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 260 reviews
      A game changer

      A great inspiration for defeating any obstacle or pursuing any goal in your life - military or civil. The emphasis on the mental side was such a game changer for me and this book definitely showed me some serious tools for life.

      An Amazing Resource- even if you already had V1

      V2 expands upon the amazing resource that V1 already is. Incredibly well written and researched. Pope and Weller know what they're talking about, and manage to break it all down in practical ways.

      If you need to figure out if this material is for you before buying, they offer the first chapter on their website, as well as articles. Their Instagram account is also another great resource. After looking through either of those resources, you get a taste of what the book is about. The book goes into more detail and it is such a useful tool.

      Below is my review for V1, which holds true and then some for V2

      Useful Beyond Belief
      It does not matter what field you are going into, the information in this book can be applied to just about any path in life. It is especially helpful for those interested in physically demanding fields, but the mental emphasis in BTE is incredible.

      Anil Kumar Das

      Building The Elite


      I've already read the book twice. Filled with impactful information & a useful way of thinking about sustainable training. 5 stars!!!!

      Chad May

      Building The Elite