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

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  6,437 ratings  ·  722 reviews
Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler will try almost anything. He brazenly pretended to be an established hip-hop artist to secure a meeting with a studio head-and it led to a record deal. He convinced a bunch successful business executives to invest in an unprecedented business plan- and it turned into Marquis Jet. He sincerely offered to run a 100-mile race in Spanx to get the atte
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Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Center Street
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Lola
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, adult
I decided to step out of my comfort zone and read this book because, after all, that is exactly what Jesse Itzler does by inviting a Navy SEAL into his house to train him and push his limits.

This is more like the type of book my brother would read, and honestly the first self help book I ever held in my hands, but I’m so extremely glad that I gave it a chance.

It was entertaining, original, heart-warming and inspiring without ever trying to be. Usually, books that are marketed as ‘‘inspiring’’ m
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Greg
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
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Heidi The Hippie Reader
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
Rebecca Miller
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.
Laura
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was laugh-out-loud funny, and also surprisingly inspiring.
Dillon
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Paul
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.
Bud Hennekes
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Inez
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ron Hekier
Apr 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
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Isaac
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Brandon Jones
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.
Batsukh Bat-Ochir
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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G.M. Burrow
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, military
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
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Christian Faller
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
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Jacques Bezuidenhout
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
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Evonne
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joe Noto
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-own, favorites
I'm shocked much I enjoyed this book. cannot find a flaw. Jesse writes like he speaks, so this was incredibly readable. The story is awe inspiring and found myself rooting for Jesse immediately and bowing to SEAL, while getting motivated myself. I really want to do 1000 pushups in one day now! Can't run a 1/4th of what they ran with my bad knees, but I can do squats or lunges definitely. I respect SEAL and am envious of his lifestyle, drive, philosophy, and abilities. Both Jesse and SEAL have me ...more
Nadeen
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jesse Itzler was no stranger to physical fitness; he had already run numerous marathons when he decided he wanted to do more; he wanted to challenge himself. And trust me, he is not one to shy from challenges. He co-founded Marquis Jets after starting out as a rapper, song writer and music entrepreneur. Add to that the fact he is married to Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, and suffice it to say, cost was not a consideration when he set out to up his physical fitness. What he did though might stri ...more
Carey Nelson
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
It's hard not to fall in love with the machine of a man SEAL who arrives in the New York winter wearing a t shirt and shorts. This man preps for ultramarathons by sitting straight in a chair and staring, unmoving, into the middle distance while everyone else around is stretching and having nervous breakdowns. He does the things you'd expect like wake Jesse up in the middle of the night to run, keep his room immaculate, and jump into a freezing lake threatening frostbite. He does things you might ...more
Clint
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This book was pure comedy gold. I'd read about it in a Tim Ferris book before, I think, and it was even funnier than I'd thought it would be. Jesse Itzler had a pretty forgettable, short rap career in the early 90s under the name Jesse Jaymes, then somehow became one of those freakishly successful young entrepreneurs and married the woman who invented spanks and is super rich today. But also pretty funny and adventurous and active, and he just had a wild hair up his ass and invited this Navy Sea ...more
Khangai Mutsuenmeiryu
"Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve" Napoleon Hill.
I think the most forgotten important things of last decade is that the humans became really weak mentally and physically. If we are all distracted like every 10 mins surfing in internet, watching YouTube videos, swiping facebook or Twitter and do not know what to do and what is purpose of hers or his life, then humans are lost. For that reason we should be aware of important things and purpose of own life. We have
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Danielle
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very different read. I'm not usually into the self help books but this one was very interesting. SEAL is a crazy motherfucker. Majority of his workouts were next level. I was in pain while reading. It did however motivate me that extra 1% while I was at the gym. Hardly enough to be doing 200 push though...not gonna happen EVER. I really did find it a fascinating read and I enjoyed reading not only about SEAL but Jesse's lifestyle, his entrepreneurial journey and also his wife's business, Span' ...more
SWAROOP CHOUGULE
Absolutely hilarious and entertaining. Jesse Itzler is a former rapper, co-founder of Marquis Jet, and founder of the 100 mile group. He explains his journey of a month of crazy workouts and living with the SEAL. SEAL is an actual former navy seal, whom Jesse hires to crank up his lifestyle and get out of his comfort zone. The book throws light on every aspect including his career beginning stories, about his wife Sara who is the founder of Spanx and a billionaire business woman, and also how my ...more
George Andrews III
Enjoyable and easy read. Knocked it out in three days.
Nothing too profound but an interesting insight into life if you are one of the uber wealthy.
I admit there were some quotes that will stick with me. On my most recent run I kept repeating “I don’t finish when I am tired , I finish when I am done!”
Aaron
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was everything I could have wanted and more! I just wish it were longer. Before even finishing it I was recommending it to everyone I spoke to. I want to flick back to page 1 and do it allllll again!
Steve
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What more is there to say? Funny, direct, compelling, thought-provoking...A very short read/listen and you will want to do more afterwards.

Excuse me, but I have this urge to do some pushups....be right back.
Muneeb
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book. I would seriously recommend this to be ready by everyone. It was incredibly funny at times while teaching you important lesson that you can control your mind to do MORE things than you thought possible.
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“SEAL, I have a problem,” I say to him. “I didn’t bring any extra underwear.” “So what?” “I can’t run without underwear.” “Nah, bro, you can’t run without legs. It’s on.” 14 likes
“I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done. —SEAL” 13 likes
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