You May Think That That You’re Physically Fit Now But Can You:
1. Swim 500 yards (500 m) using breast and/or sidestroke in 12 minutes and 30 seconds, rest for 10 minutes, then
2. Do 42 push-ups in 2 minutes, rest for 2 minutes, then
3. Do 50 sit-ups in 2 minutes, rest for 2 minutes, then
4. Do eight chin-ups (wide grip), rest for 10 minutes, then
5. Run 1.5 miles (2.5 km) wearing boots and pants in 11 minutes and 30 seconds?
If you can, consider this: Those are just the requirements to get into Navy SEAL training – before the actual training begins!
For many years I have been fascinated by the training regime of the military elite. It is both mentally and physically demanding. I have the utmost of respect for the discipline and dedication to training. I love my affiliation with TOUGH MUDDER because of their tireless efforts at raising awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. One of the several charities that I support. The men and women of our military are true heroes and deserve to be treated so.
I have had to completely change my training approach for the rigors of the various obstacles in the courses. The TOUGH MUDDER courses are designed by the British Special Forces to test your mental grit and physical fitness. When you attend one of these events it is difficult not to feel the drive and motivation to be the best that you can be. I must admit that part of my motivation in the last few years has been the people in my life that felt the need to tell me that “I am old”. I am 50 years of age and in better shape than when I was 20. What is the secret? Strong will and desire. The interesting thing is that these same people that have made comments to me, will one day reach my age and I really wonder if they will ever come close to what I have done. Training at the University Of Toronto in Mississauga I have had the pleasure of developing admiration and friendships with individuals in their 80’s that train every day! One of my good friends, Earl Fee, is 84 years of age and holds over 50 world records in running! He works out every day. A true inspiration.
What have I changed? One of the things that I had to change was to increase my cardiovascular fitness. I slowly combined a running routine with my strength training program as well as a swimming regime. The combination has been exhausting but incredible for me. In the last 18 months I have felt myself getting stronger and with a more dedicated diet have become more physically fit. My blood pressure is in the elite range and my resting heart rate has leveled off at 44 beats per minute! My training is definitely working. In the back of my mind I always wanted to test myself with the best. So recently, I decided to try the ‘Navy SEALS Physical Fitness Test’. My results were incredible. All of my components were completed close to to the elite range:
1. The 500 yard (500 m) swim – Completed in 9 minutes and 55 seconds
2. 85 push-ups in 2 minutes
3. 75 sit-ups in 2 minutes
4. 25 straight chin-ups
5. The 1.5 mile (2.5 km) run – Completed in 9 minutes in 50 seconds
It was one of the most difficult physical fitness tests that I have ever done. Certainly, the Firefighter fitness test does not even remotely come close. The test was tough. I gained even more respect for the many men and women that defend our countries. Truly inspiring. The test did tell me that I am on the right track. My training regime is almost perfect (There is always room for improvement). Next step – the Navy SEAL Training Academy? Ha! Ha! Maybe if I was younger. For now I will just gain satisfaction in knowing that no matter how old you are, if you are focused and determined you can do anything.
Very shortly, I will be posting a Military Style training routine as well as my personal training regime in the ‘Training’ section. If you think you are tough enough – try it. If you ‘Believe In Yourself’, you can do anything. One last thing, the next time that someone tells you that you are ‘too old’ – smile and challenge them to a race …