Ultimately, the SEAL’s methods weren’t just about discomfort, or minimalism, but about seeking tougher challenges for the sake of the challenges themselves.
“Every day escalated,” Itzler said. “You do things like physically, running in a blizzard in the middle of winter. It was these ‘you can do this’ kind of mental challenges. He made it okay for me to just live way out of the box, because that’s the way he trains and lives his life.”