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Podcast: The Tactical Fitness Report with Stew Smith

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The Tactical Fitness Report Podcast

Over 125 Podcasts Completed!

Here is my FREE podcast I created to be viewed or heard as desired.  I have done most with former Navy SEAL Jeff Nichols (www.performancefirstus.com) and others with other former Spec Ops members, my mentors, and friends. 

You can see the podcast on  Youtube.com/stew50smith (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 128 - PST Strategy.  Learn how to create a strategy for success with the PST and other fitness tests.  But it takes practice!

Tactical Fitness Report 127 - The Difference Between PST and BUD/S Shape. 

Tactical Fitness Report 126 - Older Guys Seeking Special Ops

Tactical Fitness Report 125 - Post Boot Camp Prep for BUD/S other Spec Ops Selections.  Getting back into selection shape takes some programming.

Tactical Fitness Report 124 - When the Job Hurts: Injury Prevention On the Job - High Speed Boats. 

Tactical Fitness Report 123 - Mental Toughness:  Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Tactical Fitness Report 122 - Recovery Products - Compression Gear

Tactical Fitness Report 121 - Injury Prevention #4 - Post Workout Recovery

Tactical Fitness Report 120 - Injury Prevention #3 - During Workout Phase

Tactical Fitness Report 119 - Injury Prevention #2 - Pre-workout Phase

Tactical Fitness Report 118 - Injury Prevention (Footwear) - How do you prevent injuries? Can you even prove it when you do? Are you just lucky? Jeff Nichols and Stew Smith discuss many ways to avoid and prevent injuries through quality gear, smart training, and knowing your body.

Tactical Fitness Report 117
- Stew Smith and Jeff Nichols discuss preparing for Sleep Deprivation of special ops selection programs. Can you prepare for not sleeping long periods of time? Should you? 


Tactical Fitness Report 116 - To, Thru, and After with USMC Pilot Mark Beasley. Training and new foundation to help veterans transition to civilian world.
http://www.renatusmarinefoundation.org

Tactical Fitness Report 115 - Evolution of Tactical Fitness Tests. Army Combat Fitness Tests, OPAT, RAW, SEAL TAP, and USMC CRT all have evolved from pushup, situps, pullups, run to the whole tactical athlete program test. 

Tactical Fitness Report 114 - Running Programs - Where to Start?  Stew and Jeff discuss running programs and how to start - how to assess yourself and what you need before heading to BUDS and other spec ops programs.  See Spec Ops Running Program.

Tactical Fitness Report 113 TFR 113 takes a different route this week. We are interviewing Phil Black (former Navy SEAL / Current Fire Fighter), creator of the FitDeck, and now http://www.prepwellacademy.com.  Talk about a successful guy!

Tactical Fitness Report 112Stew Smith (http://stewsmithfitness.com) and Jeff Nichols (http://www.performancefirstus.com) discuss the older guy getting prepared and through Special Ops training - specifically BUDS.

Tactical Fitness Report 111 - Stew Smith and Jeff Nichols discuss nutrition and food that fuels for tough workouts, special ops prep, and days in selection.

Tactical Fitness Report 110Common questions from teens about how to best start preparing for special ops programs at the age of 14-15 years old. http://www.stewsmithfitness.com Stew Smith and Jeff Nichols discuss one of the most commonly asked questions that come from early teenage kids about preparing themselves for BUDS.

Tactical Fitness Report 109 - Stew Smith and Jeff Nichols discuss their own running programs.  Which one is better?  Which one is right for you? The masses or the individual? It depends on many variables such as time training, goals, weight, athletic / running history, and more.

Tactical Fitness Report 108 - The Perfect Prepared Student Prepares for BUD/S or other Special Ops Training programs. What does the perfect student look like?

Tactical Fitness Report 107 - The Over-Prepared Student Heads to BUD/S. What does the over-prepared student look like and what issues will he face?

Tactical Fitness Report 106 - New Rules for Tactical Fitness Over 40!  Know these important rules that will help you into the next decade if in the zone!

Tactical Fitness Report 105 - The Under-Prepared Student Heads to BUDS. What do a majority of trainees looks like?  Are you under prepared? 

Tactical Fitness Report 104 - Dealing with Parents / Recruiting Process. Time to be an adult. 

Tactical Fitness Report 103 - The Perfect Student - Any Age. Listen why...

Tactical Fitness Report 102 - Working the Night Shift - How to maneuver though long days and nights, missed sleep, stress, food intake?

Tactical Fitness Report 101 - Tactical Fitness with John Hoffman.  Fitness in the Fire Service Discussion. Get to know coach John Hoffman. 

Tactical Fitness Report 100 - Special Interview with former Navy SEAL and longtime friend Alden Mills (inventor of the Perfect Pushup). See what is new with Alden and his new business and share some stories of getting to and through the Naval Academy and SEAL Training and beyond. 

Tactical Fitness Report 99 - BUD/S PST Breakdown.  Jeff and Stew discuss how to work the PST and make strategies to master the skill. 

Tactical Fitness Report 98 - What is FLOW? The Zone? Pat Bonis discuss getting into the zone and the mind and body connection that must occur to achieve something previously perceived as impossible.

Tactical Fitness Report 97 - Quitting and Becoming Stronger from Failing. Stew and Jeff discuss what happens when you quit or fail to meet the standards at BUD/S.  How do you recover?

Tactical Fitness Report 96 -  Stew Smith and Pat Bonis (CT area trainer / teacher) discuss growth curve in training, overload principle, and periodization to help avoid or progress off of a training plateau.

Tactical Fitness Report 95 - Variety: Adding New Workouts to Your Current Plan and a few life hacks for adding more protein to your diet. (delicious)

Tactical Fitness Report 94 - Stew Smith and Jeff Nichols discuss the big guy who needs to lose weight before BUDS. Why and How?

