A while back, I met a guy wearing a high speed poly-pro wicking t-shirt with a ‘froggy’ logo on the front.

It was some sort of military looking, deployment style shirt with a ‘froggy’ slogan to accompany the ‘froggy’ logo.  I asked if he was prior service; his reply was a simple ‘no’.

Next I asked where he got the t-shirt.

He completed some sort of ‘Fancy Frogger’ 10 k race with various obstacles, then he smiled, lowering his voice to a whisper, stating it was developed by a former SEAL.

Ok, I guess that makes you almost a former SEAL?                                                                                                                                             seal 1  Moi? A SEAL?

Tough Mudders, Spartan Races and ‘Fancy Froggers’, or what ever they call themselves seem to be copy-cat military workouts which have been well embraced by the civilian market place and commercialized.

These are ‘extreme sport’ events which do not require jumping off a mountain in a flying squirrel costume.

Today, it seems that there are more and more copy-cat military workouts with a minor cult following among men and women.

These events are where COD meets the real world in a less couch potato and much more physical manner.

That is ‘Call of Duty’ not ‘cod’ as in a fish.  Cod fish usually live in the real world and to my knowledge do not get a chance to escape into a fantasy world like people can- its good to be at the top of the evolutionary pyramid.

Before the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, you went to the gym and worked out or you did your own thing at your house/neighborhood.

Post Afghanistan and Iraq wars, these copy-cat military workouts popped up everywhere.

Doubt me?  Really, doubting me?

Just google ‘military workouts’ and see what pops up. Some very smart vets and non-vets are making a ton of money.

The copy-cat military workout setup are similar to each other and possibly pirated given some of the legal battles:  longish races test ones aerobic endurance as well as obstacles to test ones upper body strength and of course mud, since all service members love getting muddy, except for the Air Force- they do not get muddy, if they liked getting muddy, they would have gone Marine Corps Aviation.

For some reason civilians think mud is the secret sauce to military life.

No, mud is not the Army’s holy-water.

Wet sand is not the SEALs’ and Marines’ man juice.

Mud and sand are what we endure, not what we live for. Mud does not make you a service member. Sometimes, after we get all muddy, we do not get to wash off and change our clothes at the end of the day or two or three…and we just might not like that crusty feeling.

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The only exception to these copy-cat military workouts is Cross Fit, which has the most fanatical followers and some say it is a cult and is not a copy cat workout.  My son cross fits and after a few months he went from beasty to more beasty, adding to his muscle mass and improving his cardio – he has run a dozen or so marathon or greater events – 50K.  Yet he never runs more then seven miles a week.

My son denies cross fit is a cult and refuses to explain the meaning of his new tattoo.

These might be better alternatives to copy-cat military workouts: this or maybe this.  I always like proposing an alternative course of action.

The real hard part of being in the military is being away from home, getting deployed, working long hours, sleep deprivation, muddy, sandy, wet, really hot, very very cold, tired, hungry, bored, terrified, scared, bold, brash, brave, really scared, laughing, crying, happy[to be alive] and sad[a friend no longer alive].

Maybe being in the military is living an extreme sport.

So, after a few copy-cat military competitions, why not give the real thing a try and join up?

 

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