Maintaining fitness in Special Operations Forces isn’t easy and not for the faint of heart. Your schedule is going to a complete mess and your stability the same.

You aren’t always going to be able to work out at a gym. In fact, you might end up confined to a hotel room. There is consistent chaos to your schedule as a Green Beret. It all varies on your team, projects your on, where you’re headed and who you’re working for but your time isn’t ever really yours. It’s just the way it is. You might even have a team that’s generally out of shape for a variety of reasons. OR, you’ll be on a team of extreme fitness studs, and you can’t keep up.

Whatever you’re expecting in SOF, understand that no matter how hard you work you’ll never be the fittest guy in the room. You’ll fight for your life and end up the average. But, that’s OK – because it’s all about hanging with the pack. There is only ever an issue when you can’t hang. But, being honest – fitness varies from unit to unit. In a Special Forces Group, it can shift from team to team. Each team in a company has a different infiltration method – and often that dictates their training.

Equally, important and more to the point is that you’re schedule is going to be extremely hectic. Even when you find yourself in downtime, it could change in an instant. As accustomed as I became with being fit and having consistent access to a gym and trainers I eventually also became comfortable with the opposite. That’s where diet comes in – because your diet is the bedrock of your fitness. If you have to work as hard as possible to negate your diet – you’re not making nearly as many gains in your health if you just became a more disciplined eater.