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Special Ops Fitness Training: High-Intensity Workouts of Navy Seals, Delta Force, Marine Force Recon and Army Rangers Paperback – May 28, 2008
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always tried to find new ways to challenge my trainees, and
I have added much of what is in this book to my program.
There is an old fitness saying, Always make sure first, that
you can lift your own body weight.
And that is what most of these exercises are......lifting your
own body weight......over and over, or pulling up your own
body weight.......over and over.
How many times have you watched a huge muscled guy at
the gym try to do a few pullups?
You won't see it often, because they can not do more than one.
Sure they can curl a 60lb dumbell 10 times, before they take a
That looks good, but does little for them out in the real World.
I am not saying, stop lifting weights, keep them in your total
"fitness program", but don't get locked on doing just weights.
Try this program, along with everything else that you do.
And remember.....Push Yourself And Never Be The First One
The things that I like about it is that it has an overview of the Special Ops themselves, such as the SEALs, Rangers, P.J.'s, Marine Force Recon, and Delta Force. That part was cool to me. Then it went on to describe the phyiscal fitness aspects of the minimum qualifications of getting into these elite groups and their typical daily excercises.
Even though I have a pretty good knowledge of excersises and lifting, I enjoyed this book. It is mostly body weight excersises, and the pictures that demonstrate them are pretty clear and easy to understand. There is enough variety to keep things interesting. There are pages of blank forms to track your progress. This book is motiviating in the fact that if you are wanting to challange yourself to see if you have what it takes to do the physical aspects of joining our elite special operations! Recommended to those who have a basic understanding of working out, body physiology and correct technique. Probably not a good first book for someone who has little or no experience.
This text is organized into three sections. Section one provides an overview of the material being covered such as striving for peak performance, history of special operations, special Ops training and mental attitude. Part two explains how to use this book, the importance of stretching and exercise routines of the Air Force Para-rescue, Army Ranger, Green Beret, Marine Force Recon, and Navy SEALs. It also has an alternate workout program using weights.
The final part of this manual shows the specifics of every single exercise in this program. It shows with clear photographs how to do the jumping jacks, Iron Mikes, Chest Stretch, Side to side stretch, Groin stretch, Quad stretch, various types of Pull-Ups, different ways to do the Push-Ups, the Eight-Count Body Builders, Crunches, Flutter kick and numerous other movements that are part of the Special Ops exercise routines.
Besides the illustrated exercises there are endurance type routines that are unique to the particular branch of service. For example, the Army Rangers are known for their long walks carrying equipment. The Navy SEALS and Marine Force Recon are known for their long swims.
In conclusion, as the author advises, begin slowly and work up to the actual Special Ops exercise routines explained in the book. This book will be of interest to anyone who is into combat fitness programs.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Predator Hunter: A Warrior's Memoir).
On the other hand the book describe each exercise with great detail and it explain the utility of the exercise in the battlefield.
The routines are slightly hard, but is no matter for people who is systematically trained from years.
This book is very useful to train my Special Forces Company