the Crucible challenge


The Only Obstacle is You

This is not an adventure race. There isn’t a finish line–this is just the starting point. There’s only a clock, and the only person you’re trying to best is yourself. It’s a test of your will, your commitment, your mental and physical endurance. Your mind will give out long before your body ever will, so ask yourself–do you have what it takes to kill the quit that lives inside of lesser men? Or are you going to be your own biggest obstacle?

What is the Crucible Challenge?

 For members of the School of Man Brotherhood, the Crucible is a 55 hour rite of passage. It is not an initiation, or merely a test they must pass to “graduate.” It is nothing short of a spiritual journey, designed to strip men down to their rawest self, so that something better and stronger can be built where their old self once stood. 

Because we believe in the transformative power of the Crucible, we are opening a limited number of spots to men from outside the program. If you think you have what it takes, you are invited to test your mettle during the first stages (up to 24 hours) of our Crucible, in what we’re calling the Crucible Challenge. Come find out who you are at your core, discover your WHY, identify your self-imposed blind spots, push yourself past your mental and physical limits, and figure out what we mean when we say that you are your only obstacle. 

You have 3 Levels to choose from when participating in the Crucible:

  • Phase 1:  GPP – 4 hours – $97
  • Phase 2:  Surf & Turf –  14 hours – $297
  • Phase 3:  Come Hell or High Water – 24 hours – $497

Each level you complete will earn you a commemorative patch. Make it through all three phases and you will receive the following:

  • Certificate of Completion
  • School of Man Crucible Swag
  • Free Access to the Team Room for 90 days

Phase 1 – GPP (00-04 Hours)

You must demonstrate your general physical preparedness with the following fitness tests to ensure you can meet our basic fitness requirements:

Physical Fitness Test

    • 10 strict pull-ups – 2 minutes
    • 50 perfect push-ups – 2 minutes
    • 50 perfect air-squats – 2 minutes
    • 50 perfect sit-ups – 2 minutes
    • 30 perfect burpees – 2 minutes
    • 1 mile run in < 9.5 minutes with boots and pants

The Murph

In < 75 minutes:

    • 1 mile run
    • 100 strict pull-ups
    • 200 perfect push-ups
    • 300 perfect air-squats
    • 1 mile run

Phase 2 – Surf & Turf 
(04-14 Hours)

This will be a test of your physical and mental endurance.

Physical Fitness Test

    • 5 mile ruck with 50# in under 1 hour and 15 minutes
    • 105 minute swim in pants and boots and a 25m underwater swim

Phase 3 – Come Hell or High Water
(14-24 Hours)

This is where we find out what you’re made of.

  • Overnight instruction with the Cadre — retired Navy SEALs and Army combat veterans who will push you past your limits
  • Log PT
  • Team-based fitness
  • Mental fortitude & endurance


When/where is the event held?

The Crucible Challenge is held twice per year:
Summer Challenge: May 15-16, 2020 // Little Rock, Arkansas
Fall Challenge: October 16-18, 2020 // San Diego, California


Can I complete the 55-hour Brotherhood Crucible?

No, at this time the public can only complete up to 24 hours of the Crucible.

How should I prepare?

In-person, virtual, or follow-along training programs with School of Man’s head trainer Chris Black are available for purchase. Contact us at for more information.

What is the price?

It is $97 for 1st Phase (4 hours) participants; $297 for 2nd Phase (14 hours) participants; $497 for 3rd Phase (24 hours) participants.
Purchases are non-refundable, however you will receive credit towards a future event of your choosing (with a 20% transfer fee). If you purchase Phase 2, this price includes the cost of the first phase. If, however, during the event you decide to progress to a higher Phase then originally purchased, you will be charged the difference for each subsequent level (For example, if you move from Phase 2 to Phase 3 then your card will be charged be the difference).

What gear is required?

 Please see the packing list for more details.  Participants from the general public will need two white, short-sleeve shirts with your last name stenciled in black on the front and back.  This is to be worn with tan pants, tan belt, and tan boots.  

    What about pre-existing conditions?

    You release all liability of SoM when you enter in the event.  However, if you have any heart related issues, diabetes, or any major illness or injury you will not be able to participate.  You will have to consult with our Medical Director before being allowed to participate in the event.

    What about Travel and Lodging Accommodations?

    There are plenty of lodging options in the greater area of Little Rock.  If you bring your family our recommendation is to stay downtown next to HQ – 1020 East Capitol Avenue, Little Rock AR.  You however will not be sleeping.

    Can I bring a GoPro?


    Are spectators are welcome?

    Yes.  There is a scheduled published on our Facebook page for those who are interested in seeing you go through the suck.

    Do we get a chance to contact loved ones?

    Yes.  Periodic breaks are given specifically to call family.

    Is there medical staff for the event?

    Yes.  Each shift has medical personnel attached to it and we have a Medical Director overseeing the event at all times.

    Success Stories

    When I began my journey with SoM I was looking for a program that help me improve myself as a husband, father, friend, and teammate at work.  I found more. I found those who would hold me lovingly accountable. A program rich in leadership principles to help men like me focus on what matters most.  And an event that reinforces such principles but also helps you see your blind spots which of course is Crucible. You have to have a deep WHY to make it all the way to the end.  It was damn hard but the most rewarding thing I have ever done. Take a chance because I can promise you will come out the other side a better man. I promise.

    Philippe Bodnar

    San Diego, CA

    I have done Iron Mans, marathons, and triathlons.  All rewarding but not like Crucible. It’s hard to explain the roller coaster of a ride you take in emotions not just personally but with your team.  You have to be committed to meeting your true self when you go through this event. There will be things the Cadre’s point out that you didn’t even realize they were there.  SoM calls these blind spots. Do yourself a favor and try it on for size. I promise it will not disappoint.

    Sean MacMillan

    Grand Junction, CO

    Crucible is an event that will change your life. It is a platform. I came into the event to find out who I was at the core, but I found more. Expect a wild ride, but one that is full of triumph and at the end you will be reborn into the leader you were created to be.

    Zack Cox

    Little Rock, AR

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