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Old 11-07-2006, 05:00 PM   #1
Nate Marlar
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Good afternoon,

I am working out and seriously considering re-enlisting and going into BUD/S, and I have about a year left to do so....I think crossfit is the best bet as far as strength and conditioning (for obstacles, etc I think crossfit's training is PERFECT)...however, I remember reading that long distance running and swimming, etc seems to be frowned upon, since it can detrain a crossfitter...

Does anyone have any input as to what the best way to balance this out would be? Thanks! I'll provide any further info requested.
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Old 11-07-2006, 05:22 PM   #2
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Nate, swimming is acceptable by the CrossFit community, however I'm not sure how many practice on a daily or semi-daily basis. I consider it a specialized skill (because we are not born with gills), but it is extremely important for BUDS training.

As for running, I would envision a running workout as follows:

Run 100m X 5
Run 200m X 3
Run 400m x 2
Run 800m x 1
Run 400m X 2
Run 200m X 3
Run 100m X 5

After a few workouts like this, 5 miles will be a joke to you.

Also, get out to the range and practice marksmanship. And start perfecting your mental conditioning, because you will rely on the mental side more than the physical side during training.

Best of luck
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Old 11-07-2006, 06:04 PM   #3
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Rory,

Thanks for the response. As far as mental conditioning, do you have any resources or anything like books to recommend? Or is it more good old fashioned GRIT? Thanks again for the ideas. Oh, and for the runs, what is the rest period beween reps/sets? Thanks again man.
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:29 PM   #4
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Suffer in Silence is a good one to read.
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Old 11-08-2006, 12:48 AM   #5
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Thanks Jimmy. I'll buy it...I have been eyeing it, so why not? Thanks man.
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Old 11-08-2006, 11:02 AM   #6
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Are you guys talking about this one?

http://www.amazon.ca/Suffer-Silence-David-Reid/dp/1589396480/sr=8-1/qid=11630117 04/ref=sr_1_1/701-5104547-5923524?ie=UTF8&s=books
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Old 11-08-2006, 01:14 PM   #7
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Marc,

That's the one man.
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Old 11-08-2006, 04:13 PM   #8
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Nate,

I write a lot of programs for guys who are attempting SF selection and what i generally put together is a base of CF workouts with 2-3 additional workouts a week that involve ditance running, pack marching or swimming depending on their goals.

I would spend 6 months doing the WOD as posted and then start to add a couple of sessions a week of the long running or swimming. Just don't get all obsessed with running marathons etc
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Old 11-09-2006, 09:02 AM   #9
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Don,
thanks for the info. So don't worry about LD running or swimming til I get the WOD as rx'd for 6 months? Thanks man. Yeah long distance running really makes my strength levels drop after a while. Thanks again.
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Old 11-09-2006, 09:27 AM   #10
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I have prepared about 20 guys for Pararescue and I have used Crossfit for all of them, although we have made the workouts alot longer, and we add the pool, runs, and rucks. I consider Crossfit the primary reason all of them have graduated. If you have more questions e-mail me.
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