Building The Elite

Building The Elite

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    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 357 reviews
    Best complete guide

    Book is loaded with all the information that you need to either improve your performance or prepare yourself for selection.

    Kathy Forough

    My son just got the book, I had to ship it to Schofield in HI. I will let you know when i get feedback from him....TYSM.

    Dylan Gunasekera

    Building The Elite, 2nd Edition - Australia/NZ

    Adam C
    A bit of everything

    I’ve been really enjoying it so far. Well put together with lots of relevant knowledge and perspective.

    Everything in this book matters

    This book got me through my ERT selection despite being 15 years older than the second eldest guy there but to be honest I didn’t really appreciate it until I became a trainer and started to evaluate the performance of others. Musashi’s advice is very cogent here: “Study this book; read a word then ponder on it. If you interpret the meaning loosely you will mistake the Way.” Everything here is relevant-if you as a reader don’t cherry-pick and absorb all the lessons that are presented here your chances of making it through experiences that crush most people will skyrocket.