Australian 2 Commando Assessment & Selection Training Plan

$79.00

  • Intense, 8-Week Training Plan sport-specifically designed to prepare Australian military personnel for the 2 Commando Assessment and Selection.
  • Includes rucking, running, work capacity hazing events, Rifle PT, swimming, swim PT, and, treading.
  • To be completed the 8 weeks directly before selection.
  • This training plan is one of the 200+ plans included with an Athlete’s Subscription

Description

This is an intense training program specifically designed to prepare Australian military personnel for the 2 Commando Assessment and Selection.

This is the first version of MTI’s 2 Commando A&S Training Plan, built February 2019.

You’ll train 8 weeks, 6 days/week with many 2-a-Day training sessions.

To successfully complete this program you’ll need to make training for selection a priority during your workday. The training plan is designed to be completed the 8 weeks directly before 2 Commando A&S. Week 8 in the plan is an unload/taper week.

Endurance Intensive

This plan is “sport specific” to the specific fitness demands you’ll face at 2 Commando A&S – specifically rucking, running, work capacity hazing events, Rifle PT, swimming, swim PT, and treading.

  • Specific Testing and progressive training for the Day 1 Webbing Run and 20km Ruck.
  • Extended, multi-modal work capacity events
  • Chassis Integrity Work – intense core training
  • Endurance Rucking and running for land navigation and movement between training events
  • Swim PT sessions in the pool
  • Extended treading drills with a rubber rifle or 4kg sledgehammer in a swimming pool

WEEKLY SCHEDULE (Weeks 2-7)

The weekly training schedule for this training plan begins on a Sunday and ends on a Friday. Saturdays are reserved for total rest.

Week 1 in the training plan is an initial assessment week, and scheduled training for just 5 days. Week 8 in the training plan is an unload/taper week into selection. Below is the training schedule for the bulk of the plan, weeks 2-7:

  • Sunday (2-A-Day): AM – Work Capacity, Webbing Run Intervals; PM – Work Capacity, Ruck Intervals
  • Monday (2-A-Day): AM – Strength/Work Capacity/Chassis Integrity; PM – Swimming and Treading
  • Tuesday: Long Ruck at Moderate Pace
  • Wednesday (2-A-Day): AM – Strength/Work Capacity/Chassis Integrity; PM – Swimming and Treading
  • Thursday: AM – Work Capacity, Webbing Run Intervals; PM – Work Capacity, Ruck Intervals
  • Friday: Work Capacity, Endurance (Long Run at Easy Pace)
  • Saturday: Total Rest

RUN/RUCK/SWIM INTERVAL CALCULATORS

The training plan includes testing and scaled intervals for your Day 1 webbing run, and 20k ruck assessments. These paces are based on your webbing run and 20k ruck assessment.  You’ll take these assessments 3 times throughout the plan. Use your latest assessment results for the subsequent training sessions.

We use interval training to train your run, rucking, and swimming fitness. The interval distances are shorter and pace faster than your latest assessment pace.

Enter your assessment distance and pace in the calculators, and they will spit out your interval distance times. The calculators are listed under the “Exercises” tab on the website toolbar.

 

Webbing Run, Ruck, Run, Work Capacity Events & Swim Uniforms

  • Webbing Run – Full cammies, boots, 4kg-rubber rifle or sledge hammer
  • Rucking – Full cammies, Ruck, Boots, 4kg-rubber rifle or sledge hammer
  • Unloaded Running – Shorts, T-Shirt
  • Work Capacity Events -Full cammies, boots
  • Swimming – Shorts and T-Shirt
  • Treading – Shorts and T-Shirt  

COMMON QUESTIONS

What equipment is needed to complete this training plan?

