SEALFIT Training seems to be the latest buzz in workout regimes. However, this strenuous workout is not for everyone.
Mark Divine, retired Navy SEAL Commander and current fitness trainer, is the author of the book 8 Weeks To SEALFIT :A Navy Seal’s Guide to Unconventional Training for Physical and Mental Toughness. WebProNews.com says it is geared toward those individuals looking for a higher level of fitness, which we would assume since it truly is a workout used for Navy SEALS, who are known to be tough as nails.
Nevertheless, much like CrossFit, SEALFIT is not your ordinary one hour gym workout after a day at work. CSMonitor.com states that” SEALFIT draws on the varied, high-intensity interval training of CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, calisthenics, strongman exercises, yoga, and martial arts.”
And the workouts are 2 hours long, if you can make it through to the end.
Divine’s training location is located near San Diego, California, where he says his clientele is mostly first responders, extreme athletes and special ops candidates, with 20 to 30 percent being women, according to CSMonitor. This is not a fad workout. It is proven to work, and it has to work because it is used by the elite members of the Navy SEALs to keep them ready for battle.
CSMonitor.com reveals that elements such as the breathing exercises, concentration drills and visualization exercises are every bit as vital as the physical portion of the workout to Divine. This is a factor from his training in Ashtanga, which is a rigorous form of yoga as well as martial arts.
Danielle Gordon, 35-year-old endurance cyclist admits to CSMonitor.com that she decided to try SEALFIT. And although she felt she was a strong athlete, she felt a little intimidated by the workout. She found herself working our for several hours a day, and as she continued to push herself, she found the transformation in her mind and body amazing.
She stated with SEALFIT, “My strength has changed; my speed has changed. I can pedal harder, cycle harder,” she said. “I might not be fastest (or) strongest but I know I can do anything.”
Neal Pire, a sports conditioning expert with the American College of Sports Medicine, says SEALFIT’s high-intensity workout can be powerfully motivating. But anyone interested in pursuing it should be mentally ready. Otherwise, one can put themselves at risk for injury.
“The data out about CrossFit does show that an inordinate number of people have injured themselves. I equate it to people that have no business performing like an athlete, actually performing like an athlete,” he said according to WebProNews.com.
So, if you are just looking to lose ten pounds to look great in your bathing suit in the weeks ahead, or to fit into that new black dress you bought, think long and hard before diving into SEALFIT. It is also recommended that beginners consult a physician before starting this regime. But, if you believe you are ready, just like for Danielle, SEALFIT can change your mind and body tremendously.