and physically. Ensure you understand the discipline required for your future training and do your best to stay in shape. Learn about your future profession's ranks, history, and shared knowledge. But let's not sugarcoat it - it's not for the faint of heart. This demanding experience will test you mentally, physically, and emotionally.  Ace the Fitness Test in Weeks...Here's How.

Remember, exceeding the standard - IS the standard

So, as you lace up your running shoes and take your first strides toward training, allow your determination to guide you through the darkest days and nights. Trust in the process, remain committed, and let your preparation become the foundation that propels you to succeed.

5. Learn About the Job: Read up on the different roles associated with the profession you are interested in. No matter what you decide to do with your life, get as much information as possible. Before diving headfirst into any career path, learning about the job and its various roles and responsibilities is crucial. As you absorb the wisdom of those who have walked the same road, you'll gain a factual understanding of the job and a tantalizing glimpse of your future. This self-reflection brings confidence and helps you build a strong WHY, empowering you to decide whether the profession you eagerly seek is the right fit for you. 

6. Mentally Prepare: Serving in the military, police, fire department, or special ops is incredibly demanding and requires resilience and mental toughness. It is essential to prepare yourself mentally for the challenges you will face. Mental preparedness is key. Understand the discipline and rigors that await you. Embrace that you will face obstacles, setbacks, and moments when you'll question your decision. But remember, true strength flourishes during these tests of character. 

In conclusion, Stew Smith's background as a former Navy SEAL and certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) make him an exceptional instructor for the combat swimmer stroke and a valuable resource for individuals seeking to serve in special ops, military, and other tactical professions. His expertise and experience have allowed him to develop affordable and successful training methods that not only physically prepare recruits but also instill a sense of determination and resilience. Aspiring warriors can confidently start their journey toward becoming elite operators with Stew's guidance. So, whether you're a recruit looking to enhance your swimming skills or someone seeking to push beyond your limits, Stew Smith is the mentor you need. Dive into his training and watch as you transform yourself into an unstoppable force, ready to conquer any challenge that comes your way.

By following these tips, you will be well on your way to a successful career in the military, police, fire department, or special ops. Good luck!  

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Who is Stew Smith CSCS? Coach, Trainer, Writer, PodcasterI'm the former Navy SEAL that tactical candidates go to for books, eBooks, local and online coaching to prepare themselves to get to and through intense tactical assessment and selection programs and qualify for service in their chosen tactical profession.  See More at

(In fact, there are more than 40 books, 1000+ articles, online coaching - and more) 

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When you start training again, consider the seasonal tactical fitness model.  I call it A WAY to train and not the only way to train. But it offers the opportunity never to neglect your weaknesses, helps with flexibility and mobility, and 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 run and do more calisthenics. When it is colder and not so lovely, we lift more, run less, and maintain our outdoor activities with shorter runs and rucks. Check it out: Seasonal Tactical Fitness Periodization System.  

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The Specific Military / Special Ops Physical Fitness Workouts 

Navy SEAL Workout Phase 1
Navy SEAL Workout Phase 2 - 3
Navy SEAL Workout Phase 4  Grinder PT
Navy SWCC Workout

Army / Air Force Advanced Fitness / Special Ops 

Army PFT Workout (Prep For Rucking, OPAT, ACFT)
Army Special Forces / Ranger Workout
Army Air Assault School Workout
Army Airborne Workout
Air Force Special Warfare IFT / OFT / Selection Prep


Advanced Running Program - Special Ops Supplement Plan
USMC OCS / TBS Workout


The Combat Conditioning Workout
Air Force PJ / CCT Workout  Battlefield Airman Prep Course
The UBRR Upper Body Round Robin Workout / Spec Ops version


The Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer / Navy SAR Workout
The Service Academy Workout (West Point, Navy, Air Force Academy)
The Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp Boot Camp Workout


The Law Enforcement Physical Fitness Workouts

The FBI Academy Workout  |   FBI Workout Vol 2  
The DEA Workout
The FLETC Workout - Ace the PEB
The PFT Bible: Pushups, Sit-ups, 1.5 Mile Run
The Fire Fighter Workout - Ace the CPAT


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Online PT CLUB - Weekly Workouts created personally for you.

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If you want access to years worth of workouts, many of the top eBOOKs, favorite workouts of the week, free fitness APP, closed Facebook Group, video / picture library of exercises, and more access to LIVE Q/A sessions check out the Stew Smith Fitness Members Section

The dashboard below has the links to all the information, archives, videos, and links to workouts, podcasts, live Q and A lessons. 

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