Friday, November 23, 2007

Seal PT in Body MInd Spirit Integration

HOUSTON, July 2004: It was 7:30 in the morning, and I was plastered again. I don’t mean plastered in the usual sense of “way too many beers,” but plastered as in soaking wet, of every fiber of my clothes drenched in sweat. I was half way though an hour of military-style maneuvers. My chest was heaving from a vigorous blend of calisthenics and running/walking. Welcome to SEAL Physical Training (PT), the exercise (some might say torture) program developed by a former U.S. Navy SEAL (Sea, Air and Land).

“Wide-grip push-ups,” called the instructor, “Twenty of them. Starting position. Ready! One, two, three,” he droned. “One,” we completed the four-count chant. “One, two, three,” he repeated. “Two,” we counted the reps. The count volleyed until we reached the magic finishing number of twenty.

With just a millisecond to breathe, the instructor barked, “Close-grip push-ups, twenty of them. Starting position. Ready! One, two, three,” started the chant. “One,” we called back. And so it went as we worked our way through a series of chest exercises, abdominal workouts, tricep dips on the bleachers, step-ups using the benches of picnic tables. I was momentarily relieved when he called for a run/walk (how tragic is that—who would have thought?). “Intervals, at your own pace. Two laps.”

SEAL PT in Memorial Park is the brainchild of Jack Walston, the former Navy SEAL. Walston created the exercise program to give civilians a taste of military physical fitness. Each class is led by a crack former military instructor--a U.S. Army Ranger, a U.S. Navy SEAL, a Navy medic, a couple of Marines.

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