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It’s called ‘Hell Week’ for good reason

the.guard Monday, 14 September 2020
It’s called ‘Hell Week’ for good reason

It’s the hardest physical challenge of a Navy SEAL’s 24-week training. It’s where the remaining 20% of recruits are whittled down to the 5%.

A former Navy SEAL who got through ‘Hell Week’ shared an important idea that we can all use to get through our challenge.

Hell Week, which begins 2am Sunday, is the most physically gruelling test these recruits will ever go through.

“Come sun up on Tuesday.” Sean Kernan shares from his Navy SEAL father, “And yet there is still so much to go. That's when guys start thinking things like - It's only Tuesday - how am I going to get through all of this?”

Now here’s the yesod.

"The people that start thinking like this” says Kernan, “are the ones that quit"

“Those who make it through, only look a few minutes in front of them. They don't worry about Thursday or Friday. They’re only focused on each individual exercise. They get through it one thing at a time."

Remember: Each day is a battle in and of itself. Focus on staying in the moment. Don’t let the burden of a huge task intimidate you. Break it up into smaller bits and take it down. Hold yourself to a standard.

Most people in the military have tough inner voices that speak to them, “Stop being lazy.”, “Stop getting fat.”

I’ve inherited a bit of that blunt, inner honesty, Sean shares. It’s beneficial to be candid with yourself. Soft inner language can make it too easy to get yourself out of doing things.

During my most busy professional times, the most stressful experiences I’ve ever had, I’ve always found a way to work out. The idea that “you don’t have time” is a hard sell to an honest mind. I’ve always said, “If a president has time to work out, so do I.”

Taking care of your body ensures your mind stays optimized.

A recent post on the forum:

Dear Friends on GYE,

I would like to share something that worked for me during different times this year.

I feel we need to be doing something to distract us while we are going through the struggle. We need to keep ourselves busy so that we stay on track.

nownotlaterSomething I did that Baruch Hashem really helped, was losing weight. Now, losing weight doesnt just mean 5 pounds. BH, since Febuary of this year I lost over 30 pounds and I am hoping to bez"H lose close to 40. I was not over weight by a lot but I needed to lose. Whenever the struggle was hard, this helped keep my mind straight. I decided that losing weight, which includes 4 times a week of 30 minute exercises really helped a ton. I BH feel better.

Last night while I was eating Melaveh Malka with my wife, I was able to tell myself you ate enough and now stop. That shocked me. I closed the lid of the fish and put it in the fridge. There was the sense of control that I would say stop and BH I did.

Not only can losing weight make you more fit and make you more focused, it could also put you in to the drivers seat and say stop when you know that it is done.

Guys we can do it!
A few days to rosh Hashana!

(I am being helped by a dieting coach by the name of Natan Breslow. He gave me an overall exercise with a diet and what and how to eat. He was amazing. He could be reached at

Discipline is the key to so many things in life. Master the art of doing things you don’t feel like doing, and you’ll go quite far.