Training Around Injuries

By Jonathan Pope / December 7, 2022 / 0 Comments

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 your training program […]

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Stress Mindset

By Craig Weller / October 11, 2021 / 1 Comment

We don’t perform at our best or live to our fullest by simply eliminating stress. Our stress responses are what enable us to focus and perform. Stress helps us to push through difficult situations and, in the right amounts, enhances our ability to think and learn. Periodic physiological stressors are important not just for physical […]

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Concurrent Programming

By Jonathan Pope / August 16, 2021 / 0 Comments

Programming is tough. There are a lot of things you could do each day: run, ruck, swim, lift weights, water confidence, calisthenics, metcons…..the list goes on. Obviously, you need to do many of those things, because they are what you’ll be screened for in selection. But, how much, how hard, how often, and how to […]

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By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

Visualization, like segmenting, is exactly what it sounds like – the practice of mentally rehearsing something before you do it.  Researchers use the acronym PETTLEP to break down the components of a visualization exercise that should be accounted for: Physical, Environment, Task, Timing, Learning, Emotion and Perspective [1,2].  Skills are contextual. When you’re practicing something […]

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Quit Tomorrow

By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 1 Comment

“Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius Most people have heard sayings like “You are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with.” This is one of the advantages of belonging to […]

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Events, Beliefs, and Consequences

By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

“Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.”  Marcus Aurelius  One of the universally desirable traits across selection courses is what psychologists call low neuroticism. This doesn’t mean being dead inside or emotionless. The best translation would be “high emotional stability.” It’s the ability to self-monitor your emotional responses and […]

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Every F**king Day

By Craig Weller / April 16, 2020 / 0 Comments

Nearly everyone knows of Demetrious Johnson – the 11-time UFC Champion, and top contender for greatest-of-all-time MMA fighter.  A few years ago we were hanging out with his long-time strength and conditioning coach, Joel Jamieson, who told us a story about Demetrious and what made him so special.  Demetrious didn’t have what you’d call a […]

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