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Richmond-based SEAL Team PT to Train WNBA Washington Mystics


From Rachel Beanland: The players and coaches of the WNBA Washington Mystics will participate in a two-hour team training program led by Richmond-based SEAL Team Physical Training, Inc. this Thurs., May 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Arlington, Va. The women will participate in amphibious training on and around the Potomac River, at Gravelly Point Park. 

Former-Navy SEAL John McGuire started SEAL Team PT 14 years ago to get Richmonders in shape, basing his training techniques on workouts and leadership training he experienced during the decade he served in the United States Navy. The program has since spread to other cities, including Washington, D.C., and in the past several years, college and professional sports teams have signed on to train like Navy SEALs.

“There are a lot of sit-ups and push-ups but we don’t just focus on the physical,” McGuire said. “Being a successful Navy SEAL is as much about maintaining mental toughness as it is about maintaining physical strength. Anyone who participates in SEAL Team PT training quickly realizes that they can do far more than they think they can.” 

SEAL Team PT has offered military-style training programs to Virginia Commonwealth University’s basketball program and University of Richmond’s football program. VCU head coach Shaka Smart put his basketball players through an early-morning, weeklong training program last September, designed to gear the men up for their upcoming season. The team got so much out of it, Smart signed on for more training this coming fall. All McGuire’s team training programs focus on building team cohesiveness by helping players develop the mental strength and teamwork it takes to win.

The Washington Mystics open the preseason on May 10, and the regular season begins May 19 when the team plays the Chicago Sky.