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Great Article On Spartan Race and Obstacle Racing

In case you haven’t seen it yet, there was a great piece written about the current state, and rise, of obstacle racing. Of course, the mecca of all obstacle racing was mentioned, the mighty Spartan Race. They even grabbed a quote from the fearless Hobie Call. Click the link to read it…

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Incorporate these exercises into your run, you might thank us!

James Horgan, a card carrying member of the MA Spahtens, suggested we come up with a few exercises to incorporate into a running routine. The hopes was the exercises be practical, and that you would not have to carry anything to make them possible.

So, we came up with a  list of ten that we think will strengthen the WHOLE body only using your body weight. The idea is, after every mile (more than likely on a three mile run) to run through a set of these. There are no particular reps you HAVE to do, just do what your body says you CAN do. This list may change, nothing is static, change is inevitable. We hope that with these exercises, you will feel that change.

These exercises, and video links, were compiled by Eric Matta, another card carrying member. Thanks for your work Eric.

1 – Burpees (full body)

2 – V sit Crunches (core)

3 – Lunges (quads, glutes)

4 – Divebombers (shoulders)

5 – Pullups, find a tree, bench, ledge.. (back)

5 – Squat jumps, elbows to knees (full body)

7 – Russian twist (core)

9 – Air Squats (quads)

6 – Plank (core)

10 – Pushups AMRAP (chest, arms)

Let us know how it goes, we’d love to know how you incorporate this into your lives. AROOO!!!

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The 100 Burpee Challenge

We, the MA Spahtens and other Spartan Warriors, are presently on day 8 of the challenge, so if you do the math you’ve got a bit of catching up to do.

Anyway… What is the 100 Burpee Challenge? It is a challenge that runs for 100 full days. On day one, you do one burpee, day two you do two burpees, day three you do three burpees until you hit day one hundred when, yes you got it, you do 100 burpees. It might sound like a lot now, but consider how many you’d have done to get to that 100th day! Yeah, you will be ready.

What is a burpee you ask? The most simple, and straight forward burpee is this, taken from Wikipedia:

The burpee is a full body exercise used in strength training and as aerobic exercise. It is performed in four steps, and was originally known as a “four-count Burpee”:

  1. Begin in a standing position.
  2. Drop into a squat position with your hands on the ground. (count 1)
  3. Extend your feet back in one quick motion to assume the front plank position. (count 2)
  4. Return to the squat position in one quick motion. (count 3)
  5. Return to an upright standing position. (count 4)

GET TO IT!!! You’ve got some catching up to do!! Join the challenge on Facebook HERE!!!