Watch an Olympian Take on the Navy SEAL Physical Fitness Test

Watch an Olympian Take on the Navy SEAL Physical Fitness Test

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Navy veteran Austen Alexander has been challenging two-time Olympic track and field athlete Nick Symmonds to a series of increasingly taxing physical challenges in their recent collab videos on YouTube, including pitting him against a U.S. Army infantry soldier on an assault course, and competing with him in a game of fitness HORSE. And now he’s daring him to take on the Navy SEAL physical fitness test (PFT).

“He can run,” says Alexander, “but can he swim and can he do pullups?”

The SEALs’ PFT consists of:

  • 500-meter swim
  • 50 pushups (minimum)
  • 50 situps (minimum)
  • 10 pullups (minimum)
  • 1.5-mile run

    Symmonds gets the swimming portion of the test out of the way first: he must swim 500 meters via breaststroke or sidestroke in a maximum time of 12 minutes 30 seconds. He ends up finishing in 10:47, earning himself a passing score and setting a good precedent for the rest of the test.

    Next up, Symmonds has two minutes to do as many pushups as he can, and he must reach a minimum of 50 reps to pass. He manages 52 reps with nearly a minute left on the clock, and stops himself from doing the full two minutes in order to conserve energy for the next round, situps, where the same rules apply. He churns out 58 reps in the allotted time.

    For the pullups, there is no time limit: you must simply do as many reps as possible to failure, with a minimum requirement of 10. Symmonds maxes out at 13, and then it’s time for the event he’s been looking forward to: the 1.5-mile run.

    Symmonds finishes the run in 9:06, meaning he’s passed the test—but that doesn’t mean he’s combat ready. Alexander informs him this is just the “most basic” level of fitness required for training in the Navy SEALs.

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