The Underwater Torpedo Workout Making a Splash


What do you call a melee of big-wave surfers, NFL stars, pro swimmers, and armed forces vets vying for control of a foam toy at the bottom of a pool? Underwater torpedo.

Prime Hall is in the deep end, keeping a death grip on an oblong kiddie pool toy as two pro football players grab at his ankles and an MMA fighter body-locks his waist. Hall shakes them off, backflips, and launches the toy through the small goal on the bottom of the pool—all on a single breath. A former Marine Corps officer, Hall is the founder of the Underwater Torpedo League, the pro arm of a sport that’s akin to submerged rugby (see rules below). “It can look like a free-for-all,” Hall says. “But it is controlled chaos.”

Underwater torpedo requires conditioning, endurance, and calm—which…

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