By: Ashlee Wilson | Fri 24 Jun 2016, 09:00
Interview with Jason from Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week on BBC Brit.
BBC Brit is bringing us hard-core action like we’ve never seen before.
In the new action-packed series Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week, 29 super-fit men and women are pushed beyond their breaking points when they have to endure 12 days of physical and mental training run by some of the world’s toughest Special Forces operatives. Who will beat the odds as a civilian and win?
Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week premiers on Monday 27 June at 20:00 on BBC Brit (120).
One of the operatives on Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week is the super-hectic Jason Falla.
Jason has been formally trained as a military instructor and land warfare infantry section commander – he has years of experience with the Australian Army Special Operations Command and he now runs combat training companies and has trained numerous U.S Military, Government and Law Enforcement personnel. We had a chat to the Special Forces wonder and this is what he had to say:
You must be used to training the most specialised units. How did these individuals match up to the professionals?
We look at two aspects: skills and physical ability. Military service is grounded with tactical skills and they are at their peak already when coming to training. With civilians, they get pushed to their breaking point; they performed exceptionally well.
What can we expect from this series?
Mental challenges; perseverance. These people are under the pump for 12 days. [It's] down and dirty and a lot of pain and suffering; we take it to the next level.
What would you say is the toughest obstacle they had to complete?
Me... Once the recruits saw me, their eyes burst into flames. We made a very unique course and high quality product; it tightened them up immediately – they knew it was going to be tough.
Can you judge if someone will succeed or do people always surprise?
Some excel in certain areas and not in others. Some might be fast while others have marathon endurance. The activities soon expose your weak areas.
How important do you feel mental and physical strength are in Hell Week? Do you need one more than the other?
Physical strength is paramount. You need to have endurance and high performance; you might be expected to run with a rucksack of 60kg for two or three days. But a combat mind-set is very important – mental toughness is where you need to be.
You are the director of Red Back One Combat training systems – when it comes to delivering training, what do you think the most important trait you teach people is?
We take the approach that everything must be taken seriously. You need to be able to perform better than anyone else so that you can come home. You need to have self-discipline and train quickly to have the very best quality training.
Do you have a motto you live by?
“Train as you fight” and always take it seriously. It’s max intensity.
Is it always fitness and training or do you have a cheat guilty pleasure?
We have pizza once a week and I enjoy spending time with my family as well as just being able to connect on my own time at the gym.