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By Linton McClain
Personal Trainer, Superior Body Sculpting
At some point in our military career we are given a unique opportunity to interact with some of the top performing individuals in our military branch. I am talking about the members of Special Operations (Spec Ops). These are the guys who are willing to do the things we are not willing to do. In any case, they deserve the praise and recognition for their ability and dedication. What makes Spec Ops so different? How is it that these guys can perform at such a high level? In this month’s article we will focus on what it takes to go to the next level of performance.
Stories come in all shapes and sizes. Naturally, they peak our interest and curiosity. With that being said, the Spec Ops division has some of the best stories. We may have heard of them being able to appear and disappear at will. We have heard of them being able to escape any and every situation without a scratch. No matter the story, we know these individuals and groups are the best of the best. With that being said, do you ever wonder how they become elite? Why not? Have you excluded yourself from that category so quickly? Lets take a deeper look into some of the fundamental concepts of what it takes to become part of the elite.
There are many types of special operations programs. Some of the popular ones are SEAL, Ranger, CSO, and PJ. You may or may not be familiar with some of the less popular ones. In any case, the truth of the matter is that each member prepares for one of these groups by joining an introductory program. Within these groups they are required to pass intense physical and psychological testing specific to that program. This is just the tip of the iceberg. The training, conditioning, and sacrifice are continuous. Quickly, the individual must adapt to every situation and every mission.
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Needless to say, they also have a deep affinity for making a difference and are willing to go the darkest corners of their mind and the world to do so. Although you may know these things, you may not know why they are critical in the development of a “super soldier.” We can agree that it is the mindset and the willingness to sacrifice that makes a super soldier “super.” With that mindset they are able to push though pain, fatigue, and intense psychological challenges. This is the biggest difference in what separates a super soldier from the rest of the pack. The physical testing is just the beginning.
Members of Special Operations don’t arrive to their introductory programs in the required condition. They have to be molded. One thing you may find very uniform with all Spec Ops members is the basic foundation of extreme mental toughness. They prepare their mind and body to do whatever they have to do whenever they have to do it. Can you imagine not hesitating at any sign of danger?
Furthermore, complete physical conditioning is extremely important. Having a foundation of running, body control, and calisthenics over extended periods is essential. With that being said, other forms of fitness need to be eliminated until this foundation can be established. Basically, some areas are underdeveloped and others overdeveloped. It is necessary to tear down and rebuild the body to become more functional in areas such as stamina, endurance, power, coordination, and stability in the highest forms.
Although many people can develop their body in this manner, most are not willing to experience the breakdown and rebuilding of the body. Extreme weight training may be your defeat in this area. With that being said, a person would drop out of this type of program simply by not being physically or mentally ready to go the distance. In the end, only the strongest mentally and physically are selected to move on to the next phase of training.
Do you have what it takes to become a Super Soldier? You will never know unless you try. Take a chance. In the end, you will learn more about yourself and what you can contribute. Maybe you don’t have to be a Super Soldier. Being a Better Soldier is a good start. You can certainly make a contribution simply by doing everything a little bit better. Getting in your best shape will be a great start. You will be able to accomplish all of your duties more efficiently. If you ever find your calling to be part of the elite, take a chance and see where it takes you. Maybe people will tell stories about you too.
Take a chance and be elite in your branch. Perform better in all areas while making a difference in the mission. All members of the military have something unique to offer. What will you offer? How can you be extraordinary? For more tips and tricks on getting in your peak shape visit www.sbsculptme.com