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Strength Training for Special Operations Selection Prep

By Jonathan Pope / March 5, 2021 / 2 Comments

Strength & Power Training Methods    Strength and power development is one of the primary pillars of SOF prep training along with conditioning (running, rucking, swimming), work capacity, and movement (including breathing) work. This article provides an overview of how to create strength training programs. What is strength?   Strength is the peak force that […]

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A Pair of Boots

By Craig Weller / January 30, 2021 / 3 Comments

I was still 17 when I enlisted in the Navy. My parents had to sign the enlistment paperwork for me since I wasn’t of legal age. This wasn’t without some resistance. I could have become a doctor. Or a lawyer. These are the two jobs that are supposed to be in your future when you’re […]

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Secondary Emotions

By Craig Weller / October 21, 2020 / 2 Comments

Regardless of your occupation, self-regulation is a key component of resilience and performance under stress.    Self-regulation has an immediate effect, in that it helps you direct your cognitive function and make better decisions in difficult situations.  In the medium-term, it helps to modulate circadian rhythms, prevent burnout, and manage energy and recovery.  And, in […]

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Attention

By Craig Weller / April 27, 2020 / 0 Comments

We were standing in ranks on the beach in Coronado, California, in front of the Naval Special Warfare Center. We were about to start an open-ocean swim, and each student was being inspected. Along with the mask and fins, we each carried an SRK dive knife, emergency flares and a UDT life vest. The vests […]

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Commitment, Control, and Challenge

By Craig Weller / March 21, 2020 / 1 Comment

Bodies can be remarkably strong. They’re hard to truly break, and – given the right circumstances – easy to repair. Bodies of SOF candidates are even stronger. So, it should be no surprise that people usually fail out of selection not because of physical factors, but mental ones. The mind breaks before the body. Physical […]

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They All Wound

By Craig Weller / January 15, 2020 / 0 Comments

The ultimate ceiling of what you’re capable of as an endurance athlete is astonishingly high. Evolutionarily, we’re the most efficient runners on earth. Well-trained humans can run animals like gazelles to death in the heat. Your own upper limits are heavily influenced by your mental and emotional perspective, as well as the more obvious factors […]

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