“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” — Francis of Assisi
July 2014 SEALFIT Monthly Challenge: 100 Rope Acsents in one day. Are you in?
I love challenges. SEALFIT’s HQ crew and I are always challenging each other. Challenges are not only fun, they serve valuable purposes. Challenges train our Kokoro, find our 20X and function as terrific components for teambuilding. Challenges allow us to “Do today what others won’t, so we can do tomorrow what others can’t.” We don’t just know this as a great quote, we seek to live it. Challenges are a benchmark for progress in the SEALFIT Training. For instance, if we perform 1,000 pushups in one hour the first time, we have a benchmark to map our future progress. The workout called Murph, named after Michael Murphy, a fallen Navy SEAL, is a challenging benchmark workout.
You can participate in our posted monthly challenges, or choose one of the listed benchmark challenges below. Substitute any for a workout. My team likes to perform benchmark workouts and challenges on Saturdays, but you can do them whenever they work for your schedule. It’s a good idea to take it easy the day after. Of course, consult your physician prior, blah, blah, blah, and don’t do anything beyond your capabilities. As if you knew what those were…
• 1,000 push-ups
• 1,000 sit-ups
• 1,000 pull-ups
• 100 rope ascents
• 1,000 8-count body builders
• 1,000 Burpees
• 100 Curtis P’s or 100 Man Makers
• 1 mile walking lunge wearing a 20# weight vest
These challenges may seem crazy if you’re new to physical training, but rest assured, they’re achievable and rewarding when completed. If you follow the principles of SEALFIT and you don’t have any physical limitations outside of the norm, you can do this! Don’t hesitate to scale the challenges. The older we get, the more we may need to scale down or establish realistic time expectations, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be done. When you’re ready, execute the first one to understand how shattering that paradigm builds extreme confidence in your ability to push through self-imposed limitations to meet your 20x factor.
Challenging benchmark workouts lead to equally rewarding results. I seek to eliminate fear of hard physical challenges. They all can be done in one rep, one step, one breath at a time. A challenging benchmark workout will end and we will be more powerful because of it. Don’t shy away from a good benchmark workout – embrace the challenge as a useful training tool in your growing arsenal.
Hooyah! Train hard and have fun.