We get asked a fair amount what equipment or gear you need to complete our SEALgrinderPT (SGPT) Online Training Programs.
We have a couple complete training systems that require some gear. Here’s a quick video of an ideal set up:
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This can be a thick horse stall mat or can be a yoga yoga mat. It is always good to get your butt off the concrete if your doing situps and flutter kicks. If you like the concrete feel – then go for it. This will also be a good place to sit and do your yoga stretching and breath work after the workout.
The yoga mat that I use for bodyweight workouts is the Gaiam yoga mat that I picked up on Amazon. It has held up pretty good despite a ton of abuse.
You can make your own sandbags if your low on cash or good with duck tape. Just put 10 or 20 lbs of sand or dirt in a trash bag. Roll it up with duck tape or add an extra trash bag layer. Eventually you will have a sand bag burrito that you can use to lift and carry.
You can always use and old backpack as an outer cover. So you can put your DIY sand bags inside the backpack. Or just use the backpack itself and fill it full of gear.
This will also be a key piece of equipment for ruck hiking (hauling weight on your back). Knock out a hard workout – then finish it out with a 20 to 30 lb ruck hike through the neighborhood. If you are looking for a good pack check out this article.
Most athletes can start out with 5, 10, 15 and 20 lb dumbbells. As your strength builds you can add heavier weights. The light weight dumbbells can also be used for your warmup getting the heart rate up and muscles warm.
Start out with one kettlebell (the 16 lb) and as you get stronger you can pick up a heavier one. The kettlebell is great for building your entire body. They are impossible to break so they will last a long time and take a beating.
You can pick up a good solid barbell (one that you can leave out in the elements) for under $200. A good barbell that I like is the FringeSport Bomba barbell. You can spend a lot more if you are a competitive lifter. You can pay about $100 but you will get a piece of junk that you will bend.
A good set of sturdy bumper plates is always a staple for the garage gym. You will need at least a pair of set of 45 lbs, 35,25,15 and 10’s Try to find a pair of 10’s that will not bend and taco when you put them on the bar and do warm ups. These bumpers will last forever and do just fine out in the harsh sun and rain.
if you have the extra funds and space —
The bench can be used for many things other than the bench press. It is good to have a flat bench in the garage gym. You can also do ab workouts and sitting dumbbell work.
You pay for what you get with this equipment. You can pick up a lightweight squat stand (that can double as your pull up bar for under $250. If you have a little extra money you can pick up a beefier squat stand (around $450) that will be more stable for pull ups.
If you live in parts of the world where it is tough to get outside because of the conditions – then check out the C2 rower. It only takes up a little bit of space as you can store it next to your bed in a small apartment. Your whole body gets a workout and you can really feel your blood flowing. You can pick up one on Amazon for around $900.
OFF ROAD/MTN BIKE:
I personally ride a bike a few times a week. It is fun cardio, gets you outside and finding places you never knew existed. I highly recommend a good bike as part of your overall fitness. You dont need a fancy expensive mountain bike. You can build a good adventure bike for around $1k that will last you for years.
If you are going to swim you are going to want to have a good mask or at least some googles. You want to find a mask that fits your face really well. If you spend any time swimming you will not want to have your mask flooding with water while you are trying to move forward. Check out the article on SGPT recommended swim fins and dive mask.
TRX TRAINING STRAPS:
This may be the lightest and easiest to carry equipment. The TRX was designed by a Navy SEAL to be able to have a piece of workout gear that you could use in small areas. SEALs are often deployed on ships or small forward operating bases – so you dont have a big open gym to run around in.
Brad McLeod is married with two kids and an all around average family guy that likes adventure. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida and despite training all the wrong ways – made it to Navy SEAL training in Coronado, California.
He flunked out of Navy SEAL BUD/S training after making it over half way through 6 months of grueling training (failed a math dive physics test). After a year in the Fleet Navy on the USS Cleveland (LPD-7) he came back to graduate BUDS and serve on SEAL Team Four.
His story is simple–Don’t Ever Quit on your Dream! Put one foot in front of the other and fall forward.
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