Lessons to be learnt from the SAS


If you’re like me, you’ve been glued to tv… SAS:  Who Dares Wins.

Being hooded, tied up, tortured.

Then interrogated.

Grueling physical exercise, stress positions…no sleep.

It’s like a Friday night in with Mrs P!

I have to take my hat off to all involved though.

The staff, the recruits.

They’ve got balls

Seriously, there are lessons to be learnt from the SAS.

If you look beyond the show and look at the people it’s really interesting.

Firstly the SAS has been around since 1941.

They’ve stood the test of time.

Nothing fancy, nothing fashionable, just tried and tested methods and experience.

Soldiering the smart way (infact a relative of mine formed one of the first SAS teams in WWII.)

Then look at the recruits.

You clearly can’t judge a book by the cover.

Big muscles and egos don’t count here.

If you’re all ‘show’ and ‘no go’, then you’ll be handing your number in.

The recruits also have a ‘can do attitude.’

Focus on the task in hand, encourage each others.

They know they’re not going to be the best straight away, they have to work at it.

Then there’s the staff.

Did you notice…no praise, no ‘well done.’

Because they know you will either ‘do it’ or  ‘not do it’.

You can walk at any time.

Last night I found myself shouting at the TV.

The trainee stuntman, Jon.

At first I took a real dislike to the guy.

 “What’s tough for me is impossible for other people,”


But he started becoming a bit more humble.

He made it through to the ‘capture and evade exercise’.

The final part.

Now on exercise the the staff simply say…

 “Don’t get caught otherwise you’ll spend more time being interrogated.”

Jon got captured.

Then he threw in the towel straight away.

He gave up after coming SO FAR.

Fortunately the Staff ‘Ant’, (the one Mrs P fancies) threw him a lifeline.

“Do you want to get back out there?”

He was pondering…

I was shouting at the TV.

“Don’t pass up an opportunity like this”

“You’ll spend the rest of your life wondering what if.”

Thankfully he got back out there!

Last episode next week.

I can hardly wait!

What’s my point of telling you all of this?

Well firstly when it comes to you getting in shape, getting fitter, looking after your health.

The best ways are always tried and tested methods, nothing fancy.

I realised that after coaching people for over 25 years.

Don’t be swayed by the shiney stuff.

A machine with flashing lights with the word ‘core’ on it will not lose a beer belly.

Stay away from ‘all show’ and ‘no go’ fitness.

Do the work you need to do.

Whether it be food, exercise.

Can you do some of it on your own when no-one is looking, without praise?

Of course you have a choice.

You’re either going to do it or not do it.

But don’t pass up an opportunity to get back in shape and regret it later.

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Russell  ‘evading capture from Mrs P’  Pearcy

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About the Author Russell Pearcy

Russell Pearcy has been working as a health and fitness coach for over 25 years helping men and women who feel tired and washed up get back in shape. Russell has also draws upon his experience as an Ironman triathlete to help coach others through this life changing transformation.