You never know exactly what lies ahead in obstacle challenges, but one thing for sure; expect mud pits, giant walls, barbed wires and at times a field of gladiators. The races are usually about 5-20km with 15 or more obstacles.
The terrain is rough and is nothing compared to your regular smooth pavements in the suburbs. But still, nothing gives so much thrill and fun like an obstacle race.
The race will test your endurance, upper and lower body strength speed and agility. If you want to compete with the top athletes, you should consider including these components into your training schedule.
Run a lot
You can’t beat seasoned racers without speed and endurance to run long miles. Ensure that you run frequently 6 or more weeks before the race day. Doing this will prepare you to hack the shorter, intense races.
Over time, you will build endurance. Train on trails and hills so that you’re better prepared to run on the steep hills and harsh terrains filled with mud.
You need massive strength to swing from bars and rings, climb ropes and lifts heavy objects over a long distance.
Most of the obstacles you will face will test your physical strength. Therefore, incorporate pull-ups, push-ups, body weight squats and planks to your daily routine.
Enhance your athleticism
Nothing makes you win an obstacle race than a combination of core strength and endurance. You can achieve that by being athletic.
Do stretches, mobility drills, crawl under nets, practice climbing over different barriers to coordinate your mobility and enhance your athleticism.
Do full body exercises
Prepare your whole body for the race by focusing on all body parts during workouts. Ensure to involve as many muscles as possible to enhance overall body strength and endurance.
Incorporate exercises like squats, kettle bell, pushups, pull ups and pranks to enhance your moves.
Add fast workouts
Boost your cardiovascular strength by doing quick workouts and sprints. These consistent stops and starts will prepare you for the end of obstacles, so you don’t gasp for air after the intervals.
They will improve your speed and help you complete the obstacles on time. Remember, if you fail an obstacle you will get a burpee penalty and you don’t want that.
Train in a similar way as the race
To be better prepared, train in a similar way as the race. Run on trails as opposed to pavements. Run hills to build endurance and strength and also do intense workouts.
Also, break your training into intervals because the actual race is broken up with obstacles. You can time yourself when running and do exercises at intervals.
The Challenge up Your Body and Mind Program includes race specific training program to make you better prepared for the race.
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