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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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How to Crush Your Military PT Test – A Work Capacity Deep Dive

By Jonathan Pope / January 30, 2021 / 2 Comments

What is Work Capacity?    Work capacity is a blend of power and capacity.  Power = the amount of force you can express in a short, fixed amount of time, such as a max power clean or broad jump Capacity = how much force you express repeatedly over a long period of time, such as […]

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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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Nutrition in Special Operations

By Craig Weller / February 16, 2020 / 2 Comments

“What’s your name? Where are you? What day is it?”  I had no idea.  This strange yet vaguely familiar person may as well have been asking me to solve quadratic equations.  As I excavated my brain for answers to his puzzles, he lowered me to the deck of the pool and called for the medic.  […]

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The Downside of “Mental Toughness”

By buildelite / August 26, 2019 / 1 Comment

As we cover in our book, the research on mental toughness is pretty scattered and hard to pin down to a single definition. It can be easily conflated with related concepts like conscientiousness or the capacity for delayed gratification. Usually, ‘mental toughness’ is a catch-all to describe a range of other characteristics. It’s kind of […]

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