Are you ready?
I lift weights, how hard can an obstacle race be? It will be fun! That is exactly what I thought about three years ago before my first ever introduction to a Spartan Race. This was about a month before the Beast in Killington, I walked by a poster for an upcoming obstacle race right down the street from where I lived. I thought to myself, I have a month to get ready for this, no problem…
Just like many of you reading this, crossing that finish line changed my life and my perception of fitness.
In the three years since my first race, I got married, moved back home near Pittsburgh, and opened a new practice. True Health and Fitness offers Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Nutrition, personal training, and group training.
I was made aware that a new group training certification was available through Spartan Race, the Spartan Group X program, and immediately began to research the program. It was exactly what I was looking for, just what this area needed. Too many people signing up for these events are completely unprepared for what they are about to attempt, I imagine a lot of people felt the same way I did when I signed up for my first race. As with any activity, there is an inherent risk of injury. However, there are ways to decrease the chance or severity of injury through proper preparation.
The all-encompassing SGX certification weekend properly prepared me to run the SGX program at our facility, and it has been an absolute success. We have members of all ages and athletic abilities working together, improving their lives in every way. It is more than your average boot camp type class, we are enriching these members’ lives, opening their eyes to capabilities they did not know they even possessed. The workouts are fun, exciting, and challenging.
We have had a steady incline in members and interest in our group, and we are just about one year into the program. The progressive nature of this style of fitness always leaves us wanting more, and wondering what’s next. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the first Hurricane Heat in Amesbury, MA, and the group dynamics of this program echoes the characteristic of that amazing event in which everybody supports each other, both mentally and physically. We focus on realistic goals, and write future races on the wall for motivation. The Spartan Code is proudly displayed on the wall, and is often referred to and discussed.
Together, we have participated in a number of obstacle races and fun runs since beginning the program. We all start together, and finish together. Everyone has a great time, and have recognized our strengths, as well as our weaknesses. Through proper training and education we will all continue to progress and learn by pushing our mind and body to our limits.
We are not just working out together, we are building better humans.