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Tactical Fitness Report with Stew Smith Podcast

This is the Tactical Fitness Report with Stew Smith podcast. We will post these each week and discuss a variety of topics focused on Tactical Fitness Training for Military, Special Ops, Police, and Fire Fighting Training. We will also review videos on swimming, give quick power point presentations and discuss all things Tactical Fitness related.Check out other videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training. See www.stewsmith.com or www.stewsmithfitness.com for more information, training programs, books, ebooks, and online coaching for military, law enforcement, special ops, fire fighting training programs.

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TFR 128 - Navy SEAL PST Strategy - Train to Crush It

Stew Smith http://www.stewsmithfitness.com and jeff Nichols http://www.performancefirstus.com discuss how to crush the PST using tested strategies that work. BUT the common denominator is you have to practice the PST events regularly as part of your workout. Related article See : http://www.stewsmith.com/linkpages/NavySEALPSTclinic.htmALSO - do not even talk to a recruiter until you can crush this PST - (out opinion). It makes your life easier and the recruiter / mentors job easier too. Plus consider it a job interview - it is that important - do you want to be part of the failure group or passing group when you meet your SEAL mentor for the first time? First impressions....Check out other videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training. See out the FREE WORKOUTS LINK AT http://www.stewsmith.com for more information about military, law enforcement, special ops, fire fighting training programs here in Maryland - maybe in your city too.

1hr 3mins

1 Oct 2018

Rank #1

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TFR 151 - Hypertrophy vs Strength Training (BUD/S Prep)

Jeff Nichols and Stew Smith discuss hypertrophy and strength training for the athlete as well as the tactical athlete seeking special ops selections like BUDS. See http://www.stewsmithfitness.com and http://performancefirstus.com for Jeff's website. Also this is a topic recently asked by a reader / listener that I answered in my Military.com Ask Stew column - https://www.military.com/military-fitness/navy-fitness/navy-special-operations/ask-stew-hypertrophy-versus-strength-trainingCheck it out: My Hypertrophy Programs for Spec Ops - Calisthenics and Cardio - http://store.stewsmithptclub.com/caandcawooeb.htmlNavy SEAL Fitness - http://store.stewsmithptclub.com/cogutonasefi.html and other hypertrophy and strength training mixes http://store.stewsmithptclub.com/stsmpubodv.htmlCheck out other videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training. See http://www.stewsmithfitness.com for more information about military, law enforcement, special ops, fire fighting training programs.

38mins

5 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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TFR 153 - Game Changers and Spec Ops Prep

Stew Smith and Jeff Nichols discuss the show Game Changers about going Vegan / Vegetarian. http://www.stewsmithfitness.com and http://www.performancefirstus.com (Jeff)We focus also on the question from a reader about being a Vegan and attending special ops selection programs. NOTE: Not eating animal products (meat / dairy / etc) is A way to eat and like many optional diets / food plans available, not necessarily THE way to eat for everyone. Whether you are vegetarian and vegan, the elimination of meat and/or dairy products and eggs requires some research in order to do it right. If you are not familiar with the Netflix documentary / movie called Game Changers, check it out and decide for yourself, but if you are thinking about actually going vegan, get some professional help from registered dietitians or nutritionists because malnutrition is not something you want. Our comments are based solely on personal experience and opinion. But most of the movie is also based on personal experience and opinions of world class athletes who are vegan. 1 – IMPORTANT - The elimination of ANY macronutrient (protein (plant or animal), fat (plant or animal), and carbs) no matter what diet you are considering should be taken up with someone who is qualified in creating a nutritious program out of calorie restriction (less than 1500 cals a day), no carb, no fat, Intermittent Fasting, Keto, Paleo, or the Cabbage or Grapefruit Diet. Whatever diet it is – if at the end of the day you are eliminating something as big as a macronutrient or reducing calories significantly, there is a chance that you will be missing out some vitamin, mineral, amino acids, electrolyte, or other nutritious factor that is neglected by the change in the diet. 2 – Sometimes Change is Good, Sometimes Not – My advice is to give it a try and see if it works for you. If you are feeling sluggish, reduced energy, poor performance with training, or other noticeable changes in your overall health and wellness, you are likely doing it wrong or it is not right for you. 3 – It Depends – On Your Goals - If you are trying to lose weight, the reduction in calories by eliminating a food group will cause a weight loss. If you are trying to grow muscle, get stronger, faster, and stay active for long periods of time (selection programs), you need to make sure that for whatever calories you are eliminating you are making up with other food groups to get more calories and any missing nutrients. In fact, in order not to lose weight, you may have to eat up to 5,000-7,500 nutritious calories a day to have the energy for long days / nights of spec ops training. This may require multiple meals of extra protein, carbs, and fats. 4 – WHY? Performance, Ethical, Health Reasons – If you do not want to eat animals the moral decision to do that is in my opinion the strongest reason WHY to be a vegetarian or vegan. The heart disease patient also has logical reasoning behind the change in eating habits. The athletes in the game Changers Movie are going to be world class athletes no matter what they eat, and if they feel better with a vegan diet – it is great that it works for them. Is the vegan diet helping them with that missing 5% of performance a high caliber athlete is looking for in order stand on a podium, play pro sports and win? Anecdotally – sure. Is the vegan diet scientifically responsible for the increase in performance? Currently, the military is all over the place with diet. From fast food on bases, chow hall cuisine, to researching the benefits of the Keto Diet, the military is simply a cross section of American society with it’s own share of dieting varieties, eating disorders, and obesity. Once again, find something that works for you. Get some advice from qualified people as to HOW to do it correctly so you do not miss out on any vital nutrients that could otherwise be a Game Changer in your future success. But, to answer your question finally – YES. I have seen high performing athletes / tactical athletes on the spec ops level limit their meat intake and still do above average in performance tasks. Though, it is never a bad idea to take advantage of the nutrition / dietitian at the training command (if available). Check out other videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training. See http://www.stewsmithfitness.com for more information about military, law enforcement, special ops, fire fighting training programs.

