• 6-Week, 4-5 day/week, 24-30x Session Training cycle which combines..
  • Gym-based strength for lower and total body
  • Strength and hypertrophy for upper body
  • Multi-modal and sprinting-focused work capacity
  • Chassis integrity and Tactical Speed, Explosive Power and Agility in the same cycle
  • This training plan is one of the 182+ Plans included with an Athlete’s Subscription.



This 6-week, 4-5 day/week, 24-30x Session Training Cycle combines gym-based strength for lower and total body, strength and hypertrophy for upper body, multi-modal and sprinting-focused work capacity, chassis integrity and Tactical Speed, Explosive Power and Agility in the same cycle.


Monday: Gym based strength (Total Body), Upper Body strength or hypertrophy and Chassis Integrity
Tuesday: Tactical Speed, Explosive Power or Agility work, 5-15 minute multi-modal and/or sprinting focused work
Wednesday: Gym-based strength (Lower Body),Upper Body strength or hypertrophy and Chassis Integrity (low back
Thursday: Tactical Speed, Explosive Power or Agility work, 5-15 minute multi-modal and/or sprinting focused work
Friday: Athlete’s Choice – Total Rest or 2-4 mile easy recovery run
Saturday& Sunday: Total Rest


  • Tuesday & Thursday TAC SEPA work rotates through speed, explosive power and agility. You’ll train one of these attributes each day.
  • Monday’s Chassis Integrity circuit combines a total body, anti-rotation and rotation core exercise.
  • Wednesday’s Chassis Integrity work focuses on the low back/extension.
  • Monday and Wednesday’s Upper Body work alternates between strength (3-5 reps/set) and hypertrophy (10-15 reps/set).
  • Work Capacity efforts on Tuesday and Thursday. Two formats are deployed, 5 + 10 and 15. 5+10 = 5 minute effort, short rest, then 10 minute effort. 15 = one 15-minute effort. Every other day one work capacity effort will focus on loaded sprinting of some type … i.e. sprints in a 25# weight vest or IBA.
  • Friday is athlete’s choice. If you’re feeling good and have the time, take and easy 2-4 mile recovery run. If not, total rest is fine.


How long should the training sessions take?
Each session should take around 45-50 minutes. Unless indicated, the circuits aren’t “for time.” Work briskly, not frantically, through the sessions.

What about stretching?
Mobility work is included in the warm ups, and athletes can stretch and foam roll after running, however, overall strength and fitness is emphasized with this plan, not mobility/flexibility. Feel free to complete additional stretching on your own.

What if I miss a day?
Begin where you left off when you return to training. This programmed is progressed – each session builds upon the prior session – so don’t skip a session or skip around. Follow the training sessions in order, regardless.

Where do I find unfamiliar exercises?
See our Exercise Library HERE. The Run Calculator is listed as an exercise.

What about nutrition?
See our Nutritional Guidelines HERE.

Can I see sample training?
Click the “Sample Training” tab to see the entire first week of programming.

Good Luck!

– Rob Shaul

Required Equipment

  • Fully equipped functional fitness gym including barbells, bumpers, racks, dumbbells, plyo boxes and sandbags (40/60/80#)

Sample Training

Below is Week 1 from this Training Plan


Obj: Strength, Chassis Integrity

Warm Up:
3 Rounds
5x Hang Squat Clean @ 45/65#
3x Scotty Bobs @ 15/25#
Instep Stretch
3x Shoulder Dislocates

(1) 8 Rounds
2x Hang Squat Clean - increase load each round until 2x is hard, but doable
Lat + Pec Stretch
3x Bench Press - increase load each round until 3x is hard, but doable
Hip Flexor Stretch

(2) 20 Minute Grind
6x Sandbag Getup @ 40/60#
6x Kneeling Plate Halfmoon @ 25/35#
6x Slashers @ 16/24kg


Obj: TAC SEPA, Work Capacity

Warm up:
3 Rounds
10x Goblet Squats @ 8/12kg
10x Weighted Situps @ 25#
4x 40-foot shuttle
Instep Stretch

(1) 4 Rounds
5 Yard Sprint
Walk back to start
10 Yard Sprint
Walk back to start
15 Yard Sprint
Walk back to start

(2) Repeat (1) in 25# Vest/IBA

(3) 4 Rounds
Down/Back/Down Sprint from Prone

****Rest 30-45 Seconds

(4) Repeat (3) in Vest/IBA

(5) 5 Rounds, Every 60 Seconds
6x Box Jumps @ 20”
6x Burpees

****Rest 1-2 Minutes

(6) 5 Rounds for Time
10x Swings @ 16/20kg
5x Renegade Man Makers @ 15/25#
10x Sit Ups


Obj: Strength, Chassis Integrity

Warm Up:
3 Rounds
8x Back Squat @ 65/95#
2/3x Pull Ups
Hip Flexor Stretch
Foam Roll Upper Back

(1)8 Rounds
3x Back Squat - increase load each round until 3x is hard, but doable
5x Dislocates
3x Weighted Pull Up - increase load each round until 3x is hard, but doable
Pigeon Stretch

(2) 4 Rounds
20/20 Standing Founder
20/20 Low Back Lunge
20/20 Kneeling Founder
10x Face Down Back Ext.


Obj: TAC SEPA, Work Capacity

Warm up:
3 Rounds
10x Goblet Squats @ 8/12kg
10x Push Ups
10x Box Jumps @ 20”
Instep Stretch
5x Dislocates

(1) 5 Rounds
3x Explosive Squat Jump @ 45/65# Barbell,
then …
3x Explosive Squat Jump Unloaded
Lat + Pec Stretch

(2) 5 Rounds
3x Explosive Bench Press @ 45/95#,
then immediately
3x Clapping Push Up
Hip Flexor Stretch

(3) 15 Minutes wearing 25# weight vest or IBA
3x Power Clean @ 55/95#
15m Sprint
Walk back to Start


Obj: Recovery or Total Rest

(1) Run 2-4 miles, easy, recovery pace


Total Rest
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