Are You Tough Enough For Spartan Race?
Challenging the human spirit makes for great reality TV.
Over the years we’ve seen reality TV shows that feature mere mortals taking on some of the most difficult physical challenges that defy our imagination.
From “American Ninja Warrior” to “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge”, there is a growing fascination on how far we can push the human spirit.
For Australians who dare to test their limits in the extreme world of obstacle racing, nothing could possibly challenge the human spirit as Spartan Race Australia.
What Is The Spartan Race?
The Obstacle Race or sometimes referred to as the “Mud Race” is a sporting event that features courses that are designed to test the heart, will and spirit of its competitors.
While there are many tough courses around the world, Spartan Race is generally acknowledged as the toughest among them.
Spartan Race consists of a series of obstacle races. These vary in distance and degree of difficulty where you can have 5 km race or a marathon.
Here are the obstacle race options you can consider before joining a Spartan Race:
Spartan Junior – The best start off point for young competitors to test their level of fitness. It features a 1.5 km run and 7 to 14 obstacles.
Spartan Sprint – The next step to becoming a true Spartan! This race features a 5 plus km run and 15 plus obstacles.
Spartan Super – This is where you start earning your stripes in the battlefield! Spartan Super has a 13 plus km run and 20 plus obstacles to overcome.
Spartan Beast – The ultimate course to wear you down and make you do a gut check. 20 plus km and more than 25 obstacles to test you physically, mentally and spiritually.
Spartan Race was founded in 2007 by adventurer Joe de Sena, Andy Weinberg and Julian Kopald. In January 2013, Reebok became its event title sponsor which created the “Reebok Spartan Race Series”.
Spartan Race has run its courses in different countries. There are franchises in Canada, Europe, South Korea and Australia.
Spartan Race Australia hosts several races year-round. These are usually held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
What Are The Obstacles?
Training for the running aspect of Spartan Race is easy. But what are the obstacles?
The composition of the obstacles is the “Great Unknown” in Spartan Race.
These challenges are often described as a mix of Navy Seals training, Spartan training and American Gladiator.
When you join a Spartan Race, you will not be given a map of the obstacle course. You will have to be prepared for anything.
Here is a shortlist of obstacles frequently used in Spartan Race Australia:
- Fire Jump
- Barbed Wire Crawl
- Spear Throw
- Wall Climb
- Object Carry
- Herculean Hoist
- Tyrolean Traverse
- Log Jump
- Rope Climb
- Rolling Mud
- Tractor Pull
- Atlas Stones + Burpees
- Tire Flip
- Stump Balance
- Monkey Bars
- Rope Swing
Keep in mind these are still timed races. If you fail to complete an obstacle, you will be asked to do 10 to 30 burpees before proceeding with the race.
What’s Waiting For You At The Finish Line?
After such a grueling race running seemingly endless miles, jumping over fire, trudging through mud, lifting heavy logs, balancing on mud – encrusted stumps and doing burpees what awaits the battle – weary warriors at the finish line?
In addition to medals for the top placers and for participants, Spartan Racers have their eye on a bigger prize: the Spartan Race Trifecta.
Any racer who completes a Spartan Sprint, Spartan Super and Spartan Beast within a calendar year receives a Trifecta Medal.
There are no limits to the number of Trifecta Medals you can win.
In 2014, the Spartan Race organisers came up with “pie piece” which is 1/3 of a larger Trifecta Medal. The pie piece has the year it was won engraved on it.
What Does It Take To Become A Spartan?
Don’t let the happy smiles and wacky faces of the participants fool you. Remember, Spartan Race is considered the toughest obstacle course today.
It will test your strength, endurance, coordination and conditioning. Spartan Race is a true test of your overall fitness level.
You have to plan your training and put serious time in the gym as well as the great outdoors if you wish to conquer the Spartan Race.
Most of the obstacles require functional movements such as jumping, climbing, pulling and balancing.
You have to be aware of what your body can do when faced with these obstacles.
In addition to training, you have to watch over your nutrition and dietary habits. Spartan Race will take a long time to complete.
You have to make sure your body is running on clean fuel for energy.
At the end of every Spartan Race, where you place hardly matters.
The obstacle race is a metaphor for the unpredictable and often difficult challenges we face every day. Beat the obstacle, win in life!
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