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Spartan Race Prep Class Nov 27

Spartan Race in Osaka on Dec 3

CrossFit Kyoto will take part in the Spartan Race this year in Osaka on Dec 3 with a fabulous team again!
We're all really excited and are especially looking forward to training for it 'at home' in the box for the first time thanks to a special effort by coaches Russell & Tatsuro - see below.



Spartan Prep Class: Sunday Nov 27 from 14:00 ~15:00 ♪

For the first time CrossFit Kyoto will be holding a Spartan Practice Class for all members who are interested, even if you're not taking part in the actual race on December 3rd, just come for the fun of it!

There will be rope climbing, spear throwing, bag carrying, balance beaming and sandbag hoisting (see pic below).
Sign up on the schedule as usual.

To get you in the mood for some fun, have a look at the report below - it's from the last time a CrossFit Kyoto team took part in a Spartan Race.

Report from the Spartan Race in n Toyota stadium, Nagoya on December 21st  2019

For that race the team consisted of Kazumi, Mai, Masashi, Moeko, Susumu, Ryo and Russell.



Once we were allowed in to the stadium and got through the registration process we played an interesting game called “How many bands does it take to run a spartan race?” The answer is four: first, a head-band showing your race number, second, an electronic receiver to record your time; third, a race start-time band; fourth, a bag check receipt band!



Even to get into the start area there was a small wall to climb, which everyone cleared with flying colours. Then 3-2-1-Go and we were off, at a gentle jog, except for Ryo the tireless camera man who sprinted ahead to capture shots of our departure (and more of the action later on).



The first thing to take our breath away was not an obstacle, but running out through the players’ entrance into the stadium itself. I can hardly imagine what it must feel like to run out into that cavernous amphitheater with thousands of people looking down on you.



Then the adventure began, it was up, down and around the humongous arena: climbing walls and slamming balls, box jumps and rope jumps (real lengths of rope, like the ones we use for climbing at CrossFit Kyoto), carrying sandbags and water bags, and stairs, always more stairs staring us in the face after each mini workout-like interlude.This all served as an enjoyable warm-up before we headed out into the December sunshine again for some more “traditional” Spartan race obstacles.



Up to that point our team was burpee free, as everyone had succeeded in both the physical and mental challenges, but it was not to last. The atlas stones required a different technique to regular deadlifts and everyone was able to adapt and overcome. The sled drag was not a drag for anyone used to pull-ups, ring rows and power cleans at the CrossFit Kyoto box. Pulling a rope hand over hand to hoist a sandbag 5m or more into the air caused our first failure and first injury (a blistered thumb). We shared out the 15 burpee penalty within the team and ran on.



The rope climb obstacle appeared from under the bridge. Despite some personal training instruction and dedicated practice it caused a few more failures, mainly due to the thin and slippery nylon rope.



The monkey bars, and their inconsiderately wide spacing, provided us with more opportunities for team burpee practice 🙂 and another injury as Ryo just missed the final bar and crashed into one of the supports, slightly grazing his shin.



Closing in on the final few obstacles we approached the spear throw with a combination of trepidation and excitement. Would we be triumphant hunters or a team of burpee specialists? It turned out to be the latter, with only Ryo and Susumu succeeding in hitting the target.



After everyone successfully navigated the 7ft (2.13m) wall our final obstacle was the “multi-rig” (a version of monkey-bars with rings),



which lead to a final total of just 3 burpees per person before we passed the finish line to receive our t-shirts and medals.


What a GREAT EXPERIENCE, thank you all!


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