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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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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.

    TFR 157 - Twelve Questions On Mental Toughness

    TFR 157 - Twelve Questions On Mental Toughness

    Stew Smith (https://www.stewsmithfitness.com) answers 12 questions on Mental Toughness. Here are twelve excellent questions on the topic of mental toughness that a young man in high school sent me. My answers are in the video as well as in writing at the article:

    https://www.stewsmithfitness.com/blog...

    1. How would you define mental toughness?
    Finding the fuel when the tank is empty. Also getting comfortable being uncomfortable:
    https://www.stewsmithfitness.com/blog...

    https://www.military.com/special-oper...

    2. Do you believe that sports help to cultivate mental toughness? In what ways?
    Yes 100%,
    https://www.military.com/military-fit...

    3. Consider your childhood. Would you describe yourself as an active child? What sports or hobbies did you do?
    4. What sport do you think requires the most mental toughness?
    5. When you were in high school, what kind of mental strategies did you employ to handle adverse situations?
    6. Was it easier to focus on physical or mental challenges when you were in high school?
    7. What was an experience that you had that encouraged you to become a SEAL?
    8. What personality traits do you have that you think made you fit to be a SEAL?
    9. To what extent do you think people that are in good physical shape, but have never been an athlete or part of a team can complete BUD/S?
    10. When you were going through BUD/S, do you think being a former athlete helped you to persevere?
    11. What mental strategies did you employ to persevere through the most challenging training or assignments? How did you adopt these strategies?
    12. What did BUD/S teach you about your mental resilience and your ability to work under extreme pressure?

    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.

    • 43 min
    TFR 156 - Be a Better Recruit

    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.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    TFR155 - Tactical Athlete During Leave / Holiday Breaks

    TFR155 - Tactical Athlete During Leave / Holiday Breaks

    Stew Smith http://www.stewsmithfitness.com and Jeff Nichols (http://www.performancefirstus.com) discuss leave periods / holiday break training options for the high school / college student preparing for Spec Ops, the BUD/S student or other branch student preparing for selection, and the active duty operator with pre/post deployment leave periods. Some of the DO's and DON'Ts.

    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.

    • 28 min
    TFR 154 - Goal Setting 2020 (with Stew and Jeff)

    TFR 154 - Goal Setting 2020 (with Stew and Jeff)

    Stew Smith and Jeff Nichols discuss goal setting for themselves as well as joint ventures in 2020. Also we discuss how to best set your training goals for 2020.

    • 39 min
    TFR 153 - Game Changers and Spec Ops Prep

    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 vi

    • 46 min
    TFR 152 - Failure - Failure to Learn

    TFR 152 - Failure - Failure to Learn

    Stew Smith and Physiology and Philosophy Teacher Pat Bonis discuss failing, failure, and reframing the word as a stepping stone to success. http://www.stewsmithfitness.com

    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.

    • 53 min

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