As I have mentioned before in my articles on the topic, supplement use appears to be very common among Special Operations military, such as Navy SEALs as well as others. In addition to my reading what you would expect me to read, such as various medical/nutritional research, I read quite a bit of military biographies and other related topics. Once in a while you will see “real world” references to supplement use by Special Operations Forces (SOF) in some biographies, especially newer biographies.
Folks, a quick note let members know a well-known site that reviews and tracks all kinds of LE/mil related topics, equipment, weapons, etc., called SoldierSystems did a nice review on my Optimal SWAT program/site and put up one of the training vids I did. Can see been here:
Folks, Part 1 of the CT SWAT Challenge covered the difficult PT Challenge, which was over 6 miles long with 24 different exercise stations. Now that was a workout! Video Part 2 covers the highlights from the shooting stages of this law enforcement competition.
Gang, here is part 1 vid of the 2008 CT Challenge. I did the PT course first. I was not able to get vid of all the stations unfortunately, but got enough to give those were not there a good idea of the event. Will have vids that cover the shooting events, and other stuff up shortly. Enjoy:
Well gang, I am back from the CT SWAT Challenge for which those SWAT training vids were in preparation for. My guys took 15th out of 34 teams, and 4th at the all important PT Challenge, so there was proof of concept results there from the training.
Folks, here is my latest vid in the series of SWAT Training vids I have been putting up on the new OptimalSWAT web site. The series can also been seen on a dedicated youtube page called SWATFitnessTraining. Here’s week 11 just finished. Some fun stuff in this vid.
As you know, I have been involved in one form or another with law enforcement, and to a lesser extent, military, via articles, seminars, and some training. This was all peripheral work to my regular gig in the bodybuilding, fitness, weight loss, and longevity industry.
Gang, some of the work I do is with law enforcement as a civilian contractor, usually working on fitness and performance for tactical law enforcement (SWAT/RRT).
I was recently invited to a match at the Boston PD, by my good friend, Boston PD officer, Rodney Best. Here’s a vid from that day.
Nutritional supplements for America’s Special Ops
A Special Report for NavySeals.com
Special Operations Forces (SOF) such as Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces, Air Force Para-Rescue, and Marine Recon, as well as law enforcement tactical units (SWAT), face unique challenges that manifest themselves both physically and mentally.
The extremes of training and combat can dramatically reduce performance: Immune suppression; changes in mental acuity/increases in reaction time; reductions in androgen production (testosterone); increased susceptibility to cold; increased oxidative stress; and other factors will affect the performance of these soldiers directly or indirectly. These highly-specialized soldiers are always looking for an edge to avoid many of the aforementioned problems, and any edge can mean the difference between life and death, or the ability to perform at their peak.
Supplement Use By Special Operations
The International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) is a relatively new organization invited ours truly to have a poster session. My poster covered supplements used by Special Operations soldiers, such as Navy SEALs, Tactical LE (e.g., SWAT) and others. People interested in the topic can download my poster session here which includes abstract and various graphs.
Supplement use by Special Operations Poster Session