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Fitness and Preparedness: Combat Strength Training

Most of us would like to be in better shape. We realize that our live would be better and if we were ever in a survival situation, either self defense or SHTF, fitness may make all the difference. Yet we don’t know where to start.

Here is where you start:

Combat Strength Training (CST) is a fitness training methodology with deep roots in the US Army Special Operations community. The approach retrofits the Combat Chassis (a.k.a. the body) so that it performs with maximum efficiency at maximum capacity.

The methodology was developed by Pat “Mac” McNamara, a twenty-two year veteran of US Army Special Operations (including an elite Tier 1 Special Missions Unit) to achieve three primary goals:

1. Save your life.

2. Save your family and friend’s lives.

3. Crush bad guys.

CST seeks to achieve these goals by heavily focusing on self-preservation and longevity because it recognizes that a broken chassis is not conducive to mission completion.

CST introduces the Combat Chassis and its external components to power, strength, and agility training in all planes of motion within the full muscle spectrum range. It enhances the chassis’ performance and tactical effectiveness through maintenance, education, and combat-replicated movements while following a safe, comprehensive, systematic, and progressive format.

As the chassis is upgraded it becomes a battlefield multiplier, which in turn becomes a force multiplier. CST improves rate of force production, strength, muscular development, speed, quickness, proprioception, and functional flexibility.

Combat Strength Training’s philosophy and methodology are performance-based, not outcome-based like other fitness fads. The performance-based approach permits the individual to work within their own performance level to develop a better, more efficient, stronger, and more capable self.

Want to see what the finished product looks like? Watch these videos showing two different courses of fire with physical stress built in.


Image courtesy of Combat Strength Training

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