The United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG), or DEVGRU, is one of the United States’ four secretive tier-one counter-terrorism and Special Mission Units.
It is often referred to as SEAL Team Six, the name of its predecessor which was officially disbanded in 1987.
This is the lead group that is used by the Navy to take out bad guys and defend this country against potential enemies.
Team Six operators are hand selected from the top 1% of all Navy SEALs. You must be excellent at shooting, demolitions, swimming, parachuting, team work and have an impeccable record.
All applicants come on excellent recommendations from their commands. You must be a 4.0 sailor.
Question: What is a good book about the inside of SEAL Team Six? Check out Rogue Warrior.
This book is written by the founder of SEAL Team Six (Richard Marcinko) and is as close as you will get to this elusive group.
This is the first in a series of books in the “Rogue Warrior” episodes and are a great read.
Most adult males in the U.S. can barely do one real pull up. Can an average joe make it through the SEAL Team Six initial physical screening?
SEAL Team Six Physical Standards Test (PST)
Dead Hang Pull ups 15 (on instructors count)
Push ups in 3 minutes: 80 (chest to deck)
Situps in 3 minutes: 90 (rest in top position)
Air squats in 3 minutes: 100 (full lock out at top)
3 mile run in 22 minutes in running shoes
If you fail by one rep or one second you go back to the SEAL Teams. Do not advance.
Want to improve your pull ups? Try this old school Navy SEAL pull up workout.
SEAL Team Six Workout #1
“Pull up pyramid”
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Check out Don Mann’s book Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America’s Elite Warriors.
Don spent many years with the Teams and was a SEAL Team Six operator. He has a good insight into what goes on behind the scenes and this book is a good read.
SEAL Team Six Workout #2
“Run to the Point”
warmup 10 minutes with grinder PT
run 3 miles up to the point (elevation gain 1000 feet)
50 pushups / 100 situps / 150 jumping jacks / 200 air squats
run back down to base
Another SEAL Team six training routine is to load up a backpack with 75 lbs and hike uphill on a steep gravel canyon 5 miles as fast as possible navigating by sight and compass.
A question we got from one of our athletes was “What is an old school Navy SEAL workout?”. One of the workouts we saw Devgru guys doing was:
100 pull ups
swim 1 mile to the point with shoes in back pack and run back.
or you can try this old school navy seal push up workout we used to do in Puerto Rico.
pushup pyramid 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 with your buddy and he is doing same number of sit-ups while you do push ups.
SEAL Team Six Workout #3
warmup 10 minutes with grinder PT
100 air squat
run 1 mile
3x for 3 miles total.
if your a bad ass you can start out doing as many pistol squats as you can.
Questions from athletes in our gym and our readers online.
Question: Is it true that DEVGRU guys always wear Oakley sunglasses?
Ha; I don’t know about Oakleys but do know that most all Team Guys are wearing sunglasses most of the time. There is a well known SEAL that was reported to have worn Oakley Frogskins for years and years.
Question: Do the SEAL team 6 lift weights? The guys at DEVGRU do a combination workout of bodyweight, kettle bell, weights and cardio (running and swimming).
Question: What do the Devgru guys eat? What is a typical devgru diet? They eat in moderation and not too radical either way. They just train really hard.
Question: What is the pistol qualification for Team Guys? As a SEAL you just go out to the range and shoot and have to qualify as an expert. It is not that hard to get your basic qualification. What is hard is running tactical courses and CQB work and still finding the target.
Question: Where can I find out more info on joining the Teams? Check out here.
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