Navy SEAL Veteran: How to Prepare For Military/Special Ops Training

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. John Lynch, a 22-year-old Brookfield, Conn. native and motor transport operator with 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, posts security during an air interdiction force mission. The AIF mission was conducted in support of an Afghan Border Police led clearing operation in Khan-Neshin. Photo By: Alfred V. Lopez

Every military recruit wants to get TO and THROUGH military training, especially at the start of their military recruit journey. The problem is, without the right guidance, most military recruits (especially special ops candidates) run into trouble faster than they like to admit. Luckily for you, here are the top three recommendations on how to overcome physical and mental unpreparedness every military recruit needs to know.  Are you ready to join today?

#1: Underprepared To Get TO The Training - PT Test Tips

The recruit needs to realize that acknowledging or pre-testing weaknesses require a level of maturity that many PT test and selection failures do not have. Periodization is the answer to preparedness. If you have enough time to periodize your training, you have enough time to prepare both physically and mentally for any special ops program.

And that means If you do not strive to fix your weaknesses BEFORE you join the military, your weaknesses will be exposed in a few days of selection.

Being prepared both physically and mentally spells the difference between success and failure because you have to make it TO the training in order to get THROUGH the training. If you do not know how to properly train for both, you will fail the challenges of your military training program.

One option is to check out the program Tactical Fitness for a complete periodized program and twelve point testing protocol that challenges all the elements of fitness: strength, power, speed, agility, cardiovascular endurance, muscle stamina, flexibility, and mobility. Maximum Fitness is also a 52 week periodization training program.

#2: Do Your Research: Periodization Is Not Overwhelming

The #1 thing you need to understand with this is: Consider periodization as your fitness budget. Make 6-12 week phases throughout the year to be a specific focus of all the elements of fitness. In turn, training weaknesses and turning them into strengths will help you build true confidence in your abilities. You can waste a lot of time thinking about mental toughness, but I am here to tell you that mental toughness comes from time working on fitness elements that are your weaknesses. When you do not feel like training – do it anyway. When we talk about getting mentally prepared for something, you can let the physical be the catalyst to your mental preparation as well. Doing things you may not be comfortable with will help you get more confidence when you no longer consider a specific fitness element a weakness.

#3: Sometimes You HAVE To Train For The Test

The quick idea on this is if you want to become a special operator one day, the acceptance to get TO the training is competitive. That means the PT test to get TO the training needs to be superior to your competition. If you cannot get TO the training, you will not get THROUGH the training.

What's most important about this is that consider Tactical Fitness in three phases:

Don't neglect this because each phase of Tactical Fitness requires its own specific periodization program. Depending upon your weaknesses, this can require a few months or over a year of training to get TO and THROUGH the training. Maintaining your active duty fitness will require a periodization program to stay mission ready and able as you age into your thirties and forties even.

At this point you should you need to ask yourself, “What are your weaknesses?” After a lifetime of sports, injuries, PT testing assessments, and more will determine you own specific weaknesses.

This article only touches the surface of all the things a military recruit will need to become successful with physical and mental preparedness. However, if you choose to ignore the advice just given in the article and related links, then you could be wasting your time and not have an enjoyable and successful experience through training. Learning the right methods to get TO and THROUGH military training make the effort of becoming physically prepared well worth the time.  Do not be in a hurry to get to training – go when you are ready!

If you are serious about physical preparedness success and you really want get TO and THROUGH military training, check out the Tactical Fitness Series to help you with more details of running, rucking, swimming, calisthenics, lifting, and overall preparedness for military and special ops training.

Bottom line: Check out Tactical Strength if your weakness is strength, power, and speed. This periodization program is the winter lifting phase we have tested for over 20 years with amazing results. If you need more work with endurance (running / swimming) and higher repetition calisthenics for muscle endurance, then consider The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness.  

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