The Warrior Calling training approach and methodology was born out of personal struggle and experience.
I was a skinny kid and labeled a nerd growing up. I was kicked off the football team and beat up by bullies growing up.
And yet I felt called to live a life of massive purpose and impact...I knew I had a long way to go.
I left home when I was 18 years old and went ALL IN on my physical preparation.
I spent everything I had on my fitness preparation, water confidence training and running endurance - but something just wasn’t clicking…
Was it the methods I was taught?
Was I just not cut out to be a SEAL?
…was it just me?
I knew I felt called to serve and to serve with the best operators in the world.
But I knew if I couldn’t figure it out fast, I would have to give up - I was far from being prepared.
I felt like a failure.
The steps seemed so simple.
- Run, swim and perform calisthenics
- Eat lots of food and get enough sleep
- Complete a PST, arrive at BUD/S, and just never quit
At least that's what all the books and online gurus said to do...
But somehow my training just didn’t seem to be getting me anywhere and I never knew if I was doing too little or too much in my preparation.
To make it even more confusing, I saw others who were outwardly training harder than me still struggle and not make it through BUD/S selection.
I was supposed to see progress… but I was hardly moving forward in my strength and endurance. I felt like a failure.
It had been a year since I started training hard and I was barely able to pass the SEAL PST.
I was not afraid to work hard.
But, I’d been doing everything they told me to do, and it just was not working.
I knew that I was called to live a life of impact and purpose but I felt like I was spinning my wheels in my training and going in circles.
And yet, I continued to be plagued with self doubt..
What if I can’t do this?
What if I’m not good enough?
What if I fail?
I couldn’t go back to living a life of indirection and mediocrity.
That would kill me.
I knew that I needed to take my training and preparation to the next level. It was time to level up.
Through three years of personal struggle and growth I began to learn how important it was to take a holistic approach to training.
I learned the power of combining mental fortitude development with physical challenges as a key aspect of elite performance training. It wasn’t just building my mind or just building my body - they were both equally essential in forging an unbeatable mind and body to dominate the path in front of me.
My training took on a whole new dimension and I saw incredible progress as I neared my ship date. My PST scores reached above optimum levels, I was crushing open water swims, my endurance reached new heights, I was dialed in mentally, and my confidence was through the roof. I was as ready as I would ever be.
After going through a winter Hell Week and completing BUD/S in 2007, I graduated SEAL Qualification Training in 2008 and headed to my first SEAL Team. I went on to serve around the world as a SEAL operator for 10 years including 4 years as a BUD/S instructor.
As a BUD/S instructor, I witnessed the transformation process of trainees into SEALS and personally mentored over 400 SEAL candidates. I mastered the nuances of what it takes to make it through the toughest military training pipeline in the world and what it takes to perform at your peak as an elite operator.
I was sick of seeing solid candidates not reach their full potential and quitting on themselves.
Helping people become the warriors they are meant to be became the core of my life's purpose - particularly as I left active duty service. To be honest, I was not initially planning on becoming a full time coach and mentor following my military career - but I found myself continually drawn back to the community. People were reaching out to me for help in their training..and I knew I could help - regardless of where they were coming from - be it skinny, overweight, bullied or feeling lost.
I built a groundbreaking training system designed to help people find their physical fitness baseline, discover their weaknesses, harness the power of grit, build mental fortitude, overcome limiting beliefs, smash through training plateaus, and develop the necessary skill sets required to not just survive but to perform at BUD/S.
That is what The Warrior Calling is all about. Results driven elite performance.
If you're struggling in your training...you're not alone.
If you follow what the other trainees are doing, you will get the same results they are getting… Minimal results, confusion and self doubt.
THAT'S why there is nearly an 80% attrition rate at BUD/S.
But this does not need to be your story.
I built our training system for you - providing the ultimate roadmap to dominating any goal, even if you are just starting out, don't know where to begin, or are a seasoned athlete.
It's the same process that I refined and honed during my time as a BUD/S instructor and has helped transform the lives of hundreds of SEAL trainees.
The Warrior Calling training methodology is not some band-aid solution that only covers part of what's needed in your training and preparation. It leaves no stone unturned - covering these four pillars of preparation:
- Physical readiness
- Mental fortitude development
- Skillset training
- Grit enablement
It's a full system to help you:
- Pass the PST with top-tier scores (… even if you are stuck at a plateau now)
- Physically dominate at BUD/S (...without wondering if you are training too little or too much)
- Develop the mindset of a warrior (...that will go with you into your career as an operator and elite performer)
We meet you where you are at in your current level of training and preparation - taking you to the next level and beyond what you imagine possible.
The principles aren’t new. They’ve been honed and refined by years of real-world operating and elite training experience.
The way we implement them is specifically designed to help you prepare efficiently and effectively, taking a holistic approach to your preparation.
The recipe works... but it doesn’t work for everyone. You must be:
- Willing and able to get out of your comfort zone
- Coachable and mature enough to learn from the best
- On this path to win at all cost - you are not here to try it out - you must be 100% committed
If this sounds like you then please proceed.
Representing nearly 40 years of Naval Special Warfare operating and instructing experience - the coaching team at TWC is committed to helping you train and prepare for elite performance. Be trained by the best!
Founder and Head Coach
Joe is a former Navy SEAL operator and BUD/S Instructor of 400+ trainees. He brings his elite performance training and tactical leadership experience to the civilian sector and is the founder of The Warrior Calling. He holds a bachelor's degree in leadership and is an Extreme Performance Training (XPT) Certified Performance Breathing Coach. Currently residing in San Diego, he trains most weeks in Coronado and spends the majority of his free time with his wife, two boys, and their two Boxers.
Mental Performance and Endurance Coach
Chris has over 18 years of operating and training experience with some of the most elite units in Naval Special Warfare. He holds a degree in Kinesiology and multiple elite performance certifications including Mental Performance Mastery and is an Extreme Performance Training (XPT) Certified Performance Breathing Coach. He competes in ultra marathons and lives in Tennessee.
Elite Fitness Coach
Ian served for 10 years as a Navy SEAL operator, including 2 years as a 2nd Phase BUD/S Instructor. During his SEAL career he competed in the Military Olympic World Cup Soccer Team. His training and fitness experience spans two decades - bringing his knowledge of elite fitness and peak performance to the coaching team. He is a CrossFit Certified Level 1 Coach and lives in Tennessee.
Katie's diverse experience and background ranges from culinary school to NASM personal training certifications. Her passion for holistic performance led her from the food industry to working as a personal trainer, helping her clients live strong, healthy lives. She obtained the Precision Nutrition Coaching Certification and is currently completing instruction as a Schatz Method mastery practitioner. She lives in Georgia with her husband, son, and two dogs.
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