A DEEP DIVE INTO SPECWAR

PODCASTS

NECK, ANKLE AND FOREARM WORKOUTS

FITNESS SERIES

Episode: 37

It’s easy to admire a big chest and arms, but these often-neglected muscle groups are critical to getting you through NSW training.

FOOTWEAR SELECTION

FITNESS SERIES

Episode: 36

Run in boots? Run barefoot? Our Fitness 2020 series continues with a focus on how to select the best shoe for run training.

CROSSFIT, MARTIAL ARTS AND MMA

FITNESS SERIES

Episode: 35

Fitness trends come and go, but Naval Special Warfare training is Old School. Is your new fitness program helping or hampering your future?

BODY COMPOSITION

FITNESS SERIES

Episode: 34

Too fat? Too thin? Who knows? We do! Our performance dietician tells us how to get your body right for special warfare training.

REST, RECOVERY AND SLEEP

FITNESS SERIES

Episode: 33

Covert operations often happen at night, but your personal training shouldn’t disrupt your rest, recovery or sleep. Take a break and join us for a discussion about down time.

PROTEIN POWDERS AND SUPPLEMENTS

FITNESS SERIES

Episode: 32

In a world of power shakes, protein bars, and super vitamins, our performance dietician separates fact from fiction.

PUSH-UPS, SIT-UPS AND PULL-UPS

FITNESS SERIES

Episode: 31

Sometimes the most basic exercises can be the most difficult to master. In the latest Fitness 2020 episode we talk about the techniques to mastering pushups, sit-ups and pull-ups.

CORE BODY STRENGTH

FITNESS SERIES

Episode: 30

There's more to core fitness than six-minute abs. Our director of fitness tells us how to get that midsection taut -- the right way.

LOWER BODY STRENGTH

FITNESS SERIES

Episode: 29

In our second episode on fitness we learn from the NSW director of fitness how to properly train the lower body.

UPPER BODY STRENGTH

FITNESS SERIES

Episode: 28

Training for the toughest special operations job in the world isn't easy. We consulted the Director of Fitness at the Naval Special Warfare Center for some tips. The beginning of our series on fitness focuses on the upper body.

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE LEAPFROGS

SPECIAL IN FLIGHT AUDIO

Episode: 27

Here's a sneak peek at how the Navy Leap Frogs parachute demonstration team prepare for and execute a jump into Sam Boyd stadium in Las Vegas prior to the Rugby Sevens.

NSW A PSYCH. APPROACH

IT'S A MIND GAME

Episode: 26

Special Operations training is more than physical endurance. It's a mind game, and you've got to get your mind right. We talked with our command psychologist to better understand how humans mentally adapt to the challenges of hardship.

FOCUSING ON GOALS AND OVERCOMING ADVERSITY

MORE THAN JUST THE PST SCORE

Episode: 25

Setting achievable goals and learning to cope with adversity are crucial skills for Navy SEALs and SWCC. A senior Navy recruiter describes these characteristics and more in this episode.

RUN TRAINING

BALANCING PRACTICE AND PERFORMANCE

Episode: 24

Special Operations training involves running, and lots of it. In this episode we talk with Naval Special Warfare's director of fitness how to run for maximum effect.

LEAPFROGS EXPERIENCE

HOW A JUMP GETS MADE

Episode: 23

The Leapfrogs are the Navy's Parachute Team. This elite team of SEALs and SWCC have performed countless demonstrations around the country for millions of people. We sat down with one of the Leapfrogs to find out what it's like -- and what we found out surprised us.

MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT

COMMAND MASTER CHIEF (SEAL) BRITT SLABINSKI

Episode: 22

Command Master Chief (SEAL) Britt Slabinski, was awarded the nation's highest honor for his heroic action fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. Find out more in this episode.

SEAL OFFICER ASSESSMENT AND SELECTION

A SCREENING SOURCE FOR BUD/S

Episode: 21

SEAL Officer Selection and Assessment (SOAS) is a test of potential candidates before they are selected and sent to SEAL training. We spoke with the program manager to learn more about this unique process to find the best and brightest.

HOW TO BECOME A NAVY SEAL OFFICER

THE TRAITS THAT NSW LOOKS FOR

Episode: 20

Successful SEAL officer candidates are exemplary not only in physical fitness, but in other crucial areas such as discipline, resiliency, innovation, intelligence, tenacity and LEADERSHIP. In this episode our officer programs expert explains the difference between enlisted and officer roles, the checklist of steps to follow, and the selection criteria.

MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT

SENIOR CHIEF (SEAL) ED BYERS

Episode: 19

The Medal of Honor (MOH) is our nation's highest award for bravery in combat. We asked Senior Chief SEAL Ed Byers, MOH recipient, what it means to serve to our country during dangerous and covert operations.

