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 348 reviews
    Mind blown

    I’ve been a firefighter for 8 years, done various fad workouts and diets, mindfulness practices, etc. BTE has blown me away in how tightly packed and complete it is. I’m just beginning to read through it all a second time, and so far I’m already seeing the results. Fantastic knowledge base for anyone in a demanding profession!

    Benjamin Vitas

    Building The Elite - V2

    Stefan Barbour-Danz
    Building the Elite - V2

    Truly outstanding book. If you can track down a copy it is worth every penny/cent. Provides cognitive accounts and tools for elite level performance and in this respect it fills an otherwise often sadly overlooked void. BTE-V2 is for those looking for more than just a list of exercises, who understand that the body follows the mind and who want to be suitably equipped in order to take their training to the next level. Cannot praise it enough!

    Awesome worth every cent.

    Honestly this is well worth the money. I have been on BTE for awhile now and their programming, guidance, podcasts, everything is gold. You can’t just grind your way to being prepared it’s not that easy. This book will shed light and guide you to being ready.

    Eli Litvin

    Very good book. It thoroughly explains concepts, and doesn't skim through the small details. I am already seeing a difference in my training as a result from applying the concepts and lessons laid out in the book.