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New Podcast: The Tactical Fitness Report with Stew Smith

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The Tactical Fitness Report Podcast

Here is my FREE podcast I created to be viewed or heard as desired.  You can see the podcast on (video), iTunes - (search Tactical Fitness Report with Stew Smith), Google Play - search Tactical Fitness Report with Stew Smith), Podomatic - For audio version online.  See links and descriptions below of the most recent Podcasts: 

Tactical Fitness Report 83 - Age Waivers - They are rare. Very rare but you might get lucky and find a way if you are persistent and have the right credentials.

Tactical Fitness Report 82 - Swim Training Options:  Skills, Drills and Recovery

Tactical Fitness Report 81 - Special Ops Mentality.  What kind of mentality do you need to be successful in special ops professions. 

Tactical Fitness Report 80 - Recruiter Problems #4: Frequent PSTs

Tactical Fitness Report 79 - Sleep at BUD/S or Selection Programs

Tactical Fitness Report 78 - What To Do At The End of the Day at BUD/S

Tactical Fitness Report 77 - MarSOC Assessment and Selection, ITC

Tactical Fitness Report 76 - Smoke Jumpers - History, Training, Job

Tactical Fitness Report 75 - Zero Tolerance Drugs, Supplements, etc.

Tactical Fitness Report 74 - Vision Waivers, PRK, Lasik, Colorblindness

Tactical Fitness Report 73 - CPAT for Firefighter Recruits

Tactical Fitness Report 72 - Recruiter Problems - Signing Up For BUD/S

Tactical Fitness Report 71 - FBI / DEA FItness Test and Academy Prep

Tactical Fitness Report 70 - Rhabdo in Training (BORTAC / other Spec Ops Selections)

Tactical Fitness Report 69 - Recruiter Problems:  First Recruiter Meeting

Tactical Fitness Report 68 - The Hockey, Baseball, Rowing Athlete (and others) Prepare for BUD/S.

Tactical Fitness Report 67 - The X Games Athlete Prepares for BUD/S

Tactical Fitness Report 66 - The Non-Athlete Prepares for BUD/S

Tactical Fitness Report 65 - Top Ten Pyramid Workouts

Tactical Fitness Report 64 - ABD's of Nutrition (Before, During, After Workouts)

Tactical Fitness Report 63 - The Lax, Rugby, Soccer Player Preps for BUD/S

Tactical Fitness Report 62 - The Wrestler / Combatives Sports Athlete Preps for BUD/S

Tactical Fitness Report 61 - CrossFit Athlete Preps for BUD/S

Tactical Fitness Report 60 - Powerlifting / Football Player Preps for BUD/S

Tactical Fitness Report 59 - The Swimmer Preps for BUD/S

Tactical Fitness Report 58 - Stupid Questions Answered by Jeff and Stew

Tactical Fitness Report 57 - Cross Country Athlete Preps for BUD/S

Tactical Fitness Report 56 - PST Meal Preparation - Fitness Testing Nutrition

Tactical Fitness Report 55 - Prepare for Endurance Events (Go Ruck, Long Races...)

Tactical Fitness Report 54 - Tactical Periodization Wrap Up Discussion

Tactical Fitness Report 53 - Endurance Periodization with Jeff and Stew

Tactical Fitness Report 52 - Classic PT Testing Preparation Week of Training

Tactical Fitness Report 51 - Running Programs for Fitness Test Timed Runs

Tactical Fitness Report 50 - Stay Fit During the Fall and Winter

Tactical Fitness Report 49 - Speed and Power Periodzation Training with Jeff and Stew

Tactical Fitness Report 48 - Fighting Weight Gain as We Age

Tactical Fitness Report 47 - Strength Periodization Training with Jeff and Stew

Tactical Fitness Report 46 - The Combat Swimmer Stroke with Jeff and Stew

Tactical Fitness Report 45 - Tactical Periodization Training - 52 Week Cycles

Tactical Fitness Report 44 - Food - Performance Recommendations With Jeff and Stew

Tactical Fitness Report 43
- Police, Fire Fighters Seeking SWAT, Special Ops,Rescue Diver Programs
Tactical Fitness Report 42 - Quick 20 Minute Workouts
Tactical Fitness Report 41 - Active Duty Police Officers / Fire Fighter Fitness Issues
Tactical Fitness Report 40 - Training to Get To and Through Police and Fire Academy
Tactical Fitness Report 39 - Time Management - Fitness During Busy Days

Tactical Fitness Report 38
- Creating Massive Group Workouts with Stew Smith

Tactical Fitness Report 37 - Recovery from Illness and Injury

Tactical Fitness Report 36 - Commitment with Jeff Nichols and Stew Smith discussing the difference between success and failure - commitment!

Tactical Fitness Report 35 - Stew Smith and Jeff Nichols discuss Over-Stress.

Tactical Fitness Report 34 - Stew Smith and Jeff Nichols discuss Over-Training.

Tactical Fitness Report 33 - Stew Smith and Jeff Nichols discuss Hell Week Success.

Tactical Fitness Report 32 - Mental Toughness - Jeff Nichols and Stew Smith discuss and attempt to nail down a hard to explain topic.

