We are seeing the race world evolve in front of our eyes. For years there were 5k’s, half marathons, and marathons to test our endurance and stamina. But why are people putting in hours at the gym just to see the benefits go to waste. Yes some of us work out for aesthetics but that can only take you so far or motivate you to do so much. Some of us work out to feel accomplished and to feel able. We are able to lift things. We are able to climb things. We are able to throw things. We are able to prove our endurance at the same time as proving our strength and at the same time as proving our mental toughness. The reality is running for 4 hours straight is not a useful skill that we can use. In real life you will need endurance, strength, stamina, and the ability to use your body in every way possible. If the shit hits the fan so to speak and the zombie apocalypse is upon us obstacle races are your battle field. Ok so maybe the zombie apocalypse is a stretch but if you want something awesome and badass to train for to get a feeling of accomplishment like you have never had before start training for a Spartan Race today.
Many of you know that I started doing Crossfit almost a year ago. Crossfit defines itself as High Intensity, Constantly varied, Functional movements. Basically there are no single joint isolated movements. Instead of machines your body is the machine. This is how our bodies move in the real world. Never in life will you have to extend your knee without also extending your hip. Our bodies move as a unit and not as a series of isolated muscular contractions. The Spartan Race is Crossfit brought to life. Taking all the skills and improvements that you have made from Crosffit and utilizing it in an obstacle course setting. If you want to add motivation to your workouts try signing up for a Spartan Race. I would suggest doing it with a group of friends. Many Spartans work together as teams to get through the course. If Crossfit is the sport of fitness than a Spartan Race is it’s proving grounds. Yes Crossfit has the Crossfit games but that is the elite of the elite. Anyone can sign up for a Spartan Race and really see what you are made of. From the average Joe to Navy Seals there is a Spartan Race for you.
The Spartan race was voted the # 1 obstacle race by Outside magazine. In a Spartan Race you can expect running, rope climbs, crawling, tire flips, mud, ponds, mud, hills, scaling walls ala Ninja Warrior, mud, carrying sandbags, mud, inverted wall climbs, barbed wire, fire,mud, and just general cool shit. It’s an adult playground to say the least. For some people this sounds like hell on earth but for people like me this sounds like a day full of fun. Where else can you challenge yourself to these extremes and put yourself in real world situations at the same time creating a bond with a group of friends that will last a lifetime. There is a saying that those who suffer together bond together. CrossFit does that for a lot of people and so does the Spartan Race. Get out of the gym and complete a Spartan Race with your buddies. If any JerseyStrong subscribers are interested in doing a Spartan Race use this link to get a 15% discount http://bit.ly/spartanwarrior.
To see the Spartan race course in all it’s glory then tune in on December 7th on NBC sports to see the Spartan Race world championships. This is the extreme version of what you and your buddies will be doing but many of the same obstacles but done at a ridiculous pace and with more severe consequences. If you want to see some of the world’s most well rounded athletes doing crazy stunts while tackling a 14 mile course with elevations of 12,000 feet then tune in. Watch with your friends or Crossfit buddies then sign up for your own race using the link above.
As an added bonus for JerseyStrong subscribers anyone who comments on this blog post will be entered into a raffle to receive a FREE entry into a Spartan Race in 2013-2014. That is a 95.00 value for FREE just for commenting on this blog post. I do ask that you also share this with any friends you think may be interested. Retweet it or e-mail it a friend and don’t forget to watch the World Championship Spartan Race on December 7th.