The WNBA team was “surprised” with the intense workout, which was run by former Navy SEAL John McGuire. The ladies were subjected to rope drills, carrying one another from one point to another, a last-man-standing flutter-kick battle, and a whole lot of push-ups.
Natasha Lacy, who plays guard and is a new addition to the Mystics roster this year, shared: “On the calendar it said ‘team bonding,’ so we’re thinking rock climbing or ‘you fall back I’ll catch you.’ Tug-of-war type stuff. We pull up to the park and see a Navy SEALs Humvee and everybody was like, ‘Uh-oh.’”
Lacy shared further: “There was one drill where we had to paddle a boat, turn it around and carry it in a race… it seems like it would be an easy thing to do. But there are six paddles and we’re taking direction from one person.”
Another new addition to the Mystics roster, forward-center Ashley Walker, shared: “I’m not gonna lie, I was not excited when I found out what we were doing, but when you get out there and you have this man telling you that he’s fought for his country, our country, and he’s done things that he didn’t ever think he could do. He’s been in gun fights and knife fights and he’s here to train me? You can’t help but respect that.”