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 336 reviews
      craig shillington
      Going back to school

      Such an in depth experience on everything you need and didn't realize you need to read.

      Frederick Mckave

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      Benjamin Johnson

      Building The Elite - V2

      Brian Yeager
      Building the Elite is next level

      As a strength coach of nearly 25 years, I have thoroughly enjoyed studying this book. I have especially found the chapters on mindset and systems helpful in coaching my military and jiujitsu athletes

      Nicolas Roberts
      Game Changer

      While I have been preparing and studying various aspects of the selection process and everything that goes into being successful, the book brought even more context, detail, and precision to how to improve your preparation for it. An absolute must for anyone who is serious about becoming a special operator or anything that requires extreme mental and physical toughness.