Tactical Fitness Report 31 - Recovery at BUD/S
- Jeff Nichols and Stew Smith discuss all the details and ways to help you take care of yourself in challenging / stressful selection programs:

- Related article: Recovery from Intensive Training Programs

Tactical Fitness Report 30 - Jeff Nichols and Stew Smith discuss programming for special ops professions from ANY body type and athletic history.

Tactical Fitness Report 29 - Jeff Nichols and Stew Smith discuss the officer and enlisted route to becoming a Navy SEAL (TO, through, and after BUD/S)

Tactical Fitness Report 28 - Wes Kennedy (Canadian SF) and Stew Smith discuss getting through challenging SF selection programs.

Tactical Fitness Report 27
- Jeff Nichols and Stew Smith discuss rumors that occur during the recruiting, BUD/S, and SEAL Teams. 

Tactical Fitness Report 26 - Jeff Nichols and Stew Smith discuss AFTER your Spec War career.  What do you do when you are done.

Tactical Fitness Report 25 - Jeff Nichols and Stew Smith discuss POST - BUD/S and training required to be an operator in Special Ops and other tactical fitness professions.

Tactical Fitness Report 24 -  Stew Smith and Jeff Nichols discuss getting THROUGH BUD/S.  Mindset and physical preparation. 

Tactical Fitness Report 23 - Stew Smith and Jeff Nichols discuss getting TO the training. Acing Entrance exam fitness tests is the start to this process.

Tactical Fitness Report 22 - First TFR with Jeff Nichols (Former SEAL) discussing tactical fitness for special ops programming.


Tactical Fitness Report Tactical Fitness Report 21 - Aging Fitness (40,50,60+) - What to do to stay in shape, healthy and productive as you age.

Tactical Fitness Report 20 - Two thing most people neglect in a workout. 

Tactical Fitness Report 19 - Designing Workouts and Answering Questions

Tactical Fitness Report 18 - Tough Workouts You Can Do. 

Tactical Fitness Report 17 - Take a Mobility Day

Tactical Fitness Report 16 - Importance of Breathing (training, recovery, stress)

Tactical Fitness Report 15
- Hanging with Younger Soldiers

Tactical Fitness Report 14 - The Five Phases of Fitness

Podcast #13 - Defeating the Quit Demon

Check out other videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training.


Podcast #12 - Adventure Racing Preparation
Podcast #11 - Ready to Serve
Podcast #10 - Ask Stew - Several Questions from Readers / Listeners

Podcast #9 - Adding Thinking Games to Workouts

Podcast #8 - Mental Toughness.  After recent conversations with a few different Special Ops friends (Army SF, SEAL, Delta, UK Army Commando), we all agreed that to really be one of the few who graduate Special Ops training, you eventually have to do one thing without care:  "Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable"

Mental Toughness Article

Podcast #7 - Workout Challenges to Test Your Capabilities. When it comes to WHY you work out the reasons are varied. From health reasons, to perform better in sports, and save lives in tactical professions, we all have a WHY we train hard near daily. But WHAT workout or event is it that you use to measure your training and abilities? What workout or level of fitness must you maintain for you to feel acceptable with your personal fitness goals? Here is a list of many standards that hard charging military, police, fire fighters, and equally tough civilians use as their bench mark of fitness. What is YOUR Standard?

Article on Personal Fitness Assessment Markers

Podcast #6 - The Operator GripHaving a good grip comes in handy not just shaking hands, but doing many tasks required of military and special ops personnel. Stew discusses a recent email asking about improving grip for exercises that include rope climbs, pullups, and even dry firing with your non-​​dominant hand.

Article on Grip - All of these exercises are in Tactical Fitness and Tactical Strength

 SIRT Pistol for dry fire training / with laser pointer.


 Podcast #5 - Importance of Warmups - Warming up prior to a workout or very physical event is smart to learn how to do and figure out exactly what your body needs to move more efficiently and without pain. 

Stew Smith discusses many ways to pre-train (warmup) before training hard and many other aspects of fitness relating to the tactical professions - military, police, fire fighter, and special ops.

Podcast #4 - 1000 Calories Challenge - Burn More / Eat Less - This podcast is all about eating less and moving more. As a country we eat more than 1000 calories than required and do 1000 calories less than we should each day to be active.  Discussed are some ideas on ways to improve your energy levels, lose weight, get or stay fit with ideas on how to arrange workouts in your day.

Article of 1000 Calores

More assistance can be found at or check out the Beginner / Weight Loss Section of the Stew Smith Fitness store

Podcast #3 - Periodization for the Tactical Athlete is A way to train to maintain all the elements of fitness ideal for a Tactical Profession as well as prepare your body for the multiple of challenges in such special ops selections programs that will expose weaknesses very quickly.

Article on 20 years of Periodization


Podcast #2 - Tactical Fitness Report with Stew Smith features a focus on the THREE phases of Tactical Fitness:


Phase 1 - Getting TO the training
Phase 2 - Getting THROUGH the training
Phase 3 - Active Duty Maintenance / Recovery / Longevity






 Article on To and Through

 Books On Periodization Cycles - Maximum Fitness, Tactical Fitness, Tactical Strength, Navy SEAL Weight Training, Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness 

Podcast #1 - Discussion on the Tactical Athlete and defining what Tactical Fitness is and why it is important for military, police, fire fighters, and specials ops.  Understanding why you need to train to be and stay a tactical athlete for those seeking these professions is job number one!

Article on Tactical Athlete Training


Tactical Fitness    Tactical Strength

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