Hey guys my name is Parker and i have wanted to become a seal for about 8 months now. Before i started training i weighed 210 with 40% body fat now i weight 155 with 10% body fat. I can pull off about 10 pullups, 60 pushups, and 80 sit ups. I run a 6:50 mile and i used to run a 18:00 mile. Now i will tell you my weight lifting max Bench press 160 1x5 Squat 210 2x8 deadlift dont know bad form.
Now i am trying to get a ruitnee going so in 4 years i will be ready. I no most of you will think i am just a kid, and i will have plenty of time when i get older, but i want to get all my lifts, and pushups and pullups up by the time i enroll. Thank you.
That's awesome that you are getting into this now, so that you are prepared for 4 years from now. Too many people want results within a month or a few weeks.....many don't realize that it takes years of constant dedication to get serious results.
That said, there are several good premade programs in the stickies that you could do. I would run "starting strength" first, before you move onto anything else, because that program (along with a proper diet) will get your main lifts up in the fastest way possible. Once you stall on that program, which shouldn't happen for at least a few months providing you are eating enough to recover properly, you can then choose another program depending on your goals:
Baby got back
any of the WBB programs
Any suggested routine in the "Tom Muttafis Q&A thread"
But definately start with Starting strength, as that will get your squat, deadlift, bench, press, and clean up in the fastest and most efficient manner.
www.crossfit.com (WFS). CrossFit is the ideal training regimen for military, police and firefighters. I can almost guarantee your pull ups and push ups will increase. Spend a couple hours or ays reviewing the website. I think you'll be impressed. Good Luck!!
Back Squat 435lbs
Shoulder Press 195lbs
Bench Press 315lb
Being able to do a lot of pullups and pushups is really a test of muscular endurance for those lifts, and while any one of the programs I suggested would certainly help, it probably wouldn't be the best solution if that is your primary goal.
There are specialized "100 pushup" programs you can find with a quick google search. I'm sure there are similar pullup programs to be found that way as well.
Back Squat 435lbs
Shoulder Press 195lbs
Bench Press 315lb
SEALs are really into "Crossfit" ~ it' is a near religion among many Teams.
How much are you swimming?
I have a friend who is a SEAL, and he said that the swimming/ diving is the part that most people can't cope with.... that and the constant cold.....
Swimming in the summer is fine, but you'll need to be able to do just as well in the winter as well..... Keep in mind that the water tempature in San Diego is frigid even in July....
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I read somewhere recently that the Navy is starting to recruit at endurance-type events. Think Xterra, Ironman, etc. Apparently Seal training is all about endurance, so I'd look into Crossfit, swimming (pool, ocean if possible), SCUBA, off-road triathlons, trail running, etc. I think endurance will be far more important than brute strength.
i know your only 14 but your best option is to head down to the recruiting station and PT with them. you might also want to keep your options open. because i know that you cant enlist into the SOCOM fields without some type of waiver when you are recruited. im personally in the marines and did some work with the seals when i was in iraq in 2008/2009. they are a bunch of cool ass dudes and i have crazy respect for them.
but you might want to start reading about the navys officer program. im sure it would be a lot easier to get accepted into the BUD/S as an officer. as far as enlisted i know that none of the guys we worked with were just right out of bootcamp to the seals. they all had at least 4 years of active service in just a regular infantry MOS. most of them were actually all marines before moving over to the navy to go to BUD/S it was a bonus they got for re-enlisting to try out.
some other options are to look at the other branches too. i dont know how head strong you are on the SEALs but you got the armys rangers and green berets, the marines marsoc and recon, and the airforce para rescue and combat controllers. the seals are pretty elite compared to them. but an idea would be to get in the marines and go MARSOC then re-enlist to the navy to try out for BUD/S. im not saying it cant happen to go to BUD/S as a first time enlisted but it is very unlikely.
as far as training, the seals or any high echelon of infantry they are more about perfect and water tight proficiency when it comes to weapons handling, marksmanship, communication, team work, and anything else it takes to clear a room with another guy and leave without a scratch. with that reason is why they really dont consider first time enlisters for the BUD/S program, not saying its impossible just highly unlikely.
for the physical aspect, really thats the easy part. if you treat every time you train as if its hell week (minus the no sleeping) you would be ready to take it on. crossfit is the best measurement for what they do on a daily basis.
but the best of luck to you. train hard and stay focused and you can get the gold trident someday.
i was just searching a bit and came up on this off the navy website:
By law, only men are eligible to apply for the SEAL program. Upon joining the Navy, you must:
* Meet specific eyesight requirements: 20/40 best eye; 20/70 worst eye; correctable to 20/25 with no color blindness
* Meet the minimum Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) score: GS+MC+EI=165 or VE+MK+MC+CS=220
* Be 28 years old or younger
* Be a U.S. citizen
* Pass a physical examination required for divers
You must also complete the Physical Screening Test Requirements:
* Swim 500 yards within 12 minutes 30 seconds
* Rest 10 minutes
* 42 push-ups within 2 minutes
* Rest 2 minutes
* 50 sit-ups within 2 minutes
* Rest 2 minutes
* 6 pull-ups (no time limit)
* Rest 10 minutes
* 1.5 mile run within 11 minutes 30 seconds
* Pass a Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL BUD/S physical fitness screening test in Boot Camp and in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) in order to qualify for a SEAL contract
Last edited by gmen5681; 06-29-2010 at 02:50 PM.
i would think they want smaller, lean very very fit guys. being big is impractical for a military unit like that
ryan hale's son is under contract for BUDS i think..... maybe he'll post about his thoughts
Last edited by f=ma; 06-29-2010 at 07:13 PM.
actually most of them were taller than 5'8". i would say most of them were 5'11"+. i think the shorter guys fall out quicker because of the running and swimming. since the tall guys have the advantage. but as far as build they were on both ends. there were a couple of them that were 175ish with low bf. and then there were a couple guys that were built a lot like Tom Mutaffis is. 230-240 and just solid but not crazy definition. the thing i thought was cool was they were all real down to earth. most people think of them as these crazy killing machines covered in blood and dirt 24/7. but they arent at all. very relaxed and calm even with explosions and ambushes the guys were cool as could be.
Being a SEAL is more a mental test than say a physical. I have a friend who is a SEAL and said that hell week is rightfully called as such for a reason.
I second the suggestion about simply going and asking the recruiters. They'll likely be happy to discuss all of it with you. There must be info on SEAL training online.
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As for the lifting i think i will start with starting strength and add in pushups and pullups im still conserned with my pullups though beacuse they could change the requirments by the time i enroll.
Bench Press 245x1
Back Squat 225x3 (ATG)
Dead lift 275x1
your pull ups will come fast, just do a max set every day. or there are a TON of pull up programs out there that you could follow to increase them, but as far as the 28 year old thing, its 28 or younger. so minimum would be 17 with parents consent, but regardless i would recommend going 03XX in the marines first to become more proficient in being a war fighter. infantry in the army would work too, but i would highly recommend the marines over them, and im not saying that because im in the marine infantry. i say it because i have worked with soldiers and their tactics and just overall the way they are trained for combat sucks. im not saying that to put down soldiers at all, but its true. for instance when i was in Iraq soldiers are about 2 times more likely to get ambushed over marines because they know that we are just better at doing what we do. we would actually mark out vehicles with US ARMY just to see action more often, as ******ed as it sounds. if you do have any questions about the marines please feel free to PM me. ive been in for almost 4 years now and getting ready to get out. i wont lie to you like the recruiters will.