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Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet

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Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler chronicles his month of living and extreme fitness training with a Navy SEAL in the New York Times and #1 LA Times bestseller Living With a Seal, now with two bonus chapters.

Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler will try almost anything. His life is about being bold and risky. So when Jesse felt himself drifting on autopilot, he hired a rather unconventional
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Center Street
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Richard Koo The identity of the SEAL was revealed in the book in the chapter titled "SEAL: Revealed", which appeared after the Epilogue chapter. The SEAL was inde…moreThe identity of the SEAL was revealed in the book in the chapter titled "SEAL: Revealed", which appeared after the Epilogue chapter. The SEAL was indeed David Goggins. (less)

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Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
At one point at BEA I’m pretty sure this book was sitting on a table for Hachette’s Christian imprint. I might be mistaken though.

I don’t really know why I picked this one up. I remember showing it to Karen and saying something like, look it’s a hipster who lives with a Navy SEAL for a month. I was thinking some kind of Perfect Strangers / Odd Couple type thing.

I almost left the book at BEA when I was culling from what my greedy hands had grabbed and I was trying to figure out how I could phys
Rebecca Miller
May 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
You know the "College Girls are Easy" song? Well this book is by the guy that did that song. And apparently he's married to the lady who invented Spanx. And well, he hired a Navy SEAL to come live with him and train him. I had high hopes for this book, but it was super repetitive and lot of whiny rich, white guy stuff. The bright spot was that I learned how intense SEALs are and there were some funny quotes at the beginning of the chapters. ...more
Heidi The Reader
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jesse Itzler leads an interesting life. As a successful businessman and entrepreneur, his off-the-wall ideas for solving difficult situations and for stirring the pot have served him very well. In this book, Living with a SEAL, he documents a month of training with a real life SEAL (who is called just "SEAL" throughout the book). The workouts were insane, potentially life threatening, but Jesse achieved some astonishing results in a very short period of time. He also bonded with his trainer and ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, 2017
“If you don't challenge yourself, you don't know yourself. “

“Every day do something that makes you uncomfortable.”

“If you can see yourself doing something, you can do it. If you can't see yourself doing something, usually you can't achieve it.”
I'd never heard of Jesse Itzler before coming across this book. He seems like a hard worker, who's created a lot of 'lucky' breaks for himself. But he’s also a bit goofy. It is completely believable that he think it fun to get a Navy Seal to live with hi
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a quick read and a lot of fun. Some key takeaways for me:
- it's important to do hard things
- push-ups are a great form of exercise
- routine and complacency can prevent progress
- you're never done when you think you are. There's always something left in the tank.
- you can always work harder, and always be better (granted basic good health)
The narrative was hilarious and I enjoyed Jesse Itzler's memoir bits. That guy's lived an interesting life. The whole premise of the month is ki
Laura Skladzinski
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was laugh-out-loud funny, and also surprisingly inspiring.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Fun book - worth reading if you want a laugh, but all the exercise gets repetitive and dull after awhile. I guess this is what you do when you have too much money. Jesse is a funny fella though, which makes this strange experience entertaining.

Spending a month with David Goggin would annoy the crap out of me; is there actually anything going on upstairs or is he an android?

Also Jesse's life is somewhat nauseating: the NYC apartment, the private driver, the private jets, the houses in A
Ron Hekier
Apr 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Opportunity lost. A training log with nothing deep to offer.

A promising premise with no introspection and no development. The book primarily consists of log entries for 31 days. "Today I ran. I thought I would die and 6 hours later SEAL made me run again....I did so many push-ups my shoulders hurt. They hurt a lot. Let me tell you, my shoulders hurt." Utterly lacking in insight or reflection upon the month spent living with a SEAL. For similar effect one can find a rigorous training log on the I
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Early in my reading of Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods," I found myself thinking, "I should walk the Appalachian Trail!" A few chapters later, after learning of Bryson's hiking, sweating, and chafing experience, all I could think was, "Screw that. I'll stay indoors, thank you very much."

I had a similar experience reading Jesse Itzler's informative, inspiring and hilarious fitness memoir, "Living with a SEAL."

Itzler is a compulsively motivated human being who has achieved crazy success in ent
Crystal West
SEAL of approval...but I have so many questions.

It's weird that Jesse chose to not name Goggins. Maybe Goggins requested that or preferred that? He is truly an unconventional man, so that could be the case. Or maybe they had to anonymize it to distance themselves from the Navy for legal reasons? I found it distracting from the start, and honestly spent the whole time reading this wondering the reason. To me, not identifying Goggins outright was the antithesis of marketing, from someone like Jess
Aug 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
Hilarious, especially knowing that "SEAL" is David Goggins ...more
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Half funny anecdotes about his interactions with SEAL, half autobiographical. The former is hilarious and entertaining. The latter is tolerable.

You aren't going to learn anything life changing here, but you will likely find yourself amused during the couple of hours it takes to read through this short book.
Bud Hennekes
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some solid personal growth nuggets.

Literally made me laugh out loud, which is something I don't often do.

