Kick Your Spartan Race Training Into Gear
It doesn’t matter if this is your first Spartan Race or OCR or if you’ve competed in marathons before—we’re about to prepare you for your future race or races! In this post, we’ll show you how to get a great workout in at the gym (we’re hoping that it’s at Fitness On Fire!) or wherever your race training takes you.
Spartans know that race day is much more enjoyable when you’ve put in the work at the gym. The journey to a successful race begins with your training plan. Any obstacle race training requires preparation and Spartan Races are no different. If you want to enjoy race day and complete the course injury-free, training is mandatory.
In this article, we’ll discuss how to kickstart your training plan so you can reach your fitness goals, become stronger and more resilient, and prove to yourself that you can do anything you put your mind to. Without further ado, let’s jump into the Spartan OCR fitness workout guide and kick your training into gear!
1. Your Frame of Mind Is Everything.
When it comes to your training, mindset is key. There are a ton of factors that get in the way of our mindset. Anything from a bad day at the office to a fight with a friend or even logging less sleep than you normally do can impact your mindset.
In our experience, one of the best ways to go all-in on your OCR training is to figure out your “why.” When you know the real reason why you’re doing something and keep that in mind, you’re much more likely to push through your excuses.
Take a minute now and consider why you want to train for this race. How will you feel when you show up for your training and prove to yourself that you do what you say you’re going to do? Grab a pen and paper or your cell phone and jot your thoughts. Make it personal to you. Whenever you feel down on yourself or want to give up, your “why” will help pull you through. Keeping your “why” in mind is one of the best ways to stay true to your commitment.
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2. Set Clear and Specific Goals.
In the first step, you learned how the mind and body are connected and they work together to impact what we accomplish on a daily basis. The first step you need to take is deciding what you want and why you want it. The next step is setting clear, intentional goals to take your training to the next level.
You know how it is. When you accomplish something that requires hard work, effort, time, and sacrifice, you feel awesome! For those of you who’ve completed marathons or trained for a Spartan or OCR race and crossed the finish line, the feeling of accomplishment is irreplaceable.
When you set goals for yourself, you challenge yourself to be better every day. Start small and continue to reassess throughout the process. For best results, create SMART goals or goals that are Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.
Here are a few examples:
Finally, write down the goals that are going to keep you moving forward. Remember your “why?” These are the goals that will push you further when your body thinks it can’t make it through another obstacle and your mind is ready to quit. This could arguably be the most important thing. Don’t overlook the importance of setting goals and envisioning your desired outcome.
3. Stop Thinking, Start Training!
There comes a point where you have to stop thinking about training for the OCR or Spartan Race and take action. If you find it difficult to get started—or challenging to get yourself to train a particular obstacle—examine your daily habits and ask yourself the following question: How can I be one step ahead of where I am today, tomorrow?
Even though we don’t like to admit it, many of us know exactly what is keeping us stuck. It’s easy to get into a routine that isn’t serving us. Of course, it feels good at the moment but at the end of the day, we’re left depleted, wondering why we didn’t do what we told ourselves we were going to do.
If you want to make changes in your life, you need to make time for them. Sometimes this means sacrificing a bit, so you can fit these things in. It all starts with taking action.
Whether it’s Spartan races, marathons, obstacle course racing, or a host of other workout training programs, sticking with a training plan requires determination and grit. It takes mental fortitude, physical strength, and, most importantly, getting to the gym for a workout to adequately prepare for an upcoming race. Don’t overthink it. Take action.
4. Accountability is Essential and Empowering.
Want to succeed? Find a friend or better yet, a community of like-minded people. When you surround yourself with people who motivate and inspire you, you’re much more likely to show up for a workout and have fun. Moreover, you’ll have a group of friends to sprint with and to celebrate with at the finish line!
Find a run club, a weekend obstacle workout group, or a gym that will take care of you and will thrive off your success. Not only can a good friend motivate you and keep you accountable, but they’ll have your back when things get tough. Contrary to popular belief, we don’t have to be 100% self-reliant. Learning to lean on others isn’t a bad thing, especially when challenging yourself to Spartan Races!
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