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 318 reviews
      John Baggett
      A great book.

      After turning my 15 year old son onto the BtE Instagram page, he asked for the book, and I wasn’t dare going to say no to making my son a better man. He has been working through it daily and has mentioned several times the value it has been towards mindset and physical training. I can’t wait to read it myself when he finishes it up.

      Michael Schmitt
      Great reference book

      This is a fantastic book. I reference it constantly for work. Great motivator.

      Christian Morales
      Enlightening + Humbling

      Helps put life challenges + work training “stresses” into easy 2 comprehend victories for success and successful completion.

      Casey Glass
      Excellent Resource

      This collection of information is more comprehensive and specific to selection than anything else on the market. It is full of useful and relevant information for any high performer, in or out of the military.

      One of a kind

      I feel like I’m studying for a NSCA CSCS training certification when I read this book. I have V1 but I’ll be buying V2 for the updates very soon. I only wish I had this book as a resource when I was 18. I look forward to transferring this knowledge to my sons.