The following was told to me by a sergeant that has been in the Army for over 20 years. He has just returned from Afghanistan a few days ago. We were discussing the different facets of being ready as it pertains to proper tactical nutrition. What he told me was just one example of how being properly prepared doesn’t just stop at gear, logistics, and weapon systems. The most important weapon in the U.S. military is the American trooper and if you are not taking care of yourself as a tactical athlete you might be fine for a while but eventually it will catch up you … and that is never a good time.
Well not everyone got what they wanted for Xmas and if you are anything like me there is still much more stuff on my list of absolute needs. I recently was doing some “research” and I noticed I absolutely needed new sights for my Glock 17, I figured there are others out there who probably would like the same stuff I do so, when my wife gave me $50 to buy something I thought I would give everyone a chance at it, also because not everyone has an awesome wife who hands over money for gun parts.
Fish Oils, Omega -3, EPA and DHA are considered essential fatty acids your body can not build on its own. While talking to the Special Operations performance nutritionist at Fort Bragg I asked her what, if any supplement should a high performance tactical athlete be taking. She told me that hands down the supplement she would suggest is an Omega-3 fish oil nutritional supplement. As military members we are generally pretty good at getting our protein in for the day and fairly good at taking a multivitamin but, we are terrible at getting our Omega-3s especially when we are over seas eating crap MREs. The question remains though; why do we need Omega-3s and fish oils in the first place? And what are Fish Oils anyway?
Fish Oils is a sort of generic term for a conglomeration of essential fatty acids. Fish oils consist of Omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which are precursors to certain compounds that are known to reduce inflammation in the body (hint: the reason you take 800 mg motrin everyday is because of pain caused by inflammation).
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Recently I sat down with the Strength and Conditioning Director of the Special Operations THOR 3 Program and I asked him about where some of the weaknesses in the average Special Operations Soldier were and what he had to say really surprised me. Often times SOF troopers completely ignore whole energy pathways you need to complete a mission at critical times. When you are in a fist fight you may need power to survive, or when chasing an insurgent your aerobic endurance may be the difference between capturing a HVT (High Value Target) or letting him get away. After these examples, he started talking about three distinct energy systems your body uses to do work, and according to him they were as follows. The following is fairly technical but I tried to keep it as simple as possible.
Well I just recently returned from the Joint Special Operations Medical Training Course and School to re-certify and get some of the latest info on any changes and where we are at in the field. Obviously to be a tactical athlete it is allot more than training for triathlons and carrying and M-4 and the real difference is the tactics. Medical skill is a huge combat multiplier and when it really hits the fan it is nice to have some basic skills to save some lives. I did not intend this to be an exhaustive medical training guide but instead a very basic review that can be used with additional more detailed installments included later. This is definitely a work in progress and with feed back and questions I would like to create a great discussion to help the guys who don’t have training otherwise. So please leave any comments and questions I think this could turn into something really helpful.
Well the new year is upon us and it is time to start making good on some of our resolutions. I get asked all the time what is the best pre workout supplement for the tactical athlete who is concerned with military fitness. Obviously the answer will change from person to person and from situation to situation but, I think I have a few ideas that should be considered and if pressed for an absolute product recommendation this would be the one I chose and I will explain why.
Today I am humbled by all my friends, family and loved ones thanking me on this Veterans Day. Being a Veteran and continuing to serve has been the highest honor of my life and the self actualization it has provided me is by far thanks enough. I am humbled by the sacrifices that have been made by my brothers, sisters who have taken up arms by my side, I also would like to thank those who came before this generation and created the nation I grew up in, finally I would like to thank the spouses of those who have served especially since their sacrifice goes largely unnoticed.