By Various

In Athletes, LEO/Mil, Videos

December 28, 2010

Video Article

Leave your tights, weightlifting shoes and iPods at the door. In this camp, your name doesn’t go on the whiteboard. It goes on your plain white T-shirt.

This is SEALFIT’s Kokoro Camp.

“The training we give is really the hardest training outside of any military organization in the world,” says SEALFIT founder Mark Divine.

On the line to accept that challenge are CrossFitters including Mikko Salo, Kristan Clever, Rob Orlando, Tommy Hackenbruck, Caity Henniger, Jimi Letchford and original firebreather Greg Amundson.

“We do today what others won’t,” Divine says.

“We do tomorrow what others can’t,” his trainees answer.

7min 36sec

Additional reading: Full Mission Profile by Robert Ord, published March 1, 2009.

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59 Comments on “SEALFIT Part 1”


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Can't wait for the next video!!!


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That looks awesome!! Can't wait for the next video too!


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The only easy day was yesterday. Hoo Yah!


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Interesting but not sure why you would want to subject yourself to this, especially since there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.


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#4 It is part of your soul. Which means it is a fabric of who they are. Their pot of gold is the pride of the United States of America - FREEDOM.


Brian Thurmond wrote …

#4 John Page,
Self reliance, self confidence, and self assuredness are worth a whole lot more than any pot of gold. With a those things you can own your own destiny. At first I wanted to chastise you, but then it turned to pity for you.


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Awesome video, can't wait to see more.


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Thanks internet tough guy.

I'll keep this in mind while I'm driving my solar powered prius to the next code pink rally.


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The reason to subject yourself to this is the same as doing CrossFit. To see if you can do it. To push yourself beyond what you think are your limits, and come out stronger on the other side.


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I want to go!
What's wrong with me?


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I wonder how the guys from seal fit would do at the games?


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I have been waiting for this for awhile. It is time to see seal fit on the journal, it may explain a lot of peoples questions about the program.


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Rachel, I want to go to! What's wrong with us!?

Looking forward to watching a part 2.


replied to comment from john page

John, that second comment made me almost fall off my chair.

I am waiting for the video to load so I haven't seen it. But I have an idea of what is to come. I know being a college athelete a few years out of school, would love to test myself like Football did. This would be a great test, to see what you are made of. Plus how many people out there can say that they did it???

I think that it would be awesome and would be a huge confidence booster.

Love that second comment though, that humor is right up my alley.



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Holy crap, just watched the video...


Just the last comment of the vid. was great "If you are not will to give it your all, do NOT continue."



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Sorry not a fan. I would be very upset if some chubby special forces hard ass was yelling at me and spraying water on my face. Btw what's the point of the water anyway.


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This is a mental challenge disguised as a physical one. People who would shun this type of challenge are of an insecure mindset, fragile ego and afraid to come out of their comfort zones they've built up over the years.


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let me first say i will definitely be watching this series as i think it is very interesting. but i would never go through it. It is just not for me. i train and fight professionally but know there is no way that i could listen and follow orders that i felt were not necessary. It is for this reason that I have a tremendous amount of respect for those that can go through this. especially when lives depend on it as i know there is no room or time for descent or reluctance. pretty impressive what the real SEALs and vets can go through mentally. Much appreciated.


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Cool video! Been waiting for this since the "trailer".

I hope they release the next one tomorrow :D


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This is both a physical and mental challenge. It is not about following orders. It is about finding out who your are deep down inside. For me completing this camp, Kokoro 11, was a significant accomplishment. It has definitely made me a better athlete, better father, better husband and better person. The instructors are some of the finest people I have ever come across. They are there to take you on a journey few people have the courage to take. You will know exactly what you are made of after completing this camp.


replied to comment from john page

Before I joined the U.S. Navy, I had learned that this type of training was off limits to women and I had access to only being support or EOD. I wanted Navy Seal. It's a damn honor to see Kristen Clever in this video. Why would we subject ourselves to this shit for a "gold pot" or recognition? Because the mental game in play; the ability to achieve optimum performance when you feel like quitting; kinda like life when you banged your head on a door you should of closed and the pain vibrates through your skull. How much can I take and keep moving forward? It's that what Crossfit is about? No like, don't play.


Tammi Byxbee wrote …

As a former Marine, I too was happy to see Kristen in this video-the whole video was excellent-this is the type of training I enjoy-the mental conditioning to move past your own pain or discomfort and put your focus on the success of your team.


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Don't forget Caity! She's in there with Kristen as well! Go girls! So excited to see what's next.


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I believe it was november/december issue of mens journal in which it called crossfit sadistic. This training is as well for special people who feel something is missing and want to fill that void or want to endure a new challenge. Hmmm , water and no sand rolls >;


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ahh reminds me of my days as a commando.


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"At first I wanted to chastise you, but then it turned to pity for you."

