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Spec Ops Candidates: Do You Have What It Takes?

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How to Build Your Durability and Achieve Success in Special Ops Training

Attention all special ops recruits!  If you are one of the few, who have already made the bold decision to embark on one of the most demanding journeys out there - KEEP READING.

You have a burning desire to be part of the elite, to push yourself to the limits of physical and mental strength. Most importantly, you want to serve your country and community and prove to yourself that you can DO THIS when most people can't. No fear - no doubts - just pure confidence in your abilities because you put in the work long before it mattered. 

You need to have an answer when you ask yourself WHY you want to do this and when someone challenges how badly you really want it...

Your journey to becoming a special ops recruit is not an easy one. It requires intense physical training, mental toughness, and unwavering discipline. Taking discipline to the next level requires countless challenges, such as working out even when you do not feel like it - and you do it anyway. Once you can work through this discomfort to the point it is now comfortable, you can hone your mental toughness. Keep going...

First and foremost, finding a workout plan that caters to the rigorous demands of special ops training is crucial. Workouts should build strength, power, speed, agility, endurance (run, ruck. swim), and muscle stamina/grip. However, honing specific skills such as swimming, treading, and pool skills is another layer of this process. But, stick to the plan; don't let anything deter you from your goal.

As you embark on your physical training, it's important to assess and improve your weaknesses while maintaining your strengths continuously. Whether it's struggling with longer-distance timed runs (4-6 miles) or lacking proficiency in a certain water/pool skill, identify areas for improvement and dedicate time to mastering them. At the same time, don't neglect your strengths - maintain and hone your strengths to stand out among your peers. But not allowing weakness to be exposed is the biggest importance of your journey as you will likely not get accepted TO the training and have trouble getting THROUGH the training if weaknesses are exposed. 

But physical strength alone will not guarantee your success. being able to handle just the daily grind of spec ops selection training is a long, dark, tunnel with no light at the end - YET. Mental resilience is equally important in relentlessly preparing to become a special ops recruit. Prepare yourself to face high attrition rates and the grueling nature of the training programs. Visualization, mental conditioning, and grit will be your allies in overcoming the mental challenges that lie ahead.

Remember, the path to achieving success in special ops training is not for the faint-hearted. It requires unwavering commitment, dedication, and sacrifice. You will face obstacles and setbacks, but with the right mindset and relentless pursuit of your goal, you can emerge successful.

So, as you become a well-prepared special ops recruit, remember that success is not handed to you on a silver platter. You must earn it daily through hard work, perseverance, smart recovery, and an unyielding belief in yourself. The rewards of being part of the special ops community are worth every sacrifice, struggle, and doubt. Good luck...

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Are you ready to take your fitness and mental toughness to the next level? How can you ensure that you are truly prepared to overcome the challenges of special ops training and ultimately achieve your goals? Check out our latest blog post for essential tips to help you push yourself to the limit and defy the odds

Check out for the ultimate tactical fitness training programs that will push you to your limits and prepare you for the challenges of special ops training. Don't wait. Start your Spec Ops Prep journey toward real success today!  We are all about getting you TO and THROUGH your future training program.  See how that works.  

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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 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

Where to Find More Information About Optimal Performance Training Programs

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 puts 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 colder and not so nice, we lift more, run less, and maintain our outdoor activities with shorter runs and rucks. Check it out: Seasonal Tactical Fitness Periodization System.  

These Seasonal Tactical Fitness BLOCK Periodization programs will walk you through 4 x 4 weeks cycles with 16 weeks of each season in two programs. (32 total weeks)

Increase Strength & Crush the PST / PAST
3 Weeks Strength - 1 Week PT / Cardio Focus 
(16 weeks)

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

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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