Each final of the SAS: Who Dares Wins series usually comes to a close with what is known as ‘The Sickener’.
Eight from the original 25 men and women mad it the final episode 6 in SAS: Who Dares Win 2019, which aired on Sunday night (February 10th).
Here’s everything we know about the insane physical test dubbed ‘The Sickener’.
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What is The Sickener?
Chief instructor Ant Middleton and his military crew can’t broadcast a real-life SAS military selection programme.
However, The Sickener is a unique version of the final SAS selection test. The series of mental and physical tasks are designed to break any individuals willpower to carry on.
Speaking of The Sickener, Ant said:
From my time of experience, each course is about 180 strong, of which 6 or 7 people finish.
The Sickener is completely and utterly relentless, with no boundaries of time or intensity. It features three main stages however how long each task lasts goes down to the orders of the chief instructor.
The Sickener, it’s just a physical test that is there to be relentless. It’s in the title, It makes you feel physically sick.
Stage One: EVOLUTION
Alike the evolution of man, stage one of The Sickener starts with contestants on their hands and knees, tasked with crawling across a riverbank in repetitive circuits.
This includes recruits dragging their bodies across the thick mud-caped ground and through the shallow riverbed itself.
The ‘evolution’ drill does not stop until one recruit quits.
Stage Two: DEATH CIRCUIT
Stage two of the course is another circuit, this time with an emphasis on endurance.
“You will go through a stage where you question whether you are going to survive.”
The recruits must run across the jagged slopes of a disused quarry, with harsh physical instructions shouted at them every few minutes.
This includes chucking boulders over their shoulders, crawling backwards up steep slopes, carrying sandbags over long distances and completing press-ups and burpees.
The drill does not stop until two recruits quit, testing the ultimate commitment to stay in the game.
In series 3 it proved particularly harsh with extra physical punishments handed out to the recruits because one of the contestants was lagging behind.
Stage Three: HANG TEST
Only two contestants made it to the final stage of The Sickener in series 3, although both recruit number 16 and 10 passed the test, with the pair crowned winners.
Survival pits men face-to-face, dangling from a rope that is outstretched between two cliff edges, with a staggeringly steep drop below. For anyone scared of heights, it’s a definite no-no.
The men must hang from the rope for as long as possible, with the first to drop – and then hang from their trusty metal clip – crowned the winner.
A test of pure grip and grit.
“No one can understand what you’ve been through, not only as an individual but as a body of men, and ultimately thats what selection is about, and finding out how far they can push themselves.”