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Welcome to the Foundations page.  Here you'll find everything you need to create a plan for physical readiness training.

Start by building a framework:

Monday

Focus:

  • Hinge

  • Horizontal Pull

Tuesday

Focus:

  • Squat

  • Vertical Push

Wednesday

Focus:

  • Lunge

  • Vertical Pull

Thursday

Focus:

  • Move Under Load

Friday

Focus:

  • Hinge

  • Horizontal Push

How to intelligently sequence activities for a single training day:

  1. Warm-up: general to specific; less to more dynamic

  2. Practice elements of motor fitness: agility, coordination, balance, power

  3. Train power

  4. Train strength

  5. Train muscular endurance

  6. Develop energy systems

    • anaerobic endurance​

    • aerobic endurance

  7. Recover

To better understand how to train the specific components of fitness, click here.

** Note: this is not a suggestion to train all elements of fitness in a single day.  Click here to see a sample week of integrated training.

Not sure which exercises to select?  Use the table below.  Exercises are listed from less advanced to more advanced.

Not sure what these movements look like?  Click here and search our video library.

Strive to move with precision.

Precise Pattern 6, Hinge, train for ACFT
Precise Pattern 6, Squat, train for ACFT
Precise Pattern 6, Lunge, train for ACFT
Precise Pattern 6, Lunge, train for ACFT
Precise Pattern 6, Push, train for ACFT
Precise Pattern 6, Rotate, train for ACFT

Integrate Precision and Progression in a Comprehensive Plan

Precise Pattern 6, train for ACFT, ACFT Training Progressin

Use the "Category" drop-down menu to help you choose movements for each type of movement pattern.

 

Need an example?

 

Sample Week of Training.  Focus: Trunk Stability and Anaerobic Endurance

 

Monday - Hinge & Horizontal Pull

Warmup.  3 rounds of: banded RDL (10 reps); knee-hug lunge-twist (10m); static inch worm (5 reps)

Develop. 3 sets of: glute bridge (15 reps) + ring row (10-12 reps)

Run Specific Warmup. 10m A-march, 10m hi-knees, 10m A-skip, 1x400m run @ 50%, 1x400m run @ 75%

Anaerobic Interval Training.  6x400m repeats @ 90% of max effort (1:4 work to rest ratio)

Cool-down.  5-10 minute jog or bike

Tuesday - Squat & Vertical Push

Warmup.  3 rounds of: spiderman crawl w/ elbow drop (10m); shoulder pass thrus w/ PVC pipe (10 reps); scap depressions (10 reps); then: 3 rounds of Cindy (5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 squats).

Power. 5 x single broad jumps; 3 x 15-20lb reverse medicine ball toss

3 x double broad jump (w/ pause); 3 x 15-20lb reverse medicine ball toss

5 x triple broad jump (no pause); 3 x 15-20lb reverse medicine ball toss

Groove. 3 sets of: 15 goblet squats + 15 standing DB/KB shoulder press

Stabilize & Increase. 6 rounds for time:

  • Single arm farmer’s carry 20m right arm

  • Single arm farmer’s carry 20m left arm

  • 80m shuttle sprint (sprint 40m to start line and 40m back to KB/DB)

Wednesday - Lunge & Vertical Pull

Warmup.  3 rounds of: 30 sec deadbug hold, 30 sec contralateral deadbug; cossack squats (5RT/5LT); glute bridge (10 reps w/3 sec hold at top of each rep).

Groove.  3 sets of: plate overhead walking lunge (20m)

Then, accumulate 25 pull-ups (as few sets as possible; if you can do this in 2 sets or less, accumulate 40 pull-ups)

Increase.  Aerobic endurance training - 20 minute bike, run, row, versa-climber or stairs @ 60-65% max heart rate (talk-test)

Thursday - Move Under Load

Warmup.  3 rounds of: knee-hug lunge-twist (10m); static inch worm (5 reps); pillar hold w/ hand reach (5RT/5LT).

Stabilize & Increase.  Ruck 4 miles (15 min/mile)

Friday - Hinge & Horizontal Push

Warmup. 3 rounds of: air squat (15 reps); lunge w/ jump switch (5RT/5LT); captain morgans (5RT/5LT)

Groove & Increase.  As many repetitions as possible in 7 sets of:

  • KB Swing - 15 seconds

  • Rest - 15 seconds

  • HRPU - 15 seconds

  • Rest 15 seconds

Run Specific Warmup. 10m A-March, 10m hi-knees, 10m A-skip, 1x400m run @ 50%, 1x400m run @ 75%

Anaerobic Interval Training. 8 Sets of: 30:60s (30 second run + 60 second walk)

Cool-down.  5-10 minute jog or bike

Do you move with precision?  Conduct an assessment.