It is something that we have heard often enough: there is nothing quite like Navy SEAL training, which is why it is being sought after even by people outside of the military, such as businessmen and athletes.
Navy SEAL training is being incorporated into the regimen of athletes preparing for the Olympics. A previous post shared the experience of members of the U.S. Sailing Team. This time around, other athletes also weigh in on their experience with the SEALs.
With the London Summer Olympics barely three months away, SEAL training has become an important part in the preparation of 10 US Olympic teams for their respective sporting events.
Olympic gold medalist Garrett Weber-Gale, who went through the training with Michael Phelps and other swimmers in 2009, shared: “To be honest, after I did it I wanted to mount up and go and try to become a SEAL… I thought about it for about a year. And thought maybe after I was done swimming I would want to do that. I guess what I took away from that was the human body can always achieve more than we believe. And that’s controlled purely by our minds.”
Wendy Borlabi, a sport psychologist with the U.S. Olympic Committee, shared: “You can’t buy what they’re going to teach them in four hours… They’re learning what they’re doing is bigger than themselves. It’s different than when they’re training for the Olympics, which is all centered on them.”
The four-hour “Hell Afternoon” consists of ushups, runs, drenchings in a freezing lake, waiting for orders in a bracing wind, rolling in dirt, and countless group hoists and carries of 200-plus-pound logs.