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STEW SMITH (NAVY SEAL) WORKOUTS – MAY 13, 2013   Leave a comment

swimpt1-300x300Here are Stew Smith’s (Navy SEAL) recommended workouts for today. Choose a workout in preparation for your fitness test or goals:

Navy SEAL
500yd Swim
Push-ups 2 min (max)
Sit-ups 2 min (max)
Pull-ups 2 min (max)
1.5 mile Run

AFPJ PAST
500m Swim
1.5 mile Run
Push-ups 2 min (max)
Sit-ups 2 min (max)
Pull-ups 2 min (max)

Army Ranger
Pushups 2 min (max)
Sit-ups 2 min (max)
Pull-up 2 min (max)
5 mile Run

– or –

Upper Body Round Robin

1 minute of pushups (min 40)
1 minute of sit-ups (min 40)
Pull-ups (min 6) not timed
Dips (min 6) not timed
Bench press 80% body weight (min 6) not timed
20 ft rope climb in body armor or weight vest (just 1… pass or fail event)
1 minute kip-ups (min 6) (pullup with a kip)
4 x 25 m shuttle run (max 24 seconds)
5 mile run (max 40 minutes) or 5 mile ruck march (75 min max, 45lbs dry weight)

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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

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!

STEW SMITH SAYS DO PUSH-UPS & PULL-UPS EVERY OTHER DAY   Leave a comment

Stew Smith (Navy SEAL) is an informative authority on physical fitness preparation for special operations assessment and selection (e.g. the Physical Screening Test for BUD/S selection). Recently, Smith published an article to reiterate his view that push-ups and pull-ups require a minimum 24-hour recovery period similiar to any resistance training.

This is not breaking news for the field of physical training as it has been understood for a while that 24-hour recovery periods work well in general, and therefore there are advantages in daily training programs to alternating upper body workout days with lower body workout days. For example, Paul Roarke (USMC Ret.) incorporates the alternating days approach in his Enhanced Physical Readiness System. That all said, many people preparing for special operations selection continue to perform push-ups and pull-ups on a daily basis because they understand it as a rapid way to increase their maximimum capacity for repetitions, and/or because they understand that push-ups and pull-ups will be required of them on a daily basis in the spec ops training program to which they are applying. The Navy Special Warfare PT Guide currently prescribes four days a week of pull-ups combined with push-ups, with three of those days in a row. The problem is that there is a point of diminishing returns with this approach, where gains will cease and decreases may even be observed.

One thing I am interested in is whether there may in fact be advantages to doing push-up and pull-up type calisthenics every day in the same way that there has been suggested benefits of running every day, alternating high effort run days with lighter recovery run days. In my current program for example, I alternate focused intense upper body workout days with other days with relatively lighter suspension strap training (e.g. jumping squats and lunges). It seems to be working for me, and I have the data to show it. That said, can I really narrow it down to the single explanation of how upper body workouts happen on alternate days in my program? Maybe not. But at this point, progress is progress and I am not going to fix something that isn’t broken.

You can read Stew Smith’s (Navy SEAL) full article HERE.

If you or your team want to develop a customized physical fitness assessment and improvement program that is effective, affordable and sustainable, contact me – Tom Delaney – at greatriverfitness@gmail.com. It’s what I do and my work motivates me every day! You will be just as motivated too!

DELANEY’S DAILY P.T. – OCTOBER 4   Leave a comment

Still working on whipping the respiratory symptoms from last week’s cold/flu, but feeling like I am getting back on track. Temperatures were cooler today and it was time to get out the old school sweat pants again. Here’s what I got done:

A. Outdoor Suspension Training
1a. Under-grip Row 4×8
1b. Rear Delt Fly 4×8
2a. Over-grip (or “Prone Grip”) Curl 4×8
2b. Triceps Extension 4×8
3a. Rhomboid Pull 4×8
3c. Bicep Curl 4×8
4a. Over-grip Row 4×8
4b. Crunches 4×30

B. 5K Run

C. Indoor Perfect Push-ups
1. Regular 11,8,5
2. Wide 11,8,5
3. Narrow 11,8,5
4. Regular 11,8,5

D. Indoor Pull-up Bar
1. Regular Pull-ups 1…MX…1 (pyramid)
2. Chin-ups 1…MAX…1 (pyramid)
3. Narrow Grip 1…MAX…1 (pyramid)
4. Commando 1…MAX…1 (pyramid)
5. Dips 1…MAX…1 (pyramid)

DELANEY’S DAILY P.T. – OCTOBER 2   Leave a comment

The cold/flu I picked up last week kicked into full gear while I was out camping. I’m just coming out of the woods now (I guess literally) and working to get rid of the coughs and fatigue. It’s taking a little longer because I can’t get my secret instant cure anymore — the Chinese pork stew with noodles at Chin’s! Chin’s closed down a few months ago and I can tell you that this is a true misfortune. It was the absolute BEST om and pop Chinese restaurant, but it looks like none of teh kids stepped up to take over when retirement time rolled around. So…no more Chinese pork stew.

Anyway, I tried to get back on track with my program yesterday, and added in a couple additional calisthenics for my usual trail run. Looked like this:

3.1 Mile Brickyard Trail & Hill (0.9 mile, 300 ft ascent) Intervals
Modified MARSOC Assessment & Selection “Short Card”

1. Interval 1:
a. Regular Push-Ups 30
b. Squats 30
c. Reverse Push-ups 10
d. Cunches 30
e. Bench Jump (2.5 ft) 10
f. 8-Count Burpees 10

2. Interval 2:
a. Wide Push-ups 30
b. Mountain Climbers 30
c. Reverse Push-ups 10
d. Flutter Kicks 30
e. Bench Jumps (2.5 ft) 10
f. 8-Count Burpees 10

3. Interval 3:
a. Diamond Push-ups: 20
b. Star Jumpers 30
c. Reverse Push-ups 10
d. Back Extensions 30
e. Bench Jumps (2.5 ft) 10
f. 8-Count Burpees 10

4. Interval 4:
a. Regular Push-ups 30
b. Lunges 30 (30L + 30R)
c. Reverse Push-ups 10
d. Hello Dollies 30
e. Bench Jumps (2.5 ft) 10
f. 8-Count Burpees 10

5. FINISH: Pull-ups 3 x MAX