The first-ever Reebok Spartan Race is happening in the Philippines on September 16 at the Timberland grounds in San Mateo, Rizal. If you’re joining the race, I highly recommend watching Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge Season 2 to prep you up. This is of course, just a glimpse of the real race you’ll be be participating in.
I got to watch the first 2 episodes of the Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge Season 2, and I can say it’s one exciting yet grueling race. From the same producer of American Ninja Warrior which I’ve been watching for sometime now, I would say that they leveled up as far as challenges, fun, and excitement is concerned. It is definitely worth a watch at RTL CBS Extreme cable channel.
And what amazes me the most as I watch the show is that underdogs are winning the race on the Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge. In one of the episodes, the team composed of small members killed it at the race. By small I’m referring to their height and physique. Other competitors are big and bulky they can crush your bones.
If the race on the Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge is any indication, the Reebok Spartan Race will be of the same intensity. And if you’re joining the race, you better be prepared, physically and mentally. “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.
After the advanced screening of the American sports entertainment competition series, the media were invited to take on a workout challenge. Although I was willing to give it a try, the sight of the obstacle course already intimidated me. One, I’m not physically fit to take on such intense workout; second, I must admit that I’m not mentally prepared for it.
Even the most seasoned triathlete will falter in an obstacle course as brutal as the Spartan Race without ample preparation. Across rugged terrain stretching three to over 13 miles, the Spartan Race sends contenders plowing through a series of 20 to 30 grueling challenges including mud, fire, and barbed wire to push mind and body past the limit.
For every hardened Spartan, the race is no mere event; it is a way of life. Discipline on top of determination will be essential to reach the finish line in one piece. Here are a few expert tips for Filipino Spartan hopefuls who want to conquer one of the most formidable obstacle courses on the planet.
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. You have to be serious about winning the race, or else you will give up early on.
The 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. Take note that this is just inspired by the Spartan Race. I could imagine how it would be on the actual race.
To prep up for the Reebok Spartan Race in the country, watch Season 2 of Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge starting 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.