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Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet Hardcover – November 3, 2015
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It's hilarious―LeBron James
This is 100% Jesse. Do it differently and you get different results. That's the way he has operated his entire life and it has worked beautifully.―Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski, Duke Basketball head coach
Jesse is a risk taker and is always trying different things to get better. Plus, he's fun to go out with.―Tom Brady, New England Patriots, four-time NFL Champion, two-time NFL MVP
Most of us go through life on auto-pilot. New day...same routine. This guy beamed a "live action hero" into his living room for 31 days to shake up his life. Sometimes you have to have the guts to do something radical to get results.―Dolvett Quince, The Biggest Loser
Jesse knows what it takes to succeed in business and in life - a Don't Quit attitude! Our US Military embraces that attitude in training and survival, no one more so than the elite Navy SEALs. When my pal invites SEAL into his world, Jesse's life is never the same again! The relationship between these guys is outrageous - it's like the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air meets Rambo! But with all the insanity there are strong life messages, hysterical moments, and great lessons to be learned. Like Jesse, this book is a HIT!―Jake Steinfeld, chairman and founder of Body by Jake
George Foreman once gave me great advice. When I told him my husband ran 100 miles non-stop he said, 'Sara, don't try to understand a man like that. Just love him.'―Sara Blakely, Founder of SPANX, Jesse's wife
"Living With A Navy Seal is funny and compelling with practical wisdom that leaves the reader feeling elevated and empowered. It also deeply impacted my own personal journey to health, fitness and well being."―Cory Booker, US Senator for New Jersey
About the Author
Jesse Itzler eats only fruit 'til noon, loves Run-D.M.C., and enjoys living life "out of the box." He cofounded Marquis Jet, the worlds largest prepaid private jet prepaid flight card company which he and his partner sold to Berkshire Harhaway/NetJets. Jesse then helped pioneer the coconut water craze with Zico coconut water, which was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company. He is a former rapper on MTV and he produced both the NBA's Emmy Award-winning "I Love This Game" music campaign and the popular New York Knicks anthem "Go NY Go." When he is not running ultra marathons, eating vegan food or being a dad to his three kids, Jesse can be found at the NBA's Atlanta Hawks games, where he is an owner of the team. He is married to Spanx founder Sara Blakely.
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I had a similar experience reading Jesse Itzler's informative, inspiring and hilarious fitness memoir, "Living with a SEAL."
Itzler is a compulsively motivated human being who has achieved crazy success in entertainment, business, and fitness (to say nothing of marriage) by doing things others haven't thought of, view as contrarian or consider bat-shit insane. (is "bat-shit" hyphenated?)
In LWaS, Jesse recounts the intense, month-long training hell he brought on himself by inviting a real-life Navy SEAL to live with him and his family. Early in the book I was thinking, "...maybe I should turn up the heat on my workouts and push the limits of my mind and body." Then I read about Jesse's torn muscles, hypothermia and bloody nuts (yes, those kind of nuts), and thought, "naaahhh."
Indeed, Jesse holds back none of the grueling details involved in training with one of the world's most elite warriors and the marital complexities that arise when you host him in your family's apartment.
Like SEAL, Jesse has one speed: 110% x 24 x 7. He's also a little bat-shit insane and a really funny writer. If you're into fitness and/or crazy people, you'll love Living with a SEAL.
Jesse is about pushing the boundaries and doing things "outside-the-box." He's all about fitness, eating healthy, (only fruit until noon) running marathons, and staying in tip-top shape. Oh, and he's also a husband and father to four children.
This book tells the tale of when he hired a Navy SEAL to live with him and his family for 31 days to get him in the best shape of his life. The SEAL, who is only referred to as SEAL throughout the book, is a simple, no nonsense, tough as nails, light on words, bad-ass. The SEAL is known as "the toughest athlete on the planet" and when you read the book you understand why.
We follow these two over the 31 days while Jesse still works flying back and forth between New York and Atlanta, Boston, and to their getaway home in Connecticut.
Jesse is put through a torturous routine of running, push-ups, pull-ups, weight-lifting, sit-ups, box jumps, burpees, and other exercises that push the human body to the limit.
It's a fantastic book and Jesse has an incredible sense of humor. There were a handful of times where I was literally laughing out loud.
Dianne and I ran our first marathon last year so this book was relatable in many ways with regards to the training necessary to prepare the body for a 26.2 mile race but these guys run races of 100 miles and more.
We learn some valuable lessons in this book about living in the moment and just how much our bodies and minds are capable of if we just push through.
This book was published in 2015, five years after the actual 31 days. It receives a 4.7 rating on Amazon with 717 reviews and Goodread reviewers give it a 4.23 after 2,305 ratings and 285 reviews. I absolutely loved this book and I couldn't put it down. Anyone who enjoys running, fitness, and eating healthy will enjoy it as well. I give this one 5 stars.
My take away from the book - "What you think you're capable of is actually only about 40% of what you are truly capable of" (paraphrasing).
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