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New Seasonal Tactical Fitness Periodization Series (Fall / Winter / Spring / Summer)

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New Seasonal Tactical Fitness Periodization Series (Fall / Winter / Spring) Now Available


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STFP Fall Transition

STFP Winter Lift Cycle

STFP Spring Cals & Cardio / Strength

STFP Summer Peak Endurance / Muscle Stamina

Learn More About the Process with this Video Explanation

The Seasonal Tactical Fitness Periodization system programs are now available at These Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer series of programs make up the system of Seasonal Tactical Fitness Periodization model. 

What is the Difference Between Training Elements of Fitness and for Future Events? 

This is my system that I have been perfecting for over 20 years. My first program with periodization throughout the seasons was Maximum Fitness. Since then, I have created many “winter lift cycles” and “cardio / muscle stamina cycles” and other SEASONAL titled programs. All are similar but different in that the system is the same, but the exercises, workouts, and deload / block periodization weeks have been added over the years.

Regardless of the program from Tactical Fitness, Tactical Strength, Navy SEAL Weight Training, Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness all were tested at some point within my Seasonal Tactical Fitness Periodization model.  You can use any program with this system – even your own. Here is the system in a nutshell:

Spring: March-June: Transition to Calisthenics and cardio workouts. Run and swim progression with less lifting each week.

Summer: July-September: High Reps and High Running Volumes. Calisthenics and cardio workouts. Run max and swim progression.

Fall: October-December: Transition to Lifting Weights. Calisthenics with weights and decrease in reps, along with running. More non-impact cardio workouts added. Ruck and swim with fins.

Winter: December-March: Strength Focus. Warmup with calisthenics and lift heavier weights. Cooldown with running with more non-impact cardio workouts as well. Ruck and swim with fins.

 The Block Periodization style of programming is also maintained in this series as a way to improve weaknesses and maintain strengths using a 3-4 week split cycle though it is optional if you need it or not.  Each of these books in the STFP series have 12 weeks of progressive training + a testing week for a total of 4 x 13 weeks of training: 52 weeks in all four books.  A year of seasons with a year of training throughout the seasons.

Advanced Training Programs 

The four programs are not for beginners and the workouts take time to complete in full especially if you add in rucking and/or swimming to the end of the workout time. These are not just a PST / IFT Prep workout (you will see improvement in testing), but these also mix in events of selection that challenge the toughest students. Longer runs, longer swims with fins, longer rucks, and some lifts that you will see during your training pipeline at some point - see Tactical Fitness Tests (Human Performance Test / Operator Fitness Test).  These new test include lifts, sprints, agilities, and other power movements. Preparing with some of these tests in mind will help you not only with the tests in your future, but build a stronger  / more durable body to handle the loads of rucking, logs, boats, and fireman / personnel carries / drags and obstacle courses. 

This cycle worked so well over the past few years of testing, we decided to a complete series focusing on a year of Seasonal Tactical Fitness Periodization. If you like stronger test scores, faster runs, and fewer injuries (much less) this 3:1 Block Periodization model is something you should consider.  

Who Needs This? 

If you are preparing for the Navy PST or the Air Force IFT / OFT as well as other Combat Fitness Tests in our military, you need to try this method of training. This will help you not only get TO the training (Phase 1 of tactical fitness), but prepare yourself to get THROUGH the training (Phase 2 of tactical fitness) Also, if you are preparing for special ops training pipelines where all the elements of fitness (strength, power, speed, agility, endurance, muscle stamina, flexibility, mobility, grip) need to be highly developed, try 3-4 months of block periodization and maintain your strengths while building up your weaknesses.

Some More Programs Using the Seasonal TF Periodization Model

The Winter Lift Cycle with 3:1 Block Periodization: Check out what we did the previous years with this model of training


Other Tactical Fitness Programs Specific to Your Goals

These Seasonal Tactical Fitness Periodization programs will walk you through 4 cycles with 12 weeks of each season in two programs. 

Latest Fitness Books on Seasonal Periodization

Here are our options at that assist with doing this type of training:

Programs / Combos that have full Spring / Summer and Fall Winter Cycles: 

Maximum Fitness, Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness / Navy SEAL Weight Training Combo, Warrior Workout Vol 2, Tactical Fitness for the Athlete Over 40, and Spring, Summer, Fall Winter Combo.

Programs that are Spring / Summer Calisthenics / Cardio Based 

Calisthenics and Cardio Workout, Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness,  Stew Smith's Spring Summer Cycle

Programs that are Fall / Winter Lifting Based with Faster / Shorter Cardio (More non-impact options)

Tactical Fitness, Tactical Strength, Navy SEAL Weight Training Workout, Weight Vest Workout,  Stew Smith's Fall Winter Cycle

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