Tactical Fitness Report 93 - The Overload Principle discussion with Tom Cowan and Stew on a recent article done on training any type of skill (cardio, calisthenics, weights, etc).

Tactical Fitness Report 92 - Family Life in the Military / Special Ops.  Jeff and Stew discuss life in the special ops (specifically from Navy SEAL perspective) in the last three decades. 

Tactical Fitness Report 91 - Making a Training Timeline for BUDS or other Spec Ops Prep. 

Tactical Fitness Report 90 - Attitude Adjustment and Proper Preparation.  Preparing for anything is life requires an attitude of self-journey and initiative. Your education into future professions should be thorough ON YOUR OWN. Your first Q AND A session about military service should not be with a recruiter. Do you due diligence.

Tactical Fitness Report 89 - Academics at BUD/S.  It is not all running, swimming, and pushups. Know your stuff. 

Tactical Fitness Report 88 - First Training Session with Jeff or Stew. Jeff and Stew walk you through what should happen when you begin a training program with a trainer - especially if preparing for military, police, or fire fighter / tactical professions.

Tactical Fitness Report 87 - Build Your Own Home Gym (with email comment from future spec ops student)

Tactical Fitness Report 86 - Ideal Size for BUD/S. Tall, short, heavy, lean? What is ideal? But know - all shapes and sizes make it. 

Tactical Fitness Report 85 - Ranger Prep / RASP (Ranger Assessment / Selection Program. 

Tactical Fitness Report 84 - Recruiter Issues and Being Prepared. 

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 - Group PT Sessions at Summer Seminar and other military prep programs. 

Tactical Fitness Report 37 - Recovery from Injury and Illness

Tactical Fitness Report 36 - Personal Commitment to Training with Jeff and Stew

Tactical Fitness Report 35 - Avoid Stress and Over Training with Jeff and Stew

Tactical Fitness Report 34 - OverTraining - Under Recovery.  Chronic Levels with Jeff and Stew

 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. 

Tactical Fitness Report 25 - Active Duty Tactical Fitness Training with Jeff and Stew (Phase 3 of Tactical Fitness)

Tactical Fitness Report 24 - Getting Through Training (Phase 2 of Tactical Fitness) with Jeff and Stew

Tactical Fitness Report 23 - Getting TO the Training (Phase 1 of Tactical Fitness) with Jeff and Stew

Tactical Fitness Report 22 - Jeff Nichols and Stew Smith do their first podcast on discuss the road to Tactical Fitness. 

Tactical Fitness Reports with Stew Smith and Tom Cowan reviews of previously written articles and other tactical fitness events. 

Tactical Fitness Report 21 - Aging Fitness - Warmup / Workouts / Cooldowns

Tactical Fitness Report 20 - Two Things Most People Neglect (warmup / cooldown)

Tactical Fitness Report 19 - Designing Workouts and Taking Questions

Tactical Fitness Report 18 - Tough Workouts.  They are all relative. 

Tactical Fitness Over 40 Interview - Stew Smith and Jim Edwards do a big Q and A on tactical fitness and the journey Stew has made over the last 20 years developing tactical fitness periodization programming. 

Tactical Fitness Report 17 - Mobility Day!  So important to your longevity!

Tactical Fitness Report 16 - Importance of Breathing (stress, physical performance)

Tactical Fitness Report 15 - Hanging Physically with Younger Soldiers

Tactical Fitness Report 14 - Five Psychological Phases of Fitness

Tactical Fitness Report 13 - Defeat the Quit Demon

Tactical Fitness Report 12 - Adventure Racing Preparation / OCR too!

Tactical Fitness Report 11 - Ready to Serve!  Are You REALLY Ready?

Tactical Fitness Report 10 - Ask Stew - Questions Taken from Audience. 

Tactical Fitness Report 9 - Adding Thinking Games to Workouts

Tactical Fitness Report 8 - Mental Toughness Discussion

Tactical Fitness Report 7 - Fitness Challenges and Gut Checks

Tactical Fitness Report 6 - Operator Grip 

Tactical Fitness Report 5 - Warmups and Why We need Them..

Tactical Fitness Report 4 - 1000 calories that will save you or kill you. 

Tactical Fitness Report 3 - Periodization Training - What is it?

Tactical Fitness Report 2 - Three Phases of Tactical Fitness

Tactical Fitness Report 1 - The First TFR.  Introduction to Tactical Fitness. 

Programs on Periodization and Tactical Fitness

Shortly after my first year of this type of training, I wrote Maximum Fitness which is a 52 week plan though the lift cycle is more of a bodybuilding hypertrophy program than a true powerlifting program that is has evolved into today with Navy SEAL Weight Training and Tactical Fitness programs.

  

   

After 20 years of this type of training, do not think of it as rigid.  We have adding in new elements such as kettlebells, weight vests, TRX, tires, sledgehammers, sleds, crawls and carries to enhance our program each year.  We have many favorite GO-TO workouts, but also create new workouts every day.  Trying new ideas should be part of your training to find what works for you personally. This is my 20 year story plus my 15 year fitness foundation background before I started training using these methods.

Tactical Fitness For the Athlete Over Forty

  

If you have been going hard for decades, consider this new Tactical Fitness Over 40 combination:  

1) Rebuilding the Foundation is for those who need to treat themselves like a beginner for a few months to recover from injury or inactivity. 

2) The Tactical Fitness for the Athlete Over 40 is more advanced level BUT teaches you periodization and how to add in longevity / mobility / flexibility training into a challenging week of training and on the job fitness. 

Previous Writings on Periodization

Periodization Training

Periodization – Do I Need It?

Periodization Advice

Multi-Sport Athlete Periodization

 



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