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 10, the challenge wraps up. The athletes return from the beach and take on another form of mental conditioning: yoga.
“Yoga is not about flexibility; it’s about developing your spirit,” says SEALFIT founder Mark Divine.
Just when relaxation has finally set in, a barrage of cold water brings the athletes back to reality. More log drills show just how tough these competitors really are, and from four teams they become one.
“One of the key tenets of mental toughness is to remain calm under pressure, to be able to make decisions in the midst of chaos, and so we try to induce chaos amongst the team but also amongst certain individuals,” Divine says.
“Keep on smiling. It’s all in your attitude,” says one of the SEALFIT trainers.
Afterward, athletes share their special moments.
“I never thought I would be able to do this, ever,” says one of the athletes. “This is about testing heart, you know? When do you get to test your heart ever? It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”
Video by Rogue Fitness.
Additional reading: Pre-SOF Training by Robert Ord, published Dec. 1, 2007.