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    Stuck on Pushups? Try the Pushup Push Workout!

    Stuck on Pushups? Try the Pushup Push Workout!
    Ever since I wrote The Grinder PT – Key to Mental Toughness eBook, I have noticed that the majority of people who attempt one of my toughest workouts I have ever created do quite well on pushups tests upon finishing. This eBook is modeled after the first month of SEAL training, where pushups are done five days a week in the ...
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    Can You Die if You Drink too Much Water?

    Can You Die if You Drink too Much Water?
    This week, a concerned Army Reservist asks, “I have heard about people dieing of drinking too much water. Is this possible?” This is a great question because so many times this issue is taken out of context causing people to stop drinking water altogether. When you read about people who die or get kidney damage “from drinking too much water” you ...
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    Running in the Cold

    Running in the Cold
    Usually, after 8-9 months of challenging running and calisthenics based workouts (see Solstice Plan), I am ready for a few months of non-impact aerobics of indoor swimming and biking for cardiovascular workout options. However, this year, I have tested out some gear during the 30 degrees days of the past month and feel like pushing it a little during the winter ...
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    Upper and Lower Body Workouts Using Super-Set / Pyramid Methods

    Upper and Lower Body Workouts Using Super-Set / Pyramid Methods
    Many people like to do calisthenics based workouts using pyramids and super set routines. In fact, with the right mix of exercises you can create a perfect workout that balances the entire body. Here is a question that prompted the following article: _Stew,_ _Do you have any lower body workouts in the pyramid form? I would like to put together a ...
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    Fitness Training and Rescue Work

    *+Flexibility is Key+* First of all, anyone in fire and rescue should be flexible with an ability to move at a moment's notice. After hours of sitting at the firehouse, then jumping out of a truck and pulling someone out of a burning building at full speed can injure even the most athletic individuals. Stretching at least your legs and lower ...
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    AM and PM Workouts

    AM and PM Workouts
    One of my favorite things to do is to workout in the AM and PM. I find often due to my schedule that a tough workout needs to be split into to different workouts in the same day. Here is the question posed: "I would like to know if when I workout in the morning at home, on the days I ...
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    Fitness Series by Stew Smith

     Fitness Series by Stew Smith
    Stew Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a former Navy SEAL, and author of several fitness and self defense books such as The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness , Maximum Fitness , and SWAT Workout. Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and as military fitness trainer, Stew has ...
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    Nutritional Tips for the Road

    On average, most people can gain five or more pounds a year. That is why in five short years, people step on a scale and cannot believe they are nearly FIFTY pounds overweight. Weight has a way of sneaking up on you over time. You do not get overweight overnight and you do not lose the weight overnight either. Both take ...
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    The NEW Lower Back Plan – Free Download

    We all are susceptible to lower back injuries– military, law enforcement, advanced athlete, beginning exerciser, or sedentary person – we all get back injuries of some sort. The back injuries seen most in doctor’s offices and chiropractic clinics world wide involve the lower back / hip region and can occur from a variety of different causes. According to Dr. Steve Erle ...
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    Want to Lose Weight?

    To lose weight, there are a few factors that you must consider for any weight loss program to be effective. If you remember the following formulas, you should be able to lose weight in a healthy manner and better yet, KEEP IT OFF! Formula #1: Calories OUT > Calories IN = Weight Loss This formula is as basic as weight loss ...
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    Fitness: The Next Step After Building a Solid Foundation

    Here is an email from a military man seeking to get better at his pull-ups and pushups for an upcoming PFT for Special Ops Selection. _Thank you for the 14 day "pull up":http://firelink.monster.com/training/articles/163-pull-up-tips and the "push up routine.":http://firelink.monster.com/training/articles/164-stuck-on-pushups-try-the-pushup-push-workout I did it to the letter, doing on average of a 130 pull ups and 300+ pushups per work out. I went from ...
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    Are You Ready to Take the CPAT?

    Each department across the United States differs in testing exercises and measuring criteria, most NEW fire fighter personnel will be tested in challenging and physically demanding events. Most will use the CPAT – Candidate Physical Assessment Test. For those who properly prepare themselves, the Academy PT can be just another workout – a stress reliever even! For those current fire fighters, ...
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    Fitting Fitness into a Busy Day of Public Service

    Fitting Fitness into a Busy Day of Public Service
    Stew Smith CSCS, former Navy SEAL Joins Forces with FireLink.com as fitness advisor / writer. I am pleased to start writing a fitness column for FireLink.com that will enable me to communicate with firefighters on a regular basis, but also, I hope to assist our Heroes of Tomorrow and today with maintaining their fitness level and career longevity. It is an ...
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    Getting Back Into Running After Injury or Long Time Not Running

    Getting Back Into Running After Injury or Long Time Not Running
    Getting into a running program after an injury or just starting running for the first time ever or many years is very tough. For one, the joints, soft tissues, and bones can all be injured by common “overuse” injuries such as: * Shin Splints * Very Common Knee Tendinitis * Runner's Knee (PFS) * ITB Syndrome * Heel Injuries (Plantar Fasciitis) ...
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    Running: How Do You Find Your Pace?

    As with any cardiovascular activity if you are going to perform for several minutes or even a few hours you need to find a sustainable pace. Here is an email from someone who enjoys running with a group but struggles with running alone: Hey Stew – When I run with my group of friends, I am always faster than when I ...
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    Running and Your Heart Rate: What You Need to Know

    Running and Your Heart Rate: What You Need to Know
    Here is a great question from a sailor seeking to better his PFT run time and has gathered extra information about training with heart rate monitor training. How much emphasis should I put on target heart rate while training for the PRT run? The Navy PRT web page says the target heart rate for my age group (25 years) is 117-146bpm, ...
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    Competition: Don't Get Psyched Out

    Competition: Don't Get Psyched Out
    Here is a concerned future military member who is having a tough time with what we all have to conquer when exceeding perceived limits - our own doubts! "Stew, I have a problem - mentally, I think. I am fitter than any time before in my life which my brain knows, but my mind constantly speaks to me that I cannot ...
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    Military Firefighter Fitness Standards

    Military Firefighter Fitness Standards
    I responded to an email from a sailor who loved his Navy job so much that he continued his public service as a firefighter when he retired. As an Aviation Boatswain's Mate, he was one of 35,000 Navy personnel who receive ship-board firefighting training each year. After his Navy service, the retired 38 year old had to then physically prepare for ...
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    Running Injuries – Help Prevent Them This Year

    Running Injuries – Help Prevent Them This Year
    Every year after a few months of decreased running due to winter months, I receive emails from people who are starting to ache after only a few days of running. Typically, if you take off for more than 2-3 months from a regular running routine, chances are when you start again you will start off “where you left off” and actually ...
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    Preparing for the Most Common Physical Fitness Training in the U.S.

    After doing research and writing about physical fitness tests for public service agencies for the past ten years, I recognized a common appearance of the 1.5 mile run, pushups, and sit-ups test as a near universal basis for testing fitness levels. The groups who use the Common PFT are the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and more than 50% of federal, ...
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