There might be something wrong with me. I tend to snicker or laugh, but have never gone to "pity" when reading a forum post. Maybe its because I don't have life-altering experiences every new work out I try. Here's to hoping though ... going to find something inane on T-Nation and write a paper on Existentialism.

Oh, yeah ... wicked training >


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I started sweating just watching. Oh boy! Reminds me of El Cid old corps. Nothing like JSD though. Awesome. The water is a nice addition. Miserable. Almost like voluntary water boarding-well maybe not. I love it.


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Looking forward to this series more than any other series before, and that's saying something. Takes a lot of guts and strong will to subject yourself to this kind of training and I'm in awe of the people who have it.


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Did anyone love the part where the instructor started laughing when Kristen was trying to help the guy in front with his belt? Those crossfitters are going to kick ass.


Josh Groves wrote …

I love physical and mental challenges. I'm out on the hazing though.


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#5 It's so funny how americans have been brainwashed to think they are free... your government made a damn good job !


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I may be wrong (and we'll see) but I just don't see Mikko, Greg or Kristen being mentally broken.


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Looks like a huge waste of time to me. There are people in the active-duty military (all services) with multiple deployments to live combat zones. If you want to get some, get some. There is a spot for you to do the real sense in going to fantasy camp.


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Many good comments, first I would like to say that I was the one who said at age 44 why would I do something like this? I have nothing to prove to myself. I have been in athletics all my life from competitive skiing to ultra events and Crossfitting since 2005. Coach Divine encouraged me to do this and as his Head Coach at USCF I was reluctant but felt obligated since I am on his coaching staff for the immersion camp. This is not a military fantasy camp or a condescending beat down of personality or character rather it is a Training program that will provide the tools necessary for becoming a better person at home, work or the mental challenges in your CF box or sport. Trust me when I say and you can ask any graduate of this program it is less about taking orders and much, much more about camaraderie and teamwork. Special thanks to all of our Military across the globe and we thank you for all you do.


replied to comment from Dan Miller

Thanks Dan. This is really cool!


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I really wanna see the next video right now!!! Gonna be a sick series


The pity I feel for John is based mostly on his statement that there is no pot of gold for doing this kind of thing. He is sure of himself, even though it is clear that he has never tried this type of thing before, much less succeeded at anything like it. I pity him for his lack of courage, and his willingness to test his own resolve and character. I pity John for not being proud of others who do have the courage even though success is not guaranteed. Pity however, need not be taken as a negative connotation as it often is. Would you prefer if I said that I felt sorrow for John or that I feel compassion for his lack of understanding? Would those terms suffice for John? Whatever the jargon, or text I mean only to say; even though I pity John for going to that code pink rally, and driving that solar powered Prius, I do applaud his convictions toward philanthropy in his chosen pursuit.


Zach Even - Esh wrote …

HOLY S**T I was nervous just watching this video!

I have HUGE respect for the men and women who MAKE it through this course, from what I understand, 50 hrs of training with a 20 minute total of sleep

Rob O, Greg A, Tommy H and the crew who went through this, this stuff just blows my mind!!!

Congrats to ALL!!!



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I'm really interested to see how all this plays out. Especially for those that have had zero exposure to the military training environment. From what I've seen, it's common for one of the SEAL instructors to be constantly making discouraging comments through a bullhorn to get in your head. Contrary to Crossfitters who always cheer on their teammates. When your body is telling you to quit and there is someone talking to you to tell you to quit, that's a whole different ball game. But I'm sure most of them will come out at the other end better tested.

#16 didn't see the point of the water. The things that the military does relies on you being able to maintain procedures under stress. That requires intense concentration. Being able to keep your head in the game while there are other things going on around you or someone trying to distract you is very important. That constant spraying is meant to try to break your concentration because it can get to be very annoying. If you can maintain your composure throughout the evolution while getting yelled at and hosed down, all while your body is telling you to give up, you've won the mental game.

At almost 50, I would do this in a heartbeat. But with a bunch of 20 and 30 somethings, I'd probably slow the team down. I've had some exposure to military training as a Naval Academy student but nothing on this level. I'd do it just to see if I could reach the end.


replied to comment from Charles Bova

Well put motivator!!!


replied to comment from Brian Thurmond

I personnally read the pot of gold comment completely differently. I thought he was pointing out the difference between a person who is going through this type of training evolution for as part of an existing military career vs someone going through for fun. For an actual BUD/S trainee the pot of gold is a trident and a career as a Navy Seal.

For a most civilians, minus the Crossfitters portrayed in the video who see it a professional comparison of how their training product stacks up, the program is seemingly without value. Sure, they will have the knowledge of saying that they have done it which is , I guess, their "pot of gold". It is two entirely different training contexts, which I took to be the point of John Page's comment.

My understanding of BUD/S is that in order to accurately replicate that training, a certain amount of body breakdown is inevitable.

