New Zealand SAS Selection Training Plan

$99.00

  • Intense, 10-week 6 day/week training plan, including multiple 2-a-days specifically designed to prepare athletes for the fitness demands of the New Zealand Special Air Service (SAS) Selection Course. NZSAS Selection
  • Assessment-based, specific progressions based on your most recent assessment results. In this way, the plan automatically “scales” to your incoming fitness, and continues to push you as your fitness improves. 
  • The plan includes a 2-week taper, and is designed to be completed the 10 weeks directly prior to your course start week
  • This training plan is one of the 250+ plans included with an Athlete’s Subscription

Description

This is a selection-specific 10-week, 6 day/week training program specifically designed to prepare athletes for the New Zealand Special Air Service (SAS) Selection Course. NZSAS Selection is a ruck-focused, very intense 10-day event which includes a “gate” fitness assessment, 24 hour Exercise Von Temsky (24 hour, 35kg Ruck + jerry can) and “long walk” – 60km ruck @ 35kg. 

This training plan is purpose-built to prepare the athlete for these events. It is very intense and endurance-focused (run, ruck). As well, the plan is time-intensive and during the train up, plan on spending a significant part of your day training including up to a 9-hour effort on Thursday and 26-mile ruck on Saturday.

The plan includes a 2-week taper, and is designed to be completed the 10 weeks directly prior to your course start week. This is an intense, 6 day/week training plan, including multiple 2-a-days.

This is Version 1 of the plan, designed in December 2022.

 

FITNESS ATTRIBUTES

Ruck and Endurance Focused, Assessment Driven
This training plan is ruck and endurance focused, in-line with the primary fitness demand of NZSAS selection. The plan’s ruck programming is specifically designed to prepare the athlete for the loads and volume you’ll face at selection. As well, the plan includes specific programming to increase your ruck speed over ground.

Your endurance is also built with unloaded running via assessments and threshold intervals, moderate-paced longer runs, and easy recovery runs.  

The plan includes 5 specific assessments, and follow-on progressions: You’ll take these assessments multiple times over the 10 weeks:

(1) NZ EFL – Max Rep Press Ups, Curl Ups, Pull Ups and 1.5 Mile Run for Time
(2) 5 Mile Ruck Run for Time – 35kg Ruck, 10lb Rubber Rifle, Sledge or Dumbbell,  Full Cammies/Boots, Helmet
(3) 8 Mile Heavy Ruck for Time – 35kg Ruck while carrying a full, 20-liter Jerry Can, 45# dumbbell or 20kg kettlebell, Full Cammies/Boots, Helmet
(4) 6 Mile Run for Time, shorts and t-shirt
(5) 30 Minute Max Step Ups @ 20kg Ruck, 16-18” step up bench or box

Between assessment weeks you’ll complete assessment-based, specific progressions based on your most recent assessment results. In this way, the plan automatically “scales” to your incoming fitness, and continues to push you as your fitness improves. 

EFL & Timed Heavy Ruck Preparation
The plan has you take the EFL and a 5-Mile Heavy Ruck multiple times, and includes specific programming to improve your scores for these “gate” events at selection.

Chassis Integrity Work
In addition to EFL and ruck/run endurance, the plan includes focused Chassis Integrity (functional core) programming 2 days/week. 

 

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Assessment Weeks (1, 4, 7, 10)

  • Mon – AM: EFL; PM  5-Mile Ruck @ 35kg plus weapon, rubber rifle or 10# dumbbell
  • Tues  – 6-Mile Run for Time
  • Wed – 30 Minute Step Ups for Time @ 20kg Pack, 16-18″ Box or Step
  • Thurs  –  8-Mile Ruck for Time @ 35kg plus full 20-liter jerry can, 45# dumbbell or 20kg kettlebell, Flat Course
  • Fri  –  Total Rest
  • Sat – Long Ruck @ 35kg + weapon, rubber rifle or 10# dumbbell (8-26 miles), Hilly Course, Off Trail in possible
  • Sun – Total Rest

Progression Weeks (2-3, 5-6, 8-9)

  • Mon – AM: EFL Work, PM: Threshold Ruck Run Intervals @ 35kg
  • Tues  – Threshold Unloaded Run Intervals, Chassis Integrity
  • Wed – AM: Threshold Step Up Intervals @ 20kg, EFL work; PM: Moderate Pace Unloaded Run (4-6 Miles)
  • Thurs  –  3-9 Hour Exercise Von Temsky ruck (35kg Ruck while carrying 20-liter jerry can, 45# dumbbell or 20kg kettlebell
  • Fri  –  Long Easy Unloaded Run (6-10 Miles)
  • Sat – Long Ruck @ 35kg (8-26 miles), Hilly Course, Off Trail in possible
  • Sun – Total Rest

Thursday Exercise Von Temsky Work
This program has specific programming for the exercise Von Temsky: 24-hour, 35kg Ruck with 20-liter jerry can including a 8-mile assessment, and progressed timed efforts from 3-9 hours. 

