Biathlete and and owner of Invictus6 Performance Training, Daniel Markert was interviewed by Peter Glassford and Molly Hurford of Consummate Athlete podcast about his athletic competition in biathlon. Currently it is the third most popular podcast in their series.
The humble yet mighty kettlebell is an excellent tool of strength and conditioning. It is portable, simple in its design, yet incredibly versatile for developing raw strength or conditioning your energy systems. There are many ways to program in the kettlebell to your training depending on your goals. Scott Sonnon’s TACFIT Kettlebell Spetsnaz is a training program that meets several tactical fitness training goals. By tactical I mean that we are balancing several goals that primarily serve as developing a stable and strong platform for applying physical movement skills, armed and unarmed combative skills, conditioning recovery to retain access to peak mental performance (judgement, decision making), and long term stress recovery and inoculation.
We use many strength and conditioning tools at Invictus6 and various protocols to match the developmental needs of the client. One of our favorites is the Clubbell. Designed by Scott Sonnon, these ancient tools have been manufactured with modern precision to provide the perfect resistance for developing six degree strength and functional mass. A relatively simple, though not easy, program to follow is the Clubbell 5×5 developed by Alberto Gallazzi, European Director of TACFIT and CST.
Next training cycle of TACFIT 26 starts October 10th at KravZone in Sunnyvale. We will run a two hour intro on Sunday October 9th from 12PM-2PM.
TACFIT 26 is the flagship training program in the TACFIT family. Using a wide range of strength and conditioning tools and six time protocols, TACFIT 26 develops six degree expressible strength, lean body mass, lower bodyfat, and builds psychological and emotional resilience.
My introduction to TACFIT was the bodyweight program TACFITCommando. I took a chance on some Internet marketing while I was going through pre-deployment training for a tour in Afghanistan as a combat advisor to the Afghan National Army. I am so glad I did.
Pavel Tatsouline writes a good article here explaining what he learned in Russia about hormonal and neurotransmitter rhythms. Most people are familar with “circadian rhythms” the ebb and flow of hormones between day and night. But as Pavel points out there are more peaks and troughs than just day and night, awake and rest. Within the day there are ultradian rhythms, periods of peak alertness and productivity, and during the night there are periods of peak (or deep) restorative sleep and periods of lighter more alert sleep.
The Invictus 6 Name
Invictus is Latin for “unconquerable”. We believe that the most important things in life cannot be taken from you, only surrendered. Learn to never surrender and you will be unconquerable. The “6” has a double meaning. In the Army, units and leaders have radio callsigns to enable rapid communication and context. The number six is used for commanders. So Invictus6 has the connotation of command. We want our clients, our tribe, to be “in command” of themselves. It is the first step in refusing to surrender that which cannot be taken. The first step to being unconquerable.
Training for fat loss and training for physique appearance are big money in our society and are typically what we consider for goals of “conventional training”. But these appearance goals self evidently are not compelling. Otherwise the societal norm would be lean, strong, and fast. In military and first responder occupations periodic fitness tests are usually the norm, and tend to predominate fitness training in order to pass the test, rather than support functional occupational skills. Yet, many struggle to meet the minimum test standards. The framework that physique and appearance are byproducts of another purpose achieved. Same for fitness tests: the numbers and scores are just a byproduct pursuing something else. Something more compelling. Functional movement skill, competitive sport performance, or occupational tactical skills are the goal. The numbers are NOT the goal. In fact, “goal” is probably not the right word. “Purpose” is the right word.