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 9, two team missions are on the schedule: one in the mountains and the other on the beach. The mountain recon mission takes place through the night and attempts the impossible: to finish a mission never finished before.
“You know you’re past that point of tired to exhaustion, so you’re just going to do it. It’s a pretty awesome feeling when you’ve done so much,” says one team member.
The following morning, the group breaks into two teams for the beach mission.
“Everything that we’ve learned up to this point will come into play in this mission,” says SEALFIT founder Mark Divine.
One team leads an assault and has but seven minutes to run over a mile through the sand and surf to scale a lifeguard platform without using the stairs. On their way back, Divine tells them to ford a river and each find a rock “that represents how big your will to live is.”
Meanwhile, the other team is providing support, burying themselves in the sand for cover and resisting the urge to sleep after days without it. The mental and physical challenges continue as the athletes reach the home stretch of their stay at Kokoro Camp.
Video by Rogue Fitness.
Additional reading: Forging Elite Leadership by Greg Amundson, published April 18, 2011.