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COMBAT SWIMMER STROKE: MOVEMENTS, DEMO & PROGRAM   Leave a comment

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Stew Smith (Navy SEAL) published a great article on learning the Combat Swimmer’s Stroke that ncludes a breakdown of the movements, video demonstrations, and a 5-day program for training. This is a great swimming stroke to learn for people who are training to pass physical fitness screening tests that involve swimming (e.g. PST for BUD/S slots), or someone who is just looking for an effective and fficient swimming stroke that can be used for a sustained period of time, including in open water. Check it out the ful article and videos HERE!

STEW SMITH (NAVY SEAL) SPEC OPS FITNESS WORKOUT – 26 NOVEMBER 2013   Leave a comment

swimpt1-300x300Here is Stew Smith’s (Navy SEAL) Spec Ops Fitness Workout for today:

1. Ruck or Run/Swim
a. Repeat 10 times
1/4 mile at goal mile pace
stretch 1 min

b. Repeat 5 times
1/2 mile at goal mile pace
stretch 2 min

2. Swim with fins 1500m for time or ruck 5 miles

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!

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. – NOVEMBER 6, 2012   Leave a comment

OK, I am shaping up my winter program. Today is a core and lower body workout day for me. Here’s what got done:

1. RIP:60 Suspension Training

3 sets of:
a. Jumping Squats 15
b. Lunges 15 (15L + 15R)
c. Pistol Squats 15 (15L + 15R)
d. Mountain Climbers 15 (15L +15R)

2. Sprints
a. 20 yds x 6
b. 40 yds x 6
c. 60 yds x 4
d. 80 yds x2

3. Crunches 30
4. Dirty Dogs 30 (30L + 30R)
5. Flutter Kicks 30

You can replicate this workout for yourself. If you don’t have a suspension training set, just do regular squats and lunges. For sprints, do the number of reps you are comfortable covering. Use time as a parameter and shoot for putting in a solid 30 to 40 minute effort. Shoot e an e-mail at greatriverfitness@gmail.com if you want more clarification or help with adapting the workou to your situation.

Met some interested staff from National American University today too, and kicked myself yet again for not packing any business cards on me. You know, when you’re walking out the door to do sprints, business cards are not the first thing that come to mind! 😉

If you or your team are ineterested in designing a customized individual, team or workplace fitness program, contact me – Tom Delaney – at greatriverfitness@gmail.com. We will design a program that is effective, sustainable, and long-term affordable and make it happen!

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)