Happy Tuesday morning everyone!

I got a request from a Facebook friend in regards to how he could improve his endurance for Navy Seal Training. He had also mentioned that he was doing Crosffit as a means of improving endurance for his specific activity. In the video above, I break down one of the several reasons why Crossfit degrades biomechanical function and how it will actually hinder endurance for Navy Seal Training.



Hey, guys. I hope you’re all doing well out there. I got a question from Tyler out in Tempe, Arizona, asking me a question in regards to his joint pain and his endurance because he’s trying to get into the Navy SEAL program. As of right now he’s been doing a lot of Crossfit type training, specifically Crossfit training and it hasn’t really been translating to any better effects while he’s been doing his exact applications for his Navy SEAL training. Well, to begin with right off the bat, I would say if you’re trying to improve your endurance for a functional reality, I would not recommend Crossfit to begin with Tyler, because it doesn’t cover any of the exact applications of what is needed in a dynamic environment to make you a better athlete.

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If you look at any athlete that’s involved at the highest levels of any sport, you will always notice a form of biomechanical efficiency with each one of them and since Crossfit does not stress any of that, specifically in the transverse plain then you’re not really going to see any of the positive effects that are out there. Now, from what I know, Navy SEALs do a lot of running and they do a lot of swimming, both things that involve a significant amount of rotation as you’re going through a range of motion. If you’re not getting those exact applications or improving those biomechanics in your training by themselves, you’re not going to see anything better.

Something that hopefully help you paint the picture a little bit better like for me, I watch a lot of fights and, for me, I’m a big boxing fan.

If you look at somebody like Floyd Mayweather for instance, you’ll notice that that guy thinks efficiency from round one to round 12, and if you notice that guy, that guy in round 12 compared to round one, you won’t notice a single bit of difference. The main reason being is that he’s focusing on techniques the entire time. The same thing goes with great swimmers, the same thing goes with great runners, the same thing goes for any athlete that’s out there.

There’s always a point of biomechanical efficiency found in the majority of all athletes, especially all the great athletes that are out there. If you want my personal take on what you should do, I would really just focus my mindset if I was in your situation, rather than thinking about force output, the way that people do Crossfit one or workout to whatever they are, I would think more about biomechanical perfection while you’re training.

That’s my biggest concern for when I train. That’s what I focus most of my time into is focusing on postural function and focusing on just good efficient repetitions of movement and then I move on from there.

Now, discovering what a good repetition is takes an entirely different approach.

From what I do know, you told me that you had already purchased my videos and that you bought my book. If I was you, I would take a step back from doing any type of conditioning work, any type of hardcore intensive training and what I would do instead is just get on the structural integration program, and I can almost assure you that you’ll feel a major difference. With any fighters that I train that’s the first thing they’ll notice is like, “Wow, my endurance feels great,” even though I don’t have them do any type of endurance training to begin with.

I’ll have them literally go just do their MMA practices or have them go play basketball and then just focus on the structural integration and every single time they come back to me, they’re like, “Man, my endurance felt better. What’s the deal?” Well, when the body is more structurally integrated and it’s actually applying the nucleus of what’s going to build efficiency in terms of those rotational dynamics, then at that point what’s going to happen when you translate into reality when you’re using those dynamics is that you’re going to find a path of efficiency, or as if you do something like Crossfit, they don’t think of that at all.

They don’t train intrinsic core stabilization. They don’t train what a real nucleus or what a good posture actually is, so therefore at that point they cannot move you pass the point where you’re at this given moment of your life. If you want the best bit of advice try thinking about efficiency in terms of repetition.

Stay away from the old notions of saying, “Okay, we have to push really hard to get the results that we’re looking for.” Pushing hard doesn’t really do anything and if anything, you’ll just set yourself up for overtraining. Think perfect practice makes perfect. Practice makes perfect does not create efficiency forever.

It’s perfect practice makes perfect. It’s perfect repetition. If you’re not training perfect repetition, it’s likely that you’re going to build more imbalance the way that Crossfitters do unto themselves and you are not going to find any path of efficiency for yourself when you’re going into your own workouts and pretty much when you’re trying to translate that into your Navy SEAL training.

I hope that helps. This is Naudi Aguilar reminding you to think intentionally and not habitually. Take care.