PROGRAMMING SHOULDN’T BE CONFUSING
A NEW APPROACH
Instead of building a blog full of interesting information that leaves you with no idea how to actually apply that knowledge in the larger context of training we’ve decided to build a framework and slowly fill in the articles. That way, you’ll not only get great information, but you’ll know exactly how to apply it.
HOW TO USE THIS RESOURCE
The goal of this page is for it to read like a book. You don’t have to read the whole thing – feel free to skip to the information you need – but you’ll be able to read articles and chapters on different concepts and understand how everything fits together in the bigger picture. Regardless of what your goals is, read the first chapter. That section alone will change the way you think about training.
Each article will include an audio or podcast version where Craig, Matt, and I (or some combination) will talk at length about the concept being discussed in the article.
WHO THIS IS FOR
This was created for special operations and tactical operators – those currently operating and individuals preparing to work in those environments. This information also applies very well to adventure athletes who participate in things like adventure races.
WHAT THIS IS NOT
This is not a comprehensive guide to training for everyone. While many of the concepts will apply to any athlete or individual, our bias is towards preparing the specific athlete outlined above so don’t apply this information for other training goals and expect to get the results you want.
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CHAPTER 1 - OVERVIEW OF TRAINING
WHAT IS TRAINING?
In this chapter, we’ll cover the basic concepts that you’ll need to know to build an effective training program. DO NOT SKIP THIS SECTION!!! You may know a lot about adaptation and the basics of training but many of the concepts we outline in this chapter may surprise you.
- 1.1 – WHAT IS A TACTICAL ATHLETE? – Basic overview of the ideal physiological and psychological make-up of an operator.
- 1.2 – THE TRAINING MODEL – A basic overview of the training model that we use.
- 1.3 – ADAPTATION BASICS – How your body adapts to the the environment around it on a daily basis.
- 1.4 – TRAINING THE BRAIN – A basic overview of brain function, and it’s intricate role in everything related to training and performance.
- 1.5 – VARIABILITY VS SPECIFICITY – Developing variability, then capacity, then specificity when necessary and the balance between these different concepts.
- 1.6 – RESILIENCE, HARDINESS, LEARNING, AND DEVELOPING OTHER PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAITS – Defining the basic psychological make-up of a successful operator and going over what is fixed by genetics and what you’ve already done and what can be trained and how.
- 1.7 – MOVEMENT – What movement really is and how it fits into the context of training, adaptation, resiliency, and psychology.
- 1.8 – NUTRITION FOR THE OPERATOR (METABOLIC FLEXIBILITY 101) – Basic overview of the nutritional model that we implement and how it fits into training cycles.
- 1.9 – A VISUAL TRAINING MODEL (PUTTING ALL THIS TOGETHER) – A visual representation of everything we’ve talked about so far – a tool to help synthesize all the information presented in chapter one.