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BALANCE.

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B A L A N C E
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How much is too much weightlifting? How much is too much running? Or how much not enough? This is something huge that many struggle to grasp. Many up their mileage too abruptly, causing random strains, shin splints, muscle fatigue, etc. Targeting our weaknesses early on and attacking them is the best course of action; this isn’t a perfect world. We like doing what we are good at. I fucking hate running. I fucking hate having to hold my breath and swim underwater for 50m...but I still do It; and I excel at It. I’ve had time to attack my weaknesses and I’ve been through It to know the shortcuts on improvement.
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When we talk about balancing types of training, we need to first look at what we are strongest at and what we are weakest at...obviously, our weaker points need more attention and when dividing up training time, the weak points should get a bigger piece of the pie. A well balanced plan should include all things strength, endurance, mobility and recovery. Those last two mentioned subjects are the most overlooked. Everyone likes to lift heavy ass weight. Not everyone likes to do yoga, take ice baths, or utilize myofascial release...but it’s good for us and in my opinion, helps a lot of dudes become successful throughout their careers within the Special Operations Community. It’s about longevity. Back in the day, the pipelines used to be about just crushing dudes and literally only those who could survive genetically without substantial or lingering injuries made It through their pipelines; and once they were operational,they were too fucked up from their pipelines to operate effectively and efficiently for more than 10yrs.
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The SOF community has learned that you can still take care of your dudes while fucking them up to make sure you’re getting a quality operator. I learned everything I know about recovery and regen tools through my time in the CCT pipeline. Gathering tools like a foam roller, lacrosse ball and taking ice baths on the weekend mitigated the abuse delegated to my body; the same went for my teammates. When It wasn’t our turn on the ATC simulator in Keesler AFB, we were helping each other by rolling out each other’s backs and legs with a tiger tail (its a brand of a muscle stick I believe).
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When preparing for any SO pipeline, It pays to have strong legs, a strong back, and a strong core. Everyone knows to do push-ups and sit-ups all day; you need to prepare for the long game. That’s all entry level obstacles; you need to prepare your body for the heinous rucks you are about to endure. Your legs need to be conditioned to carry you for miles and miles and your core needs to be able to support that rucksack from swaying you.
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