Training for Spartan Sprint

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  1. Stu

    Stu Double-Digit Post Count

    Hi everyone, I am new to the forum here after reading S&S, ETK, Q&D and ROTK. Looks like this is a great place with a wealth of knowledge and resources sufficient to keep me busy for a long time!!

    I have a Spartan Sprint coming up in 5 weeks and wanted to get some feedback on my training plan.

    A little background - I'm 35, 182cm, 11%bf, resting HR 52-56. I have been training solidly for the past 2 years mainly focussing on Calisthenics (strength focus rather than skill). For the past 6 weeks I have been running S&S and I'm just about to start adding in some 32kg sets on both the swing and get up. For the past month, I have also been doing 3-4 LSS runs per week at 50-70% MHR for mixed durations of 30 - 60 mins.

    With only 5 weeks remaining, I figure I should really start to focus my training a little, it's only the sprint race but regardless, I would like to do my best effort and I have a pretty strong competitive streak. Here is my plan, taken from various sources including threads and articles here on SF. Open to suggestions on tweaking based on people's experience.

    I will run the following two circuits once each per week:

    Circuit A (3-5) rounds
    5 x Double Clean and Push Press (re clean each rep)
    10 x Heavy Swings (2H)
    5-8 x Explosive Pullups
    1 x TGU per side
    10 x Goblet Sq
    60s Sandbag Carry

    Grip Finisher - Hang for 30s then 1 pullup, repeat until I can't

    Circuit B (3-5) rounds
    5 x C&P R then L
    10 x Swings R then L
    10 x Towel Pullups
    10 x Power Pushups
    60s on Monkey Bars
    60s Farmers Walk

    Crawling for 3 to 5 mins

    Mon - Circuit A
    Tue - LSS fun run - 3 mile slow jog with kettlebell in rucksack. Every 7 min alternate between Swings, Burpees and Pushups
    Wed - 100 Swings & 10 TGUs S&S style
    Thu - Circuit B
    Fri - Fast Tempo Run - 5k @ 80-85% HR
    Sat - 100 Swings and 10 TGUs S&S style
    Sun Rest

    I will also be running 3-4 mobility sessions throughout each week.

    Thoughts welcome.

  2. offwidth

    offwidth More than 5000 posts

    Overall I think you have a pretty solid plan here. The things that usually get people in Spartan OCR is the grip stuff, and it looks like you have that covered. If it were me (and it has been in longer events) I would do a bit more running, and focus on some of the skill-centric events like rope climbing, and the good old spear throw...

    I know some people that train burpees... waste of time in my opinion. Train to succeed in the obstacles so you won't have to do a single penalty burpee.

    And hope it doesn't rain and have all the obstacles coated in mud and water...then all bets are off...
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  3. Tarzan

    Tarzan More than 500 posts

    Looks like a good plan!

    Do people normally taper their training and peak for an event like this? From a quick glance at the program it seems a bit short to need any carbo loading but dialing the intensity back in the last week of your training (especially the last 3 days or so) could be beneficial.
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  4. Stu

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    Thanks for the feedback. Yes I did wonder if I should maybe have one more run in there per week. I decided against it as its only the Sprint and I can comfortably run the distance. I may look at swapping out one of the S&S sessions for another LSS run on alternate weeks.
  5. Stu

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    Thanks for the feedback. I wasn't planning on doing any kind of carb loading but I did plan on cutting intensity and volume on the final week. Something like this:

    Mon - LSS Run 45 mins
    Tue - Circuit A (3 rounds only)
    Wed - S&S
    Thur - Rest
    Fri - S&S
    Sat - Rest
    Sun - Race

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  6. offwidth

    offwidth More than 5000 posts

    Some do, some don't. There are folks that do many of these a year, and that sort of precludes any form of significant tapering.
    The jury is still out on carbo-loading...
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  7. Tarzan

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    I think carbo loading has fallen out of favor to certain degree in the last ten years or so because of the way carbs bind water. The more carbon atoms in the chain of your carbohydrate of choice the more water comes with it and it just adds to your starting weight because of all the extra water, so it's a double edged sword in some respects. It's a 2:1 ratio of water to carbon with all carbs basically. Glucose shots when you're depleted seems to be the way it's done these days but mostly for endurance events.

    You wouldn't want a full taper for a sprint like this either, just ease up a bit in the last few days before the race.
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  8. Jacques van der Merwe

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    @Stu I participated in the Spartan Sprint last year in France. From a strength perspective you're probably already strong enough to get your bodyweight through the obstacles. My knees took a beating with the numerous accents and descents on single track trails, the event was hosted in the French Alps. Focus on building on your A+A capacity as Spartan IMO is an endurance event more so than a strength one.

    TLDR; S&S + Pull/Push Ups + Running/Indoor Rowing
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  9. Tarzan

    Tarzan More than 500 posts

    @Stu I've never done a Spartan event, I come from a cycling background, so I'm no expert by any means.

    When we had an event coming up we used to try to get one good hard session of training (not trying to break any records or over extend yourself though) in the week before the event on a Tuesday or Wednesday and then ease up in the last few days. So your plan sounds good, the S&S in the last few days will get you to the start of the race fresh and ready to go hard.

    Good luck with it, let us all know how you go.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2019
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  10. Stu

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    Thanks I will. Sounds like good advice.
  11. Stu

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    Thank you. I have seen A+A mentioned quite a bit. Do you have any links where I can read more about this method. I don't recall seeing a book on this particular topic.
  12. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Forum Administrator Senior Certified Instructor

    @Stu, welcome to the StrongFirst forum.

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  17. pet'

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    From Joe de Sena himself, interviewed by Zach Even-Esh:
    The very minimalist training for any Spartan race: running, burpees, pull ups

    Kind regards,

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