Virtual Spartan Race 2020 Workout

With a lot of races & events being cancelled, or forced to go virtual, Spartan Race sent out an email for a Virtual Spartan Race

A normal Spartan Race is a distance run (distance depends of the level you sign up for), with a bunch of obstacles mixed in during your run.

I love them because of the mixture of needing speed, endurance, strength, and power.

So, a virtual Spartan Race sounded interesting. Instead of obstacles, it was 20+ Bodyweight exercises.

*Start from the Spartan Race website:

THE SPARTAN VIRTUAL SPRINT CONSISTS OF A 5K RUN OR EQUIVALENT, AND THE FOLLOWING 20 OBSTACLES:

  • 10 push-ups
  • 10 burpees
  • 10 mountain climbers (per side)
  • 10 jumping jacks
  • 10 air squats
  • 10 forward lunges (per side)
  • 10 hand-release push-ups
  • 10 tuck jumps
  • 10 plank up-downs
  • 10 plank shoulder taps (per side)
  • 10 knee slap mountain climbers (per side)
  • 10 backward lunges (per side)
  • 10 glute bridge raises
  • 10 dips
  • 10 decline push-ups
  • 10 single-leg squats (per side)
  • 10 double leg calf raises
  • 10-second plank
  • 10-second 6-inch leg hold
  • 10-second iso-squat

It ended up being a solid workout. Definitely worth trying, if you can.

If running isn’t really an option for you right now, you can try out a few different substitutes:

If you have access to a piece of cardio equipment (rower, elliptical, bike, etc) go for the same 5K distance.

If you have a Jumprope, aim for 1000 single jumps

If Bodyweight exercises in place is what you can do, aim for 200 jumping jacks in place of the run.

Kettlebell Training Benefits – Full Body Workout

Kettlebells are a great tool to have for your workouts. Especially now with a lot of people not in the gym.

Kettlebells can provide a perfect combo of Strength, Conditioning, & Balance.

They are perfect for a home workout. Since you only really need one.

KBs improve core and stability. Helps with mobility, and range of motion. And helps with muscle imbalances (versus a barbell, where your “stronger” side can take over).

Now that I sold you on getting a kettlebell or using one that you have access too, what exercises should you do??

Seriously, they can work the WHOLE body. You can use it in a bodybuilding style workout or a more cross training style workout. Or both.

Here’s a quick video demo, taking you through a handful of strength exercises. Working through the full body.

A couple tips:

Make sure to not go too light. You want to feel like you’re working out and challenging your body.

But, also, don’t go too heavy. Doing single kettlebell movements with a weight too heavy can lead to a quick injury.

Here’s a couple other Kettlebell Workouts to try out.

National Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. This affects kids and adults alike.

I just wanted to compile some links and tips to learn more about what this month is about, to help reduce stress and anxiety, and ways to seek help if needed.

Mental Health America is a place to take a screen test, learn to take action, get informed, donate, and more.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a great, overall place to look into to get info, find support, and get involved

Here’s a post about 9 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health Today , includes getting regular exercise and a healthy diet.

The Pandemic Crisis Services Response Coalition has info and helplines related to mental health, suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and Covid19

If you know or have more info to share, let me know, and I’ll add it to the post for others to see.

And if you want to help and check in with your people, remember to not skip over checking on your “strong” friend. They may need it too.

❤️💙