  • Stop Watch with Repeating Countdown Timer – Smartphone will work.
  • 20kg Sandbag
  • Ruck – ideally same ruck you will use at the course, 30kg and 20kg of filler
  • 4kg Rubber Rifle or 4kg Sledge Hammer
  • Swimming Pool
  • Pull Up Bar
  • Foam Roller

What if I have less then 8 weeks before I start the Selection Course?
Still start at the beginning of this training plan anyway. Don’t skip ahead until your final week before beginning A&S, then skip ahead and complete Week 8 in this plan for the week directly before selection.

What if I can’t handle the training volume at first?
Building stamina and resilience is a key training goal of this plan, and physical and mental stamina is also key to completing the Selection course. If you can’t handle the training volume at first, it is better to cut training sessions short, rather than take unscheduled rest days.

What if I can’t make the prescribed reps for the exercises, or the prescribed interval times for the rucks or runs?
Do your best, and be sure to do the total number of rounds, even if you can’t make the reps or the time. Don’t quit.

What if I can’t do the whole session?
If you don’t have enough time to complete the whole session, you can split the session into two.

What if I miss a day?
Begin where you left off when you return to training. This program 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/Ruck Calculator is listed as an exercise.

What about nutrition?
See our Nutritional Guidelines HERE.

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

How do I access the plan?
You can access the plan via username and password either through our website or through our app (Mtn Tactical Fitness) available for IOS and Android.

Can I print out sessions to take to the gym?
Yes – you can print a week of programming at a time.

How do I record my assessment Results?
Notebook and pencil.

More Questions?
Email: coach@mtntactical.com

Required Equipment

This is a limited Equipment Training Plan. Below is the required equipment:




  • Stop Watch with Repeating Countdown Timer – Smartphone will work.

  • 20kg Sandbag

  • Ruck - ideally same ruck you will use at the course, 30kg and 20kg of filler

  • 4kg Rubber Rifle or 4kg Sledge Hammer

  • Swimming Pool

  • Pull Up Bar

  • Foam Roller

Sample Training

SUNDAY


SESSION 1


Obj: Web Run Assessment


Warm up:


(1) 15 Minute Grind ....


3x Push Ups


3x Hand Release Push Ups


3x Clapping Push Ups, then ...


3x In-Place Lunges


3x Walking Lunges


3x Jumping Lunges, then ...


3x Squats


3x Jumping Squats


3x Burpees


Grind = work steadily, not frantically, through these circuits again and again for 20 minutes.


Training:


(1) 2-Mile Run for Time @ 8kg webbing gear + 4kg sledge or rubber rifle


RECORD FINISH TIME


Warm up:


(1) 15 Minute Grind ....


3x Push Ups


3x Hand Release Push Ups


3x Clapping Push Ups, then ...


3x In-Place Lunges


3x Walking Lunges


3x Jumping Lunges, then ...


3x Squats


3x Jumping Squats


3x Burpees


Grind = work steadily, not frantically, through these circuits again and again for 20 minutes.


Training:


(1) 20 km Ruck for Time @ 30kg Ruck + 4kg sledge hammer or rubber rifle


RECORD FINISH TIME


*********************

 

MONDAY


SESSION 2


Obj: Ruck Assessment


Warm up:


(1) 15 Minute Grind ....


3x Push Ups


3x Hand Release Push Ups


3x Clapping Push Ups, then ...


3x In-Place Lunges


3x Walking Lunges


3x Jumping Lunges, then ...


3x Squats


3x Jumping Squats


3x Burpees


Grind = work steadily, not frantically, through these circuits again and again for 20 minutes.


Training:


(1) 20 km Ruck for Time @ 30kg Ruck + 4kg sledge hammer or rubber rifle


RECORD FINISH TIME


*********************

 

TUESDAY


SESSION 3


REST DAY


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WEDNESDAY


SESSION 4


Obj: 2-A-Day, Strength, Work Capacity, Swim PT


AM SESSION


Training:


(1) 10 Round Grind ....


