German Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK) Training Plan


•10 Weeks of training for German KSK Selection
•Focused and intense training
•Includes assessments, long distance rucks, and multiple 2-a-days
• This training plan is one of the 182+ Plans included with an Athlete’s Subscription.





Program Overview

This program is intended to be done the 10 weeks prior to starting KSK Selection.

You will take fitness assessments during Weeks 1, 5, and 9. You will train 6 times a week during Weeks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 and 5 days a week during 1, 5, and 9. You will use the results from the assessments in subsequent training sessions. These assessments scale the training program to your ability. Always record your reps/times and always use the results from the most recent      assessments. In Weeks 1 through 4, you’ll use the results from Week 1’s assessments. In Weeks 6 through 10, you’ll use the results from Week 5’s assessments.

Weeks 9 and 10 are taper weeks designed to keep you fit and allow you to recover before you begin selection.

The Friday of Weeks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 contain physically and mentally demanding long distance rucks up to 28 km, and is followed by another, marginally shorter ruck on Saturday. You must prepare your equipment and nutrition ahead of time to complete these sessions.

This is a very intense training program. It includes assessments designed to be performed at your physical limit, high intensity runs, long distance rucks, and multiple 2-a-day training days.

Overall, this program has a sharp focus on improving your ruck performance and endurance, muscular endurance, and work capacity, while also dedicating time to improve your durability in order prevent injury during the selection course.

Program Schedule:

  • Assessment Weeks (1, 5, and 9)
  • Monday: KSK Physical Fitness Test (KSK PFT)
  • Tuesday: Core + Standing Long Jump + Run Assessment
  • Wednesday: 20 km Ruck Assessment
  • Thursday: PFT Work
  • Friday: Work Capacity + Core
  • Weeks 2, 3, 5, and 6
  • Monday: AM Session: PFT Work; PM Session: Strength
  • Tuesday: Mid-Distance Ruck
  • Wednesday: AM Session: Work Capacity; PM Session: Ruck Intervals
  • Thursday: Core + Run Intervals
  • Friday: Long Distance Ruck
  • Saturday: Long Distance Ruck

Required Equipment

  • PT shirt and shorts

  • Combat Uniform and Boots

  • Runners

  • 1.25 and 2.5 kg weights (can be plates or dumbbells)

  • 10 kg  Dumbbells

  • 17.5 kg Dumbbells

  • Ruck Pack

  • 4 kg (10#) weight, sledgehammer, or rubber rifle

  • 36 kg (80#) Sandbag - can use a sealed canvas or sturdy duffle bag, or one of ours.

  • Foam Roller

  • Pull-up Bar

  • Course or track of known distance and intervals

  • Pool

  • Stopwatch (minimum) or GPS watch (preferred, though not necessary)

Sample Training


Obj: Work Capacity + Core

3 Rounds
8x Push-ups
25x Step-ups
8x Air Squats
4-Square Drill
Instep Stretch


(1) As Many Rounds As Possible in 30 minutes of:

5x Burpees
5x Walking Lunge
5x Pull-ups
50x Step-ups

Compare to SESSION 5 results.

(2) 4 Rounds
20x Four-Count Flutter Kicks
10x Russian Twists - 17.5 kg Dumbbell
10x Face Down Back Extension
Foam Roll Low Back

(3) 3 Rounds
Shoulder Blaster - 1.25 kg plate in each hand
3rd World Stretch
1:15 sec. Farmer’s Carry - 17.5 kg in each hand

PM Session Obj: Ruck Intervals

(1) 3 Rounds
Ruck 4 km @ Ruck Interval Table pace - Loading: 28kg pack + 4.5 kg weight in hand.
Rest 7 minutes between intervals

Use results from SESSION 3.


AM Session Obj: PFT No. 2 Work


  • 3 Rounds

  • 8x Push-ups

  • 8x Toes to Sky

  • 4x Pull-ups

  • 4x Walking Lunges

  • Run 200m

  • Instep Stretch


(1) Sit-ups:
5 Rounds, one every 60 sec.:
35% max reps
Immediately after Round 5’s 60 sec. is up, do:
Max reps Sit-ups in 60 sec.

(2) Push-ups:
5 Rounds, one every 60 sec.:
35% max reps
Immediately after Round 5’s 60 sec. is up, do:
Max reps Push-ups in 60 sec.

(3) Pull-ups:
5 Rounds, one every 60 sec.:
35% max reps
Immediately after Round 5’s 60 sec. is up, do:
Max reps Pull-ups in 60 sec.

(4) 8 Rounds
Rest 2 minutes between intervals

(5) 3 Rounds
Rest 3 minutes between intervals

PM Session Obj: Strength


3 Rounds
8x Air Squats
8x Military Press - 10 kg Dumbbells
8x Sit-ups
Instep Stretch

(1) 5 Rounds
5x Quadzilla Complex - 10 kg Dumbbells
10x 1-Leg Poor Man’s Leg Curl
Hip Flexor Stretch

(2) 5 Rounds with one 17.5 kg dumbbell held by both hands
10x Gorilla Complex
Lat + Pec Stretch

Use results from SESSION 24.


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