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