Running for 13 miles in itself is a hard task even for seasoned runners who target a specific PR time. Add a rugged terrain to this equation and it ups the level of challenge to greater heights. And we are not finished here yet. Add still another challenge, the obstacles, into the equation and it definitely reaches insanity levels. And mind you not just any obstacles we are referring to here – they are Spartan class obstacles! Ahu Ahu!!!
This is the race made not for ordinary mortals but for people who thrives in the realm of extraordinary challenges or for those who wanted something more, in fact, much, much more out of their usual races and lives for that matter. With 20 – 30 grueling obstacles and challenges including mud, fire, and barbed wire used in the most creative of ways to punish those who are brave enough to toe in the starting line, you can never ask for a more fitting race. This is REEBOK SPARTAN RACE!
“Spartan Race is 50 percent physical and 50 percent mental—physical training is going to get you there, but it’s designed to test you mentally,” shared Michael Reyes, Director of Spartan Race Philippines. “So keep an open mind, push yourself hard and know that we are not creating something impossible. We’re doing something that anyone can do. It will be hard but know that you can do it,” he added.
Happening on September 16 at the Timberland Grounds in San Mateo, the Reebok Spartan Race will bring to the country for the very first time its brand of hard-core obstacle race that requires more than determination and proper training from the participants to successfully conquer – it demands DISCIPLINE.
So do you think you have what it takes to survive the race and be a proud Spartan?
Here are some guidelines provided by the people behind the race to take to heart before jumping in (or scaling walls or crawling barbed obstacles whatever the case may be)!
Be ready for anything
Personal trainer Kristin Rooke of BuiltLean warns Spartan Race newbies to get ready for anything since race coordinators don’t release the course map until the event itself. With every race a surprise, would-be participants must build endurance, speed, as well as upper and lower body strength so they can prepare for any obstacle.
Fitness First Philippines, the official fitness partner of Spartan Race Philippines, offers a 45-minute Spartan SGX program to help Filipino hopefuls overcome the race. Headed by elite SGX coaches, each session trains participants in a range of movements—from sprints and squats to lifts and lunges—to prepare against any imaginable hurdle while improving physical performance.
Burpees, burpees, burpees
Surviving each obstacle is one thing; surviving the penalties for failure is another. Obstacle racing documentary Rise of the Sufferfests director Scott Keneally recounts the pain of having to do 30 burpees for every failed challenge, which made him quit the race midway.
Rooke reiterates the importance of the burpee and urges Spartan Race contenders to include this much-maligned workout in training routines, in case they fail or skip an obstacle.
Proper diet is fundamental to overcoming the Spartan Race. Eating like a Spartan is an entire philosophy that prescribes pH-balanced, primarily plant-based meals with whole ingredients that consider seasonality, availability, sustainability, and affordability, along with nutrient density, taste, and impact on the environment.
To succeed in an obstacle race where upper-body strength is crucial, Torey Armul of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics also recommends plenty of carbohydrates that can fuel large muscle groups. Similarly, dietician Natalie Rizzo suggests extra protein during strength training, as well as chicken or chocolate milk after workouts to beef up the upper body.
Inspiration for Filipino Spartans
Rigorous training and proper diet are only part of the equation to a successful Spartan Race. For the resolve to take on and complete the arduous run, inspiration is critical.
American sports competition series Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge delivers motivation with Spartan Race-inspired obstacles that only the strongest, fastest, and most united teams can surpass for the grand prize of $250,000. Catch the premiere of Season 2 on September 2, Saturday at 9:35PM, first and exclusive on RTL CBS Extreme.
RTL CBS Extreme is available on SKYcable HD channel 209, Destiny Cable Digital channel 104, and Cablelink HD channel 310.