There is a trailer on the CBS lot that does not include a make-up counter, costumes, or an overused espresso maker. As an alternative, it is crammed with exercise machines, free weights, and a lot of sweat.
This trailer belongs to the Seal Crew solid, a present from the present’s lead, actor David Boreanaz. It is filled with gear—a lot in order that if you happen to took out all of the machines, they might not match again inside except by some Tetris-level technique miracle. Boreanaz and his coach, Roy Paras, are pleased with the area they’ve constructed collectively—a shrine to a stage of laborious work that displays the toughness of Seal Crew.
After I arrive on the trailer, Paras is prepping Boreanaz for an intense exercise, and each appear excited to take me by way of their routine.
Boreanaz has spent a lot of his grownup life portraying intense characters on TV. Certainly one of his most iconic roles is Angel, the vampire with a soul, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (Boreanaz received the position after a stranger spotted him walking his dog and referred to as up the present’s casting director, who was a buddy.) Over time, he is confirmed he can anchor widespread reveals: the Buffy spinoff Angel, plus greater than a decade as FBI agent Seely Sales space on Bones. Seal Crew solely provides to his resume of taking part in males who can smolder in addition to they battle. And attending to be health club bros with probably the most well-known undead—a vampire who made the women swoon earlier than it was all hip to take action (*cough* Twilight *cough* Vampire Diaries *cough*) was not misplaced on me.
Seal Crew focuses on the Navy SEALs’ Tier 1 operators as they full brutal missions overseas after which take care of the psychological and bodily aftermath at house. The present prides itself on portraying as precisely as doable the struggles and triumphs of a Tier 1 staff member: tackling post-traumatic stress dysfunction (PTSD), accidents, and household points. Veterans function advisors and work on the present, to assist the tales stem from a spot of fact.
On the present, Boreanaz performs Jason Hayes, staff chief and expert fighter who would not decelerate, even when he in all probability ought to. Boreanaz, who would not appear to have aged, is in unbelievable form (possibly he actually is a vampire?!), and should keep it with a view to play such a nonstop character.
Boreanaz’s exercise prep has him facedown on the therapeutic massage desk, the place his coach, Paras, works to stimulate blood circulation, see if there are any adhesions, and break up scar tissue.
Paras, who based of EPX gym, has been a coach greater than 13 years, and has been working with Boreanaz for a couple of yr. The percussion massager Paras makes use of is loud, and Boreanaz provides some grunting to the cacophony of sounds as his coach drills into his muscle tissue. This isn’t a spa-like, cucumbers-on-your-eyes therapeutic massage—it’s a “you may thank me later” process.
Boreanaz is aware of the significance of prep work, having skilled accidents on earlier seasons of Seal Crew. He had a knee harm throughout season two and did platelet-rich plasma (PRP) remedy on his knee, which is the method of injecting platelets into the knee to speed up therapeutic. He is nonetheless nervous about hurting himself, and rapidly knocks on wooden on the mere point out of getting injured in any method.
The exercise begins with gentle cardio on a stationary bike: one thing to heat up the muscle tissue and get transferring. His health inspiration is his character Jason Hayes, who informs loads of his work ethic off set.
“The character himself has received a very aggressive drive,” Boreanaz says. “To even go into desirous to turn out to be a Tier 1 operator, they should undergo some critical bodily endurance of power coaching simply to get by way of Buds, undergo one other 12 months of hell to even make it on a staff. It is actually concerning the drive for me and the character.”
Whereas the trailer gear is used closely within the exercise, a big portion additionally takes place outdoors, the place an impediment course is about up. Paras takes us by way of band work, jump ropes, and weightlifting designed to get the guts pumping whereas additionally constructing muscle. The concept is to consistently be transferring—a little bit boxing is even thrown in. It is scorching outdoors on the studio lot, the solar beating down as we bounce, skip, and pant by way of the routine.
Boreanaz says the solid pushes one another to keep up the stamina wanted to do Seal Crew. Whereas the actors have considerably lighter packs and equipment than precise Navy SEALs, they nonetheless should crawl effectively, climb mountains, and preserve their vitality up throughout lengthy shoot days. And it is not straightforward to creep alongside together with your gun up, like an actual SEAL.
“The main points are very methodical and gradual,” Boreanaz says. “[It] can actually [put a] pressure in your decrease again, in your knees, in your joints, in your legs. It is fairly intense.”
Boreanaz proudly tells me that in episode 21 of season two, which he directed, they climbed the facet of a mountain and the entire staff made it to the highest. Fortunately, there is no such thing as a mountain on the CBS lot to climb, though we’re each warmed up and will have simply made it to the highest of 1, if it had been a part of the exercise. Even Mount Everest. It is simply that no one requested.
The remainder of the exercise options pullups, lifting, and a hopscotch-type operating drill. We’re imagined to spend about half-an-hour collectively, however an hour in, Boreanaz insists on displaying me one final spot.
He takes me out of the trailer and into the capturing studio, previous the enduring Seal Crew airline service. We find yourself on the backside of an extended winding staircase. Right here, he insists that that is the place he does his most dramatic drill: sprinting up the staircase towards the ceiling. The steps look steep and rickety, however he runs up them: the grand finale to a high-energy exercise.
What to Count on From Seal Crew Season 3
Seal Crew is a gritty present. There are weapons, conflict communicate, and loads of pressing whispering in each episode. The present builds pressure into every mission and would not shake off the trauma from episode to episode. Seal Crew Season Three is all about pushing Jason Hayes to his potential breaking level and forcing him to reply some necessary however tough questions, Boreanaz says.
“He is coping with loads of his previous and other people which might be haunting him, his brothers who’ve handed… It may be fairly the rollercoaster trip for the man,” Boreanaz says. “I believe loads of issues which might be going to shock [the fans] are the unpredictable decisions Jason goes to should make. The psychological capability, how he survives. The potential for not with the ability to be a Tier 1 operator…”
To even trace that his character might go away the staff is a giant reveal from a present that focuses on a gaggle of people that actually by no means take it straightforward. The characters are consistently transferring, occurring missions, and attempting to not look again. The present strikes at a fast tempo, however Boreanaz is skilled and able to sustain with the motion—even when he is simply human, and never a vampire.