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 330 reviews
    adam scott
    Does what it says

    More depth, more intelligence, more detail than any other publication on this subject matter.

    Ty Sager
    Well Explained and full of information

    One word BRILLIANT

    A complete and thorough guide for selection prep

    This book is incredible. It covers all aspects on the physical, mental, and emotional plane that are not only beneficial to your preparation for special forces selection, but also skills that you can use later in life. No matter your experience level, you’re bound to learn new information and also be able to consciously apply it throughout your training. I have been preparing for selections and I feel that this book has really helped me feel both more confident for it and has helped guide me to expand my toolbox.

    Julia Grady

    My husband greatly appreciated this book

    Shawn Marro

    Highly recommend this book.