by Patricia Deuster
Membership in the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community requires an extraordinarily high level of total body physical fitness. A combination of muscular strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness is essential to carry out assigned missions.
To train most effectively for these physically demanding tasks, SEALs and others within the NSW community need clear, concise, and authoritative guidance on physical fitness training regimens. This manual, The Naval Special Warfare Physical Fitness Guide, has been written to meet this need.
Not just for training Navy SEALS, however. This guide can be used by anyone to bring their physical strength, endurance, and training to the next level.
The reader will be walked through:
- An Overview of Physical Fitness
- SEAL Mission-Related Physical Activities
- Cardiorespiratory Conditioning
- Running for Fitness
- Swimming for Fitness
- Strength Training
- Load Bearing
- Training for Specific Environments
- Training and Sports Related Injuries
- Other Training-Related Issues
- Physical Fitness and Training Recommendations
In the Appendices, the reader will learn weightlifting techniques, common anatomical terms and diagrams, foot care for load bearing, and have numerous informative tables available for reference.
Following the advice in this guide will enable Navy SEALs, and others, to prepare for the physically demanding missions to which they are assigned.