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TACFIT Commando : Are You Ready For Anything ?
by Guest Author Adam Steer.
Are you ready for all the surprises life throws your way?
Remember the old saying, “It’s not a question of IF something will go wrong, but when”?
True readiness for your life, sport or occupation requires more than just specific training — it requires venturing outside the range and scope of your normal activities to create a “safety valve” for when things go awry.
What the heck does that mean?
Some people interpret it as throwing random crap into the training mix, hoping they’ll be ready for anything when the time comes. The problem is, random training yields inconsistent results at best. At worst, random training creates injury, overtraining, stagnancy, and diminishing progress across the board.
A systematic approach to physical preparedness demands carefully planned variety in both the energy systems being trained and the ranges of motion being employed. Both of those approaches must also be wrapped in an envelope of progressive motor sophistication.
That’s a pretty tall order!
By now you should be reviewing your knowledge of the field and wondering which training systems could possibly meet all of these requirements. One way to gain insight into this is to look at what the professionals – real-life action heroes – are using.
A rapidly growing number of US firefighters and first responders prepare for the unpredictable demands of their jobs using the TACFIT system, because TACFIT was specifically designed to build “tactical readiness”. Check out this example of how one firefighter spent a typical work day.
His first call of the day was for a rollover accident where three trapped occupants were teetering on the edge of a 50 foot incline. The car had rolled and come to rest against a tree. Our firefighter and his partner were able to climb around to the back of the car, assisting all 3 people out the passenger window and back up to safety with complete confidence in their balance and strength on the incline.
Immediately following that call, they responded to an aid call where the two of them were required to wheel a 200 pound patient downstairs to a waiting ambulance. Later that afternoon they responded to a boat fire, climbing and maneuvering through very tight quarters while wearing 70 pounds of gear. Despite the bulky gear, they got in there fast and knocked down the fire, preventing a great deal of damage to the boat. And that wasn’t even a busy day!
As you can see, a day in the life of your average firefighter is far from routine. The one pattern this example does reveal is sudden bursts of intense activity, long periods of inactivity, brief stretches of moderate activity, and everything in between. In each of these encounters, the first responder must rely on a finely tuned sense of balance, coordination and skill. There’s little room for error when lives are at risk.
The firefighter in our example above had this to say about TACFIT: “Due to my training I am completely comfortable going all out to move through a hot and smoke filled environment to find the seat of the fire and still have plenty in reserve to combat fire once we have reached our target.”
But what if you’re not a firefighter, martial artist, soldier, policeman or involved in some other activity that requires specific “tactical fitness”?
Don’t be fooled. Everyone benefits from this type of physical preparation.
Consider the example of TACFIT Commando co-author Ryan Murdock. He was driving down the four-lane main street of his quiet hometown one day when another driver suddenly pulled out from between a line of cars immediately in front of him.
Ryan had half a second to observe the situation, decide and act. He noted no oncoming traffic, and so he braked hard and swerved left into the oncoming lane. The other driver didn’t even brake. Lucky for her Ryan was fast, or she would have got it right square in the driver’s door and been badly injured. He managed to mitigate the impact, taking off her front bumper and demolishing her entire front end. The car was damaged but everyone was safe.
Quick reflexes are one thing, and they’re definitely honed through training, but the most interesting aspect of the entire event was that Ryan’s heart rate hadn’t elevated at all. When the police officer arrived to deal with the cleanup, Ryan sat in his car patiently reading a book, waiting for the expected ‘comedown’ response: the shaking hands and weak legs that follow a burst of adrenaline. But it never came.
Everything had been channeled into a quick reaction, into mitigating the situation as much as possible in that half second. The entire accident and aftermath, strange as it might sound, had been no more stressful than sitting on the sofa reading a book. Ryan simply wasn’t surprised at being surprised. It was a prime example of the adrenal dump being converted to a slow release. He chalks it up to his TACFIT training.
As you can see, the real-world application of tactical readiness can apply to a wide range of situations. That’s what makes TACFIT so much more than a system or a collection of exercises. TACFIT is a way of looking at physical — and by extension, mental — preparation in terms of being able to meet the vagaries of life head on.
The TACFIT approach grew out of founder Scott Sonnon’s desire to create a training system for himself, his athletes and eventually for the elite forces around the world that call him Coach.
Scott started on his path of discovery during his years as an athlete and then coach in the sport of Russian Sambo. This provided him with the unique opportunity to intern in the former Soviet Union with some of the greatest minds of modern sport science.
Here’s how Scott describes the training centre:
“It was a think-tank because we had Special Forces trainers, intelligence officers, people in the cosmonaut program, doctors and medical scientists, as well as an array of coaches from all different sports: the Russian National Boxing coach, the Russian National Hockey coach, the Russian National Fencing coach, the gymnastics coach, and a world famous dance instructor.”
This educational cross-pollination provided a rich backdrop for the development of Coach Sonnon’s TACFIT system. But one of the most important, innovative and ground breaking elements of the system had already been brewing for several years.
“When you meticulously analyze your athlete’s training diaries, or even your own training diary,” Scott says, “you discover that there are patterns to performance. As you start to play with varying intensity levels, you realize most athletes don’t know what high intensity is, and haven’t known for a long time. And their repeated attempts to reach high intensity only result in moderate to low intensity efforts, and eventually to injuries.”
Scott’s careful study of decades of training journals revealed patterns that he later validated through both the sport science literature and his own experimentation. The result was the waving intensity scheme that forms the heart of TACFIT’s effectiveness.
Each training cycle of the TACFIT system waves through a specific pattern of no, low, moderate and high intensity sessions. Not only does this make it possible to hit true high intensity — pushing back the threshold of perceived physical and mental limits — but it leaves you ready to attack life proactively, rather than trudging through each day beaten down and lethargic from constant overtraining.
Whether you’re a fireman saving lives or a grandfather keeping up with the grandkids, tactical fitness will leave you with the confidence and energy to do what you do with vigor and commitment.
We train to live, work and play. We don’t live to train.
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