Over the past few months we have received several emails wanting to know how to deal with cold water.
They are asking about dealing with the ice bath at SEALFIT 20X Challenge, Kokoro, Spartan Race, Tough Mudder and Bone Frog Challenge events.
This is also good on how to prepare for the cold during the BUDS wetsuit appreciation swims.
Check out these tips to get you on your way to working around the obstacle of cold water immersion.
You will become one with the water like a frog.
Take a cold shower
Get used to being in cold water in a familiar environment. Time how long you can stay in. Each time add an extra minute.
A real life example is that the water in the showers at the Alcatraz prison was kept warmer then usual so that prisoners could not acclimatize to colder water and use that during their potential escape.
Check out this video on tips how a soft Florida boy survived cold water in BUDS
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QUESTION: What is a good book about BUDS to let me know more of what to expect?
Answer: We like the book Breaking BUD/S: How Regular Guys Can Become Navy SEALs as it gives a pretty accurate description of what to expect.
I wish I would have had this book at 19 years old when I decided to go to BUDS.
The book is great but you will still have to go out and train really hard and of course not quit.
Video: Acclimation to cold water and mud
Check out O’Neill Wetsuits Reactor 3/2mm Full Suit @ Amazon.com
Video – 25 Minute Cold Water Sit
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Video – Stew Smith cold water immersion and shooting
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Questions from athletes in our gym and readers online.
Question: “how do you prepare for cold water in special forces and obstacle course racing?” Check out the tips on cold water above.
Question: Coach, what is the wetsuit appreciation swim at BUDS?
Question: What is the 20X ice immersion test?
Question: What is the wetsuit appreciate swim at BUDS?
About the Author:
Brad McLeod knows first hand about mental toughness after being kicked out of a top tier Spec Ops training unit. He failed out of BUD/S the first time after failing a math test (made it through Hell Week and Dive Pool Comp). He came back a year later and graduated and served as an operator on the Navy SEAL Teams with a total of 6 years of military service.
Today he is one of the most sought after mental conditioning coaches in the world traveling to Ireland, Southern California, Montana, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Canada, Alabama and parts unknown in north Florida. SEALgrinderPT audios and Ebooks have been downloaded in 40 different countries around the globe. Contact Brad firstname.lastname@example.org
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