Train For An Obstacle Course This Summer
When I first began training, I defined my fitness goals solely based on prepping for fitness competitions. I would set my sights on a show, train five to six times a week for aesthetics, and follow new meal plans to get as lean as possible. Although choosing to prep for fitness competitions proved to be mentally and physically demanding, it just wasn’t enough for me.
I was the kid in highschool who was a straight A student, part of the band, choir, vocal jazz and musicals, attended and ran leadership camps, organized prom, lifeguarded, and taught swimming. So it’s not surprising that in my adult years, I felt a need to revert back to my overachieving ways. I decided to advance my goal setting and give something new a chance; I chose to try my hand at running.
I had always enjoyed running but never really excelled at it. I didn’t really attempt to become a runner again until 2011 when I trained and ran for the Toronto Zoo’s ten-kilometer race. In 2012, my blogger friends and I decided we would try the Warrior Dash. I will completely give credit to this course as the reason why I fell in love with obstacle course racing. I enjoyed the race so much that I ran in three the following year. I completed Tough Mudder, a second Warrior Dash, and a Mud Hero race. In 2014, the goal is four. I’m adding a Spartan race to the mix.
Obstacle course races are functional fitness goals that can make you feel pretty badass while providing some balance to your training. They demand strong endurance and muscular strength, meaning that you can still be in the gym every morning lifting weights and out on the trails on weekends getting ready for the challenge of the hills. Personally, my body has never looked better. So in the process of giving myself a time goal of a race or a completion strength goal of an obstacle course, I’m still creating a strong, healthy, and beautiful body that I am proud of.
If you’re looking to set a functional fitness goal, try choosing an obstacle course and focus your workouts on the challenges of racing. Not sure how to adjust your training? Below is a sample of a weekly training split to help you prepare for your first course!
Weekly Training for an Obstacle Racing Course
Monday – Morning: Leg Day, Evening: 30 mins Stairmaster
Tuesday – Morning: Back Day, Evening: 2,000m on Rower & Plyos every 500m
Wednesday – Morning: Shoulder Day, Evening: 5K Run
Thursday – Morning: Chest Day, Evening: 30 mins Stairmaster
Friday – Morning: Arms & Abs, Evening: 45 mins Spin Bike
Saturday – Full Body Training + 5K Run
Sunday – Spin Class & Long Run
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