Chris Cassidy had his bodily and psychological toughness challenged repeatedly throughout his ascent within the Navy SEALs—expertise that proved helpful when he grew to become an astronaut for NASA, most not too long ago spending 196 days in orbit commanding the International Space Station (ISS) throughout Expedition 63. Not one to shy from a problem, right here’s how Cassidy stays tenacious. – As advised to Charles Thorp



One for All

The choice course of with the Navy SEALs is extraordinarily arduous. The relationship you’ve got with bodily health is a hateful one. From the second you stand up to the time you wrap up for the day, there’s punishment. You be taught shortly you gained’t accomplish something with out assist out of your fellow troopers. I’ve achieved just a few unbelievable issues in my life, however being named The Honor Man of my class at BUD/S is the one I’m most happy with, as a result of it’s voted on by your friends, who’re all extraordinarily motivated folks. The worth I put in teamwork has solely gotten stronger since.

Prepare for Anything

During my time with the Navy SEALs, my workforce was deployed to research caves in a mountainous area between Afghanistan and Pakistan. What was going to be a 5-mile patrol downhill became a 10-mile trek with 55-pound
packs as a result of the helicopter couldn’t land. Then headquarters determined they had been going to have us keep one other 9 days. Experiences like that taught me there’s solely a lot you may management, and also you gained’t accomplish something with out assist from fellow troopers. It’s essential to be ready for the unknown.

Build Mass

We work with NASA’s Astronaut Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation group coaches for six months main as much as our launch dates, they usually additionally design exercise protocols for our time in orbit. [Cassidy’s 2020 stay aboard the International Space Station lasted 196 days.] If we didn’t work out, we’d return with extreme bone-density decay. For that cause, nearly all of our coaching is predicated round legs and core, and we prepare for 2 hours every single day. There’s a stationary bike, treadmill and weight machine proper by the cupola window that appears down on Earth 250 miles beneath. I’ve a Peloton bike at dwelling, however nothing competes with that view.