Archive for November 2012

JASON JAKSETIC’S 100-MILE SNOWSHOE RACE VIDEO   Leave a comment

This is the story of Jason Jaksetic’s 100-mile snowshoe race. Like it says, “It’s about pushing past what is realistic so you can find out what’s possible.” This is the story and the guy that inspired me to take up snowshoe racing this year. I like cold weather, I like endurance challenges, and I like being in the wilderness. I’m going to start with a 10K race, but I would like to see and learn how far I can go, especially if it helps others. – Tom (Support me at www.active.com/donate/MARSOCDelaney)

“MOVE” – SHORT VID ON TRAIL RUNNING   Leave a comment

Trail running doesn’t need to end when the snow flies. I am geared up and ready for snowshoe trekking this winter, and raising money for the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) Foundation. Watch this vid and stay motivated!

DELANEY’S DAILY P.T. – NOVEMBER 21, 2012   Leave a comment

Let the T-Day counter-offensive begin! The end of the work week is for ruck runs and my own version of the MARSOC Short Card. You can replicate this workout for yourself, adjusting distance, weight, and reps. Contact me if you want help doing that. Here’s what got done today:

3.1 Mile Brickyard Trail & Hill (0.9 mile, 300 ft ascent) Intervals (Night Run)
Modified MARSOC Assessment & Selection “Short Card”
30 lb Weighted Vest

1. Interval 1:
a. Regular Push-Ups 10
b. Squats 30
c. Reverse Dips 5
d. Crunches 20+
e. 8-Count Burpees 5

2. Interval 2:
a. Wide Push-ups 10
b. Bench Jumps (2.5 ft) 15
c. Reverse Dips 5
d. Flutter Kicks 30+
e. 8-Count Burpees 5

3. Interval 3:
a. Diamond Push-ups 5
b. Star Jumpers 30
c. Reverse Dips 5
d. Back Extensions 30
e. 8-Count Burpees 5

4. Interval 4:
a. Regular Push-ups 10
b. Lunges 30 (30L + 30R)
c. Reverse Dips 5
d. Hello Dollies 30
e. 8-Count Burpees 10

5. FINISH: Pull-ups 3 x MAX

LEADERSHIP IN THE LEANING REST #9 – ROBERT NEEDHAM (NAVY SEAL) ON TEAM LEADERSHIP   Leave a comment

Today I would like to continue sharing with you more of my highlights and notes from Team Secrets of the Navy SEALs by Robert Needham (Navy SEAL).

Chapter 1 – Leading the Best (cont.)

1. “If an individual or a Team starts to lose focus, they must step back and review.” — Sometimes individuals or teams feel that they do not have time to step back and refocus. Of course, if you ask if they have more or less time to lose focus, go for a walk in the woods, fail and get miserable, re-focus time doesn’t look as costly as the alternative. That said, I’ve seen people and teams get into “locked up” mode and require a wake-up call to snap out of it.

2. “It is incumbent upon any group that desires true success to set an environment that allows and encourages communication.” I used to pride myself on being a submarine commander when it comes to communication: “If you don’t hear from me, everything is OK.” With time, I have really come to think that all things are possible with good communication. Just the social support provided in communicatin improves the resilience and chances of survival and success of people in tough situations. As I have heard so often said (to me) before: “Communicate, communicate, communicate.”

3. “You must honestly evaluate your own ability and communicate forthrightly about it — for your own good and for that of the Team. If everyone else is unaware of a weak link, they cannot repair it. Unnoticed, the weak link will break, costing money, time, and perhaps even lives.” — Thee’s a strategy called “Fake it ’til you make it!” for self-improvement, which involves acting like the person you want to be in order to become that person. It’s an effective approach. At the same time, trying to “fake out” others by posing or lying about knowledge or ability is misguided and a clear commitment to making disaster happen for self and others. The bigger person on a Team knows to be clear about limits, risks, and look for reality-checks and options from others.

4. “Wat’s important to the SEAL TEAm is important to any team of professionals inbusiness: Stay informed, stay alert, and stay alive.” — Yep!