46mins

13 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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To, Through, and After with Jeff Nichols (Navy SEAL)

I finally set down with Jeff Nichols (http://www.performancefirstus.com) to discuss his story from growing up in a small Iowa town as a 100lb high schooler to college baseball players, exercise physiology major, and Navy SEAL at the highest levels of our countries operations. For all you hard gainers and late bloomers out there, this could be your story IF you work. Check out other videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training. See http://www.stewsmithfitness.com for more information about military, law enforcement, special ops, fire fighting training programs.

1hr 8mins

6 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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TFR 166 - Evolution of Training for Sports, Spec Ops, Fitness

Stew Smith http://www.stewsmithfitness.com and Jeff Nichols http://www.performancefirstus.com discuss their journey with fitness from the beginning, sports, military / spec ops, and beyond for today and tomorrow...Seasonal Tactical Fitness - (Periodization) https://www.stewsmithfitness.com/blog...Check out other videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training. See http://www.stewsmithfitness.com for more information about military, law enforcement, special ops, fire fighting training programs.

42mins

14 Apr 2020

Rank #5

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To, Through, and After With Army SF Doug Keisewetter / SOFLETE

To, Through, and After with Doug Keisewetter - Army Special Forces Operator and part of the http://SOFlete.com training program. Stew and Doug have a long history dating back to 1996 and we discuss the journey of life before the military, during the military, and after the military special ops career. We get into Tactical Fitness, Recovery, Spartans, Testosterone, Adrenalin, and much much more. Doug - https://www.facebook.com/cadre.dougCheck out other videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training. See http://www.stewsmithfitness.com for more information about military, law enforcement, special ops, fire fighting training programs.

1hr 27mins

6 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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TFR 149 - Stew and Jeff Discuss Training Methodology

Stew Smith (http://www.stewsmithfitness.com) and Jeff Nichols (http://performancefirstus.com ) discus their journey to creating challenging training programs for tactical populations. The journey they both share is years of personal experience, learning from mentorship, education, trial and error, and testing and evaluation. Check out the 20 year periodization program Stew developed and still is using / modifying / evolving / learning to be flexible:https://www.military.com/military-fitness/navy-special-operations/20-years-of-periodization-trainingCheck out Jeff's website for more information on programs and in person training seminars: http://www.performancefirstus.comFor more videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training see this youtube channel - http://www.youtube.com/stew50smith . See http://www.stewsmithfitness.com for more information about military, law enforcement, special ops, fire fighting training programs.

52mins

17 Jul 2019

Rank #7

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TFR 156 - Be a Better Recruit

Stew Smith http://www.stewsmithfitness.com and Jeff Nichols http://www.performancefirstus.com discuss the state of the recruit world. Starting with YOU the recruit and moving through the pipeline through the recruiter into DEP and the mentor to test you and prep you for Boot camp / Basic, and beyond, we discuss the process and the timeline to consider depending upon your current state of readiness. In the end, it comes down to YOU to be a better recruit. Check out other videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training. See http://www.stewsmithfitness.com for more information about military, law enforcement, special ops, fire fighting training programs.

1hr 9mins

21 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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TFR 142 - Quitting or Not Quitting

Stew Smith http://www.stewsmithfitness.com and Pat Bonis discuss the moment of quitting or not quitting occurs (throughout life) and how preparation, the Buddy System, Performance Cues, and thinking about the past - present - future framing system to help you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Check out this podcast for some helpful tips when the option of quitting has you at a crossroads. Check out other videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training. See http://www.stewsmith.com for more information about military, law enforcement, special ops, fire fighting training programs.

52mins

14 Apr 2019

Rank #9

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TFR 123 - Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Mental Toughness is difficult to describe and even harder to teach. Stew Smith and Tom Cowan discuss the evolution from motivation, goal achievement, to discipline, to mental toughness. It is a process. Check out related article: https://www.military.com/special-operations/top-5-qualities-of-special-operations-troops.htmlCheck out other videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training. See www.stewsmith.com for more information about military, law enforcement, special ops, fire fighting training programs.

