This week on Barbell Shrugged we are honored to chat with Mark
Divine, retired Navy SEAL Commander and founder of SEALFIT and U.S.
surprise, this show will leave you reconsidering your training, the
true effort you’re applying in the gym, and the direction you’re
heading. In short, its just what you need to hear.
who don’t know, SEALFIT is somewhat like Crossfit, only it’s
more…Way more. Quite literally, this is what your whiteboard should
say if the goal of the day is to prepare Navy SEALS for the rigors
and chaos of military conflict. It’s also the sort of thing we
should all experience from time to time if we want to be fully
prepared for the rigors of civilian life. These lessons, to one
degree or another, are for special forces bad asses and civilian
training philosophy centers around the so-called “5 Mountains” of
personal development. First, there’s the stuff any crossfitter,
strength athlete or serious fitness enthusiast would recognize. The
mountain of physical preparation includes strength, stamina,
endurance, work capacity and durability. For the most part this is
exactly what most expect out of a good strength and conditioning
program. On the flip-side, this is usually all most would expect.
Four mountains remain largely unchartered.
personal development and the realization of one’s true potential is
impossible, until there’s awareness and an acknowledgment of what
remains to be explored and cultivated. Incidentally, this act of
discovery is also the first of the remaining mountains. The others
are emotional control, intuition, and last but most
important, Kokoro, which
is the warrior’s unconquerable spirit.
what your training might be lacking. Right now, be honest. When was
the last time you ventured outside of the gym and trained in an
intentionally hostile and challenging environment? Something like
isolated woods, or perhaps rocky and bone chilling surf? Do you
practice spiritually renewing activities like Yoga on a regular
basis? Do you put the same amount of effort and intent into into
breathing and meditation exercises as you do your snatch or back
squat? If not, you should. After all, what good is a strong body if
the seat of emotional and physical control is undisciplined and
prone to failure? What exactly are you capable of if quitting is
simply not an option? If there’s really nothing out there to
need the barbell. We need to train with proven methods in order to
develop ourselves physically. But those remaining mountains must be
explored. These methods – as new and foreign and painful as they
might be – must be included in the DAILY training plan. The warrior
is strong, spiritually healthy, and as we also learned
duringepisode 116 with Joe De Sena, has
experienced, embraced, and disarmed suffering. Indeed, that’s
what turns the common athlete into a true warrior.
more about Mark Divine and his methods, make sure to check
out 8 Weeks to SEALFIT, Unbeatable Mind and The Way of the Seal. They are
simply amazing books. Also, if you are interested in becoming fully
aware and experiencing the SEALFIT experience for yourself, you
should definitely check out some of Mark’s live training events.
Just know ahead of time that this will most likely be the most
difficult challenge of your life, but hell, you’re after the
profound personal transformation and empowerment, right? …Right, so
you know there’s a cost.
capable of paying that price. Go ahead, do it, just start with
the 20X Challenge, which is
a one-day course designed to take your training and leadership
skills to the next level. From there you can consider
the SEALFIT Kokoro Camp, which is
an intense fifty-hour experience modeled after US Navy SEAL Hell
Week. And if you’re still hungry for more, there’s always
the SEALFIT Immersion Academy, a highly
formidable and extremely comprehensive 3-week course designed to
install the core skills and traits of elite Navy
what are you waiting for? Get up the mountain. Go find out just
what you’re really capable of.
During the break make sure to check out the latest episode
of TechniqueWOD on
squat fundamentals. After all, we want to be tough as SEAL
warriors, but we still want huge squats, right?