Navy Seal's Elite: 11 Minute Fitness System Upper Body Workout

Scott Helvenston
Year Released: 1998

Categories: Upper Body Strength

This workout is broken up into 4 segments each lasting approximately 11 minutes. These are some intense 11 minutes, I've got to tell you. The ab section is one of the toughest I've ever done. I couldn't even do a couple of the exercises. There's one where you sort of mimic passing a jump rope over your feet. It's hard to describe but this is one I can't do. The abdominal muscular strength to do the exercise is just not there for me. My abs are really burning when this part is done.

The next two sections are upper body strengthening and the last is a blast section where you do all of the exercises in sort of a sprint. I must say that if you hate or dislike pushups in any way, "Don't Get This Tape"! There are many pushups and variations of pushups. My deltoids, triceps and chest muscles were dying by the time the section was over. It was killer! The next section is the one with chinups. I did other exercises as I don't have a chin up bar at home. It was disappointing that no modifications were shown to substitute for the chinups. I usually do rows during that set of exercises.

Typically, I do all the sections at once which makes the blast section really tough but this can be broken up or used as an add on to another tape. Overall, I like this tape for Upper Body Strengthening (even though pushups have never been my favorite). I give it a B+ (would give it an A if some modifications were shown).

Instructor Comments:
This guy is a "let's get down to business" instructor. I'm sure he follows the "no pain, no gain" mentality. Not that there is anything wrong with that but don't expect a lot of counting out of the exercises or many encouraging words. His encouraging statements are "The pain, the pain, the beautiful pain" or "Pain is just weakness leaving the body"! As you can imagine this is one "tough" workout!

Joyce Thurman