Last week I took a class in Mechanicsville, Maryland to become a Spartan Obstacle Specialist. For those of you who might not be familiar with Spartan, they produce obstacle course races (OCR) world-wide, ranging from a 5K Sprint to the marathon distance Ultra Beast. Obstacles test strength, agility, and athleticism, as participants scale walls, swing through hanging bars and rings, hoist weights, and negotiate a wide range of challenges.
The Obstacle Specialist course is a 5-hour one-day tutorial to provide tips, strategies, and training on some of the most challenging obstacles. This particular class was taught by Kevin Donoghue, a pro OCR racer who brought insight, passion, intelligence, and perhaps most importantly, patience, to his work. Now, I consider myself to be quite fit, but these obstacles revealed lots of holes in my fitness. It was a humbling experience, but still fun and completely worthwhile, especially if you are considering doing a Spartan race.
the Spartan Obstacle Specialist courses are usually offered on race weekends. Click here etc see a calendar of classes: http://www.spartancoaches.com/spartanfit-course-calendar.php