Easy read, but super glad I did.
Philip Parker
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed out Loud a lot reading this book and I found it to be a quick and Fun read. I liked the learnings from Seal and how he lived such a Simple life. He just gets things done.
Daniel Olshansky
Apr 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing
While Goggin's book made me realize that there is no limit to what one can do, Itzler's book forced me to take immediate action, get off my ass, and understand that it's only me standing in my way of achieving what I want to want-to-do.


There was no better follow-up to David Goggins' "Can't Hurt Me" than this book. If you listened to the audio version of Goggins' book (which I recommend more than the book given its format) and loved it, this is an absolute must listen right afterwards. P
G.M. Burrow
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military, nonfiction
One of the most memorable books I've ever read. Ultra-marathoner Jesse Itzler might be crazy, hiring a SEAL to train him for a month. SEAL is even crazier. His identity remains a secret for most of the book (so I won't spoil it) but he really is the toughest man on the planet.

I bought this based on a single story: I heard that SEAL had initially caught Itzler's eye by running a 100-mile race in 24 hours (solo) during which he broke several metatarsals in both feet and was urinating blood due to
May 16, 2022 rated it it was ok
This is another of those books that everyone seems to love. Everyone but me.

Here’s the (true) story: the author, a rich guy, pays a veteran SEAL to live with and train him for a month. The SEAL works the rich guy like he’s never been worked before. At the end of the month, the rich guy is in better shape and has learned some life lessons.

My problem with this book is that not only was I not buying what the SEAL was selling, I found him to be a disturbed man in need of counseling. This guy could n
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
After reading David Goggins' memoir, Can't Hurt Me, I had to get my hands on this book. I've become obsessed with David's outlandish lifestyle and mental toughness. This book offered a look at who he is and how he lives from someone else's perspective. Honestly, I want a whole series of books like this! It was insanely interesting and hilarious. I was constantly stopping to read lines and quotes from David to my husband, along with his concocted workout routines (which sounded like pure torture) ...more
Jacques Bezuidenhout
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Just "ok". Not quite what I expected from this book. Expectation was more on the inspired/motivated side, which is not the case at all.

My biggest gripe with the book is probably that I didn't like Jessie.
Kudos for all his accomplishments in life, business etc. But damn.
The narration of this audiobook done by the author didn't sound professional at all. And using his own voice didn't really add a sense of going through the story with him either.
He comes across as a rich kid (although older than m
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
My husband wanted to read this, so I ordered it online and breezed through it in half a day. It's easy to read and entertaining, but Jesse's big ego and constant bragging took away from a lot of the better aspects of the book. The Navy SEAL, as portrayed in this book, is both inspiring and concerning. It sounds as though he is not at all adjusted to civilian life, which at times was funny but more often uncomfortable. It's hard to relate to either man individually, but overall the overarching th ...more
Brandon Jones
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was entertaining but not motivational, I was hoping it would be both. Oddly the most interesting part of the book was reading about Jesse's own personal life. I'm sure living with a SEAL would be the experience of a lifetime but reading about long runs and burpees isn't all that interesting. ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sick Book!
Legendary Stories and most of all inspiring!
Jan 06, 2020 added it
This book is really fun. It feels like trolling over-trained people while respecting them. E.g. one chapter was about bleeding nuts during six-mile run 🤯.

I had some new cool stories to tell my friends, but then I've understood I don't want to finish the book. These cool stories aren't worth the real experience 😀.

And this book is a perfect source for learning American English, like the book "Lean In". 👍
David Omer
Aug 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good. CEO Jesse Itzler invites a Navy SEAL to live with him for 30 days, he talks about the insane workouts SEAL put him though, the lessons he learned, and the crazy stories that took place during the 30 days.

The book was hilarious, motivating, enlightening, easy to read, and thoroughly entertaining.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A book with a mix of both motivation and laughter. Great book if you want some inspiration when working out. 4/5.
Christian Faller
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
An instant favorite. I was hooked by this book the second I opened it on my Kindle and I finished it in one sitting. It is hilarious to read, yet it contains valuable applicable advice. And it motivates the heck out of you. I am sure I will be back to re-read this book numerous times in the future. Highly recommend it!
Ben Pomeranets
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredible book that opened my eyes to true dedication. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed it. Interesting to see two completely different worlds come together. Good eye opener for what the body is actually capable of
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want to be SEAL’s friend. Humorous and motivational for marathon motivation!
Reet Batra
Apr 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-nf-reads
I love this!!!!
Do you think you're pushing your limits by waking 10 minutes early? Try this.
This is insane, next-level shit.
I probably need a SEAL in my life too.
It shows how physical training can impact the way that you live your life and make decisions about the little and the big things.

I need to keep re-reading this once in a while to give myself a strict reality check.
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JESSE ITZLER only eats fruit 'til noon, loves Run-D.M.C., and enjoys living life "out of the box." In fact, he doesn't even have a box. The author of the New York Times bestseller, Living with a Seal, cofounded Marquis Jet, the world's largest private jet card company which he and his partner sold to Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets. Jesse then partnered with Zico coconut water, which he and his partner ...more

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