Building The Elite

Building The Elite

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V2 of BTE  (an updated & expanded version of this book) is for sale here.

    For the past 10 years, Craig Weller and Jonathan Pope have trained people for the toughest SOF selection courses in the world. They've trained candidates for courses in every branch of the U.S. military, as well as five other countries, including British SAS selection.

    Our clients have a 90% success rate which means 9 out 10 people make it through. (BUD/S and SFAS have drop-out rates ranging from 60-90%, FYI.)

    In Building the Elite, they give a detailed look at their SOF training system - from big-picture principles to practical exercises and programming guidelines.


    • Introduction

    Section 1 - Principles 

    • Introducing Systems
    • Thinking in Systems
    • Dealing with Complexity Well
    • Dealing with Complexity Badly
    • Minds, Models, Principles
    • Changing How You Think
    • Movement and Physical Resilience
    • Psychological Aspects of Motor Learning and Skill Development
    • Stress, Pain, and Fatigue
    • Skill Acquisition

    Section 2 - Practical Application

    • Energy Systems
    • Nutrition
    • Open-Ended Workouts
    • Mental Skills
    • Program Standards
    • Making Workouts

    Section 3 - Summary

    • Reference Guides

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 307 reviews
    Tyler Green
    The Holy Bible of SOF preperation.

    Definitely not your run of the mil “just don’t quit” or “be gritty” type of book. There’s quantities for everything and exact science on how to improve on it, wether it’s mental or physical.

    Nathan Coumbe
    Might be the greatest book ever written.

    I don’t mean the greatest “fitness” book ever written… I mean the greatest book ever written.

    Not only will this book help you develop the physical and mental skills to succeed in SOF selection, everything in this book will help you optimize your humanity. If you regularly read, reread, and practice what’s in this book, you will become a better human being in every area of your life… What Jocko Willing calls an “eminently qualified human” or Leonardo da Vinci calls the “uomo universale.”

    It doesn’t matter if you’re a trainer of some sort or a SOF hopeful… Buy this book and put it into practice.

    Keith Coleman
    Fantastic & Well Written

    This Book has a ton of information to not just help with selection but with life in general

    Brian Kessens

    For anyone dedicated toward continual betterment, this will be the most helpful book in your library. For me, it never stops giving

    Hugo Stiglitz
    Functional wisdom

    Lots of applications for the knowledge in this book not just training for selection processes.