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Stew Smith Fitness News

From Body Builder to Special Ops Fit

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Like many people who are into fitness and exercising, you were likely to have started due to either improving your body image or athletics, OR a combination of both.  My personal story was a combination of both.  I started lifting weights at 13 years of age and mainly cut my teeth on the widely popular Joe Weider weight lifting books mixed with a healthy dose of calisthenics.  Calisthenics has been a constant in my life ever since being introduced to them back in grade school.  YES - Back when you had Physical Education everyday in school, that President's Fitness Test...

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Stew Smith's Online PT Club - Twelve Weeks of Personalized Training

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The Online PT Club at StewSmith.com has been training people to achieve their goals since the year 1998.  This program has grown to become the premiere training program at StewSmith.com which has enabled Stew to develop many of the downloadable eBooks from the hundreds of people he has trained over the years. The Online PT Club allows Stew to consult with you personally on at least a weekly basis by phone and email for twelve weeks or until you complete the twelve week program .  Receiving feedback from you on your workouts sent weekly by Stew, gives Stew the ability to improve...

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It is 10% Physical / 90% Mental?

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  Have you ever heard of this statement?  Often it refers to challenging military / law enforcement training programs. The first time I heard the saying was at SEAL training and I never quite understood what it meant at the time because it felt like 100% physical at the time. I promise you this. It does not refer to 90% mental being academic studies at SEAL Training.  There is academic studying you must do, but typically it refers to how well you mentally push yourself through pain.  But, today, a former college football player said his coach taught him that...

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Mental Toughness - Art or Science?

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Mental Toughness has been a topic of discussion and debate for generations as we humans try to define our lives.  What makes some people tougher than others?  More successful? More motivated? Calm in stressful situations?  What are the common traits of ordinary people doing extraordinary things?  Can mental toughness be measured?  Scientifically tested? These are the questions I have been seeking answers to and the type of questions I get each day from young men and women preparing for challenging programs in the military, law enforcement, and fire-​​fighting professions. There are some scientific studies performed trying to measure how people handle...

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Top Ten List of Mental Toughness

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After this article, a friend of mine asked about what I thought the Top Ten List of traits for mental toughness would be.  After some thought and discussions with some successful, mentally tough people, we came up with this. Mental Toughness – How do we obtain it?  Make it stronger?  Many young people ask these questions of me each day and I wish it was a simple answer.  I wish you could be mentally tough by figuring out a magic solution of phrases or training programs.  But it is not that simple.  Being mentally tough requires you to keep competing...

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