Mini Leg Blaster


5x 4-Count Sandbag Military Press @ 20kg


"Grind" = work steadily, not frantically


(2) 8 Rounds for Time


5x Rifle Rob Shauls


200m Run with Rifle or 4kg Sledge


(3) 15 Minute Grind


3x Standing Sandbag Halfmoon @ 20kg


5x Sandbag Getup @ 20kg


30/30 1-Arm Farmer's Carry with 20kg Sandbag .... 30 second right hand, 30 second left hand


15x Sit Ups


"Grind" = work steadily, not frantically


(2) 2 Rounds


Hip Flexor Stretch


Instep Stretch


Lat + Pec Stretch


PM SESSION


Warm Up:


4 Rounds


Swim 25m Freestyle


5x Push Ups


5x Sit Ups


5x Squats


Training:


(1) Freestyle Swim 300m


(2) 20 Minute Grind at Poolside


5x Push Ups


5x Burpees


10x Squats with rubber rifle or 4kg Sledge


10x Jumping Squats with rubber rifle or 4kg Sledge


"Grind" = work steadily, not frantically


(3) 10 Minute Tread Drill with rubber rifle or 4kg Sledge


- 30 Sec. Normal Tread


- 30 Sec. Tread with right hand out of the water


- 30 Sec. Tread with left hand out of the water


- 30 Sec. Tread with rubber rifle or sledge out of Water


- Touch Bottom of Pool with rubber rifle or sledge


(4) 2 Rounds


Lat + Pec Stretch


Instep Stretch


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THURSDAY


SESSION 5


Obj: 2-A-Day, Webbing Run, Ruck Intervals


AM SESSION


Warm up:


(1) 15 Minute Grind ....


3x Push Ups


3x Hand Release Push Ups


3x Clapping Push Ups, then ...


3x In-Place Lunges


3x Walking Lunges


3x Jumping Lunges, then ...


3x Squats


3x Jumping Squats


3x Burpees


Grind = work steadily, not frantically, through these circuits again and again for 20 minutes.


Training:


(1) 3 Rounds


800m Run with 8kg webbing gear + 4kg sledge or rubber rifle @ your "800m Interval Pace" using your SESSION 1 finish time and the MTI Rucking Interval Calculator


Rest 4 Minutes Between Efforts


(2) 2 Rounds


Hip Flexor Stretch


Instep Stretch


PM SESSION


Warm up:


(1) 15 Minute Grind ....


3x Push Ups


3x Hand Release Push Ups


3x Clapping Push Ups, then ...


3x In-Place Lunges


3x Walking Lunges


3x Jumping Lunges, then ...


3x Squats


3x Jumping Squats


3x Burpees


Grind = work steadily, not frantically, through these circuits again and again for 20 minutes.


Training:


(1) 2 Rounds


7 km Ruck @ 30kg +  with 8kg webbing gear + 4kg sledge or rubber rifle @ your "7km Interval Pace" using your SESSION 2 20km finish time and the MTI Rucking Interval Calculator


Rest 10 Minutes Between Efforts


(2) 2 Rounds


Hip Flexor Stretch


Instep Stretch


*********************

 

FRIDAY


SESSION 6


Obj: Work Capacity, Endurance


Warm Up:


3 Rounds


10x Squats


10x Push Ups


5x Walking Lunges


10x Sit Ups


Instep Stretch


Training:


(1) 30 Minute AMRAP - As Many Rounds as Possible


6x Sandbag Getups @ 20kg


6x Burpees


Run 400m


(2) Run 10k, Easy Pace


Easy = you can speak in full sentances


(3) 2 Rounds


Lat + Pec Stretch


Instep Stretch

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Questions?
Email: rob@mtntactical.com

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What Equipment is Required?
Click the “Required Equipment” tab to find out what equipment is required for the specific plan you are interested in.

Where do I find unfamiliar exercises?
See our Exercise Library HERE. The Run and Ruck Calculators are listed as exercises.

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.
You are encouraged to do it before purchasing.

What if I have more questions?
Email rob@mtntactical.com

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