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Old 08-12-2009, 11:16 PM   #1
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Navy SEAL Fitness challenge

They had this last weekend in Seattle. I'll probably catch some crap from some of the real SEAL dudes on here for doing it, but that's ok.

I heard about this on the radio on a Tuesday and decided to try it out, they had the workout on Saturday.

The challenge is to attempt to complete the SEAL entrance physical fitness test to see how you measure up to their standards. The test is:

Swim 500M (MUST be breast stroke, or side stroke)
10 minute rest

Pushups for 2 minutes

Situps for 2 Minutes

Pullups (no time limit, no kipping, full extension to chin over the bar)

1.5 mile run.


T-shirts are given for those who complete it

White t-shirt: participate and finish

Brown T-shirt: meet SEAL entrance standards of;

12:30 or better for swim, 42 pushups, 42 situps, 7 pullups and run 11:00 or better


Blue Shirt: SEAL competitive standards of:

Swim in under 10:00, 80 pushups, 80 situps 20 pullups run in under 10:00



My scores: Swim: Breast stroke in 10:44, 75 pushups, 74 situps, 16 pullups run in 10:56

Some of my stats: 6'5" 240 lbs and my only training has been my somewhat irregular crossfit regimen. I haven't swam in over a year.

of the 30 people in my little group, 3 of us were able to earn the brown shirt, nobody earned the blue shirt.

I was very surprised how much the first events damaged my run time. I can usually walk onto a track and run a 9:30 without much trouble, the swiming beforehand piled on probably another full minute, which I was surprised by. All in all, it was a fun event to attend and I was happy to be on the podium with the brown shirt considering how few folks made it in our group. I couldn't help but notice that this test punished a couple specialists: There was an Olympic NCAA swimmer from U of TN who absolutely destroyed the swim, but fell short on pullups, a guy I met there who was fairly jacked un the upper body and did 95 pushups and 100 situps and 22 pullups, but failed to meet the maximum run time, another talented cross country runner wasn't able to complete more than one pullup.

I didn't blow away any of the events, I was short of the competitive numbers on every single one, however I did not do ANY specific training for this event, but I consistently passed muster on all of them, in the end I was among the 10% that actually met standards and that made me feel good about my training.

Crossfit really does prepare you to be a jack of all trades and at least do decently in any physical skill. This dog had his day.
(For the record, I smoked two young Devil Dogs who were there trying the challenge as well )
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:43 AM   #2
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Re: Navy SEAL Fitness challenge

Ben,

Awesome story man, you should submit it to the CrossFit Journal or something. I'm completely serious about that. It is a great illustration of the benefits of CrossFit. Are you at McChord?
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Re: Navy SEAL Fitness challenge

Yes, I'm at McChord... don't really want to leave either.
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Old 08-13-2009, 11:38 AM   #4
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Yes, I'm at McChord... don't really want to leave either.

Right on. I've done a fair amount of practice approaches out that way. I flew Prowlers out of Whidbey. Stuck in Baghdad right now doing staff work. Moving back to the East coast in January.
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:05 PM   #5
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Re: Navy SEAL Fitness challenge

WOW! you were so close to the blue shirt though!!! Great job!
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:29 PM   #6
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WOW! you were so close to the blue shirt though!!! Great job!
Your avatar makes it seem like you are actually saying WOW!
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That's just how excited i am about everyone's progress! lol
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Old 08-13-2009, 04:18 PM   #8
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Re: Navy SEAL Fitness challenge

Sorry I missed this. I signed up a while back but ended up assisting at a Coach B. weightlifting seminar instead. My best time for the swim was 9:20, the pushhup/pullups/situps I was good to go, but I was dreading the run at the end. Maybe next year.
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Sorry I missed this. I signed up a while back but ended up assisting at a Coach B. weightlifting seminar instead. My best time for the swim was 9:20, the pushhup/pullups/situps I was good to go, but I was dreading the run at the end. Maybe next year.
Not sure where it will be next year, they never do it in the same place twice is what one of the staff guys told me.
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Right on. I've done a fair amount of practice approaches out that way. I flew Prowlers out of Whidbey. Stuck in Baghdad right now doing staff work. Moving back to the East coast in January.
Awesome, I'll be looking down at your old port tomorrow on my way to IR384, do some fun flying around the mountains and lakes. hope all's well in the box.
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