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The Navy SEALs Workout

Navy Seals PT Gym Blog

As our favorite terrorist Osama Bin Laden recently got to observe up close and personal, the Navy SEALs are recognized as the world’s most highly trained maritime warriors. Navy SEALs, named after the environment in which they operate (the Sea, Air, and Land) are the foundation of Naval Special Warfare combat forces formed in 1962. Training is extremely demanding, both mentally and physically, and initial training is based on three core pillars:

  1. Men of Character: Who will uphold the Navy Core Values – Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
  2. Physical: Physically fit and capable in every environment, especially the water.
  3. Technical: Finally, maritime Special Operations require SEALS who are intelligent and can quickly learn new tasks.

Following basic training, Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) Training begins. The Physical Fitness Test is given to ensure that all applicants for the SEAL program display a standard level of athletic proficiency before arriving at BUD/S. You should be in a progressive physical conditioning program to best prepare yourself for the demands of BUD/S training.

The PFT is a competition with yourself and you are encouraged to achieve your personal best in each event. The PFT should neither be difficult nor demanding for the well trained candidate.

Here are the minimal standards for the Navy SEALS’ BUD/S training program, Are you up to it?

  • 500-yard swim using breast and/or sidestroke in under 12 minutes and 30 seconds 10-minute rest
  • Perform a minimum of 42 push-ups in 2 minutes 2-minute rest
  • Perform a minimum of 50 sit-ups in 2 minutes 2-minute rest
  • Perform a minimum of 6 pull-ups (no time limit) 10-minute rest
  • Run 1 ½ miles wearing boots and long pants in under 11 minutes and 30 seconds.

The BUD/s PFT is a tough workout. If you’re tough enough, give it a try!