No, I’m not a Navy Seal. But I was trained by one! (Sorta.)

In ’97 I saw these fitness tapes in a Things You Never Knew Existed magazine. I ordered one (Navy Seal * Navy Seal Workout Challengeir?t=&l=as2&o=1&a=B0000A5BW1&camp=217145&creative=399373 - The Navy Seal Workout) and then eventually ordered all four.

caracciThis guy trained me via VHS. So tonight I was working out and had a flashback to 1997 and started working out the way Caracci taught–calisthenic exercises followed by dynamic stretching. Lots of push-ups and stomach work.

I did 3 sets of 30 push-ups, several sequences of stretches, some deck squats, and some stomach work.

Some of the stretches involve a lot of movement, which reminded me how important movement is when you sit and slouch all day.

For me there’s a huge correlation for your capacity to move and how good you feel about things. It has to be frustrating to lose your ability to move as you sink deeper and deeper into the office chair.

As much as I love kettlebells, nothing substitutes for actually getting out there and doing some movement and Chris Caracci’s tapes help.

The only thing some of his tapes are missing is leg work. That’s why I added in the deck squats. Caracci has a tape that takes about 40 minutes to get through called the Burnout PT.

One of the things I learned from Caracci is that if you push past your limits physically, it translates into a capacity to do the same mentally. After lots of drinking and a steady diet of B’s in college, I kicked it up before my final semester and started doing Caracci’s Deathwish PT. The following semester I got straight A’s while working 40 hours a week.

It’s kind of like the Greeks said, “A healthy mind in a healthy body.”