A former Navy Seal has spoken about the worst part of the special operations force’s training regime, and it’s a huge nope from us.
Speaking on the Anything Goes With James English podcast, Navy Seal Remi Adeleke revealed the gnarly exercise in question caused him to catch hyperthermia ‘numerous times’ and admitted the intense training regime was ‘the most physically and mentally challenging thing I’ve ever done in my life’.
Hear Remi speak about the exercise in detail below:
He even spoke about an exercise dubbed ‘Hell Week’, but more on that later.
Remi began: “The worst part of Seal training is the cold.” He then went into detail about his least favourite evolution (evolution is the term used to refer to training events) and be warned: your blood is about to run cold.
Remi continued: “They do this evolution where they lay you down - and a lot of people don’t realise this, but even though Seal training is in southern California, the Pacific ocean is freezing cold.
“In the winter time it’s ridiculously freezing cold. They lay you down in the Pacific, and they just lay you there until people quit.”
He went on: “I hyped out numerous times. We call it hyped out, but I caught hyperthermia numerous times.
“My lowest core temperature at one point was 88.7 degrees (fahrenheit). They pulled me out, stuck a thermometer in me and my core temperature was 88.7 which is not good.”
Touching upon another ‘horrible’ aspect of Seal training, Remi told English about something called ‘Hell Week’.
He explained: “There’s a week in Seal training called Hell Week. It starts on Sunday night and it ends on Friday morning.
“You stay awake for that time. You get two hours of sleep on Wednesday and two hours of sleep on Thursday, but other than that you’re up.”
Remi added: “It’s just straight torture. They keep you cold and wet the entire time, to the point that towards the end of Hell Week you’re hydrophobic - you’re terrified of the water.”
Remi also spoke about another particularly intense part of training, telling English: “You get tortured even further. They strip you, you get beaten. You get starved, you’re in a cell that’s miserable.” Fun!
Asked by English what inspired him to stick out the brutal training, Remi replied: “For anything in life, you have to have a deep rooted emotional reason as to why.
“That deep rooted emotional reason is what’s gonna sustain you when things get rough. What sustained me was I had a deep rooted emotional reason why.”
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