10th Jan2012

The Best Nutritional Supplement You Aren’t Taking

by A.J.

Few other supplements can give you the bang for the buck that fish oils provide

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).

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09th Jan2012

Are You Training All Your Energy Systems?

by A.J.

Military Fitness

Tactical Dead Sled

(Exercise video at the bottom)

Recently I sat down with the Strength and Conditioning Director of the Special Operations THOR 3 Program and I asked him about where some of the weaknesses in the average Special Operations Soldier were and what he had to say really surprised me. Often times SOF troopers completely ignore whole energy pathways you need to complete a mission at critical times. When you are in a fist fight you may need power to survive, or when chasing an insurgent your aerobic endurance may be the difference between capturing a HVT (High Value Target) or letting him get away. After these examples, he started talking about three distinct energy systems your body uses to do work, and according to him they were as follows. The following is fairly technical but I tried to keep it as simple as possible.

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02nd Jan2012

The Best Pre-Workout Supplement?

by A.J.

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.

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03rd Oct2011

Multiple Targets with the Pistol

by A.J.

Train up so if you get this opportunity you can handle it with finesse

So this weekend I got to head out and do some shooting with some buddies I have known since the Camp Mackall days and we worked on engaging two targets with the pistol (video below). When shooting at more than one target there are a few factors that play into efficently engaging. Anytime you shoot with the pistol you need to have proper stance, grip, trigger squeeze, and sight picture but, when you have two targets a few other things come into play. The compromise comes in surrounding a few questions: How many rounds should I place in each target before moving to the next?  How fast can I get before my accuracy drops dramatically? All else being equal shoot the greater threat target first; which is closer, which is more aggressive, which one is carrying a weapon, who is in charge, which would be more difficult to defeat in a hand-to-hand fight?

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28th Sep2011

Injuries and the Tactical Athlete

by A.J.

Recently I was laid up for a week due to an injury and I know anyone who trains has had it happen to them. As an 18D on my team, working on injuries is probably the single most common problem I have (well injuries and giving I.V. fluid to team mates who have drank too much.) So, I have compiled a list of the more common stuff and how to deal with it. Maximizing training and minimizing down time provides the best results so let’s just get into it.

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09th Sep2011

Go Ruck Ascent… Food Is a Crutch

by A.J.

The Go Ruck Accent Takes a 14er

Over Labor Day weekend, 5 Green Berets led 50 people over some of Colorado’s most impressive 14,000-foot peaks for an event known as the GORUCK Ascent.  GORUCK, founded by a former Green Beret, manufactures military-grade gear and hosted the Ascent as a means by which to raise awareness and funds for the Green Beret Foundation.  Through this event, over $30,000 was raised for the Green Beret Foundation.

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17th Aug2011

Strength Training for the Tactical Athlete

by A.J.

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.

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15th Aug2011

Let’s Get to the Gym

by A.J.

Headed out to the gym todays workout back bi s and abs
5 sets of 20 pull ups
5 sets of 10 seated row
One-legged kettle bell curl and press 4 sets of 10
Straight bar curls 3 sets of 8 to failure
Decline Sit-ups 50 reps x 3 sets
3000 meters swim in fins

07th Aug2011

Use Boxing to Develop the Total Tactical Athlete

by A.J.

Use Boxing to Increase Tactical Performance

Training for combat is a long arduous process but if you don’t get exposure to a bunch of stuff out there you will never reach your maximum potential on the battlefield. I think boxing could be one of the best skills for Tactical Athletes. We spend tons of money trying to find a less than lethal means of subduing the enemy. Often you need intel or he doesn’t rise to the threat level that requires fatal force, so you need a new tool to incapacitate the bad guys. Obviously punching terrorists in the face isn’t always the right answer, but when it is make sure you got that tool in the box. I put together a super basic crash course in boxing while wearing kit, I am going to link it to this post. Also keep in mind if you decide that boxing is going to be a go-to tool in your arsenal I would highly suggest getting some gloves with knuckle protection for the field , I will link some at the end of the post to give you an idea of what I am talking about if you have never seen some of the biker like tactical gloves out there. Here is the video I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it. Please leave your comments or suggestions; also I am taking requests on stuff you would like to see.

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04th Aug2011

Embrace the Suck

by A.J.

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.
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