Building The Elite - V2

Building The Elite - V2

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If you live outside the US, or prefer an e-book, you can pick up the digital (Kindle) edition by clicking 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 307 reviews
      Tyler Green
      The Holy Bible of SOF preperation.

      Definitely not your run of the mil “just don’t quit” or “be gritty” type of book. There’s quantities for everything and exact science on how to improve on it, wether it’s mental or physical.

      Nathan Coumbe
      Might be the greatest book ever written.

      I don’t mean the greatest “fitness” book ever written… I mean the greatest book ever written.

      Not only will this book help you develop the physical and mental skills to succeed in SOF selection, everything in this book will help you optimize your humanity. If you regularly read, reread, and practice what’s in this book, you will become a better human being in every area of your life… What Jocko Willing calls an “eminently qualified human” or Leonardo da Vinci calls the “uomo universale.”

      It doesn’t matter if you’re a trainer of some sort or a SOF hopeful… Buy this book and put it into practice.

      Keith Coleman
      Fantastic & Well Written

      This Book has a ton of information to not just help with selection but with life in general

      Brian Kessens

      For anyone dedicated toward continual betterment, this will be the most helpful book in your library. For me, it never stops giving

      Hugo Stiglitz
      Functional wisdom

      Lots of applications for the knowledge in this book not just training for selection processes.