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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28th Jul2011

How the Tactical Athlete Recovers

by A.J.

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…

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28th Jul2011

The Art of the Rucksack

by A.J.

Recently I was in Leadville Colorado on a WET exercise (Winter Environmental Training). For those of you that don’t know, Leadville Colorado is the highest altitude incorporated city in the United States (10,152 feet).  The training exercise started out normal enough; Scarpa Boots, check jet boil stove, check cross-country skis, check fully loaded rucksack containing enough snivel gear to bivouac on the dark side of the moon, check. My team and I got up to the mountains conducted skills training most of the day and in the afternoon headed off to find a suitable site to RON (Rest Over Night). The snow cave I constructed was rudimentary but would have to do, and after a frigid night of -20°F when 0400 rolled around it was time to bug out and link up with the rest of the company.  This is where we get to the point of the story, if it is -20°F and (more…)

28th Jul2011

What is Your Operational Equivalent Fitness Level

by A.J.

The Army, Marines, Air force and Navy all have physical fitness standards because they understand the absolute minimum fitness level required the do the job. When you take the PT (physical training) test generally you wear the appropriate PT uniform. When on mission the uniform the service member wears is often different and as such can have a negative effect on overall performance. There are many factors that indicate fitness from flexibility, strength, endurance, agility and so on, some more specific measures are Ventilatory Threshold, Lactic Threshold and VO2 max.

VO2 max is a metric used by athletes to determine the efficiency with which an individual utilizes oxygen. VO2 max is one measure that indicates an athletes ability to undergo sustain (more…)

24th Jul2011

15 Ways to Improve Training

by A.J.

Unfortunately getting out to the field to conduct some good combat training is difficult these days will such a high operational tempo and so many demands placed on the force. These obstacles make it absolutely imperative to get the most out of training. These 15 steps when applied in a well disciplined approach can greatly improve your combat training and that of your team.

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