• Basic Training Concepts for Improved Operational Fitness
    The tactical athlete must train in an appropriate manner for his or her job, one that does not include training individual muscles in isolation. This article is recommended reading because it provides a basic understanding of the physiology and biomechanics of training.
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  • NSCA ClassicsBasic Training Concepts for Improved Operational FitnessWhy You Should Read This Article
    In order to fully prepare for tactical operations, the tactical athlete must train in an appropriate manner. This does not include training individual muscles in isolation for muscle growth. This article discusses the importance of a few key training principles including specificity and overload that allow for enhanced preparation of the tactical operator. Training movements, not muscles, with the appropriate speed and in the proper planes of motion will allow for maximal preparedness.

    Recommended Reading
    This article is recommended because it gives the tactical operator a basic understanding of what is needed to prepare for the requirements of their job. This material provides basic understanding of the physiology and biomechanics of training. This information will help to start learning the basics of program design such as sets, repetitions, and load. This will also help in determining appropriate program design characteristics for conditioning.

    TSAC Report Issue 4, 2008
    Basic Training Concepts for Improved Operational Fitness by Jay Dawes


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