Have you ever wanted to make our FREE local training programs for the Heroes of Tomorrow here is Severna Park and Annapolis MD? IF so, these two programs contain nearly a full year of training of what we did last year! By building a base of calisthenics if you are new to training like this, then advancing into the next advance level of training, you will quickly surprise yourself as you learn to run, swim, ruck, lift, and do high repetition calisthenics with a durability and work capacity that you have never had before.
The year of Seasonal Tactical Fitness Periodization created some new and innovative tactical fitness workouts for a local group of high level candidates seeking a variety of special ops professions. Those these are advanced programs, there is a beginner and intermediate build up cycle in the Calisthenics / Cardio Workouts for 10 weeks. The remaining eight weeks of the Calisthenics / Cardio is on the advanced level of training. The next phase Stew Smith's Fall / Winter Lift Cycle is 24 weeks of advanced level training that is a lifting progression, a cardio maintenance (short / fast runs / swims), and a muscle stamina maintenance program.
This Tactical Fitness Periodization cycle is a seasonal way to train that makes both operational and physiological sense to the tactical athlete. Building and maintaining all the elements of fitness (below) requires time and patience and a few cycles in order to adequately prepare yourself without burning out and risking injury.
If you have not done much diverse training with strength, cardio conditioning (run, ruck, swim, non-impact), speed, your athletic history may be enough to get you through basic training with no issues – depending upon that history. But for candidates seeking more competitive programs where only the best scores/applications are accepted, diversifying the training to fit all the elements throughout the year of training in a periodization cycle is recommended.
Other Programs That Are Cycles of Periodization
What elements of fitness do you need to focus on to have the ability to get TO and THROUGH Training and stay operational? ALL OF THEM. Getting good at all the elements of fitness is required and as your tactical journey continues, being able to structure your training so you can recover and have meaningful longevity within your career is the ultimate goal. After all, you will be older longer than you are younger in any career you choose.
For over 20 years now, I have been coaching and writing about a form of tactical fitness periodization created for the tactical athlete candidate as well as the active duty operator. Many questions occur during the transition from one cycle to another. Some prefer a sharp change from running to non-impact cardio cycles, which is very helpful when feeling the peak of running overuse injuries starting to occur. Some prefer a gradual bell curve approach to building up to a peak and a reverse progression during the transition of one cycle to another. Here are some options as you progress through calisthenics cycles into more lifting cycles, running cycles into non-impact cardio cycles, or into sprinting high intensity interval training cycles.
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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.
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.
Special Ops – Most of my programs tend to focus on getting TO and THROUGH a specific tactical training program. So you may see a mix of all the seasons in some of these books, but if you are training long term, you can take advantage of Seasonal Periodization and save yourself some of the over-use, long term pains that tend to follow many of the tactical preparations - especially on the spec ops level of training.
Start training today with workouts that focus on the specifics of getting to and through tactical profession training from firefighter, police, swat, military to special ops. We have programs to help you get TO and THROUGH training.
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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