Stew Smith's Fitness Training Pipeline

A Special Tactics airman performs on the bench press.
A Special Tactics airman assigned to the 26th Special Tactics Squadron perform bench-press repetitions during the Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin memorial workout at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Nov. 23, 2020. (Airman 1st Class Drew Cyburt/U.S. Air Force photo)

In the military, training pipelines refer to a student's training cycle as they attend school after school to become certified to deploy with an active unit. Below is what considers as a training pipeline for a variety of people seeking to get in shape, lose weight or ace a fitness test of military or law enforcement. The difficulty level increases as you scroll down the page. 

For those who wish to lose weight or get fit for a health reason, here is your training guide list:

Beginning fitness level (for those 30 pounds or more overweight or have been sedentary for years):

Intermediate fitness level (those who don't need to lose weight and exercises regularly but seeks to add weights, running or swimming):

For 18- to 30-year-olds seeking a military or law enforcement career and have not exercised enough to pass the fitness standards:

Ace the military or law enforcement PFT (for those who are fit and can pass the minimum standards, but want to ace the PFT):

Special Forces training (Basic to Special Forces basic to Special Forces):

Military Special Forces:

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General fitness and nutritional guides for everyone:

Special Forces physical fitness workouts:

OCS, ROTC, service academy and boot-camp workouts:

Law enforcement physical fitness test workouts

Personal training:

All of these eBooks and published books can be found at, along with plenty of free information on fitness in the many articles listed in the archives.

Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Visit his Fitness eBook store if you're looking to start a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle. Send your fitness questions to

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