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LVHN helps people train like Navy SEALS

LVHN helps people train like Navy SEALS

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Navy SEALS are the Navy's most elite fighting force.

If you want to be one, you have to train like one.

Thursday night more than 30 masochists came to Lehigh Valley Health Network's Fitness 1 City Center for the hour-long calisthenics of pain.

This included EFMZ's Bo Koltnow and 22-year-old Bucks County native Joe Coats, who has hopes of becoming a SEAL.

"I was talking to a Navy recruiter who suggested that I come down here and now I'm here and really excited to see what happens," Coats said before the workout.

After a bit of stretching, former Seal, Dr. Ray Fritz, led us through what can only be described as a deceivingly painful process.

"We pretty much do every muscle," he said.

Which things like jumping Jacks, mountain climbers, more than a thousand flutter kicks, plenty of pushups, pull ups, and the hell that are full body push ups and jumping jacks combined.

The torture is free, and part of Fitness 1 City Center's free community outreach program.

"We see a lot of it on TV and in the movies and it's a nice way for the general public to get a feel for it," Lisa Bednarski of LVHN said.

Dr. Fritz says the workout is equivalent to week 6 in SEAL training, but it's a very long process.

"The odds are tough. The pipeline starts with 10,000. In the end, only 35-40 may graduate or as low as 10," he described.

Which brings us back to Joe, who post-workout said he feels pretty good and still wants to be a SEAL.

On other the hand, Bo said he will stick to the studio.

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