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stress inoculation through cold water exposure

Stress Inoculation in Practice: Cold Water Exposure

By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

“It is according to opinion that we suffer.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca One of the main things setting special operators apart from those with less rigorous training is that they don’t break down as much when things go sideways.  It’s not so much that they possess amazing YouTube trick shooting skills, it’s that they don’t […]

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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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Stress and Performance

By Craig Weller / August 3, 2020 / 1 Comment

When designing exercise programs there is generally an inverse relationship between intensity and complexity. As training intensity goes up, the complexity level of the exercise that you can effectively perform goes down. By understanding how complexity and stress interact, you’ll be able to choose the right movements for the right goal in your programs, get […]

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Panic is the First Stage of Death

By Craig Weller / May 28, 2020 / 1 Comment

“The wise tell us that a nail keeps a shoe, a shoe a horse, a horse a man, a man a castle, that can fight.” – Bescheidenheit, Freidank, 1230 AD.    In our book, we talk about one of the fundamental characteristics of complex systems – sensitivity to initial conditions, or SIC.  You’ve heard of […]

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