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SEALFIT Part 3 by Various - CrossFit Journal


By Various

In Athletes, CrossFit, LEO/Mil, Videos

January 16, 2011

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.

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.

So how do you get through a challenge that’s specifically designed to break you physically?

In Part 3, Mark Divine of SEALFIT explains that conquering challenges is about mental strength and teamwork. If you focus on small victories, breathing and teamwork—simple things that can sustain you in a storm—you’ll be able to go further than you thought possible.

“Collapse your reality to the now,” Divine says. “Set very, very short-term goals, achieve victory at them, and move on. Let those victories stack up, and the end result will be total victory.”

Some of the students learn this lesson, while others struggle. And some thrive.

“It’s been fun. It’s been really fun,” Salo says with a smile as darkness falls on Day 1. “At the moment, I’m not even near by my physical limits.”

Will the Finn’s legendary work capacity and Sisu get him through the rest of the trials at Kokoro Camp?

7min 17sec

Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 146, originally aired Nov. 17, 2010.

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19 Comments on “SEALFIT Part 3 ”


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Of course it's easy for Mikko, everything is easy for him !!! =)


Rob McBee wrote …

Love this series! Better than any 'reality' b.s. on television. Greg A., Tommy Hacks, Mikko, and all these guys = warrior spirit and great attitude. Bring on Part 4...


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can't wait for the next one!!


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Something came to mind as I watched...
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going"
Chucking sand in the face of that guy being dragged along, training like that builds character. But it does make vision and breathing somewhat problematic!
Looking forward to installment #4 in due course...


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How much did those packs weigh for Murph? They look heavier than 20 pounds.


Zach Even - Esh wrote …

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! If I try to say anything else it won't do justice!

HUGE respect for all who went through Kokoro and the SEAL Fit Coaches!



Gerard Mcauliffe wrote …

I love this series. As usual Mikko makes it look easy!


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I believe the Crossfitters that participated already had the heart and fortitude to "battle-through" whatever obstacle that lay before them, it just so happened that because they do Crossfit, they don't fear the unknown and unknowable like everyone else. They are all an inspiration!!


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Love it!
Bring on # 4!


Erik Larson wrote …

Our packs weighed about 45lbs... When they announced Murph at 9 hours into the training, I thought "Uh oh..." What an experience... So amazing to be there with my warrior brothers and sisters... Kokoro 12 was epic!!!


wrote …

Killing Murph would be hard after a day like that. I can't wait to see it...


wrote …

This stuff is getting so good. they could make a reality series out of putting elite crossfitters in tough/stressful/insane situations. release the next one!


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Love the comment about Murph ("it wasn't a 'hero' workout, it was Wednesday") as it puts SEAL fitness & fortitude into perspective. Nice video series.


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Great series. It would be nice if the clips were longer though.

I'd hate to be someone who wears contacts and getting sand thrown in my face or having to 'get sandy'. I remember when I was getting my diving certification and we were about to do a beach dive. The instructor was deciding if the surf was too rough so I decided to do some body surfing in the meantime and got hit by a pretty hard wave and lost a contact. My vision for the rest of the morning was pretty messed up having to rely on one eye.


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Agreeing with James, longer clips please. I sense a lot of teamwork in these challenges and I love it. I can hear Kristan Clever throwing out advice during the sand bag hold. And nice job on the pull ups with the heavy pack on your back. phenominal...


Ben O'Grady wrote …

I did Murph once with a 30 lbs pack and it was brutal. Took me 55'. The air squats and pushups were manageable but the pullups totally sucked...the shifting weight screws up your kip and it was hard to do more than 1-2 pullups at a time. Big ups to anyone who can accomplish this with 45 lbs.


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I love watching Kristan Clever. She is tough but always comes across humble, positive and a team player. Watching her pull up her team member during Murph squats is an inspiration. Physically, I don't think I will ever perform like her, but her mental attitude is one I can always work toward. Thanks for this clip.


wrote …

So awesome. Would love to watch the full version of Mark's lecture on mental toughness.


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Embrace the suck!

Love that.

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