37mins

31 Aug 2018

Rank #10

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TFR 126 - Older Guy Seeks Special Ops - Periodization Required

Stew Smith and Tom Cowan go into detail about a recent Ask Stew post on a 33 year old seeking to prepare for special ops program / selection. https://www.stewsmithfitness.comNursing previous injuries / ailments, building strengths and weaknesses and arranging all the elements of fitness into a "fitness budget" to be spent throughout a year. See related article and periodization breakdownhttps://www.military.com/military-fitness/military-workouts/special-operations-fitness/ask-stew-older-still-tryingCheck out other videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training. See http://www.stewsmith.com for more information about military, law enforcement, special ops, fire fighting training programs.

48mins

9 Sep 2018

Rank #11

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To, Through, and After with Navy SEAL Chad Williams

Check out Chad Williams - Former Navy SEAL, speaker, author of SEAL of God - a story about his journey to and through BUDS, Team life, and becoming a Follower of Christ who now speaks in Church as well as in the corporate world. http://sealofchrist.comhttp://navysealchadwilliams.com Check out other videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training. See http://www.stewsmithfitness.com for books, ebooks, online coaching, membership programs, and more information about military, law enforcement, special ops, fire fighting training programs.

1hr 23mins

19 Jan 2019

Rank #12

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TFR 138 - Training Programming / Periodization Mistakes

Tactical Fitness Programming, Periodization for building the optimal tactical athlete - Human Optimization / Resilience Series. http://masfmindset.com - Stew and Jeff discuss many mistakes people make when preparing for physical goals.More info: http://www.stewsmith.com/linkpages/tacticalfitness.htmTactical Fitness Dirty Dozen!Check out other videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training. See www.stewsmith.com for more information about military, law enforcement, special ops, fire fighting training programs.

25mins

14 Feb 2019

Rank #13

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TFR 133 - Endurance or the Ability to Endure?

Stew Smith See - http://www.stewsmithfitness.com and Pat Bonis discuss Endurance vs the Ability to Endure. This took both a physical and mental toughness turn. EnjoyCheck out other videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training. See http://www.stewsmith.com for more information about military, law enforcement, special ops, fire fighting training programs.

44mins

16 Dec 2018

Rank #14

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TFR 137 - What is Human Optimization - Resiliency?

Stew Smith and Jeff Nichols discuss the training seminar as well as many of the elements that make up human optimization. See http://www.masfmindset.com for more info on the March 8.9.10 Human Optimization and Resiliency Seminar in Va Beach. Jeff Nichols - http://www.performancefirstus.comCheck out other videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training. See http://www.stewsmithfitness.com for more information about military, law enforcement, special ops, fire fighting training programs.

31mins

13 Feb 2019

Rank #15

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TFR 127 - The Difference Between PST and BUDS Training Preparation

Stew Smith http://www.stewsmithfitness.com and Jeff Nichols http://www.performancefirstus.com both discuss the differences between creating programs for people who are preparing for the PST and BUDS. Preparing to get TO and THROUGH are two different standards - preparing different people adds to the many different ways to get to the same point. Navy SEAL PST Clinic / Strategy: http://www.stewsmith.com/linkpages/NavySEALPSTclinic.htmBonus Discussion - Successful 18 Year olds at BUDS.Check out other videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training. See http://www.stewsmith.com for more information about military, law enforcement, special ops, fire fighting training programs.

51mins

19 Sep 2018

Rank #16

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TFR 158 - Are Your Ready? Physical Assessment Tools for Spec Ops Candidates

Are You Ready for Spec Ops? Listen here - Stew Smith http://www.stewsmithfitness.com and Jeff Nichols http://www.performancefirstus.com discuss some objective grading criteria each use to assess a candidates progress along the journey and training timeline as they prepare for any spec ops selection program.Article on the topic with charts referenced in the video: https://www.stewsmithfitness.com/blogs/news/physical-assessment-tools-for-to-and-through-selectionCheck out other videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training. See http://www.stewsmithfitness.com for more information about military, law enforcement, special ops, fire fighting training programs.

1hr 2mins

24 Jan 2020

Rank #17

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To, Through, and After with Adam La Reau (Navy SEAL / O2x Founder)

Stew Smith discusses the journey from young teen to United States Merchant Marine Academy to Navy SEAL Officer as well as the new goal of http://www.O2x.com a Tactical Fitness Education business created by Adam La Reau. Links Discussed:https://www.usmma.edu/http://www.o2x.comhttp://www.o2x.com/bookhttps://onesummit.org/our-story/Check out other videos of combat swimmer stroke, workouts, and other spec ops related training. See http://www.stewsmithfitness.com for more information about military, law enforcement, special ops, fire fighting training programs.

53mins

27 Feb 2019

Rank #18