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 318 reviews
    John Baggett
    A great book.

    After turning my 15 year old son onto the BtE Instagram page, he asked for the book, and I wasn’t dare going to say no to making my son a better man. He has been working through it daily and has mentioned several times the value it has been towards mindset and physical training. I can’t wait to read it myself when he finishes it up.

    Michael Schmitt
    Great reference book

    This is a fantastic book. I reference it constantly for work. Great motivator.

    Christian Morales
    Enlightening + Humbling

    Helps put life challenges + work training “stresses” into easy 2 comprehend victories for success and successful completion.

    Casey Glass
    Excellent Resource

    This collection of information is more comprehensive and specific to selection than anything else on the market. It is full of useful and relevant information for any high performer, in or out of the military.

    One of a kind

    I feel like I’m studying for a NSCA CSCS training certification when I read this book. I have V1 but I’ll be buying V2 for the updates very soon. I only wish I had this book as a resource when I was 18. I look forward to transferring this knowledge to my sons.