The following was told to me by a sergeant that has been in the Army for over 20 years. He has just returned from Afghanistan a few days ago. We were discussing the different facets of being ready as it pertains to proper tactical nutrition. What he told me was just one example of how being properly prepared doesn’t just stop at gear, logistics, and weapon systems. The most important weapon in the U.S. military is the American trooper and if you are not taking care of yourself as a tactical athlete you might be fine for a while but eventually it will catch up you … and that is never a good time.
Fish Oils, Omega -3, EPA and DHA are considered essential fatty acids your body can not build on its own. While talking to the Special Operations performance nutritionist at Fort Bragg I asked her what, if any supplement should a high performance tactical athlete be taking. She told me that hands down the supplement she would suggest is an Omega-3 fish oil nutritional supplement. As military members we are generally pretty good at getting our protein in for the day and fairly good at taking a multivitamin but, we are terrible at getting our Omega-3s especially when we are over seas eating crap MREs. The question remains though; why do we need Omega-3s and fish oils in the first place? And what are Fish Oils anyway?
Fish Oils is a sort of generic term for a conglomeration of essential fatty acids. Fish oils consist of Omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which are precursors to certain compounds that are known to reduce inflammation in the body (hint: the reason you take 800 mg motrin everyday is because of pain caused by inflammation).
Military Fitness Supplement
Well the new year is upon us and it is time to start making good on some of our resolutions. I get asked all the time what is the best pre workout supplement for the tactical athlete who is concerned with military fitness. Obviously the answer will change from person to person and from situation to situation but, I think I have a few ideas that should be considered and if pressed for an absolute product recommendation this would be the one I chose and I will explain why.
As a Tactical Athlete you are required to stay proficient with your weapon system, you must stay one step ahead of the enemy’s TTPs (Tactics, Techniques and Procedures) and keep on top of your fitness. The demands placed on you often make it difficult to get the most out of strength training and athletic performance enhancement, so here are a few tips to get the most out of your strength training and overall physical training.
The following is by a very well known Ranger/ Green Beret who asked to be kept anonymous but ,who I can assure you if you have spent more than 5 minutes in the industry you have work by, with or through this guy; he is a huge icon in the community. The second nutrition section is also by an expert in the field who must be kept anonymous also these two guys are like the Stig in Top Gear. Below is an example of when a Tactical Athlete is faced with extremes. These extremes take a toll on the body and mind and will eventually lower output and performance. As a tactical athlete these conditions give birth to what is called the catabolic state. In this Catabolic state the Banshee will be sucking the life right out of your bones. It is essential to be able to recognize and overcome the effects of this catabolic state and stay at optimal performance levels.
This past week I got sent to me a email from a 1SG in theater somewhere in the FARAH PROVINCE. His issue was the ability for him and his men to repair and recover enough. This guy doesn’t want to just get by. He is a warrior and a Tactical athlete that wants himself and his men to have the ability to TRAIN to become better and more effective in what they do. His primary issue is REPAIR!!! The ability to recover/repair from exercise is one of the determining factors in the long term success of any training program. What follows is Part of the letter:
“… going out on 3-12 hour patrols, sucking down gallons of water, getting into contact, really takes
everything out of me and my men. I mean our asses are whooped when we come back…