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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!

SURVIVOR ATTITUDE   Leave a comment

odjegba-okene“His ability to keep calm kept him from burning through his limited oxygen supply. It was literally all about attitude. The gentlemen stated that he constantly recited a Psalm given to him by his wife to stay calm. Human beings have an incredible ability to control their mental and physical state when properly motivated. Singing songs and reciting memorized poems or bible verses can significantly alter our mindset in a very mechanical way. You can sort of ‘Fake it until you make it’ if you know what to do.” Read this amazing story of a Nigerian man who intentionally used his attitude to limit his oxygen consumption and survive three days in a sunken boat. You can read the full SOFREP article HERE. You can also watch video footage of the rescue in the following video:

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

MARINE CORPS EMERGENCY EGRESS TRAINING VIDEO   Leave a comment

Cool video on emergency egress (exiting a vehicle) training! Practice makes the incredible possible, including exiting a sunken helicopter in full gear with blacked out goggles on. Never underestimate the power of practice, or yourself!

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)

USAF SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES “MODULAR EGRESS TRAINING SIMULATOR”   Leave a comment

USAF Special Operations Command released footage of the Modular Egress Training Simulator (a.k.a. “The Dunker”) today. The simulator recreates in a controlled environment the types of challenges spec ops airmen will confront if their helicopter goes down in water. Like other versions of water survival and drownproofing, the key is to remain calm and reflexively put into action what lots of hours of training has ingrained in them. Check it out…hold your breath when the camera goes under the surface…and see what can be learned from this experience.

2012 RECON CHALLENGE PUTS TEAMS TO THE TEST   Leave a comment

The 4th annual Recon Challenge happened September 15 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Recon Challlenge puts two-man Marine Recon teams through a series of obstacles and challenges across a 29.4 mile course. Key skills tested by the event are:

1. Endurance
2. Communication Skills
3. Commitment to Mission Accomplishment

This year 28 Marines in 14 teams competed with each other to complete the course, including (more or less in order):

1. Sprint into surf with 60-70 lb ruck sacks
2. Swim 2,000 meters open water
3. Hike 12.5 miles with gear and rifle
4. Transfer 50 sandbags between pallets separated by 50 meters
5. Assemble M240G machine gun under 15 feet of water
6. Target shooting with pistol and rifle
7. Hike again
8. Drag 250 lb Zodiac raft 50 meters

Winners Master Sgt. Jarvis and Capt. Burns completed the course in 9:28:16. Read a full summary of this awesome event HERE.