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 323 reviews
    Ron Duren
    Well researched!

    This (textbook) covers a lot of ground on performance psychology! I am a performance coach and professor, and I have to say I'm impressed with what the authors have done with this book. It covers a lot of territory. I really had fun digging into the wealth of knowledge to hone my craft and perform better in the game of life.

    Chris Maness
    Excellent book with vast application!

    I presently use studies, techniques, and drills from this textbook to train firefighters. It has been an excellent addition to their education, especially for their understanding of stress response and management strategies.

    Austin Hughes
    Must have for all men

    Amazing book! Full of wisdom and knowledge that will transform your mind, body and soul!!

    George Hunt
    For elite family operators too

    I combined my Building the Elite purchase with Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett. The idea being to build my body in a healthy way while learning core concepts to sustain it. Love both books and would consider them retired companions to reach my goals . Highly recommend Building the Elite ! While I’m not in the realm of cutting edge, world class fitness tomes, I read alot… and based on what I see in my hands, Building the Elite stands head and shoulders above any other fitness or even any other how to book for that matter . A universe ahead, in a class all it’s own

    Michael Roberts

    Phenomenal source of information for everyone involved with fitness specific to the tactical population!