If you’ve read Part 1 to this post, then you’ll know that just getting to the start of Spartan Race Training Camp was a bit of an adventure, but what happened during the course of 4 hours in Pippingford Park in the company of 8 or so other obstacle nutters, deserves a post of its own!
Having spent 6 years in the regular army, including officer training at Sandhurst, I figured I had a good grasp on how obstacle courses work. And since leaving the Army 5 years ago, I’ve reached the peak of my physical fitness, having just returned in April from completing the Marathon des Sables, where I came 15th and the following weekend running 2.51 at the London Marathon. Add to this that my girlfriend Zayne has been serving in the Army Reserves for 10 years, I would not normally have thought we’d need to do an obstacle course training camp. So, why on earth were we there? Continue reading →
I spent yesterday in Pippingford Park, near Nutley East Sussex, an MOD training ground, taking part in a Spartan Race Training Day…[Spartan Race Training is the Spartan Race Training arm of Wild Forest Gym, coached by Head Coach Michael Cohen.]
“‘Don’t be late’ said the welcome email. ‘Spartans are always prepared’. ‘AROO! AROO!’ A-what…? More of that later.
“I arrived on time (a miracle!) and chatted to the other ‘Spartans’, many of whom are regulars on the obstacle course circuit. I was in the advanced group, ‘You think you’re fit! You’ve signed up for the advanced course’ group leader Michael reminded us. There were five women and around 10 guys. The women included Annie, a former world class triathlete, Lauren, a super fit regular obstacle racer, Chrissie, a PT/pole dancing instructor and member of a rock band, and Alexandra, who regularly trained with Michael and had immense core strength. The girls kind of stuck together, and we certainly gave the fellas a run for their money! Continue reading →
If you go down to the woods today…prepare to sweat, burn and have your stomach turned. The latest fitness fad is ‘extreme outdoor exercise’, and it’s not for wimps, says Jamie Merrill.
It’s a cold winter afternoon and I’m ankle-deep in mud and struggling to lift a felled tree trunk on to my shoulders. I’m not a tough guy who lifts weights in the gym and the last time I took my dust-covered road bike for a spin around the park was nearly three months ago, but my coach doesn’t seem to care. His name is Michael Cohen and he’s soon got me down on my hand and knees in the thick, black mud of Ruislip Forest in west London. Continue reading →
Meanwhile Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon takes on Tough Guy 2013.
Are they going to stand up to the mark, the mud and the obstacles?
Mike Wiltshire of Primal Lifestyle, Official UK Distributor for Vibram FiveFingers was kind enough to give me a pair of Spyridon to do a review on them a few days before my Tough Guy 2013 on Sunday 27 January 2013. Continue reading →