What To Expect At Vermont Spartan Beast

It seems like only yesterday I was slogging up the mountains of Killington at the 2014 Spartan Beast in Vermont. It was an enormous gut check on that mountain. Physically I was prepared. Earning my trifecta the previous year via the Carolina Beast, it was time to tackle the Super Bowl of Spartan Races, the Vermont Beast.

Race day approached and the morning was crisp with a chilly wind coursing through the air. The scene at the bottom of the mountain was electric, anxiety was flooding my body. No doubt, this would be a long day.

I finished the course in 9 hours, not to shabby. There were however, many lessons learned that day about Vermont Beast that I pass on to the people I train for Spartan, and will share some here with you.

There will be at least two sand bag carries, up a mountain, close to a mile hike for each one. Prepare your legs by carrying heavy stuff up and down a hill repeatedly. Lunges and squats are your friend for training.

Trail running is another huge part of this race. At least 3 miles running through a dense forest. The trails will be wet, muddy and slick, some points will barely be able to handle one person at a time. Prepare by running in the woods, off the beaten path.

Burdens. There will be several burden carries. Rock buckets, logs, atlas ball and sandbags. Prepare by carrying awkward stuff for mile walks. If it’s horrible, heavy and uncomfortable, use it to train.

It seems never ending. The ultimate mind fuck comes when you seem like you’ve been on the course forever, you ask the course Marshall how much further, they say “Two more miles” which is always bullshit. It will always be two more miles five miles ago, people will say all kinds of shit, “My fitbit says we’ve already gone 16 miles” blah, blah, blah. Don’t let the desire to get the mileage in your head. Just go. You will be up and down the mountain several times. Just when you think it’s got to be over, it’s not. Stay out of your head

Your ankles and knees will take an epic beating. So will your toes, especially the tips of your toes and toe nails. Keep your toe nails trimmed for race day. Wear proper compression gear for your joints if necessary.

Pull ups. A lot of your upper body will be used in this race. Pull ups are your ultimate muscle builder. You will be pulling yourself up over a lot of obstacles. You will also encounter the rig which will absolutely test your upper body strength. You will pull stuff on ropes, pulling is essential in your training. Become a pull up master.

Snacks and hydration. I found eating small amounts of gel packs to be a decent way to stay energized on the course. I had plenty of water, it’s the fuel that needs to be consumed on the course that is important. Find what works for you. I can’t eat protein bars or bites of any sort. They make me sick. Some people eat mustard packs, I saw people eating pizza and hoagies on the course. Find what fuels you and bring it.

*Don’t be afraid to bring some Advil or Tylenol or whatever. If your knees or back or ankle or whatever is hurting half way into the race, a few pain pills may help ease the pain for the duration of the course.

Cold swimming. Vermont water is freezing cold. Take your breath away cold, and it sucks. Get out of the water and keep moving. Not walking, but running, do burpees, but keep moving the moment you get out of the water.

There will be two barbed wire crawls, two spear throws and a rope climb with no knots. If you have access to a rope for climbing practice, use it.

So there you have it, some of what to expect at Vermonts Spartan Beast. Good luck to all of you participating in this years event. If you have any questions about training please don’t hesitate to contact me, and also join our newsletter!

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Spartan Race WODs

This week the team shifts gears from Olympic style lifting and more towards the “Arnold” as I call it, style of lifting. Basic weightlifting with focus on specific muscle groups, biceps curls, dips, shoulder presses etc.

We will also be adding a running element to these workouts because Spartan race season is upon us, and the team will need to be in peak condition for the runs. This style of workouts will be the norm for the next three months. The workouts will address all elements of strength and endurance necessary to excel at an OCR.

WOD 1

Chest and Back

WOD 2

Biceps and Triceps

WOD 3

Shoulders

WOD 4

Legs

Thanks for reading. And good luck with this years Spartan Season!

60 days 20 Workouts, A Beginners Training Guide For Obstacle Course Racing

 

INTRODUCTION

Who this is for

Anybody who wants to prepare to run their first obstacle course race. Not just workout or lift weights, but utilize a training system designed for obstacle course racing. If you are a member of a gym, excellent you have all the equipment necessary to get started right away. If you train from home, this system will work for you as well. However, I strongly recommend training at a gym, everything you need for this training model should be at any gym. Finding a workout partner to help keep you motivated and accountable is a huge key to success. Get a friend to run with you, it will make the experience much more rewarding.

Who am I?

It has been almost a dozen years now, I was driving down the road, stuffing my face. There was a nice glaze of glistening Krispy Kreme donut goodness caked to beard, my gut provided a great shelf for any morsel of food that didn’t make it down my gullet.

I caught a glimpse of this gluttony and had a moment. A moment where I realized I was a fat pig. Again. Peering into my rear view mirror, glaze shining on my cheeks, I had a sad view into how disgusting I was. This was not the first time my grossness disturbed me. Like always, I would say I need to get in shape, but never really commit to anything other than a bag of chips and a six pack.

At home I would see my fatness in the mirror, clothes shopping had become another moment where I realized I was a slob. My waist was pushing forty inches and I began to develop man boobs. But still I procrastinated. What really got me was the view of food dripping from my chops like blood from the jaws of a wolf feeding on a fresh kill. Only my kill was sugary goodness and hot donut glaze. I had to do something.

