Special Forces

Triphasic Tactical Training Manual

BY CAL DIETZ, Matt Van Dyke & “Coach”

The Triphasic Tactical Training Manual was written with the explicit intent to deliver a systematic and scientifically founded approach in training methodology for athletes whose preparation does not result in wins and losses, world records, or gold medals. The idea behind the Triphasic Tactical Training Manual was originated from the individual needs of the tactical athlete and all those who put their lives at risk simply by going to work each day.

What separates this training program from others is that it allows tactical athletes to continue to train with their desired methods, while offering guidelines that increase the likelihood of the user to achieve optimal level responses to training and see improvements in performance.

The authors of this manual have broken down the needs of every tactical athlete into six physical qualities. In order to display the physical proficiency required by the tactical athlete, each of these six qualities must be trained appropriately. The Weekly Sequencing Model was developed by multiple strength coaches along with an elite level military training professional for operators who based the protocol originally on The Triphasic Training System, while also considering the specific needs of the tactical athlete. Programs currently being used for military training are not equipping these specialized tactical athletes appropriately which leads to disproportionate training of the six physical qualities necessary for optimal performance.

It was this simple point that led to the creation of The Weekly Sequencing Model. This manual is a collaboration between combat veterans who have said “we can do this better” and the training professionals who said “we can help.” Experience has teamed up with science to present this complete, systematic training program for the tactical athlete. The Weekly Sequencing model isn’t just exercising; it is training, specifically and systematically for the tactical athlete.

Chapters included in this book:

  • The Tactical Athlete vs Conventional Athletes
  • The Weekly Sequencing Model Components
  • Six Physical Qualities of Tactical Performance
  • Triphasic Review and Weekly Sequencing Model Implementation
  • Modifying The Weekly Sequencing Model

Components included in this book:

  • The Six Physical Qualities of Tactical Performance
  • The Weekly Sequencing Model
  • The Specific Stress Model
  • The Compatible Qualities Model
  • High-Quality vs. Work Capacity Energy System Training

About the Authors

Cal Dietz has been an Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning coach for numerous sports at the University of Minnesota since 2000. During his tenure, Dietz has trained athletes that have achieved 400+ All-American honors, Teams that have won 33 Big Ten/WCHA championships teams and 10 NCAA Team Champions. He has consulted with Olympic and World Champions in various sports and professional athletes in the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, MMA and Professional Boxing.

Matt Van Dyke joined the University of Denver in 2015 and is now the Associate Director of Sports Performance. Prior to his position with the University of Denver Matt was the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports at the University of Minnesota. Matt presented at the 2015 CSCCa National Conference on “Advanced Triphasic Training Methods” and is a co-author of “Triphasic Training, A High School Strength and Conditioning Manual” while also writing for his professional website vandykestrength.com. Van Dyke was a member of the Iowa State Football Team for 4 years as a wide receiver where he also completed an internship under Yancy McKnight.

“Coach” is currently training operators within the United States of America Military. He has chosen to remain anonymous for this reason but has contributed a great extent to the ideas presented in this manual. “Coach” has completed many years of revising and improving the Weekly Sequencing Model laid out in this manual with countless operators and tactical athletes. Few coaches have executed more hands-on training with operators on a daily basis than “Coach”.

Happy Athletes and Coaches

“Triphasic Training is a game-changer! I integrated the Triphasic Method with many collegiate and professional athletes at IMG. The results were outstanding! It’s a “must have” for anyone trying to get better!”


World Renown Performance Coach

“Amazing book! One of the best books I have read on strength and conditioning. You two have touched upon so many key topics and principles that few discuss to any extent. Awesome work!”


Strength and Conditioning Coordinator , University of North Carolina Basketball