Former Navy SEAL Stew Smith is training students for Navy SEAL, Special Ops, firefighter and police… free of charge. Ten years ago, he founded Heroes of Tomorrow, offering free fitness training to those needing to pass entrance fitness exams. This year, he will personally see some 3,000 kids.
Preferring outside facilities over indoor gyms, Smith and the students work out in Severna Park, Maryland – day and night in all seasons. In a nearby community center olympic-sized pool, he coaches students in techniques such as the Combat Swimmer Stroke.
The nonprofit organization now offers training in 30+ locations throughout the United States.
“Our goals for the next few years are growth and getting the word out about our services we offer for free,” says Smith.
He is wanting to expand the roll of coaches. “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 firefighter
- Must be a certified personal trainer, strength conditioning specialist or degreed in an exercise science field.
- Proof of insurance
- Currently certified CPR and/or life guard
- Computer skills
- An inspiring force in young people’s lives
Interested trainers must fill out an online submission questionnaire here: 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, Smith says. “It takes this kind of dedication.” The young man stayed at a nearby campground, sleeping in the back of the van. During his four-month stay, Smith says some of the guys gave him odd jobs to make money. “He is now… a Navy SEAL.”
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Don’t Expect To Be Coddled
“I was a little bored working out by myself. So, I posted my workouts online, and they showed.” Smith says kids, 20 to 25 years old, come through for a variety of reasons, such as weight loss, improving skills or an upcoming fitness exam.
“I coach them in to passing entrance fitness exams.” Smith expects above average out of his participants. Don’t expect to be coddled or baited. “Minimum standard is like getting a ‘D’ in an academic class. It doesn’t do anybody any good to hold their hands. It’s not a game. They’re about to risk their lives.”
Be a part of preparing the next generation of Americans wanting 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.
A SEAL team leader for nearly 8 years, his passionate pursuit of exercise and coaching is poured out into books he has authored: The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness, The Special Ops Workout, Maximum Fitness, Law Enforcement e-Books, circuit training and much more. Check it out here http://www.stewsmith.com/catalog.htm.