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New Podcast: The Tactical Fitness Report with Stew Smith

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New Podcast:  The Tactical Fitness Report with Stew Smith

The Tactical Fitness Report Podcast Here is my FREE podcast I created to be viewed or heard as desired.  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 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...

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Twenty Years of Periodization Training Model - Tactical Fitness

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Twenty Years of Periodization Training Model - Tactical Fitness

I realized I have been using my Periodization style of training now for 20 years, after one of my former BUD/S prep students reminded me it was 20 years ago he and his classmates shipped off the BUD/S. This was the year, I learned I needed to make some changes in my personal and professional training program and they needed to make sense with job requirements. My periodization program is A WAY to train – not THE WAY to train. It has worked for me from age 27-47 and took me from a near broken, over-trained, SEAL officer to a...

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Motivation Can Grow into Mental Toughness

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Over the past several years of writing about high level Special Ops Fitness, there is always a question concerning Mental Toughness.  I get asked if I have any tips on getting more mentally tough.  And I hate to sound like a grumpy, old coach, but to answer that – THERE ARE NO TIPS!  There is no secret sauce that makes mental toughness magically appear in your life.  Mental Toughness is built slowly – sometimes years – over several stages.  Here is how I see mental toughness and resilience develop over time in the following stages: Motivation – There is a...

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Taking the Initiative - Preparing for the Military

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I am a fitness writer that specializes in military, police, and fire fighter fitness.  I have well over 800 articles on the internet on various sites and several published books / ebooks.  I ENJOY answering questions from readers - especially the younger generation who seeks out information and finds me as a resource for tactical fitness training / general preparation information.  In fact, I answer my emails each day easily seeing 100-200 emails a day.  These give me ideas to write about and very often (more than 50%) of the time I reply to someone with an article link that...

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The Dirty Dozen Fitness Test - Blog / Competition

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Try the events of the Dirty Dozen Fitness Test.  Arrange in any order you prefer.   You can take the test many different ways:1 - Take the test in one day / one long training session2 - Take 2-3 days to break up the events into - STRENGTH - SPEED/AGILITY - ENDURANCE3 - Take the entire year to break up the events as above using periodization specific training to master each event over the year. Share your scores / times in the in the comment section below: These are the twelve events I call the Tactical Fitness Dirty Dozen that I pulled from...

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