Have you got to that point in your training where you’re getting bored? Sick of HIIT, sick of kettles and don’t quite know how to fire up anymore? Then it might be time for you to think outside the box and start having a look at events that might interest you. If you’re not a marathon kinda person, and trust me, the idea of running for 4 hours is often not appealing to most people, then perhaps you might be keen to look at Triathlons, or a competitive sport, or….. Obstacle Racing! Super fun and super muddy!!
For the third year running, Results in Motion entered a Tough Mudder RIMLET team and man did we have some fun out there! But it’s not just about the 3 hours out on the course – it’s the planning, the preparation, the team work and the camaraderie associated with training for these events that make them awesome. If you’re ready to take your training up a notch, push yourself to do things you’d never considered possible and have fun while doing it – then obstacle racing is the perfect event for you. In my experience, clients that work their training around targets/dates/goals, generally perform better – here’s a couple of reasons why:
You’re Pushing Yourself To Do Something Different
It’s so easy to become complacent with your training. Turn up, do the same program lift the same weight – and guess what – get the SAME result! If you’re not somebody that’s intrinsically motivated to strive for more each session, then it’s super important that you give yourself something to work towards. A planned event such as a Tough Mudder or a Spartan race will give you a definitive time frame and allow you to periodise and structure your training more effectively.
You’re Working With Other And Have To Step Up
In team events, nobody wants to be that person that lets down the crew – what you find happens, is that you’ll step up to the plate to mirror your colleagues’ fitness levels. Surround yourself with people better than you, in this case fitter, and you’ll be surprised what a difference it makes to your own strength, endurance and overall fitness.
You Have a Deadline In Which You Need To Deliver
There’s no faffing and no “maybe I’ll aim for Summer” – your event runs on a certain days and you have x amount of weeks to get fit for it. Scheduling in a planned goal (or event) means that you stick to it, and can work your training plan around the fitness components required – need to be able to swing from monkey bars? Better get working on your back strength! Need to be able to run 10km, start a running plan!
So the bottom line is, if you need an extra push, then get involved in some team challenges! They’ll not only push you to be stronger, fitter, faster across a difference discipline, but they’re great fun too!