Saturday Long Rucks
You’ll work up to 26 miles at 35kg ruck plus a 10# rubber rifle, sledge or dumbbell. If possible, complete these long rounds off trail, in hilly/mountainous terrain, route finding/orienteering the entire prescribed distance. These efforts are designed to prepare you for the selections 60km “long walk”

 

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

  • Pull up Bar
  • Stop Watch with repeating countdown timer (Smartphone will work)
  • 60# Sandbag
  • Ruck plus 20kg and 35kg of filler. We recommend you train with the same ruck and boots you’ll use at selection.
  • 10# Rubber Rifle, sledge or dumbbell
  • 20-liter jerry can, 45# dumbbell or 20kg kettlebell 

 

COMMON QUESTIONS

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.

What if I have less then 10 weeks before I start the Selection Course?
Still start at the beginning of this training plan anyway, then on the week directly before selection, skip ahead and complete week 10 of the plan.

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’s better to cut training sessions short, rather than take unscheduled rest days.

What if I can’t make the prescribed reps for the bodyweight exercises, or the prescribed interval times for the rucks, runs or step ups?
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.

How do you count reps for Sandbag Getups, and Step ups?
Sandbag Getups – The prescribed rep count is total reps, so 50x Sandbag Getups at 60# sandbag = 50x total reps, 25x each shoulder.
Step Ups – The prescribed rep count is total reps, so 600x step ups = 600 total, or 300x per leg.

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?
Access is online, via username and password. You can log in 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.

More Questions? Email: coach@mtntactical.com

 

DISCLAIMER

Before beginning any exercise program, consult with your physician to ensure that you are in proper health. Physical training contains inherent risks including, but not limited to, muscle strains, tears, physical and bodily injury up to and including death. This training program is not meant to provide medical advice; you should obtain medical advice from your private health care practitioner. If you are unable to assume these risks then you should not engage in this training program. No liability is assumed by Mountain Tactical Institute, Inc, its owners or employees, and you train at your own risk. Mountain Tactical Institute makes no warranty, express or implied, of any kind in connection with this training program.

Required Equipment


  • Pull up Bar

  • Stop Watch with repeating countdown timer (Smartphone will work)

  • 60# Sandbag

  • Ruck plus 20kg and 35kg of filler. We recommend you train with the same ruck and boots you'll use at selection.

  • 10# Rubber Rifle, sledge or dumbbell

  • 20-liter jerry can, 45# dumbbell or 20kg kettlebell

Sample Training

Below is the First Week from this Training Plan:


MONDAY
SESSION 1
2-A-Day, Assessments
Obj: RFL Assessment No. 1


Warm Up:


3 Rounds
10x Squats
10x Press Ups
10x Curl Ups
4x 40-Foot Prone to Sprint
Instep Complex
Lat + Pec Stretch


RFL Assessment:


(1) Max Rep Press Ups - Constant Movement to NZ Army Standards


**** Rest 5 Minutes


(2) Max Rep Curl Ups - Constant Movement to NZ Army Standards


**** Rest 5 Minutes


(3) Max Rep Strict, Dead Hang Pull Ups


Come to full elbow and shoulder extension at the bottom and chin over the bar at the top. No excessive swinging or foot movement. Pause for 1 second at the bottom and top for each rep. 


**** Rest 5 Minutes


(4) Run 1.5 Miles for Time


**** Rest 2 Hours


(5) 5 Mile Ruck Run for Time wearing a 35kg Ruck, and carrying your weapon, a  rubber rifle, 10# dumbbell. Flat course


RECORD ALL SCORES


Comments: See HERE for an official NZ Army Press Up and Curl Up Standards. 


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TUESDAY
SESSION 2
Obj: Endurance Assessment - 6 Mile Run


Warm Up:


4 Rounds
10x Squats
10x Press Ups
5x In-Place Lunges
Run 50m
Instep Stretch


Training:


(1) Run 6 Miles for Time


RECORD FINISH TIME


(2) 2 Rounds
Hip Flexor Stretch
Instep Stretch
Pigeon Stretch


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WEDNESDAY
SESSION 3
Obj: Endurance Assessment - Step Ups


Warm Up:


4 Rounds
10x Squats
10x Press Ups
15x Step Ups @ 16-18" Box
Instep Stretch


Training: 


(1) 30 Minute Max Rep Step Ups @ 20kg Ruck.. Use a 16-18" Step or Bench.


Each foot counts as 1 Rep. 


RECORD MAX REPS


(2) Foam Roll Legs, Low Back


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THURSDAY
SESSION 4
Obj: Endurance Assessment - Exercise Von Temsky


Warm Up:


4 Rounds
10x Squats
10x Press Ups
5x In-Place Lunges
Run 50m
Instep Stretch


Training:


(1) Ruck 8 Miles for Time @ 35kg Ruck + carrying 20 Liter Jerry Can, 20kg kettlebell or 45# Dumbbell. Flat Course


RECORD FINISH TIME


(2) 2 Rounds
Hip Flexor Stretch
Instep Stretch
Pigeon Stretch


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FRIDAY
SESSION 5
TOTAL REST


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SATURDAY
SESSION 6
Obj: Long Ruck


Training:


(1) Ruck 10 miles off trail over uneven, hilly terrain w/35kg ruck + Rubber rifle or 10# Sledge or 10# dumbbell.


Orienteer to 3-5 points, if Possible


(2) Foam Roll Legs, Low Back


 
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