NSW PREP. SCHOOL

IMPROVING SEAL AND SWCC CANDIDATES

Episode: 18

Future Navy SEALs and SWCC must make it through one important course before they attend training in San Diego: the NSW Prep. School. In this episode, the director of Prep discusses how his staff physically and mentally prepares the students with running, swimming, strength and conditioning, exercise science, and kinesiology.

DEVELOPING WATER CONFIDENCE

LEARN TO CONTROL YOUR BODY

Episode: 17

Comfort, speed, and efficiency in the water are all hallmarks of a successful NSW recruit. Aquatics expert Dan Kish talks with us about developing confidence in the water.

FROM FLEET TO NSW

HOW TO CONVERT

Episode: 16

Naval Special Warfare is always looking for hard-charging, motivated applicants, including Sailors already serving in the Fleet. We talked with a SEAL Officer whose job is to pick the best applicants from the "Big Navy" for a career in NSW.

DIVE MOTIVATION, RECRUIT MINDSET AND PHYSICAL FITNESS

MOTIVATORS TURN UP THE HEAT AT RTC

Episode: 15

Navy SEAL and SWCC candidates get a taste of NSW training at boot camp. The Dive Motivators begin the process of familiarization -- and selection -- of candidates for the long training pipeline ahead of them. Reality sets in quickly. Listen as we talk with a SEAL Master Chief.

RECRUIT HEALTH

HOW NSW HELPS YOU HOLD UP UNDER PRESSURE

Episode: 14

Physical and mental health is important to the recruiting process for SPECWAR candidates. We spoke with an expert at the Navy's Recruit Training Command to find out how Navy SEAL and SWCC candidates can stay on top of their game.

RECRUIT TRAINING COMMAND

ONBOARDING SEAL AND SWCC CANDIDATES

Episode: 13

To be a Navy SEAL or SWCC, you must first be in the NAVY. The first stop in the training pipeline is Recruit Training Command, known informally as "boot camp." In this episode we visit RTC and learn more about boot camp for NSW candidates.

COMBAT SIDESTROKE

GETTING EDUCATED - BECOMING EFFECTIVE

Episode: 12

The open water can be deadly, and Navy SEALs and SWCC must master this unpredictable element to make it their ally. This episode explains NSW's secret technique: the Combat Sidestroke.

NUTRITION

BODY FAT PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN INJURY PREVENTION

Episode: 11

Hydration and blood sugar are crucial during intense physical training. Our staff nutrition expert explains how a solid eating plan may be the key to avoid training failure.

INJURY PREVENTION

HOW NSW GET'S YOU BACK ON YOUR FEET

Episode: 10

Training inevitably leads to injury, but with the right guidance you can avoid most issues and recover faster. Our staff physical rehab expert talks about how you can reduce your risk of injury.

MYTH-BUSTING BUD/S

SEPARATING FACT VS. FICTION

Episode: 9

People say a lot about SEAL training, but only we can give you the true, updated info. We asked two First Phase staff to debunk the popular myths about BUD/S and tell us how it really is.

SWCC CAREER

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PART OF THE TEAM

Episode: 8

SWCC are special boat operators who conduct covert missions from the water, at night or under fire. Learn more about these unique warriors in this episode.

NSW FROM A FEMALE PERSPECTIVE

CAMARADERIE AND DEPLOYING WITH A TEAM

Episode: 7

Women have quietly served in Naval Special Warfare for years. Today, we spoke with two female warriors who deployed with the Teams.

HOW TO BECOME A SEAL OR SWCC

A REAL WORLD PERSPECTIVE

Episode: 6

You want to join Naval Special Warfare? Recruiting can be a confusing process. A Navy Recruiter, a SEAL and a SWCC break it down for you.

EARNING A SEAL CONTRACT

HOW TO MAKE THE CUT

Episode: 5

Wanna be a SEAL or SWCC? You gotta go through HIM. We asked a Master Chief SEAL how he selects candidates for contracts.

MENTAL TOUGHNESS

GET COMFORTABLE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE

Episode: 4

Navy SEALs and SWCC possess a high degree of mental toughness. You can too. Find out how in this week's episode.

HOW TO TRAIN FOR NSW

ENDURANCE SPORTS ARE GREAT TRAINERS

Episode: 3

Ever wondered how to train yourself for a career as a SEAL or SWCC? Meet the man who literally wrote the official book on physical training for Naval Special Warfare.

HOW A MENTOR HELPS YOU TRAIN FOR NSW

WHAT THEY DO AND DON'T DO

Episode: 2

What is a NSW Mentor, and how can he help you train for the world's toughest special operations program? We found out from one of the best in the business.

WHAT IS A NAVY SEAL OR SWCC

FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES

Episode: 1

We talk with two senior operators about what it means to be a SEAL or SWCC, what they do, and how they became leaders among America's elite special warfare warriors.