Log PT Tips for Special Forces Athletes

SEAL Grinder PT’s Strength and Conditioning Program is designed specifically to help you build core strength for Log PT and other Overhead Carries.

A wooden log is often used by Special Forces to teach team work and to build athletes ready for hardship.

Logs are usually about 10 to 12 feet in length, 12 inches in diameter and weigh from 200 to 300 pounds.

Occasionally logs are bigger like the infamous “Old Misery” at BUD/S in Coronado, CA.

TIP #1. Be safe.

2. Work together as a team.

3. Listen to all commands from the instructor and team captain.

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Tip # 4. Don’t bail out from under log and leave your buddies.

Tip #5. Work hard to best of your ability

Tip #6. Be aware of where your feet are – don’t stumble.

Question: I don’t have access to a big log. What can I use instead?

We like to use sandbags like the Ultimate Sandbag Power Package.

It is easy to store as you can dump out the sand if it is too bulky and put it in a backpack or luggage to transport.

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Tip #7. Focus on the next command and not getting done.

Tip #8. When lowering the log do not drop.

Tip #9. Be aware of where your feet at when log meets the deck.

Question: What about wearing a weight vest for workouts – do you think that is good?

Yes; wearing a weighted vest is a good idea to get ready for these hard workouts. We like the MiR weighted vest.

We also like to use a ruck (backpack) and you can add a sandbag in the ruck.

How To Prepare for Log PT
You can do overhead shoulder presses with 20 lb dumbbells (or more) and perform many repetitions for endurance. You can also use a sand bag or duffle bag filled with gear.

Log PT tips from BUD/S

Exercises Performed with Log PT

1. Shoulder Press

2. Squat

3. Forward lunge

4. Bench Press

5. Sit up

6. Walk and transit

7. Pushups with feet on log

Question: What kind of boots are issued at BUDS?

The guys are issued Bates 922 boots. These are an all around good boot that drains well and is lightweight. The price is good for under $125 and you will get your moneys worth.

Questions from athletes in our gym.

Question: What are some exercises with wooden logs? Check out the workouts above.

Question: How much does the “Old Misery” log weight at BUDS? it was weighed in 2010 and clocked in at 320 lbs. most logs weigh 250 to 300 lbs. I think just hearing the word “Old Misery” in BUDS makes guys make a frowny face and want to quit. It is a very hard log to work with. Most logs at BUDS weigh 250 to 300 lbs.

Question: How can I prepare to carry the log in BUDS? Use the workouts above. Also go to a training camp that uses logs like SEALFIT 20X, SEALFIT kokoro.

Question: Do you have any log drills videos? Yes; check out the videos above.

Question: How heavy are the logs at buds? The logs in BUDS training are a hundred pounds plus so each trainee will have about 20 to 30 lbs plus on their shoulder. It does not sound like much until you carry it for 2 hours in and out of the surf and do log PT.

Question: What type of wood is navy seals old misery made out of? It is an old telephone – a really large telephone pole.

Question: What is hard thing they make you do with log? Carry over berm to ocean and get log wet. Then hike up and down berm with log. Sucks.

Question: Brad, In addition to personal workouts. I am also a High School PE teacher and Head Football Coach, in rural Nebraska. Do you have any ideas or articles that would be good for team conditioning and/or team building. I would love to hear some of your ideas if you have time. Thank you very much.

Answer: Coach Jim, good to hear from you. I would use the logs as a great team building event. You can get logs in 4 inch diameter all the way up in size depending on your athletes.

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