Original Strength for the Tactical Athlete 2017

Original Strength for the Tactical Athlete 2017

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Original Strength for the Tactical Athlete by Chad Faulkner & Tim Anderson Copyright © 2017 by Original Strength Systems, LLC. All rights reserved. Cover design by Danielle “Dani” Almeyda. Publishing Architect™, Sherrie Wilkolaski. www.publishingarchitect.com

Paperback ISBN-10: 1-941065-34-1, ISBN-13: 978-1-941065-34-1 eBook ISBN-10: 1-941065-35-X, ISBN-13: 978-1-941065-35-8 Library of Congress Number available upon request. All rights reserved. Except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews, no portion of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, scanning, or other— without the prior written permission from the author. For permission to copy, send requests to Original Strength Systems, LLC, 101 S. Main Street, Fuquay Varina, NC 26526. www.originalstrength.net

Contents Acknowledgements Introduction 1. What Is a Tactical Athlete? 2. A Growth Mindset for Fitness 3. Introduction to Original Strength 4. Do You Need OS? 5. OS RESETS 6. The Wonderful World of Crawling 7. OS for Marksmanship 8. OS for the Warrior’s Mind 9. The One-Mile Crawl 10. RESET Flows 11. Working Out with OS 12. Some Words on Training 13. The Adaptability of Original Strength Learn More About Original Strength Psalm 139:14


Thanks goes to God first, of course. He’s offered me plenty of challenges but also has blessed me in so many ways. Without Him, this wouldn’t be possible. Thanks to my wife for taking the pictures inside the book and holding things down while I dream and work on my many goals as I look toward retirement. Thanks also goes to Dani Almeyda for editing the pictures. Thanks to my two girls who have had a little time taken away from them as I’ve worked on this project. Thanks to my parents who have been nothing less than the best as I’ve gone through the last 19 years of service. They’ve been there every step of the way through the trials and challenges. I can’t forget that my mom and dad endured training and deployments without knowing where I was or what I was doing, long before the social media age made it easier to keep up. Thanks to Tim for being my mentor and partner in this book. Thanks to John Brookfield for facilitating my meeting Tim so many years ago and teaching me so much as well. Thanks to all of my many mentors throughout my career in the military. There are too many to list. Thanks to Richard King Photography for being a great friend and taking an awesome cover photo. Thanks to John Usedom for his mentorship and guidance in this project. Part of what drives me is having lost so many brothers-in-arms over the years… those who will never have the chance to be with their families again, continue to serve their country, set goals and reach them, grow old, or do things like write a book. I owe it to them to live a good life and complete the mission.


I’ve always told people that I wish my body had an odometer. With all the miles I’ve both walked and run, I would like to know my current mileage so that I can get regular tune-ups. Having been in the U.S. Army for 19 years at the writing of this book, my body has been abused for years. I spent seven and a half years as an Airborne Infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division. This meant physical training every morning at 0630 (that’s 6:30 a.m. in civilian time) at the latest, usually running. We typically ran four days a week and foot marched one day a week. A typical run averaged around four miles. A short day was at least two miles, and sometimes, we would do up to six. Foot marches that were done for physical training were typically four to six miles as well. If we were coming in early and doing something longer, it was usually eight to twelve miles with the occasional twenty-five miler. We would spend days to weeks in the field, carrying heavy loa