The Combat Swimmer Stroke - One-Stop Shop For Training, Information, Videos, Critiques (Updated)
The reason why learning to do the combat swimmer stroke or the swim portion of the Navy PST as efficient as possible is so you can actually perform well on the remaining events of the PST (pushups, situps, pullups, 1.5 mile run). This requires good technique, water conditioning (getting into swimming shape), and practice. Then you have to start to progress further with a pair of fins on once you have mastered the CSS of the PST with competitive scores.
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Making the 500yd swim a warmup to ALL swim workouts is the first start to not only preparing the body for the test, but the mind as well. Being able to say a 500yd swim is "just a warmup" is a game changer with you becoming mentally stronger with this PST competition.
The CSS Breakdown and Treading Technique Training (adding Mobility)
The Best Swim Workout to Get In Shape for the 500yd Swim Test (PST)
Try the 50/50 and crush the PST in weeks
Check out these Combat Swimmer Stroke Related Articles and Videos
One of my favorite CSS Videos throughout the years: (youtube)
Common Errors when Learning the Combat Swimmer Stroke BUT the TWO Most Important to fix:
The Other Common Errors:
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Crushing the PST (Swim, PT, Run)
PST: Putting it ALL Together: Learn HOW to take this test or you will never even make it TO the Training.
Learn How to PST Transition - Especially if the run is the worse event after doing the preceding PST events.
The 500yd Swim of the PST is just the first event of the 5 part PST. Learn HOW to take the test efficiently so you can crush all events. See related articles on Crushing the PST:
Once you get the contract - congrats! You made it TO the training. Now you need to focus on being the top 25% of your class on Day 1 of First Phase in as many events as possible because the bottom 75% typically will not make it. That means you now have to train to get THROUGH the training. There is a difference between the two phases of tactical fitness. You can do both at the same time AFTER you have reached optimal numbers on the PST.
After You Pass the PST - Assess Yourself for
Any Other Weaknesses (Assessment Tool)
Your Weaknesses Will Be Exposed IF YOU Ignore Them - During the Recruiting Process and certainly through Prep and BUD/S itself.
Not being prepared for your "dream job" is on you. It takes time to get to the level of being able to crush the PST and then the follow on logs, boats, and weekly 4 mile runs, and 2 ocean mile swims with fins. Just because you can crush a PST, does not mean anything for the follow on events at BUDS.
Show up on Day 1 of your job interview (PST Test Day) well prepared and be in the passing group at least. Showing up and failing is the wrong attitude and a horrible first impression to your future employer. YES - take it that seriously IF you really want this. After all, it only takes Four Steps to Get Prepared for Special Ops Selection.
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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.
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
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