training around injuries during SOF selection preparation

Training Around Injuries

By Jonathan Pope / December 7, 2022 / 0 Comments

“Training Around Injuries” By Jonathan Pope Just as nature takes every obstacle, every impediment, and works around it — turns it to its purposes, incorporates it into itself — so, too, a rational being can turn each setback into raw material and use it to achieve its goal. – Marcus Aurelius Injuries happen. Even if […]

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Conditioning 101: A Guide for Special Operations Selection Training

By Craig Weller / February 25, 2022 / 2 Comments

The traditional conditioning model is antiquated and inaccurate.  In this article, we’ll introduce how to implement a new model of conditioning for special operations selection training. Energy systems (the metabolic pathways involved in conditioning) are broken down into three components or subsystems, which collectively comprise the larger energy system created by all three of them […]

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A Treading Water Guide for SOF Selection Candidates

By Craig Weller / August 2, 2021 / 0 Comments

Being comfortable in the water is a generalized skill, but treading water efficiently is a very specific essential skill in SOF selection. There’s a right way and a wrong way.  Treading with fins is straightforward and doesn’t require much discussion. It’s more about physical endurance than technique, as long as you have the basics of […]

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Underwater Knot Tying

By Craig Weller / July 26, 2021 / 0 Comments

Underwater Knot Tying Most maritime special operations programs involve some form of underwater knot tying. This is a way of testing your ability to execute a useful skill (quickly tying a knot) while simultaneously demonstrating another skill (staying calm in the water).  It’s important to learn the knots that are required of you in advance […]

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Swimming 101: A Guide for Special Operations Selection Training

By Craig Weller / July 20, 2021 / 0 Comments

Swimming Technique Like treading water, swimming is not a problem that can be solved with sheer physical effort. Your speed and endurance in the water is heavily dependent on your technical skill. As such, swimming programming for special operations selection training should focus on skill development, with fitness coming as a byproduct of that training. […]

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Water Confidence Training

By Craig Weller / July 6, 2021 / 2 Comments

Water-based events in SOF selection are ruthlessly effective ways to reveal the interaction between mind and body. To a much greater extent than with things like running or doing lots of pushups, you can’t solve problems in the water by just physically trying harder. You have to try better, and this is highly dependent on […]

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Rucking 101: A Guide for Special Operations Selection Training

By Jonathan Pope / December 17, 2020 / 12 Comments

Regardless of what selection program you’re training for, you’ll spend countless hours walking around with a heavy ruck on your back. In some special operations selection courses (SFAS, RASP, British SAS, CANSOF), rucking is the primary physical task you’ll have to do day after day. If you want to be successful, you need to be […]

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Running Programming for Special Operations Selection Prep

By Jonathan Pope / December 8, 2020 / 14 Comments

Running fast requires two primary things: 1) Good running technique and 2) a strong foundation of aerobic fitness. If you’re missing either, you won’t be able to run a fast time on your PT test. The deeper into your selection course you go or the longer you have to run, the more weakness in either […]

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Breathing for SOF Selection Performance

Breathing & Performance: Incorporating Breath Training into SOF Selection Prep

By Jonathan Pope / November 26, 2020 / 1 Comment

Breathing is an integral part of nearly every skill you’ll need in SOF selection from stress management to running, rucking and every physical task you’ll do. And, just like how quickly you can run five miles or how much you can barbell back squat, how well you breathe is highly trainable. Today you’ll take around […]

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