I am wondering if those individuals who went through felt the need to take some additional recovery time afterwards before resuming their normal (strict main site or otherwise) Crossfitting routine.


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I like it...but doing it once "for real" means I'd like not to do it again. I've thought for a long time now that the most formidable mental challenge comes not from people yelling ridiculous comments through a bull horn, but through the pressure of 1) not wanting to fail your buddies, and 2) sleep/food deprivation. Nothing ruins a person's spirit like taking away one meal/day and allowing only minimal sleep (i.e. Ranger School, SERE). And yet, even with that said, CrossFit is certainly doing a great job here.


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What a priviledge it is to test your self and the loyalty of your team. Once again you Crossfit celebrities are living the dream of many of us. Enjoy it and learn from it.


Well sir, neither you nor I should speak as to why a SEAL becomes a SEAL, because neither you nor I are one, savvy? Every guy that I ever met who said he wanted to be a SEAL for the simpleness of just saying he was a SEAL, never became a SEAL. I ain't' saying that it is not possible, just that I think it is not the norm. As far as you saying that the reward for being a SEAL is a stamped piece of metal, I would have to respectfully disagree. Even if it was an initial reason, I doubt it would hold sway for a long career. Sure it is a symbol, a very strong symbol of what it takes to accomplish that goal, but just a symbol.
I agree with both of you questioning if the course would be fun, it would not be for fun. It might be fun-like, funny memories when it is over , but fun is definitely not what I would expect. It would be to test your limitations, to see what you can or cannot endure. There would be nothing fun about finding out that the course surpassed your individual limits, nope not fun. Individual pride, character development, finding your personal courage to continue even though it sucks real bad, that may be how I would describe doing something along these same lines. I don't know though, sometimes people like to say that challenges are fun. That may be.
If I had the capital, I would take off from work and go to this course too...not for fun though. Maybe after my taxes are done and I get a re-fund, and I save a little bit more. I would pay the 1300 bucks to go. The top mens no 1, 2, and 3 games finishers from 2009, as well as 2010 women champ have all done the course. They have nothing to prove, yet they see its value.
I took from the comments as being pretentious, and condescending. I took him to be asking; why would any idiot subject him/herself to this kind of thing without getting some reward out of it.


Dustin Kreidler wrote …

Stop bickering over your interpretation of other people's comments. Quite the flame war. I expect all of you to hug and make up at the code pink rally, dammit.

That said, this looks like an amazing experience, even if I harbor the secret fear that I would crack like an egg, or if I did make it through, do so in a state of near catatonic shock. (ie, I have nothing but the *highest* regard and respect for anyone, military or civilian, who can make it through this type of training for *ANY* reason.)


Alex Castro wrote …

I wanna go! I just have to find 4 weeks off and the $5,000 to do it!
Greetings to all from Mexico!


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Very nice video. Can't wait to see the rest


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Awesome vid can't wait for the next! Great program to go thru not only to test your physical but mental strength as well.


replied to comment from john page

In regards to your comment of why would a person do this, the question is why not? Why not push yourself to the limit to see if you can do it? If you tell yourself that you can't or that there is no purpose, than why do most of the things you achieve in life? I look at life this way to some degree. What I have learned in Crossfit is that it isn't all about me somedays, it is about the team that I am with, it is also a test to see how far my body is willing to go without quitting. I would have loved to have been a Navy Seal, but when I joined the military in 98', women were not allowed to be TACP's, PJ's or SEALS. This would be a phenomenal experience for many of us who may or may not have had the dream to achieve something that was bigger then ourselves, that is how I see Crossfit and that is how I see this test that all these elite's are putting themselves through. Congrats to them.


replied to comment from banuelos jesse

the point of the water is annoyance. They are trying to see if they can "break" them by annoying them with water. Also, they are NAVY Seals, they play in water....


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im really going to like watching this.


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Wheres the next video already???? I cant wait!


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Someone made a comment about the duration being 4 weeks...but i thought they said in the video it was only a weekend...clarification?!¿ Also, someone said they don't see Greg, Mikko, or Kristan being broken...nor do I see it. Not to take anything from the others, but through their various vids, these 3 have proven to me that their mentality is on another level. I went to basic training a few years ago and was expecting the training to be like this...the intensity of the coach's was similar to our drill sergeants, but we were only subjected to the insane bouts of exercise for like an hour or so at a time, two, maybe three times a day...every other day at most. Granted, I am not a Ranger, or a Seal, or even infantry, but this is what I was expecting. This video sent chills down my it!


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SO.... F@CKING...... AWESOME......


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Completely awesome!!!! as a Marine for 14 years, i'd love to attend this. HOWEVER, what's up with the fat guy running around worrying about belt loops?!?! Dude was sweating gravy! anyways the other instructors looked legit! SEAL FIT is a great program.


replied to comment from Greg Popejoy


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