Stew Smith

Stew Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a former Navy SEAL, and author of several fitness and self defense books such as The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness, and Maximum Fitness. As a military fitness trainer, Stew has trained hundreds of students for Navy SEAL, Special Forces, Air Force PJ, Ranger Training, and other physical law enforcement professions. If you are interested in starting a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle - check out the Military.com Fitness eBook store and the Stew Smith article archive at Military.com. To contact Stew with your comments and questions, e-mail him at stew@stewsmith.com.

Stew Smith Article Guide

For the past few years I have written weekly articles on fitness, military forces training, injuries, and starting a fitness program. If you are looking for answers to questions concerning military fitness, it is probably in the article archive.

For the past few years I have written weekly articles on fitness, military forces training, injuries, and starting a fitness program. If you are looking for answers to questions concerning military fitness, it is probably in the article archive. Take look at some of the topics and titles: Get started with a program for better health: - Th... more

The Biggest Mistakes When Swimming the Combat Swimmer Stroke (CSS)

Kickoff in pool.

For a while I have been coaching and critiquing young men and women learning proper military swim techniques. Usually they're seeking programs in the military that require an underwater recovery stroke for the entrance fitness test and/or requires swimming with fins during training. These programs include: Navy SEAL, Navy EOD, Navy SWCC, AF ... more

Tactical Fitness with Stew Smith: Periodization Advice

Airman leads calisthenics exercise

Hi Stew! I know that you do longer workouts in the summer and shorter workouts in the winter by following a bell curve cross-training periodization program through the year. What do you think of the concept of "de-loading" where you systematically increase workout-volume over three-week periods and then, on the fourth week, cut the worklo... more

Tactical Fitness: PT Tests and Muscle/Cardio Endurance

Army training.

Good morning Stew, I am looking for some workouts to improve muscular endurance in order to improve my performance all sections of the Army PT Test.  I ship to basic training in August, so I have some time to train and get ready. I go to the gym each day at lunch, but have no real workout plan. I play basketball, softball and tennis throu... more

Tactical Fitness with Stew Smith: Fins and Booties in BUD/S?

Swimming.

Stew – I have a few questions about diving fins, booties, and the best way to swim using them. I bought dive boots and dive socks to wear with my fins. Is this how they do it at BUD/S? The boots made it much harder for me to get a good kick. With just the sock I was much better and swam 45 seconds per 50m. Will I be allowed to wear just th... more

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