SEAL grinder PT Interview with Kokoro Graduate John Sway

Check out this SEALgrinderPT interview with John Sway from Kokoro class 11.

John is a true warrior as he shook off the confines and stereotypes of middle age and forged into Kokoro on a mission.

He emerged as a new man with a raised bar of excellence.  Join John as he lays it all on the line and lets you know what to expect at Kokoro.

SGPT: Tell us a little about yourself and your background coming into SEALFIT Kokoro?

JS: I am a 45 year old banker. I work for Wells Fargo.  I was in a job where I traveled forty weeks a year and I was totally out of shape.  I decided to get in shape in September of 2009.  I met with Mark Divine and joined USCrossfit/Sealfit.  I had an athletic background from my youth.  I was a 4 year varsity swimmer and 2 year varsity cross country runner in high school.  I also played collegiate Rugby at UCLA for 3 years.


Check out Darn Tough Socks worn at Kokoro and BUDS training

SGPT: When did you go through Kokoro and tell us about your experience.

JS:I went through Kokoro 11 in August 2010.  It started out rough for me.  Your body gets you through the first hour, your team mates, heart and soul get you through the rest.

I learned there is no easy part of SEALFIT Kokoro.  You never know what is going to happen.  I also learned you can get used to pretty much anything.  By Sunday it just doesn’t really matter what happens to you.  Wet, cold, sandy…no problem.  Your mind goes to  a different level of  consciousness you will only experience if you do kokoro.

SGPT: What was the hardest part of Kokoro for you?

JS: The toughest part for me was the second and third hour.  Our instructions said to drink two canteens of water with electrolytes before we got started.  I only drank half a canteen.  BIG MISTAKE!  It was a warm day and I bonked.  It took a couple of canteens of water to recover.  I did all right on everything for the next two days.  The last hour was a lot harder than I thought it would be.  I was very happy and relieved when it was over!

SGPT: How did you prepare for Kokoro and how long?

JS: Like I said, I was totally out of shape.  I started with an on ramp class at  US Crossfit in September 2009.   We had 12 crosssfit lite classes.  In October I started the regular crossfit classes.  I was up to RX in most WODs by February.  I did crossfit three to four times a week up until Kokoro.

SGPT: What is one tip you would give a candidate for Kokoro to take heed?


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JS: Follow the instructions — drink your water!  I also think I should have done more SEAL type workouts.  More pushups and flutter kicks.

SGPT: How does it feel to be done and what have you learned?

JS: This is one of the single most significant things I have done in my life.  I truly feel I can do anything now.  As a result of completing kokoro I think it has empowered me to be a better father, better husband, better at my job and a better athlete.  I have moved up to SEALFIT workouts now.  I have learned the mind is a powerful thing.  Your mind gets you through kokoro, not your body.

SGPT: Thanks for the interview, John and I look forward to seeing you at SEALFit in March.

JS: Thanks, my pleasure

Questions from our SGPT athletes.

Question: Coach; I want to train for a GORUCK light that is coming up in the spring.  I am not in shape so how do I get started?

Answer: Good question. I would start by walking in your neighborhood and then slowly add a 10 lb weight vest. Check out this SGPT article: GORUCK Training Tips

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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 helps Veterans and athletes achieve their goals. What is your goal? Lets work together to accomplish it.

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