Train Tough the Army Way: 50 Sports Strategies to Out-Think,
Out-Train, and Out-Perform Your Competition, makes the case that the Army’s strategies and tactics can help athletes achieve
Retired lieutenant colonel Mark Bender played over fifty seasons of team sports in his active duty
Army career. He says athletes can learn from the way soldiers think and train.
“The connection between sports and
battle has always been there,” says Bender, “I’m just extending that connection in a way that’s useful to athletes.”
maintains that the Army’s planning, training, and team-building doctrine are tailor made for sports teams. He also speaks
to athletes on readiness, intelligence, and leadership.
Soldiers will find familiar doctrine and attitudes in Train
Tough. There are also some familiar names–Patton, MacArthur, and Schwarzkopf to name a few. “Athletes relate to many of
the Army’s heroes,” says Bender, “they want to see perseverance in the face of extreme adversity and the Army furnishes numerous