Options to Crush Your Testing and Training
Whether you need to specifically train for events of your future profession's testing or selection / training, or you need to train specific weaknesses while maintaining strengths, the following Spring Training Options are an awesome way to transition out of a Winter Lift Cycle (or power athletics season) and focus on what you need to improve.
Latest Spring Programs (Cals / Cardio Focus)
These Spring Training programs transition out of the Winter Lift Cycle by slowly reducing the weight of movements, increasing the repetitions, and running mileage in a progressive manner. Build your Pt tests, running and swimming foundations, and overall work capacity with these programs that represent the previous 4-5 years of Spring Training by our local Special Ops training groups:
Details About the Different Options:
Spring is ALL About Transition
The latest of the four part series Seasonal Tactical Fitness Periodization (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) offers a reduction in weights by adding weight vests, TRX, or sandbags to calisthenics and a steady increase of repetitions. We transition out of the heavier lifts / lower reps and miles running into more reps and miles to focus more on muscle stamina and cardio endurance (run, swim, ruck). This program also offers the BLOCK PERIODIZATION model where every 4th week we do a bit of a de-load week and lift more to help with no losing many of the Winter Lift Gains (especially helpful to hard gainers).
The Spring Training title is our previous year of training where we first introduced a Spring Block Periodization model like the above Spring Training SFTP program. This one also specifically addresses fitness testing to get accepted into competitive programs as well as many of the challenging selection events such as longer timed runs, rucks, swims with fins, load bearing, crawling, treading, and many other skills both on land and in water.
The Spring / Summer Programs are a two for one deal and takes the progression of the Spring Transition into Peak Levels of Summer training muscle stamina and endurance in all modes (run, swim, ruck). This does not have the Block Periodization model, but it is recommended to allow yourself a few de-load weeks in these type of training programs (because you will likely need them). The de-load can be a reduction of the week by 50% or you can opt to do a lift week of your choice to reduce miles and reps when feeling like the progression of more miles and reps on your joints and muscles are starting to show signs of over-use type pains. A week of mobility days or systems check weeks have also been an option over the years as a great way to reduce impact on joints and practice skills / techniques daily in the pool.
Cals and Cardio has been a favorite starter plan for both beginners and recruits struggling with passing the PST. (swim, pushups, situps, pullups, and run). Whether you need to treat yourself like a beginner and get started again or crush the PT test events, this one program has a beginner, intermediate, and advanced progression that works!
Do you need to build some momentum to get you out of this "winter bulking phase". Check out the full spectrum of Calisthenics and Cardio program that has a beginner, intermediate, and advance training program. Literally for any level!
Here is what you get: - A 30 Day Starter Plan Fitness Chart to get moving again
- A Six Week Next Level program that progresses with miles of running / biking and meters of swimming as cardio options along with building a calisthenics base.
- An Eight Week Advanced Spec Ops Level PST prep cycle that will focus not only on the PST, but many of the other exercises seen in grinder PTs and beat down activities (Bear crawls, fireman carries, lunges, etc).
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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 do just about anything. We have a system 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.
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