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Although the obstacles themselves are often a surprise during an obstacle course race, you can be sure your strength will be challenged. At the Spartan Race, competitors frequently face two dreaded tasks. Here, our pros offer their best advice on how to surmount them.
An assortment of monkey bars, rings, ropes, and poles that you must climb across without touching the ground or using the side structures for assistance.
“Momentum is key. I run into the first object, say a rope, then swing forward so I can skip a couple of rings. Keep your body in motion throughout,” says Corinna Coffin, 2015 Battlefrog Championship second place finisher, lifestyle director at Battlefrog.
Walking a designated route while holding a bucket filled with rocks or sand up to the prescribed line in front of your body.
“Secure your arms all the way around the front the bucket, so one hand is grabbing the other wrist. Set a goal number of steps to take before rest, which means placing the bucket on your knees in a quarter squat,” says Cassidy Watton, a head coach at Epic Hybrid Training.