Spanx founder’s hubby swaps cushy life of nannies and maids; hires live-in Navy SEAL to make life hell

Swanky Manhattan households have been known to hire live-in maids, nannies and cooks to make their lives easier, but one man traded in his domestic help and hired a NAVY Seal to make his life hell.

Jesse Itzler and wife
Jesse Itzler and his wife, Spanx founder Sara Blakely (pictured left).Itzler (right) after a workout

Jesse Itzler has written about his life-changing experience of hiring a Navy SEAL to live with him and his family in his posh $30 million Manhattan apartment for a month in his new book “Living With A SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet.”

Itzler describes this photo, “It’s blizzard conditions. Sixteen inches of snow and 30mph winds. At 0400 SEAL wakes me up. ‘This is f****** perfect,’ he says. ‘We gotta head out.’  He throws on a 50lb weight vest and we roll to the mountains. Day 24: WHITEOUT.”

Itzler met the unnamed SEAL at a relay marathon solo in San Diego in 2010, in which the SEAL was running solo.

Awed by the SEAL’s performance, Itzler invited him to move in for one month with himself, wife Sara Blakely — the founder of Spanx — and their baby, as a live-in fitness trainer.

Itzler claims the Navy SEAL made him do up to 1,000 push-ups a day during their month of training.

“I wanted to physically improve, but I also wanted the mental side of it as well,” Itzler said on his website. “I was curious if I could inherit just a bit of that ‘warrior’ mentality so few of us really have. I wanted it at work, at home, in the gym.”

The SEAL moved in with Itzler and ambushed him with grueling workout routines around the clock.


From the New York Post:

The pain soon began. There were early-morning and midnight runs in Central Park. A 50-pound weight vest to wear during training sessions. He had to sleep in a wooden chair, do 1,000 push-ups a day.

The SEAL, meanwhile, would use an oxygen-deprivation tank set up in the guest room.

“The real takeaway is that to get better in life, you have to be uncomfortable,” Itzler told the Post. “You have to get out of your comfort zone.”

The SEAL would sneak into Itzler’s bedroom and whisper in his ear to wake him up for a workout — while Itzler’s wife, Spanx-founder Sara Blakely, lay sleeping beside him.

“I knew this is what I signed up for — as long as he didn’t wake up my wife,” Itzler said. “Her wrath is way worse than his.”

The SEAL was at the apartment full-time, except when he disappeared for three days for “work,” according to Itzler.

As a bonus, the SEAL had packed an inflatable raft that could hold 450 pounds — so the family could escape New York in an emergency.


Itzler explains on his website that the most important thing he learned from his demanding training was that order to improve, you have to get out of your comfort zone.

Jesse Itzler’s book
Itzler’s book about the month he spent training with a Navy SEAL

“He taught me that to truly get better, you have to be willing to get uncomfortable. You have to do things that suck,” Itzler said.“The harder the training and the more courage it took for me to do…the greater the satisfaction.”

Watch the video, via The Daily


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