Building The Elite - V2

Building The Elite - V2

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If you live outside the US or Canada, or prefer an e-book, you can pick up the digital (Kindle) edition by clicking here. Or, the Apple Books edition is here.

    Expanded, updated second edition

    The second edition of the book includes 125 pages of new content, including expanded chapters on: running, rucking, swimming, water confidence, strength training, work capacity, breathing, and building workouts. 

    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.

    Their clients have a 90% success rate which means 9 of 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

    • Performance Training Model, Norms, & Physiological Profile
    • Mental Skills
    • Nutrition
    • Movement 
    • Energy Systems, Breathing, Running & Rucking, and Swimming 
    • Strength & Power 
    • Work Capacity
    • Open-Ended Workouts
    • Building Workouts  
    • Example Programs
    • Mental Models

    This is a 538-page textbook designed to serve as a long-term reference guide for special operations prep or for anyone looking to perform at a high level.  

      Customer Reviews

      Based on 363 reviews
      Caleb Steffens

      Very comprehensive

      Francesco Rossi
      Everything you need!!

      All you need to succeed in what you looking for is already been written and you can find it in this outstanding book.

      Excellent Book

      Very detailed and informative book, easy to read with good examples. Highly recommend.

      Jillian Bosserdet
      Unlike anything I’ve ever read

      I’m not in the military or striving for any SOF position, but some of the best humans I know were in those positions. I wanted to understand the training that helped to guide them and learn how to implement those skill sets in my life. This book is so much more than an understanding. It is an in-depth guide far better than any text I’ve read about strength and conditioning. They break complex topics into relatable situations (and are pretty funny.) It’s enjoyable to read and more than that it’s applicable. You feel confident in applying the concepts they’re writing about in your life - in and outside the gym. Pair the book with the app and it’s the best coaching out there.

      I’m also in school for psychology and I’ve been reading this text along with my other books… I wish everyone wrote their textbooks like these guys do. I know I’ll end up citing this book in a paper.

      And lastly, anyone who is a coach or fighter in the martial arts world - 1000% should read this.

      Just buy it.

      Jens Knoll

      Building The Elite - V2