5. “It is imperative that you stress [to your team] that no issue will be addressed unless the author also includes a viable solution.” — Major General Ronald Bailey (USMC) imposes the same requirement onhis team. You don’t get to complain or bring up a problem without a number of possible solutions. This makes sense if you want to see firsthand descriptions of problems always accompanied by firsthand proposals for solutions. If you’re not there, you really end up counting on the person who is closest to the problem to ascertain a best probable solution. Makes sense!

6. “Challenge yur team to think outside the box, brainstorm, and create. Give them the responsibility and the latitude to be creative.” — Innovation, adaptation and improvement require creativity. It is an invaluable resource asset for any team. Take care of it!

7. “If you can find humor in a bad situation and joke about it, you will have a better chance of salvaging your attitude and coming out on top.” — Humor puts things in perspective, and opens up space for creative thinking and problem-solving. In addition, laughter activates physiological processes that reduce stress and the distracting, demoralizing and fatiguing effects of stress. Use humor like a medicine and a weapon!

I am preparing engaging leadership development modules, including practical exercises, for individuals and teams. If you or your team is interested in engaging with leadership development in a practical and meaningful work session, let me – Tom Delaney – know via e-mail to greatriverfitness@gmail.com. We’ll put it together and make it happen!

DELANEY’S DAILY P.T. – NOVEMBER 9, 2012   Leave a comment

Today was short and simple, a 30 lb (weighted vest) ruck run down trail for 5K, including a 1.5K/100m hill ascent. This is my Harriett Island and Brickyard Trail route and I will be organizing my weekend runs here into fundraising for the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) Foundation. In the winter, I will be humping this trail and hill with snowshoes. I am looking forward to the challenge! – Tom

MARINE CORPS INITIAL STRENGTH, PHYSICAL FITNESS & COMBAT FITNESS TESTS   Leave a comment

Today, on the eve of their 237th birthday, the Marine Corps publicized their web page detailing the three fitness tests used for assessment, selection and qualification in different phases of basic Marine Corps training. This is a very informative web page with excellent text and illustrations for anyone who wants to know more about physical qualification in the Marine Corps. Note thatyou do not have to be a Marine to put Marine Corps training to work in your own quest for physical fitness. If you want to be fit like a MArine, well then start training like a Marine. What I most appreciate about the training regimens published by the MArine Corps is that they do not require exotic equipment, and they are already proven effective, not experimental. If you are looking for affordable, effective and sustainable physical training, the MArine Corps is a great place to find it! I am speaking from experience on that one! Check out the Marine Corps fitness tests HERE.

If you or your team wants to plan a fitness assessment and organize physical fitness training for work, home and community, give me – Tom Delaney – an e-mail at greatriverfitness@gmail.com. We will develop a customized program that is affordable, sustainable, effective and most of all – HIGHLY MOTIVATING!

DELANEY’S DAILY P.T. – NOVEMBER 8, 2012   Leave a comment

I completed my Monday, Thursday, Saturday workout today, because..after all…today is Thursday!

1. Speed Bag Warm-up 5 mins
2. Underhand Lift/Curl/Press (70 lbs) 3×4 & BOSU Bikes
3. Behind Neck Press (70 lbs) 3×6 & BOSU Crunches
4. Overhand Lift/Curl/Press (60 lbs) 3×5 & BOSU Flutter Kicks
5. BOSU Prone Triceps Press (60 lbs) 3×5 & Side Leans (60 lbs)
6. Bench Press (110 lbs) 3×5 & Ab Straps Wipers
7. Regular Pull-ups 1,2,3,4,3,2,1
8. Chin-ups 1,2,3,2,1
9. Narrow Grip Pull-ups 1,2,3,2,1
10. Commando Pull-ups with Leg Extension 1,2,3,2,1
11. Regular Perfect Push-ups 2,4,6,8,10,8,6,4,2
12. Wide Perfect Push-ups 4,8,4
13. Narrow Perfect Push-ups 4,8,4
14. Regular Perfect Push-ups: 4,8,6
15. Dips 1,2,1
16. Stretch 20 mins

You can replicate this same workout for yourself by modifying the weights and how far you go up the pyramids for pull-ups and push-ups.

If you or your team want to design a customized physical fitness assessment and program, contact me – Tom Delaney – at greatriverfitness@gmail.com, and we will make it happen!