Former Cyclist Michelle Khare Tried the Navy SEAL Fitness Test

Since retiring as a professional cyclist, Michelle Khare has taken on a stunningly diverse array of physical challenges, from training with NASA astronauts to NFL players. In a new video on her YouTube channel, Khare Austen meets with Alexander, a Navy veteran and fitness vlogger, to take the Navy SEAL’s physical screening test, the fitness assessment all recruits must pass to begin training. And she does it without any preparation.

The test consists of five separate events:

  • 500 meter swim
  • 2 minute push ups
  • 2 minute sit ups
  • maximum pull ups
  • 1.5 mile run

    Khare begins with the swim, which she must complete by 12:30 p.m. or less to pass. She finishes the 500 yards with a time of 11:10, passing the first round. “I didn’t think I was going to get anything today, especially for the swim,” she says, remembering a lifeguard academy challenge she failed on her channel.

    “I was very impressed with your swimming,” says Alexander. “But as you progress through the test, these taxing evolutions build up on you.”

    After 10 minutes of rest, it’s time for the push-ups. In 2 minutes, Khare is able to perform 52 reps with good technique, almost exceeding the minimum requirement of 50. She performs much better in the situps, doing 73 reps in the same amount of time.

    The next round is the pull-ups. There is no time limit for this event, but a minimum of 10 consecutive reps are required to reach the score – absolutely no kipping. Khare hits failure and falls off the bar after just 4 pullups, making this the first test she’s failed so far. “It’s not like you’re doing this verse,” Alexander says. “You just swam, your lats have expired in the pool, and strict pullups are another beast.”

    The fifth and final event is the 1.5-mile run. Khare makes it to the finish with a time of 11:20 which would be considered good in many circles, but unfortunately she doesn’t make the time of 10:30 that she should have to get a pass meaning she has failed the general screening test.

    “I’m a little frustrated because I feel like I could have done it,” she says. “I can’t believe I ran a marathon faster than I just ran a mile and a half!”

    Determined to improve her performance, Khare decides to spend 15 weeks training on the exercises in the screening test, then try again. On her second attempt, she passes every event.

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