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

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 with Stew Smith: Getting Army Special Forces Fit

Green Berets

Hi Stew, I'm a 16 year old student, currently homeschooled, but I will most likely be graduating early with a 4.0 GPA. I'm interested in joining the Army. I'm really interested in possible opportunities with the Special Forces, specifically the 18D MOS. My biggest concern is fitness. I've always played sports, but I was involved in a car ac... more

Tactical Fitness with Stew Smith: Working Out While Sleep Deprived

Painful situp at the gym.

Hey Stew, What's your general rule of thumb on working out on less than five hours of sleep per night? (Or whatever your threshold of sucky-sleep is?) Thanks! Steph I usually do better sucking it up and having some productive hours afterward.  In fact, I did it the other day.  Son woke me up throwing up so I cleaned vomit for an hour and... more

Tactical Fitness with Stew Smith: Developing Strong Core Muscles

Situp competition.

Hi Stew, I have been using your TCGTNSF book and 26 week Running Plan. I heard that to develop a strong core muscle I have to do core muscle workouts for 60 minutes each day as an extra workout. Is that true? Also, what's your favorite core exercise? Thanks so much for reading. Have a good evening.  –Ling That is certainly not necessary... more

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