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Spec Ops Prep - List of Articles - Research One Stop Shop

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Spec Ops Prep - List of Articles -
Research One Stop Shop

This list will keep you busy for quite some time learning what you can about a future profession you are considering.  Do yourself a favor and learn more about the process, the preparation required, and the job itself - then don't even talk to a recruiter until you are physically ready to crush a PST. 

The following list of articles are for general research and information on training as well as links to official recruiting sites that should be where you start on this journey:

But first are you THIS person?  Spec Ops Candidates - read

Here is HOW you can be a Better Recruit - Prepare.

Check Out These Podcast Interviews with former Special Operators

If I Could Give Advice to my Younger Spec Ops Prepping Self...

What Fitness Standards are GOOD ENOUGH for Special Ops?

Physical Assessment Tools to get TO and THROUGH Training

See what is "good enough" - PST Type Scores - See recommendations to PT / Cardio scores prior to joining. 

Now - how about your durability - strength numbers - See recommendations of strength scores prior to joining. 

BTW "Good Enough: is exceeding the standard not just meeting the standard. 

Set a PERFORMANCE Starting Line - Not an Arbitrary Timeline

Crush the PST    |  PST Clinic   |  PAST Test Workout    |  50-50 Swim Workout

Air Force 50-50 Workout  |   Fix Your Kick   |  Classic Week of PST Training  | 

CSS One Stop Shop Videos / Articles


Official Military Special Ops Recruiting Links:


Navy SEAL / SWCC  - (if going SEAL or SWCC)

Army Special Forces - Special Forces, Ranger, 160th SOAR, Civil Affairs / Psy Ops are jobs within Army Special Operations Command.  

Air Force Special Warfare - ParaRescue, CCT, TACP, Special Recon, SERE are jobs within Air Force Special Operations Command - ground fighters. 

Marine Corps - RECON Recruiting and MarSOC Info

Navy Special Warfare: 

So You Wanna Be a Frogman - Good starting point for BUD/S Prep and critical reading of articles and viewing of videos on this one page.

Ten Questions About SEAL Training and Life

Learn How to Crush the PST - The PST Clinic

Better PST Score Information on Training Ideas

Build a Faster Run and Swim - PST Related

The PST Strategy - Practice and Build Your Own Strategy

Getting To and Through BUD/S - The Basics of Training you need to know.  There is getting TO BUD/S by passing a PST, then there is getting THROUGH BUD/S by preparing yourself specifically for events at BUDS (log pt, boats, 4 mile runs, 2 mile swims with fins, etc)...

I want to go to BUDS when I graduate...STOP and read first...

The Classic PST Week of Training -  Workout Referenced in the video:

Be a GOOD Runner - Running Program 

Get Faster at Running - Five Tips

Swimming and Treading Skills - Practice / Watch Videos

 DUDE - You Are Not is Swimming Shape

Typical Errors with the CSS

Pull - Breathe - Kick - Glide ...repeat LEARN THIS!!

#1 Most Important Part of Swimming - Streamline

Army / USMC Rucking Prep

Rucking Preparation

Army Ranger / Special Forces Training Pipeline

New Army CFT and Rucking Prep / 2020 Changes

How Good is Good Enough - USMC

Air Force Special Warfare

The program to become any of the professionals in the Air Force Special Warfare program is similarly set up to the BUDS prep included a similar Prep Course and the PAST Test is the same exercises as the PST (just different order).  See some of the PST related articles for physical assistance.

Air Force Training Pipeline

General Tactical Fitness Training Information 

Learn How to do Seasonal Periodization to Build Tactical Athlete Skills

Twelve Questions / Answers About Mental Toughness

Quitting or Not Quitting - The Choice is YOURS  


Who is Stew Smith? Coach, Trainer, Author, PodcasterI'm the former Navy SEAL that special ops 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 obviously not the only way to train. But it offers the opportunity to never neglect your weaknesses, helps with flexibility and mobility, but will also put you at a level of physical abilities where you are happy with your overall ability to just about anything. We have a systems where the seasons dictate our training. When it is nicer outside, we tend to run and do more calisthenics.  When it is colder and not so nice, we lift more, run, less, and still maintain our outdoor activities with shorter runs and rucks. Check it out: Seasonal Tactical Fitness Periodization System.  

My most recent programs that walk you through these four cycles with 12 weeks of each season in two programs. 

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)

The Specific Military / Special Ops Physical Fitness Workouts Where Optimal Performance Will Be Tested Each Day

Navy SEAL Workout Phase 1
Navy SEAL Workout Phase 2 - 3
Navy SEAL Workout Phase 4  Grinder PT
Navy SWCC Workout

Army PFT Workout (Prep For Rucking, OPAT, ACFT)
Army Special Forces / Ranger Workout
Army Air Assault School Workout
Army Airborne Workout


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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