Preparing For Sparta


As more people become interested in obstacle racing and take the plunge to sign up for their first race inevitably the question that always comes up is “How do I train?”

Training for races will vary from person to person just like the types of shoes people chose to wear. Some people will tell you they rolled off the couch and did a Tough Mudder. While others will tell you about their meticulous diet and extreme exercise regimen. [Read more…]

Malibu Spartan Sprint Review


The last of the Spartan Sprint races in Southern California for 2012 were held in the Santa Monica Mountains at Calamigos Ranch December 1st and 2nd.  The Spartan Sprint is the shortest of the Spartan Races, which does not always mean the easiest of races.  This race would prove to be one of those cases. [Read more…]

Excuse Me, I Burpee’d

30 burpees for every obstacle I can’t finish?  Yikes!  I get winded after about 10!  I suppose I better bump up my training and add in some burpees!  The Spartan Sprint is just two months away, and they require you to do 30 burpees as a penalty for every obstacle you cannot complete.

Most people would probably ask, “What the heck is a burpee”?  If you are asking that question, you probably last thought about them in middle school gym class just before blocking them out of your memory until now.

This is how Wikipedia defines a burpee:

  1. Begin in a standing position.
  2. Drop into a squat position with your hands on the ground.
  3. Extend your feet back in one quick motion to assume the front plank position.
  4. Return to the squat position in one quick motion.
  5. Jump straight into the air as high as possible.


4 Steps to a successful burpee

I really like the idea of gradually building my burpee endurance, so I’ve decided to create my own burpee challenge. Each day I hope to add at least one additional burpee.  I will check in to keep me accountable.  I definitely don’t want to not be able to get my 30 burpees in if I can’t stick that spear at the Spartan Sprint! [Read more…]