Periodized Nutrition and Metabolic Flexibility for Special Operators

by Craig Weller
TSAC Report April 2014
Vol 41, Issue 1

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The extent to which a special operator’s training schedule can be planned in advance is often limited due to their unpredictable operational demands. However, there may be opportunities to plan for specific training during certain periods.

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This article originally appeared in TSAC Report, the NSCA’s quarterly, online-only publication geared toward the training of tactical athletes, operators, and facilitators. It provides research-based articles, performance drills, and conditioning techniques for operational, tactical athletes. The TSAC Report is only available for NSCA Members. Read more articles from TSAC Report 

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Craig Weller spent six years as a Naval Special Warfare Combatant Crewman, with special operations deployments on three continents. He has also worked...

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