Tactical Barbell I: Strength

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Tactical athletes are a unique breed. You need to physically operate at an extraordinarily high level in stressful situations. Often in dangerous environments.

As a SWAT operator, combat-arms soldier, or first responder, you have to be a Jack of All Trades. Let’s take that a step further. You have to achieve some degree of mastery. You have to be strong, have incredible levels of endurance, and be capable of sustained bursts of intense activity. All while tired, hungry, cold, or worse. You can’t train like a bodybuilder. You can't be sore for a week after 'leg' day. And unfortunately, you can’t afford to specialise like a powerlifter. You have other abilities you need to develop, things like cardiovascular training, work capacity, and occupational skills. Anyone that’s operational knows it’s a constant juggling act trying to become (and stay) superhuman.

Maximal-strength is a foundational physical attribute for the tactical athlete. In English, this means it’s very important and contributes to the development of other attributes. If you’ve spent time in a combat arms military unit, you won’t ever deny the benefits maximal-strength provides in terms of resiliency, load bearing capability, and injury prevention.

The most efficient way to increase maximal-strength is through the use of barbells, due to the ease of incremental loading and the amount of weight that can be safely handled.

The best barbell programs that currently exist aren’t designed with the tactical athlete in mind. Most of the good ones were developed by people that are powerlifters, pure strength athletes & coaches. These programs are excellent, but rarely compatible with an operational lifestyle.

Most existing ‘tactical’ fitness programs give progressive barbell work lip service only. You’ll get an occasional front squat or push-press or some other ‘tactical’ lift mixed in with box jumps and burpees. But no sustained and calculated progression model. The tactical community still tends to equate anything barbell related with bodybuilding.

TB fills that gap. It is a barbell strength program designed specifically for tactical athletes using correct principles and best practices to increase maximal-strength and strength-endurance while taking into account the need to simultaneously train other fitness attributes.

You will receive strength programming designed to fit in with your training and lifestyle. Periodization based, with a simple progression model that allows for a great degree of customization. You won’t find cables, balance boards or medicine balls in this program. What you will get is a reliable, repeatable cutting edge system to increase your strength dramatically. In a manner that leaves you time and energy to train all those other things you need to be good at. No fluff. No frills.

If you’re in the tactical arena, you know talk is cheap. There is a built in strength testing component in this program. You will know whether or not your strength has increased, and by how much. Simple.