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The Complete Guide to Navy Seal Fitness Paperback – May 18, 1998

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The "Hypoxic Swim Training" exercises aren't supposed to be done alone--in case you pass out. That should give you a wee taste of how hardcore this fitness program is. But then again, the SEALs' bodies are also quite hard, and author Stewart Smith is no exception--his calves, thighs, and biceps are roughly the same gigantic girth. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the man in charge of training the Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL candidates, he presents here an ultraintensive 12-week program that's designed to help you pass the Navy SEAL fitness test. That's no small feat: SEALs are required to be able to swim 6 miles, run 15 miles, and do 150 pull-ups, 400 push-ups, and 400 sit-ups.

The book is packed with supremely clear step-by-step photographs with accompanying explanations that won't leave you guessing whether you're doing anything wrong. That's a good thing, too, because it would be easy to get confused with the seven types of sit-ups in the abdominal section. The workout's designed to be done without requiring a gym membership, although you will need a chin-up bar and swimming pool to complete the entire workout. There are plenty of stretches and tips on technique to prevent injury, along with an adjustable beginner's four-week program for those who aren't in good enough condition to attempt the main program. So whether you want to become a Navy SEAL--or just look like one--you'll be in good hands with this book. As the Navy Frogmen would say, HOOYAH! (Bullhorn not included.) --Erica Jorgensen

About the Author

Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and author of Maximum Fitness, The TV Watcher's Workout and co-author of The Official Five Star Fitness Boot Camp Workout. He resides near Annapolis, Maryland. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Hatherleigh Press; 1 edition (May 18, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578260140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578260140
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christopher Wanko on April 30, 2001
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Comment about previous reviews: there are ample warnings in the book about resting between sets (Lt. Smith does make recommendations but also tells readers to take as much time as they need); Lt. Smith gives the reader *choices* and *alternatives* frequently; the only point without compromise is showing up and giving a full effort. I think that's the strongest part of the book.
The other reviews that augment the warnings in the book are dead-on. These workouts are serious challenges to anyone, triathletes and boxers included. Having said that, it's possibly the best workout you can do without weights.
If you can't pass the initial test and the 4 week beginner program is still too hard, halve it (make it 8 weeks, do half the work the first 4 weeks and take a week of active 'rest').
Overall, Lt. Smith sets a high standard for fitness with these workouts, but after reading other reviews, I bought it and will tell you myself: he lays out more than one map to these lofty goals, and his writing encourages you to try and keep trying. I found that to be the difference between this book and any other fitness book. I came away inspired, not intimidated.
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By A Customer on July 23, 1998
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This is definitely high-intensity -- if you're willing to start a 12-week workout that has you doing 660 abdominal exercises on the first day of the second week, this is the book for you.
A couple of caveats:
1. You should be in shape already. The reviewer who said the "beginner's" workout is too hard for most people was absolutely right.
2. You should already be a strong swimmer to be able to accomplish the amount of swimming prescribed.
3. You'd better have plenty of time available to work out. Workouts like:
Run 3 miles. Swim 100m freestyle sprint, then do 25 pushups, 25 ab exercises (repeat swimming/calisthenics 10 times!). Run 3 more miles.
are not exactly the fodder of the "Easy Lunchtime Workout" articles in most fitness magazines!
4. There are a couple of omissions, like how long you should rest between sets. And you'll be doing a *lot* of sets. Fortunately the publisher has a website with a discussion area where Lt. Smith ans! wers questions like this regularly.
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I have owned this book for a couple of months. As a former Marine, I've always enjoyed the PT military style. This book will give you the fitness to accomplish every physical challenge you can think of without involving weights. As a busy salesperson, I don't have the time or place to lift weights consistently but I can do pushups and pullups and run and often swim just about anywhere on my travels. The only caveat I suggest is that for most of us, we need to divide the PT sessions into 2 or more a day if we want to finish it. Also, the jumps in routines actually require longer than he suggests. For instance, he says to run 3 miles one week then 4 miles the next week. More realistically, we should run 3miles, then 3.25, then 3.5, then 3.75 and then 4. THe same with swimming. But this program will get you into shape if you take it more slowly than recommended. So instead of 12 weeks, make it 24 weeks. You'll still be in great shape but not be so pressed for time.
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This books is intended to be a preparation for those who wish to attend Navy SEAL selection. It contains workouts that are specifically intended to prepare the reader for SEAL selection. However, these workouts are equally beneficial to the general public as demonstrated by the physical fitness of Navy SEALS. The workouts contain running and swimming, as well as high intensity/volume callisthenic workouts which cover the entire body. The workouts will not likely build large mass, but instead will build practical strength, and definition
In short though, this book is a general layout of tried and tested workouts used in preparing for Navy SEAL selection. However, it will not provide the personalized tailoring and scientific backing that many modern workout books do provide. An excellent selection though if you want a tough pre-designed workout, that will develop strength, tone, and cardiovascular fitness, without needing any weights.
What this book has:
- INTENSE! Pre-designed 12 week workout, which is intended (if it can be completed exactly as written) to prepare the reader for SEAL selection
- A 4 week workout plan designed to build the reader up to the more intense 12 week plan
- Workouts made up of calisthenics, running, and swimming
- Variation on standard callisthenic drills of pushups, pull-ups, sit-ups, and dips
- Excellent photographs, accompanied by descriptions , explaining how to perform each exercise
- Stretching techniques for the exercises
- Information on how to apply to become a SEAL
- Information on the physical fitness standards applicants need to apply to SEAL school
Example: number of pushups/ sit-ups in 2 minutes, times for running a mile, maximum pull-ups etc.
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Out of speculation and curiousity, I picked up a copy of this Seal Training Book. Bottom-line - VERY well documented and true-to-life book that delivers an honest and pure approach to SEAL training. For all of those people that left comments remarking that this guide was 'too hard', 'not for beginners', or 'too time constraining' then I ask you to please put down this book and pick up - 'a weakling's weekend warriors guide to a want-it-dont-want-it-that-bad 101' I am not pious nor disrespectful, but UDT/SEAL training is SERIOUS BUSINESS not casual telemarketing trash. Bottom-Line ___ GET THIS BOOK IF YOU WANT TO FEEL STRONGER, MORE DISCIPLINED & READY FOR ANYTHING IN LIFE. If you can't meet all of these strict requirements, then back off and do 1/2 of them and then build your self up slowly. I do honestly recommend that you are in decent shape at the genesis of this program. THIS BOOK IS EXCELLENT READING. QUITE comparable to the actual USN SEAL ISSUE GUIDE. GET IT AND GET INTO SHAPE TODAY! *-*-*-*-* GOOD LUCK ~ GODSPEED
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