When I first heard about the Spartan Race, my interest was immediately piqued after friends had recalled their experiences completing similar events such as Tough Mudder.
The Spartan Race UK website warns that this is not your average race and it is for those who are adventurous or adrenaline-junkies, as you have to take on a challenging terrain in a variety of different environments.
Fortunately, though, people of all shapes, sizes and walks of life are encouraged to channel their inner Spartan.
So when Reebok Sports Club offered to put me through my paces with some of their team in preparation for a Spartan Super Race next month, I seized the chance.
Heading into week one of training, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The race is eight miles long, so presumably the session with their head trainer Will Longhurst would involve some running mixed in with some weights.
After 1,500 metres on the rowing machine to loosen the legs up and get the blood pumping around the body, I was told that it was time to take on the prowler.
It looked do-able – and when there are no weights on board, it was actually decent fun. But I wasn’t there to have fun and it soon got tough, particularly when I had to push my training partner the length of the gym.
Weights were added to make the challenge even harder in what felt like never-ending laps before my fellow aspiring Spartans joined me to complete eight lengths shoving our trainer and over 200 lbs of weights.
Naturally it helped to create a team spirit, though, as we resembled three red-faced England front rows in the dying minutes of a rugby match.
My legs were screaming and the push-ups at the end of each length weren’t allowing for any recovery time. All part of the process, I guess.
We moved onto a combination of box jumps and dead lifts. This really tested the endurance in our legs, particularly after overcoming the prowler. My shirt was drenched in sweat after eight sets. But the session wasn’t over, yet.
Will handed me two 24kgs kettle bells and I had to last a minute without dropping the weight. This was followed immediately by three laps of the gym hall with a Bulgarian bag on my shoulders. We did this three times.
As the workout reached its conclusion, I couldn’t help but think this must be similar to the feeling in the final kilometre of a gruelling Spartan Race.
So after week one I do feel better prepared, and presumably, it should get easier next week. Right?
The Reebok Sports Club London is excited to offer its members the chance to win a ticket to enter any UK based Spartan Race this year.
To enter the competition all you have to do is post a picture of your favorite fitness moment, this could be anything from a completed workout at the gym or you and a friend at your favourite sporting event.
Head over to our Instagram [email protected], to find the original post and instructions on how to tag us and Spartan in your photo entry. There are three places up for grabs.
Find out how to join Reebok Sports Club here.
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