Richmond, Virginia - Virginia Commonwealth, a David slinging at a world of Goliaths, was a nobody in college basketball until a few years ago.
But here is one reason why VCU now beats the sport's big boys: The way the Rams train makes other elite athletes look like schlubs on the recumbent bike.
In preparation for the still-nascent college-basketball season, VCU endured an off-season workout regimen that was as exhausting as it was extreme. The players turned tires, tossed kegs and used a parking deck near their home court as a treadmill. They lugged 60-pound bags not far from the site where Patrick Henry demanded either liberty or death.
They turned an August tour of Rome into their version of "The Amazing Race," complete with sprints up the Spanish Steps. In Lake Como, the glitzy Italian town where George Clooney owns a villa, they somehow managed to find a ropes course.
After returning home, VCU coach Shaka Smart even had an ex-Navy SEAL put the team—coaches included—through a five-day September boot camp listed on the team's calendar as Hell Week. The military-style sessions included games of tug of war, swims in the James River and plunges through a raft filled with ice water.......Click Here for the Full Story in the Wall Street Journal
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Cover Story: SEAL Team PT in Innsbrook Today Magazine
Read the story about SEAL Team PT beginning in Innsbrook and John McGuire's life in Richmond before the Navy.
SEAL Team PT trains the University of Toledo's Men's and Women's Basketball Teams
Instructors and Assistants from SEAL Team PT traveled to Toledo Ohio the week of August 26th to give Toledo's Basketball teams a taste of SEAL Team PT training and team-building.
SEAL Team PT trains Georgia State Men's and Women's Basketball Teams
Root for GSU Men's Team with their opener November 9 against Duke! Click here for their schedule.
Women's Team opens November 9 against University of Central Florida! Click here for their schedule.
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SEAL Team Physical Training took the WNBA's Washington Mystic basketball team outside of their comfort zone and proved we can all do more than we think, especially when we work as a team. Head Coach, Trudi Lacey, did push ups, paddled boats, and used ropes right along side her team.
Navy SEAL John McGuire will give an Opening Season speech to Washington Mystics on Saturday Night at the Verizon Center just before their 1st game of the season.
2012 WNBA Washington Mystics Team
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Navy SEAL John McGuire gave the locker room pre-season game speech to the Mystics 19 May 2012 at the Verizon Center.
Read the Sports Illustrated article covering SEAL Team Physical Training, Inc. and its relationship with the VCU Men's Basketball Final Four Team and Head Coach, Shaka Smart.
John McGuire interviewed by John King from CNN explains the training and preparations by the US Navy SEALs before a mission and answers questions about the historic raid the killed Osama Bin Laden.
If you want to be a Navy SEAL join the US Navy. If you want to get in shape, improve your athletic team, or improve your corporate team, call on SEAL Team PT. Our team based fitness classes are for men and women who range in age from 15 to 79. Members say training with us is the best hour of their day.
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During VCU's epic Final Four run in 2011, ESPN covered their relationship with SEAL Team Physical Training...
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Shaka Smart may be famous for his success in Basketball, but that success transcended outside of basketball to SEAL Team PT in May 2012. During Basic Fitness Class 357 Coach Smart was consistent, pushed hard, and led by example. Not only did he personally improve in every area of our fitness test at the end of the two weeks, but also encouraged and helped his teammates score their own records as well.
You can view videos, a news article, and other photos of Coach Smart's experience at SEAL Team PT below:
Shaka Smart trains with SEAL Team PT
Coaching Exercise — Leading By Example
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