Put in the Work: How I Beat SEALFit Kokoro Camp
Kokoro is a popular fitness event held every year in Japan. There are many different types of kokorofits, but they all have one thing in common: They require participants to complete a series of physical challenges with the goal being to get as close to death as possible while maintaining their strength and stamina. These events are not easy! If you’re interested in trying out some of these activities, here’s what you need to know.
The first step is to sign up for a kokoro event. You can do this online or at your local gym (if there is one). Most gyms will provide free registration for anyone who signs up for classes such as yoga, running, weight lifting etc. Some gyms may even offer paid classes where you pay a fee to participate in various exercises and other activities.
Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email from the event organizer. This is usually sent out within 24 hours of registering so make sure it arrives before the deadline.
After signing up, you’ll then need to pick a class. There are several classes offered throughout the day and night. Each class lasts anywhere between 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on how much time you want to spend doing each activity.
Most people choose to wake up early and participate in a Dawn class. These start at 5am and go on until about 8am. This allows you to get a full nights sleep and still have the whole day to enjoy yourself. You can also participate in Afternoon, Twilight, or Evening classes depending on what time works best for you.
As soon as you pick your class, the real challenge begins! For this challenge, you’ll need to find a partner (or partners if your activity requires it). It’s vital that you pick the right partner or your result may not count. You can pick someone at random or you can use the buddy system and ask someone directly.
If you need additional help finding someone to participate with, most gyms offer free matchmaking services to help set you up.
With your partner chosen, all that’s left to do is prepare. Make sure you set aside time to rest before your event as well as after. Staying hydrated and eating a healthy meal are both very important. Most importantly, remember why you’re doing this: You want to achieve something great and become a stronger person!
With that in mind, you can easily overcome any obstacle or challenge that gets in your way.
When the big day arrives, show up to the event center early enough to give yourself plenty of time to prepare. Most events start on time so if you arrive too late you might miss it! When you get there, follow the instructions of the staff and wait in the appropriate area for your event. On your way in, you should fill out any necessary waivers or registration forms so you don’t hold up the process.
If you don’t do this ahead of time, you may miss your event time!
When it’s finally time for your event, a staff member will brief you and everyone else on exactly what you’ll be doing and how the scoring system works. Follow all of their instructions and have fun!
Sources & references used in this article:
Just Breathe: Mastering Breathwork by M Divine, AE Machate – 2013 – Penguin