Exercise of the Week: Spartan Race Workout

Learn about the Spartan Track Workout, an exercise circuit that Hunter McIntyre performs to increase his strength and endurance for obstacle course races.

The STACK Exercise of the Week helps you improve your overall sports performance—including strength, speed, conditioning and flexibility.

The Exercise

Spartan Race Workout

Who Does It

Hunter McIntyre, Elite Spartan Racer

Sports Performance Benefits

Improves your overall strength and endurance for an obstacle course race. You perform Burpees and Double Kettlebell Cleans to simulate the strength and endurance demands of a Spartan race, and you sprint to help you run the race as quickly as possible.

How To

Perform in circuit fashion and repeat 3-5 times.

Burpees

  • Drop into a low push-up position.
  • Bring your feet to your hands, then jump and clap your hands above your head.
  • Drop down to the ground and repeat.

Reps: 5

Double Kettlebell Clean

  • Hold a kettlebell in each hand.
  • Hinge at your hips and swing the kettlebells beneath your thighs.
  • Extend your hips and knees to propel the kettlebells up.
  • Catch the kettlebells at your chest with your elbows tucked to your sides.

Reps: 10

Sprint

Distance: 100 meters

Coaching Points

  • Do not rest between exercises.
  • Focus on form, not speed.
  • Maintain a consistent running stride
  • Walk 100 meters back to the start.

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