The Right Gear Can make a Difference.
"With the right gear you can put a man on the moon."
"There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear" .
The following recomendations are to be used as a guide to get you started. Each person is different so what works for one may not work for another. Especially in cooler weather, make sure you wear the right gear. The wrong gear can ruin your workout experience. In addition to SEAL Team PT gear, Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, Dick's Sporting Goods, and others outdoor outfitters have the type of gear you will need. Again below is a guide, but I suggest you talk with experienced members to see what they are doing and then find what works best for you.
- Check out the weather and plan for your workout the night before.
- Because we are working out the whole hour most people need less gear than they think. Instructors are told to keep you moving especially when it is cold.
- The biggest mistake for new people is taking care of their hands and feet. Gear can make a difference.
- Take care of yourself with gear and always stay hydrated so we will have some great workouts with our friends at SEAL Team PT year round.
- As always we appreciate your words of wisdom about gear so send it so we can improve our list. Help each other out.
- Good running shoes replaced every three months or 350 to 550 miles.
- Socks such as wool running socks in the winter can keep you warm even if wet. I prefer smart wool.
- In adverse, wet, windy conditions, many Members put their socked foot in a bread bag(plastic bag) before they put their shoe on. Then place a loose fitting rubber band around the ankle to keep the plastic from sliding down. This may sound strange but economically your foot will not get wet and the wind will not penetrate. In special ops we say...if it is stupid and works it is not stupid.
- Water/ wind proof materials are preferred with leather or rubber reinforcement where the glove will be used for contact.
- I prefer snow board gloves for adverse wet and windy conditions.
- You lose most of your body-heat through your head. We sell STPT Fleece Beanies to protect your ears and trap heat from your head.
- Chapstick will protect lips on windy cold days.
Upper Body Layers:
- First Layer: I wear SEAL Team PT short sleeve or long sleeve performance shirts year round. When the temp into low 40s plus wind I may wear a Capelene light-weight long-sleeve underwear with a neck zipper. This material wicks moisture away from skin to prevent a chill.
- Second Layer: Long Sleeve Fleece or Vest (I wear STPT Sweat Top with a fleece lining)
- Third Layer: Light-weight water/wind-proof shell (breathable material such as gore tex preferred) with zippers to control heat. This shell will keep you dry and warm even when doing sit ups on a cold wet ground.
- I wear STPT Shorts most of the year because they are tough, look presentable, make a good swim suit, dry fast, and are the same shorts I wore as a Navy SEAL. When 35deg or colder, I wear loose fitting Nike running pants with zippers at the ankles. Capelene long underwear is also a good option on colder days. I wear gore-tex pants on the coldest and windiest (snow) days possibly two or three times a year.
Working Out in the Dark:
- When working out in the dark and on uneven terrain, lift your feet and, watch your step, and go at your pace. Stay with a buddy at all times. If you are not sure, stop and ask for help. "I would rather go back in the Navy than get someone hurt." We recommend you start the workout a little cool as you will warm up fast.