Stew Smith's Navy SEAL Grinder PT - The Key to Mental Toughness Program (Book / eBook)
The definition of "grinder' is the concrete-asphalt area at BUD/S where the students do their calisthenics workouts. It is surrounded by pullup bars, dip bars and the instructors, training officer, and commanding officer's offices. You have the constant feeling of always being watched while you are on the "grinder". So, put out hard, count loud, and cheer your class through the workout or you will wind up doing the workout "wet and sandy" or spend an hour in the leaning rest!
The Grinder PT Workout has been developed out of a concern for those future BUD/S candidates who may not be as prepared for SEAL training as they thought they were. Many members of the StewSmithFitness.com as well as readers of the Complete Guide to Navy SEAL fitness have stated that they felt like they were in great shape when they arrived to BUD/s, but some were not prepared for the verbal harassment and mind games of the instructors. Statistics kept since the beginning of SEAL training say that most of the people who quit BUD/S do so in the first 3-4 weeks. This program is designed around those first 3-4 weeks with many events of mental and physical challenges. This is not a workout that I would recommend to do often. In fact, it is so challenging that is may be best done only once and kept as a reminder and reference guide to the certain mental challenges you will face prior to Hell Week. My BUD/S class had over 120 people start in the first weeks and lost over 40 prior to Hellweek and another 40 in Hellweek.
To give you an idea of what type of mindset you should have prior to arriving at BUD/S is the goal of this program. Of course, you have to prepare to get TO BUD/S by acing the PST, but you also have to prepare for the events to get THROUGH BUD/S - that means longer runs, swims, and get used to carrying the load (boats, rucks, logs, people).
For instance, I have always stated that you should go to BUD/s with the mentality of competing to win every event such as the runs, swims, o-courses, but at the same time be a cheerleader to those behind you and cheer them onto finishing. You should not go to BUD/s with the mentality of just surviving and striving for the minimum standards.
Testimonial: I did Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness and built a solid base - able to crush the PT test and more. Then did Phases 2/3 and built on that even more. After Phase 4, I thought I would get my butt kicked as it is a bit of a gut check but I actually came back stronger increasing in PT numbers, runs, and swims. I did eat and sleep well so I am sure that helped especially with the hellweek simulator...AWESOME workout! Jack
From Stew: Phase 4 ot the Navy SEAL Key to Mental Toughness is by far my toughest workout ever created. It resembles a day of BUDS, complete with "wet and sandy", runs after eating, high rep punishment push-ups, 4 mile timed runs, 2 mile swims with fins, log PT simulation, and even a HellWeek Simulator with 3 workouts a day.
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