Fireman, policeman, Navy SEAL or Army Ranger – noble professions where one’s fitness level and training can dictate life or death consequences. Military and public safety service professions require entrance fitness exams… the kind demanding unshakable passion and preparation.
A former Navy SEAL has been training kids for these fitness exams for 10 years, now – for free! It’s a nonprofit called Heroes of Tomorrow, and this vision has spread to Charlotte, North Carolina.
Preparing Americans To Serve
“With proper preparation, candidates will be strong enough to compete, not merely survive training.” Stew Smith
Heroes of Tomorrow Founder Stew Smith is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, a former Navy SEAL, a prolific fitness author, speaker and a nationally certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
His books include The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness, Maximum Fitness, The Special Ops Workouts, SWAT Fitness and more.
Check out the resources at: http://www.stewsmith.com/catalog.htm.
What began an an online invite to join him in workouts has turned into thousands. “I was a little bored working out by myself. So, I posted my workouts online, and they showed,” he says.
Smith and the students work out in Severna Park, Maryland – day and night in all seasons. In a nearby community center olympic-sized pool, Smith coaches kids in techniques such as the Combat Swimmer Stroke and underwater swimming.
The nonprofit now offers nationwide trainers in 30+ locations, including Charlotte.
“Our goal for the next few years is growth and getting the word out about our services we offer for free.” Smith wants to expand the roll of trainers. “We are looking for like-minded people that enjoy working out and teaching kids.” Trainers will be required to complete a certification program and agree to donate at least two hours each week for free training. Other criteria includes:
- Active or former military, law enforcement or fire fighter
- Certified in some form of personal training/strength conditioning
- Proof of insurance
- Currently certified CPR and/or life guard
- Communications and computer skills
- Inspiring force in young people’s lives
Interested trainers must fill out an online submission questionnaire: http://www.heroesoftomorrow.org.
A Kid From New Jersey
Smith tells a story about a young man’s passion to serve his country:
“A kid from New Jersey drove his mom’s mini-van – from New Jersey to Maryland – to work out with us. He had been reading my books and articles. It takes this kind of dedication. He stayed at a nearby campground – sleeping in the back of the van.” Smith says during his four-month stay, the guys gave him odd jobs to make some money. “He is now… a Navy SEAL!”
Want to work out with Stew? mailto:[email protected]
Get involved as a trainee or trainer at: http://www.heroesoftomorrow.org.
Be part of preparing the next generation of Americans to serve. Your financial gift will provide running shoes, swimming passes or training equipment for prospective candidates.
Be on the lookout for the latest at: http://www.facebook.com/heroesoftomorroworg.
Read about the U.S. Naval Academy graduate and Firefighter Engine Captain who heads up the Charlotte chapter in the next article!