Today I'd like to talk about the toughest opponent and battle you'll ever face - Yourself.
Over the next few weeks, we are going to be looking at essential movements for a Commando utilising different style of training and equipment. This week we are looking at functional movements that can be done using small amounts of equipment, so there will be no excuses as to why you won't be able to find these basic pieces of equipment.
A Commando needs to have a holistic base level of fitness in which he can perform any task in any circumstance. The importance of these movements is that the exercises while they don't seem like they are exact movements that you would perform as a Commando, even though some are such as box jump and sumo deadlift high pull. What they do is build the necessary strength in the muscles that you will need to move whether it be during training or in combat.
When people think of fear and panic their minds usually jump to a really stressful situation such as a car accident or a major catastrophe. While these are times that these emotions will arise you’d be surprised how often your body goes through this in your daily life and by learning to control it, you will see a major difference in you life be it work, family life and even fitness. As a Special Forces soldier, I was inevitably put in situations where it was life and death but I still had a job to do, I couldn't let fear or panic control me. Today I’m going to share with you techniques that took me years of practical experience to learn, which helped me master my fear and panic responses.
When functioning as a Commando on operations you are living and breathing in what is literally a different realm. A world so different that it is nearly impossible to duplicate in training. Conducting military missions overseas requires a physical adaptation. Both operationally and physically, those who focus on only the one domain would find it extremely difficult to adapt. This style of training was around long before a Crossfit WOD was even spoken of. I'm talking about principles of variation, intensity, and functionality will prepare a soldier for what he/she encounters overseas (i.e. anything!).
Stay with me whilst I give you a glimpse into what a single mission as a Commando could look like and how it relates to today's training. Are you doing enough to stay "fully functional"?
In Australia’s longest war Afghanistan which began in 2001 and to some extent still continues today, many things were accomplished. Australian soldiers helped build and provide schools, hospitals, running water, police stations and much more. A large role for the Australian Commandos was to disrupt the enemy movements in and around these areas to allow other specialists to build and provide these services.
This meant a large portion of Commando missions were to simply put themselves in harm way to distract the enemy from the real objective. This mean that many soldiers who gave their lives overseas in Afghanistan came from the Commando Regiments, this has had a rippling effect not only on the soldiers who served with them but also their families.
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not the absence of fear.” - Mark Twain
Our bodies are extremely smart and when your life is at risk, or when you are in any other stressful situation, your body will activate an automated system located within in our brains. This system is activated so quickly that you might have already ‘reacted’ before you’ve been able to make a conscious decision. It is that powerful.
Although this system is great at protecting us from immediate threat, it does have flaws, as fine motor skills will be negatively affected which is turn can have a huge impact on your performance as a soldier. Even if you are not a soldier, it’s important that you are able to deal with stressful situations. That’s why I’ve included mindset principles in my program – to equip you with tools to deal with anything thrown at you.