A Collection of Workouts, Stories, and Acts of Heroism From United States Veterans
In honor of our incredible community of servicemen and women, we're taking a look back at some of our favorite articles and podcasts highlighting their bravery, fortitude, sacrifice, an overall badassery. Their acts of heroism inspire us every day, and their military-inspired workouts push us to the limit both mentally and physically. The content below serves as a necessary reminder of just how remarkable these veterans are.
As always, we thank them for putting their lives on the line every day to keep us safe and free. They are the ultimate Spartans.
Navy SEAL Jason Kuhn on the Best Type of Motivation
Navy SEAL Jason Kuhn, narrowly avoiding bullets, nearly lost his life in a firefight. How did he survive, and what did the harrowing experience teach him about selflessness and mental toughness?
Veteran Rafique Cabral on How to Progress to a Weighted Pull-Up
Rafique Cabral, also known as Trooper Flex, is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the cofounder of Trooper Fitness. Learn about his journey, from the Caribbean to Canada to the USMC to the New York fitness world, and take on his badass seven-week program.
This Navy SEAL Prepped in a Metal Box
How does one survive Navy SEAL training? As you can imagine, it's insanely grueling. Brad McLeod gave us a peek into what it's like, and what one needs to do to rise above the hell.
Robert Killian, Spartan World Champ and Green Beret, Shares Weekly Workout Plan
How does Spartan world champion and Green Beret Robert Killian stay in peak shape? He outlined his workout, from Sunday to Saturday, which you can emulate — if you're up to the challenge.
Killian on Training and Living the Spartan Lifestyle
Being a Spartan is about much more than just the physical, as we know. It requires tremendous discipline and mental fortitude. Killian gave us a front row seat to the inner workings of his daily life, from his training to his race prep to his mindset. It's not complicated, but it's far from easy.
Veteran SGX Coaches Share Their Favorite Weighted Vest Workouts
What is the most effective way to work out with a weighted vest? Six veteran SGX coaches provided their go-to weighted vest workouts to hit every part of the body.
Nicole Alexander Traded in Her Ballet Slippers for Combat Boots
A ballet dancer as a child, Major Nicole Alexander rose to the rank of Special Operations Civil Affairs officer in the United States Army. How did she get there, and how did those dance lessons from her youth shape the person she grew into?
Spartan Up Podcast: Operation Enduring Warrior's Task Force Sentinel
Task Force Sentinel, the law enforcement branch of Operation Enduring Warrior, was launched at the Spartan race in West Point in the summer of 2018. Prior to running the race, two members of TFS shared their stories and mission on the Spartan Up Podcast.
Spartans to Special Operators: From the Obstacle Course to the Battlefield
Spartan founder and CEO Joe De Sena traveled to an air base in Florida to spend time with, and learn from, U.S. Air Force special operators. What he took away from them was extraordinary.
Green Beret Kevin Flike on Purpose, Success, Failure, and Never Quitting
Kevin Flike has experienced the ultimate highs and the ultimate lows. After getting shot in the abdomen in Afghanistan, he could no longer put on his socks by himself. But instead of lying down and giving up, he got off of his pain medication, got into both MIT and Harvard, and started the Green Beret Foundation.