The Navy Seals

Civilians know more about the Navy Seals today than they did ten years ago. The Seals are an elite group of the U.S. military who stay out of the limelight and share a unique brotherhood. They are considered to be endurance athletes, which is why it takes a special breed to be a Seal, not even the guys who’ve finished the ninety day P90X® workout or finished an Iron Man Triathlon can play with these boys (sadly, no girls.)

The VOLUNTEER 50-week SEAL candidate training is located in Coronado, CA, and headed up by Captain Bill Wilson, a Navy SEAL and lead trainer.

Hell Week, as the training is referred to, is grueling. Each year the new class endures stressful training, sleep deprivation, long distance swims, drills and running with a boat on their heads the distance equivalent of two marathons. They rely on their cardiovascular engines, legs, arms, and sheer physical strength is at the core of their training. Mental capacity, control, and a innate desire to complete a mission is a given. Training is insurmountable to most who claim to be in peek physical condition.

I can sustain a two-minute plank, completed two marathons, and birthed two children and just watching the training videos make me cringe. Test the mantra “The body can achieve what the mind perceives.” The next time you are in the gym bored and complaining and remember those who have given of themselves for our safety.

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