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Welcome to the Survival Fitness Plan!
Online SERE Training for Civilians
I’m Sam, the owner of this blog.
On this page, I will give you an overview of what this website is about.
What is the Survival Fitness Plan (SFP)?
The Survival Fitness Plan is an informational blog focusing on outdoor recreation and SERE training for civilians.
There are also SFP SERE Training manuals for sale, the proceeds of which keeps this site running.
- All SFP training manuals
- Health and Fitness Series
- Survival Fitness Series
- Self-Defense Series
- Escape, Evasion, and Survival Series
What is SERE?
SERE is an acronym for “Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape”.
Traditionally, it is a US military training program teaching skills in survival and evading capture.
The UK has a similar program with the acronym DSTO.
You can learn more about the history of SERE here.
How is SFP SERE Different to Military SERE?
Although very similar, SFP SERE training for civilians is not the same as military SERE training.
One major difference is that SFP SERE Training doesn’t follow the U.S. military code of conduct (loyalty to country).
Instead, the primary focus is on individual and small group survival (e.g., a family).
SFP SERE training also covers subjects for long-term survival such as financial freedom and sustainable homesteading.
This website is a work in process. Many subjects are not on it yet, but we will get there, eventually.
The subjects of SFP SERE are split into 2 main sections:
Survival and Evasion Subjects
Resistance and Escape Subjects
Meet the Team
Although I am the owner of this blog, there are some others that pop in to lend a hand every now and again.
Bert Luxing is the original creator of the Survival Fitness Plan (SFP) and the author of most of the tutorial posts written pre-2020.
Together we created most of the SFP training manuals and he taught me how to run this website.
These days he lives off-grid.
Aventuras De Viaje
Aventuras has 3 passions.
Travel, writing, and self-improvement.
Combining these, Miss. Viaje spends her time exploring the world while learning about all the things she loves (yoga in India, massage in Thailand etc.).
She shares what she learns through her books.
Aventura’s “how-to” books are perfect for those that don’t have the time and/or money to take professional classes or would just like to learn in the privacy of their own home.
She also contributes articles to this website.
I’ve had an interest in Martial Arts and SERE training since I was a child.
That interest has lead me to train with experts around the world in a variety of SFP related subjects including martial arts, parkour, survival, wilderness medicine, escape & evasion, and more.
I share what I learn through the SFP training manuals and this website.
You can apply the following training tips to all areas of the Survival Fitness Plan. I hope it will give you some good ideas on how to get the most from your training.
If you have your own training-tips, please add them in the comments.
Create a Training Schedule
Creating a training schedule for yourself is the best way to keep on track with your daily training.
You can split the training throughout your day. This makes it easy to fit it into your normal timetable.
Sometimes you cannot do certain exercises.
Unsuitable environment or injury are 2 examples.
Instead of skipping the exercise, try to replace it with something similar. You can use one of the progression exercises that lead up to it. For example, in parkour, if there is nothing for me to vault over I would do the ground-kong instead.
Another option is to mimic the motions.
It is not as good as doing the exercise, but it is a step further than visualization.
Always do the best you can with the mindset of continuous improvement. To improve you must train at your best and try to get better ALL the time. Aim higher, further, harder, and/or faster depending on the exercise.
Training with Others
Even having only one other person to train with will increase your progress. It is also good for motivation and safety.
It may seem like you need a partner to practice some of these skills, especially in self-defense. Although having a training partner is ideal, you can still train without one. Visualize an opponent and mimic the motions.
Teaching others what you learn is one of the best ways to re-enforce your learning. It is also a great way to combine your training with quality family and friends time.
Training for Reality
When most people exercise, they put on their special exercise clothes. They go to their purpose-built place of training with special equipment and machines. This is fine for most people because most people exercise to get fit.
The Survival Fitness Plan is different. We train for functionality in real-life situations. You will get fit, but it is a by-product of the real purpose. The real purpose of training your mind and body in SERE skills.
Always be aware of your surroundings.
Use your peripheral vision and create a plan of escape whenever you enter a new situation (notice where the exits are, potential weapons, etc.).
A side effect of this is that being aware is transparent. People (would be attackers) notice that you are aware which makes you less of a target.
Train in all terrains and all types of weather. Your attacker will not care if it is raining. He/she may even see it as an advantage. Train in it and the advantage will be yours.
There are some exceptions.
For example, I would not go swimming outside during a thunderstorm or attempt some parkour movements on slippery surfaces.
If something is too dangerous to do during training, then it is also too dangerous to do in real life. Remember this for if you ever have to decide about what to do.
Training on Both Sides
In reality, favor the strong side of your body when doing actions. Such as fighting with your strong side forward. When training, do so on both sides. This way, if you can’t use your strong side (e.g., injury) then even your weaker side is still good.
What You Carry
If you always carry a bag and are not willing to leave it behind when threatened then you should train with it on. The tighter fitting the bag is to your body the less it will move around when training.
What You Wear
If what you wear in training is not the same thing you wear most of the time, then you will not know if you can perform the actions in everyday life. For example, how often do you go out with your climbing shoes on and chalk in your back pocket? If the answer is “always”, then use climbing shoes and chalk when training.
So I should train in my suit and tie or skirt and high heels? Yes and no.
Training in clothing that is impracticable will only hinder your progress, but do it once in a while. This way you will know the differences when performing actions in that clothing.
You may also want to consider changing what you wear to ensure the functionality in movement. You can adapt loose-fitting clothing and sensible shoes to almost any situation. Before you put something on, ask yourself “If I need to, would I be able to sprint and climb a wall in this?”.
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