What is Frog Hill in BUD/S?

frog hillThere is a frog statue (see photo) on San Clemente Island atop a steep 200 yard hill.

If the BUD/S trainees can make it to the top in 1 minute 20 seconds then they will stay dry going to the chow hall.

If not…hit the surf.

We asked one of our young Frogmen out there “Tell us about Frog Hill?” and he came back with “its a pretty sh#tty hill to run up”.

The tradition for this frog (picture at top) dates back to Class 213.  Before that there were other frog and hills and stories (see story below).

Third Phase on San Clemente Island

Here’s the story of the “Pink Frog”. The frog was used for parades and special events in Coronado California back in the 60 and 70’s?? Class 104 (my class) brought the frog out to the island when they were going out for their final phase of training (Third- Land Warfare) back then.

Anyway the frog was placed on top of the hill over looking BUD/S camp at San Clemente Island. This is when the infamous frog eggs were hatched. As a motivator, when BUD/s students required extra motivation they had to go or were directed to go get a frog egg and take it up the hill to the mother frog.

On top they would leave the egg or bring it back down with them. I can tell you those frog eggs were a ball buster.

Question: Coach Brad; where is the “Frog Hill” in Atlanta, Georgia where you trained SEALFIT Kokoro and GORUCK candidates?

Answer: It is located at Cochran Shoals. Walk southwest out of the parking lot on the big gravel travel. Take your first hiking trail on the right. The trail is steep and about a half mile long up to a an old cemetery with a small wrought iron fence. We would speed hike/ruck up the hill and do burpees/pushups/walking lunges at the top and then hike back down. Do several laps with a 20 lb ruck and carry a log or sand bag on your shoulder if you can.

Question: Do you have a good workout that can help us train for “Frog Hill”?

Answer: Check out this workout.

With 20 lb ruck sack (back pack)
400 meter brisk hike up hill
25 push-ups
Return to bottom of hill
25 push-ups
Return up hill
25 burpees
Return bottom of hill
25 burpees
Return up hill
25 air squats
Return down hill
25 air squats
Return up hill
25 four count flutter kicks (ruck on stomach
Return down hill
25 four count flutter kicks
All exercises are done with ruck sack. Put the ruck sack on your stomach while doing flutter kicks.
Advanced athletes can carry heavier ruck sack do a second round and take a sand bag or sand ball

if you are going for Special Forces/BUDS then try for a third round.

You can make this workout as hard as needed.

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Questions from our SGPT athletes:

Question: Coach, do you have anything you can recommend to reduce blisters during a long endurance trail running event?

Answer: Check out Bodyglide to put on your feet, arm pits and nipples.

This will help reduce friction and keep your body from getting blistered and bloodied.

Triathletes use this product as they are in and out of the water and sweaty and riding on a bike and running.

All of the things that will cause friction and blisters.

Several athletes that we have interviewed have used Bodyglide during GORUCK, SEALFIT 20X and Kokoro.

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