What We Learned About SWAT Selection

By Adam Scott, MS, CSCS   In a previous survey, we asked for feedback in regards to SWAT Selection from our LE community – A big thanks to everyone who replied.  We received input from SWAT teams in Florida, Illinois, California, New Jersey, Texas, and a few others. Almost every SWAT selection we received was […]

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Alpinist Fitness Assessment Results

  By Dr. Kristen Ouellett and Rob Shaul   We developed The Alpinist Project  as a physiological and fitness testing tool for high level and professional alpinists. The tests occurred over two days, with the physiological testing day 1, and Alpinist Fitness Assessment on Day 2. Five athletes were tested; four men and one woman. […]

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Fitness Demands for Fire/Rescue Athletes – A Study Review

By Rob Shaul Several studies have been conducted on Firefighters’ work-related fitness demands. Below is a summary of some of the more interesting findings.   Which Fitness Assessments Translate Best to Job-Related Tasks? In 2004 researchers at Arizona State University partnered with the Phoenix Fire Department to identify which fitness assessments best predicted performance on […]

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The Fitness Demands for 3 Common Mountain Trips

  Looking to get into the mountains this summer, but not sure how to prepare? Here are three common types of mountain trips, how they differ, and what you should focus on in your training.   Backpacking   Backpackers travel for distance rather than for the purpose of summiting mountains, though both backpacking and peak-bagging might […]

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Plan Focus: Valor – Strength, Work Capacity, Chassis Integrity, Military-Specific “Speed Over Ground”

By Rob Shaul Valor is an intense 7-week, 5 day/week training program which combines classic barbell and bodyweight strength training, track-based endurance training, and intense, gym-based multi-modal work capacity efforts. It joins Humility, Fortitude, Resilience and Gratitude as one of the 5 plans in our “Virtue Series” for military athletes. The first version of Valor […]

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Help Needed Developing a SWAT Selection Training Plan

Adam Scott, MS, CSCS Here at Strong Swift Durable we are constantly receiving inquires from our Law Enforcement athletes asking for a SWAT Selection Training Plan.  With the requests piling-up, we started digging into different programs from around the country to identify selection fitness tests and criteria from which we would design the training plan. […]

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Burpee Beep Ladder Assessment

  By Adam Scott, MS, CSCS Recently we began a 6-week bodyweight only strength/ work capacity training cycle.  The program we designed consisted of six exercises: (1) sit-ups, (2) push-ups, (3) box jumps, (4) jump lunges, (5) pull-ups and (6) burpees. One week prior to the cycle start we assessed each athlete to establish their […]

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Springtime Splitboard Descent of the Grand Teton

  By Taylor Luneau   Al-pine start – (adj., noun) – When climbers begin a mountain ascent in the early morning, prior to the first blush of dawn, in order to increase climbing time preceding the effect solar radiation has on snow and ice which may lead to ice or rockfall or potentially avalanches.  Alpine […]

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