Operational Fitness

In today’s battlefield the operator is faced with a task of maintaining a level of fitness that requires strength, endurance and flexibility. Operators must be able to scale walls, carry a 250lb casualty and run in full kit up the mountains of Afghanistan and be able to recover fast enough to engage enemy personnel and complete strenuous missions. Because of this operators must take on a new training plan to reach a new level of fitness not before seen in athletes, military and or law enforcement personnel of the past. The traditional training plan of the military focuses on calisthenics and long distance runs mixed with poor nutrition and sleep deprivation. While service members of the past managed to maintain a higher level of fitness, today’s military is fatter, slower and weaker than ever before. However many individuals within the Special Operations, SWAT and combat arms community have taken on new fitness programs such as Crossfit, P90X, Insanity and Gym Jones. Many new programs are specifically tailored to fit the needs of the operator and designed to increase strength, endurance and fast twitch muscles. While these programs exist it’s tough to know which programs to follow and which programs to ditch. Through several years of service in the Special Operations community RE Factor Tactical has come across several excellent sources for operational fitness. Here are a few of our findings: Crossfit Unbroken– Crossfit Unbroken is located in Denver, CO and owned by Crossfit Athlete Matt Hathcock who is dedicated to providing law enforcement and military operators with excellent operational training. To contact Matt about more information on Tactical Performance classes email him at Matt@crossfitunbroken.com or visit their website at www.crossfitunbroken.com Tactical Athletic Performance– Run by a Special Forces 18D, TAP provides great articles to operators about tactical fitness, shooting techniques, equipment suggestions and general information on how to be a better operator. For more information visit their website at www.tacticalathleticperformance.com Stew Smith- Stew Smith is a long time friend of RE Factor Tactical and has a wide background in military fitness. Stew is an ex Navy SEAL, graduate of Annapolis, avid writer and a philanthropist. Stew currently writes articles for www.military.com, runs a non profit called Heros of Tomorrow and is the author to several SEAL, Special Forces and Selection preparation books. For more information check out his website at www.stewsmith.com

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