Photographer: Peter Bohler/Redux
Fitness

The Brutal Navy SEAL-Inspired Workout Program For Civilians

Is running through the mud not tough enough for you? Can you do 50 push-ups, 50 sit-ups, and 50 air squats in two minutes? The $1995 SEALFIT Kokoro Camp program, developed by a retired Navy SEAL commander in Encinitas, California, is a simulation of the SEALs' Hell Week. It boasts of being a grueling boot camp that has never seen a full class finish. Below, a grunt's-eye view. Photographs by Peter Bohler/Redux

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    A camper collapses after a log carry near the end of the 50-hour Hell Week.

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    Kokoro campers jog on Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, California, on day 1, hour 6. 

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    Campers charge into the ocean during "surf torture." Linked arm in arm, they are taught the power of teamwork.

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    Working as a unit to lift tires on the Grinder. 

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    Lying at the shore covered in seaweed, campers brace for impact with the ocean. Saltwater filters in through the nose and mouth, fills the eyes, and rushes into the sinus. This exercise is part of what Navy SEALs consider "drownproofing," a psychological test to break the barrier of fear.

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    Campers are crushed under the "human log cabin" on day 1, hour 1. In this teamwork exercise, they stack their bodies on top of each other while trying to stave off panic. 

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    Coaches look on as campers do sandbag lunges across Moonlight Beach. 

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    Showering off midway through Hell Week.

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    Campers push each other through 40 minutes of belly crawls. They must carry their full rucksacks and a simulation rifle, a PVC pipe weighted with sand.

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    After the first 24 hours, campers are rewarded with much-needed fuel in the form of fruits and bagels. 

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    During the first hours of the program, coaches yell through megaphones, spray campers with hoses, pour buckets of water on them, and step on them. During Navy SEAL training, this exercise is used to simulate the chaos associated with combat.

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    A camper belly-crawls through sand and seaweed on day 1 in a set of exercises called the Beach Games.

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    In a middle-of-the-night drill, campers hold weighted backpacks above their heads.

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    Crawling through a tunnel made of your own classmates. 

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    A 20-mile overnight hump on Palomar Mountain marks the program's halfway point.