March 01, 2009
Rob Ord has trained hundreds of individuals seeking entrance into the Navy’s elite special operations communities. On his website Brass Ring Fitness, he also provides balanced training regimens for those seeking to achieve the disciplined mind and body of the Warrior Athlete.
It’s not hard to grasp the importance of mental and physical preparation for individuals in areas where physical abilities make all the difference. Occupations such as military, law enforcement, fire, or emergency rescue fields all require a great deal of physical and mental toughness.
However, as a trainer, I have sometimes found it difficult to find the words necessary to inspire those in such physically demanding professions to reach deep enough, breaking down all personal barriers, to find that part I call the “Warrior Athlete.” Sometimes, what is required to push someone beyond their perceived limits is to introduce an element of harsh reality.
The Full Mission Profile (FMP) is a real-world test of mental and physical toughness. First, I introduce a real-world, life-and-death scenario. Then I provide a plan and a hard timeline. Lastly, I give you a workout to complete. The prescribed workout attempts to mimic the physical skills necessary to complete such a mission in real life and real time. It’s important to note that the plan is not based on the “best case,” but the “worst case” scenario, because we all know “hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.”