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#1 Most Important Rule - You Need to Train Specifically For the First Two Phases of Tactical Fitness
I think we can all agree that there are TWO phases for you to reach your goal. You have to get TO the training in order to get THROUGH the training in any tactical profession. A typical hurdle we all face is not focusing on your weaknesses during your preparation phases. This lack of attention will typically result in your failure to meet the standard or over-use injury.
At StewSmithFitness.com there are great articles in the Articles Section like Getting TO and THROUGH BUD/S, Tactical Fitness Report Podcasts, and Swimming Videos, discussing why both phases of training are critical and why most failures occur – they spend all their time getting TO the training and did not consider how to get THROUGH the training.
Eliminating Weaknesses Takes Time And Patience
In this case, what most people do is work too hard and hurt themselves by doing workouts to test mental toughness vs actually doing workouts that make you stronger, faster and more durable in all areas of tactical fitness. Another problem with this approach is most people actually quit on this part of the journey because of the long and hard work that lies ahead or they join prematurely before they are actually ready then fail.
Over Twenty Years Ago, I created a Training Method to Help with the Journey:
A Training Method Called Seasonal Tactical Fitness Periodization.
The better solution is dependent on your current abilities and athletic history. There is an answer to any physical weakness with any one of the book/ebook options, membership program, or online personal coaching options at StewSmithFitness.com.
Pick an Option and Get On A Path To Become A Tactical Athlete Today.
Your #1 best solution here is to start by assessing your abilities, then focus on your weakness, using our FREE assessment tool.
You may have to adjust your thoughts about "losing gains" by running, swimming and rucking longer distances. Face it, you need to be a cardio endurance machine, but also strong to not get crushed by logs, boats, equipment, rucks, and other gear. Don’t worry, you can still stay strong and become good at tactical fitness cardio endurance events. Or you can still stay good at cardio endurance events while getting stronger. All depends on your weaknesses.
Specifically, this means a mindset shift about fitness. In tactical fitness, you need to get GOOD at everything, not just great at things you love to do from previous sports (strengths), but also good at things you may have never tried or never liked doing (weaknesses). Here is why: A weakness will be exposed within the first day of any tactical profession training/selection program.
You are also going to have to adopt a long-term training approach that you can use to get TO the training, THROUGH the training, as well as AFTER the training to maintain your tactical fitness abilities to stay an operator.
Turn Weaknesses Into Strengths And Maintain Your Strengths.
My Seasonal Tactical Fitness Periodization method has been evolving into what it is today over the last 20 years of research, development, testing and evaluation…It is a way to train – not the only way to train. But it works and still evolving.
Here is the way I arrange my workouts throughout the year.
I think of the four seasons as a way to challenge ALL of the fitness elements (speed, agility, endurance (run, swim, ruck), strength / power, muscle stamina, mobility and flexibility) – not all at once but throughout the year. You will find you can still be above average in ALL the elements of fitness which is invaluable to successful Tactical Fitness professions.
Spring - Calisthenics and cardio workouts. Run / Swim Progression.
Summer - Calisthenics and cardio workouts (advanced). Run max / PT Peak, Swim progression.
Fall - Calisthenics, weights, and decrease running / non-impact cardio workouts. Ruck / Swim with fins progression.
Winter – Warmup with calisthenics, but this cycle is heavy weights, weight vest calisthenics, more non-impact cardio workouts. Some rucking / More Swim with fins peak. Most people put on 10-15 lbs in this cycle (of muscle and gains in strength).
What makes this even cooler is you have four options to turn weaknesses into strengths today:
EBOOKS (Military, Police, Fire Fighter, Special Ops, General Fitness)– Download Immediately and start training today with workouts that focus on the specifics of getting to and through tactical profession training from firefighter, police, swat, military to special ops. We have programs to help you get TO and THROUGH training. We also have training programs to help you with training as you age in these professions (Tactical Fitness 40+ series).
and even more at Complete List of Books / eBooks...
BOOKS – Eleven Published Tactical Fitness Books and more than 30 other printed programs specifically designed for a special test, event, or selection training program or training cycle.
Tactical Fitness | Tactical Strength | Tactical Mobility
Warrior Workouts Vol 1 | Vol 2 | Vol 3
The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness
Navy SEAL Weight Training Workout
Maximum Fitness | The SWAT Workout | Special Ops Workout
Stew Smith Fitness Membership – You have access to years of workouts for both beginner / intermediate and advanced / special ops levels of fitness. Each week you will receive new and unpublished workouts being tested by Navy SEAL veteran / Stew Smith CSCS and his local group of future tactical professionals in both basic training and advanced spec ops training programming. The latest videos, articles, and other programming will be part of the weekly data feed to members as well. We go through the Seasonal Tactical Fitness Periodization program one week at a time.
Online Personal Coaching – Receive one on one training with Stew Smith as he personally designed programs for you that fit your schedule (time per day / days per week), abilities, facilities / equipment, and goals. There personally designed programs for YOU are received one week at a time and each week YOUR feedback helps to create the following week of training. We work around issues that get in the way of our typical training days – injury / aches / pains, work, family, travel, and deadlines. Call and talk to Stew to see if it is right for you.
Best of all, if you have questions, email Stew Smith himself (Stew@stewsmith.com). Join the tactical fitness group discussions, latest articles, videos, podcasts at the Stew Smith Tactical Fitness Training Closed Group on Facebook.