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.
In Part 8, the athletes approach the final stretch. With no sleep for the last 26 hours, over 20 workouts completed and 24 hours remaining, the athletes must forge ahead as a team to finish. SEALFIT founder Mark Divine tells the athletes to help their own get through the remainder of camp.
“I’m not going to take any more quitters,” he says.
It’s all about teamwork to survive SEALFIT. According to Orlando, “When I was really struggling, my team didn’t abandon me. They got behind me.”
The Connecticut strongman says when he was able to get back on his feet, he returned the favor. Orlando says the camaraderie at Kokoro Camp reminds him of CrossFit.
“I think it’s very similar to CrossFit. You know that community in CrossFit is so tight, especially at the upper level. We’re all just friends with each other, you know, and we all cheer for each other when we’re doing workouts, and I think that’s pretty neat,” he says.
Video by Rogue Fitness.
Additional reading: Monster Mash by Capt. Andrew Thompson, published Nov. 1, 2004.