Published on May 2nd, 2016 | by Grinds4Gamers0
SEALFit: Unleashing Your Warrior Spirit
When you hear the word “SEAL”, chances are you think of the bad-asses from the Navy that take care of business (and our safety & security) on a daily basis. These operators work in adverse conditions – day or night, rain or shine, any where, any place, any time. As a matter of fact, one of my biggest regrets in life is that I’ve never served my country in a military capacity. You can bet that if I could go back and do it all over again, I would have aimed for a spot on a SEAL team. Could I have done it? I’ll never know, but I have sneaking suspicion that I would have been successful. Maybe that’s my age and confidence talking, or maybe it’s the fact that nowadays, I work out like a SEAL.
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Crossfit. Think what you may about the sport, it has undoubtedly changed my life. On some of my training days, however, I have found myself looking for something more challenging. Enter SEALFit Training. SEALFit (www.SEALFit.com) is a training program developed by Ret. SEAL Commander Mark Devine. He’s a bonafide badass. He’s forged the SEALFit program from a preparation system for aspiring and acting SEALs to an accessible fitness program for the masses. SEALFit draws its line in the sand by attempting to convince you that you are much tough than you may think. How does it work?
The SEALFit WODs (workouts of the day) are specialized functional fitness programming based on the SEALFit Principles of Strength Development, Functional Movement, Stamina and Work Capacity, Endurance Training, Durability and Mental Toughness. The program is completely scalable and uses a good mix of CrossFit-style, functional and military fitness movements. There are four levels of training to choose from, each with a distinctly different level of difficulty, weight load and length. For example, the OPWOD level is strictly for those who can handle the demands of a real SEAL operator and thus very difficult to complete. I usually bounce back and forth from the OPWOD and Masters level workouts, as one OPWOD workout per week will make this old man hurt. From there, the OnRamp and SOF level Workouts are for intermediate and beginning level athletes, respectively. There is something for everyone, but make no mistake – you need a strong mind and solid will to complete these workouts.
SEALFit isn’t just workouts, though. The program is the whole package and with your commitment and consistency, it can deliver a wide range of lessons that surpass just physical training goals. SEALFit is part Crossfit, part strength and endurance, part Yoga, part meditation and a big part of tapping into who you are as a person. The SEAL way of thinking lends to these values set forth by the SEALFit coaching staff:
- Loyalty – to our family and our team
- Service – to others before self
- Honor and integrity – in public as well as in private
- Leadership and followership – we must be good at both to be effective at anything
- Responsibility – we take it for both our actions and those of our teammates
- Discipline – the only easy day was yesterday
- Innovation – adapt, improvise and overcome
These values are exactly what my entire life is about. Although it can be a challenge, I strive for each and every one of those values on a daily basis in my profession as a Fire Captain. But it bleeds over into my personal life significantly as a husband, father, coach, philanthropist and mostly as a human being.
The mission of SEALFit is to develop mental toughness and promote spiritual growth in our clients – changing their lives and the lives of those they touch in the process.
With my love for fitness and everything SEALFit stands for, it is by far the perfect fit for me.
So for this review, I rated SEALFit in five distinct categories:
Difficulty: (4 out of 5) Although this category is scalable to your level, I choose to pick a challenging level each day. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you! But remember to listen to your body. If you’re only feeling like a half a SEAL today because of body soreness, do the best you can and pick a level that is safe for your ability.
Effectiveness: (5 out of 5) Is it effective? Hell yes! Between the built in warm-ups, strength, stamina, durability, endurance, mental toughness, yoga and breathing/meditation components of SEALFit, it is incredibly effective when it is followed correctly and regularly. This program will change your life.
Accessibility: (4 out of 5) SEALFit is quite accessible due it’s online origins. But getting the daily workouts does require a membership to the site. I pay a nominal fee each month ($10) for access to all levels of the program (besides personal coaching, which I didn’t feel I needed). You will also need to have access to some equipment such as barbells, kettlebells, plates, dumbbells, jump ropes, sand bags, etc. However, there are many, many substitutions for movements that involve equipment you may not have. That is the beauty of functional fitness.
Fun Factor: (5 out of 5) Now “fun” during a workout is a relative term. I mean, its not like I can compare being out of breath and nearly dead from exertion to watching Game of Thrones (Hell versus Actual Fun) but I’m sure you get my drift here. I love to get my lungs and heart battling each other for blood flow on a daily basis and SEALFit provides a significant challenge. The variety of workouts and scalable difficulty level lends directly to my needs as a tactical athlete and I haven’t found a program to rival its effectiveness. So fun? Yep. Maybe for those with a screw loose.
Repeatability: (5 out of 5) As previously stated, the scalability of SEALFit is a must-have when your muscles are screaming from the previous day’s workouts. The fact that each day presents a new workout and a different challenge also makes you look forward to the “unknown” of tomorrow. Trust me, I look forward to the lighter days after a tough week. You can always mix and match workout components to target weaknesses as needed as well.
Overall, I can’ say enough about what SEALFit is doing for me as a first responder, a coach, and as a man. Its reach is far beyond just physical for any willing participant as it taps into the very subconscious of your being. You may find it strange or even weird that a fitness program as hard core as SEALFit would teach meditation, but trust me – it is incredibly effective and useful in your every day life. Couple the program itself with outstanding online resources, an accessible coaching staff, Coach Divine’s line of addicting books and live training seminars you can attend – this program is the real deal. The benefits I am gaining from training like a Navy SEAL are leaving an imprint on my mind and body that will benefit me for the rest of my life.
Summary: All-in-all, SEALFit is my new chosen method of fitness. Although my body or time constraints won't allow a full SEALFit workout every day, it has become my new go-to site for kickass workouts. At age 40, SEALFit is definitely helping make new strides in my performance both on the job and off-duty.