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Workout Failure — Motivate or Discourage

Pfc. Anthony Muratore, scout sniper screener candidate, conducts a max set of push-ups after completing a 1.5 mile ruck run at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 20, 2015.  (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Kirstin Merrimarahajara)

Workout Failure — Motivate or Discourage Every so often I get an email from a future Special Ops student who is preparing for the challenges of some of the toughest training programs in the world (SEALs, Special Forces, AFPJ/​CCT, RECON /​ MarSOC and foreign groups for SAS, SBS, and the Foreign Legion): Here is the question: Stew, I have been training pretty hard mixing in weights, calisthenics, running, swimming, and a few non-​​impact cardio options for additional heart /​ lungs work. I find myself not keeping up with others in the group or even meeting max repetition /​ faster times standards in the PST. I am feeling pretty discourage... more

How to Swim the Combat Swimmer Stroke

The Combat Swim

When people first try the combat swimmer stroke, a fancy nickname for what is really a modified side stroke, they can often look silly. Even swimmers have issues with this stroke. Athletes and non-​​athletes both share a few weeks of difficulty getting the timing down of this common stroke used by Special Operations communities. The first video is a three part breakdown so you can learn how to do the stroke correctly. Three Part BreakDown of the CSS: This young man swims the CSS in 7 minutes flat. Watch and Learn. Here is a series of students who did not know how to swim very well in the first place, yet alone the Combat Swimmer Stroke. ... more

CrossFit for Special Operations Training?

Cardio vs. Resistance

Over the past decade CrossFit has motivated and turned the fitness community into a daily competition with quick workouts of the day (WODs) in a group or online group atmosphere. There is not a day that goes by that I do not see a WOD posted up on a Facebook page or shared on Twitter, so people are very excited about their fitness these days. Which is GREAT! And you cannot argue with results. People see results with CrossFit workouts more than not. However, this question is asked quite often and it is about time I post on it as people tend to get a few things confused when it comes to Special Operations fitness. This question is specifical... more

Military Swimming — How Good Should You Be?

Passing Military Swimming Tests

People all shapes and sizes with varying backgrounds join the military each year. Many are great swimmers, most are average swimmers, some cannot swim at all. Here is an interesting question that prompted a longer explanation in order to accurately describe “How Good at Swimming You Should Be?” “Stew, I am a three sport athlete about to finish high school, but not a great swimmer. I can swim, but having issues with reaching the faster times Navy Spec War (SEAL) recommends on the BUD/​S PST. I am heading to college to likely focus on football and track, but would like to be able to go to BUD/​S and become a SEAL after I graduate (either en... more

Combat Swimmer Stroke Technique — Now What?

Swimming practice.

The combat swimmer stroke (CSS) is really the nick name for a modified version of the side stroke. If you have ever seen military special ops (SEALs, EOD, SF, RECON, etc) swimming with fins on the surface, chances are it is some version of this underwater recovery stroke. In a nutshell, it is a mix of the side stroke, breast stroke, and free style all rolled into one very efficient and fast swim stroke that enables special ops swimmers move in the water without splashes and a low profile. Here is a three part breakdown video of the combat swimmer stroke so you understand the modified elements compared to the elementary side stroke. Watch a... more

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