January 27, 2015
People often ask me:
How should I train to become a Navy SEAL, an Army Ranger, or a Marine?
How should I train to become a professional athlete?
Well, there is a lot of good advice out there but in my opinion it all boils down to the following 4 steps:
- Every Day – do something that makes you Stronger!
This might include: push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, hill or bleacher work-outs, Crossfit, PT, weight work-outs etc.
Always keep in mind that there are many people out there who want your place on the team and there are only so many people who will be selected. Do all you can to be the physically strongest person you can be. But, be smart and don’t injure yourself while training.
- Every Day – do something that makes you Faster!
For example; swim sprints, track work-outs or fartleks. Don’t settle with doing the same 7-minute mile pace week after week. Every week, strive to do this run faster.
- Every Day – do something that makes you Smarter!
Study your subject. Be the subject matter expert by reading, watching documentaries, talking with those who know your subject.
For instance, if you want to be a SEAL study US history, study the wars and conflicts in which the US has been involved, learn about low-intensity conflicts, and learn all you can about terrorism, their motives, methods, training etc. Learn what SEALs have done since their inception back in 1962, learn to dive, learn to shoot, learn to jump and learn how to do land navigation.
- And most importantly, Every Day – do something good for somebody!
Help somebody in time of need. Being a member on any Team, a SEAL Team, a member in any military unit or sports team requires team-work and requires good people. Be the best person and the best team-player you can be.
Don D. Mann
SEAL Team (ret)