I ordered the P90X series and got ripped. It was a tough journey, but worth the pain. It did however inspire me to become a personal trainer, which lead to Spartan training, not just for myself but a host of others who became Team Superhuman.

In the past few years I have run over a dozen Spartan races, earned two trifecta medals, competed in countless 5k’s and other OCR’s from Warrior Dash to Tough Mudder. The years of experience I have gained has only gone on to benefit others to reach their inner Superhuman.

 

Over the last several years I have designed workouts for people from all walks of life looking to train for their first obstacle course race, or fifth. The training methodology has produced amazing results not just aesthetically but physically and mentally as well.

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The Team Superhuman training program has produced over a dozen Spartan trifecta champions, five Spartan World Champions (including myself) and a host of other medalists in many other obstacle course races all over the country. people in their fifties to professionals in their twenties have all excelled with this system. This program works. Now, let’s get to it.

Exercises

Push up

Pull up

Deadlift

Squat

Sit ups

Leg raises

Push press

Chin up

Lunge

Burpee

Turkish get ups

Thruster/squat press

Dips

Running

Russian twist

15 exercises is all you need to get in perfect condition to tackle any obstacle course race. The system will help you strengthen your body in all aspects that are crucial to obstacle course success. We will also add a few of the Team Superhuman benchmarks to the WOD list as well, since this is a crucial element in measuring your progress.

The WODS

The workouts are broken up into three tiers. Beginning, intermediate and advanced. Since we are working on completing this program in 60 days it is up to you to measure your progress and advance to the next tier. Each WOD is designed to help you mimic the muscles used in an obstacle course race. Pulling yourself over walls, or hanging from monkey bars, lifting and carrying heavy objects over rough terrain and of course mental toughness. We will include running in the WODS since this is a great conditioning element. These workouts can be done in the order they follow and you can advance to the next tier when you are ready. For squats and lunges if you start out with just body weight, that is great, but by the the third tier you will want to be doing weighted squats and lunges. Leg strength and endurance is a crucial element in your obstacle course success.

The jargon. EMOM, Every Minute on the Minute. You will do the prescribed number of exercises in a minute, before moving on to the round again at the top of the minute. This is a great cardio and strength conditioner and tests your mental toughness.

AMRAP, As Many Rounds As Possible. As many rounds as of the workout that you can do in the prescribed time. Simple enough. Let’s get started.

Tier 1

WOD 1

EMOM 12 mins

4 burpees

5 thrusters

3 sit ups

WOD 2

“Gina” benchmark

50 squats

40 Turkish get ups

30 push ups

20 sit ups

10 burpees

*record your time

WOD 3

400 meters

12 deadlift

12 push press

12 dips

400 meters

12 lunges

12 thrusters

12 burpees

400 meters

WOD 4

20 Turkish get ups

*for time

WOD 5

10 chin ups

10 burpees

10 sit ups

10 deadlifts

10 pull ups

10 lunges

10 push ups

*amrap 30 mins

WOD 6

800 meters

20 Squats

20 deadlifts

20 lunges

400 meters

20 squats

20 deadlifts

20 lunges

800 meters

WOD 7

60 sit ups

50 push ups

40 pull ups

30 push press

20 leg raises

10 thrusters

WOD 8

“Gina” for time

50 squats

40 Turkish get ups

30 push ups

20 sit ups

10 burpees

*record your time

WOD 9

EMOM -24 mins total

4 deadlifts

8 lunges

10 sit ups

*12 mins

12 dips

12 Russian twist

*12 mins

WOD 10

Run 1 mile for time

TIER 2

This tier will increase in intensity. You know your body, so increase weight if you can.

WOD 11

20 Push up

20 Pull up

20 Deadlift

20 Squat

20 Sit ups

20 Leg raises

20 Push press

20 Chin up

20 Lunge

20 Burpee

20 Turkish get ups

20 Thruster/squat press

20 Dips

20 Running

20 Russian twist

WOD 12

400 meters

15 chin ups

15 squats

400 meters

15 pull ups

15 lunges

X3 rounds

WOD 13

8 Thruster

6 Turkish get ups

X7 rounds

WOD 14

1 mile run for time

WOD 15

“Gina” benchmark

50 squats

40 Turkish get ups

30 push ups

20 sit ups

10 burpees

*record your time

TIER 3

WOD 16

1200 meters

20 thrusters

800 meters

15 pull ups

800 meters

20 dips

800 meters

15 lunges

1200 meters

WOD 17

30 push press

400 meter walking lunge

X5

WOD 18

2 mile run

WOD 19

400 meters

25 deadlifts

400 meters

25 squats

400 meters

25 push ups

400 meters

25 pull ups

400 meters

WOD 20

25 Push up

25 Pull up

25 Deadlift

25 Squat

25 Sit ups

25 Leg raises

25 Push press

25 Chin up

25 Lunge

25 Burpee

25 Turkish get ups

25 Thruster/squat press

25 Dips

25 Running

25 Russian twist

There you have twenty amazing workouts to take your Spartan training to the next level. Depending on your workout schedule you can spread these WOD’s over 60 days, add to the benchmark, and even shoot for a 5k. This is a great goal and will certainly more than prepare you for your first Spartan race.

Looking for more tips on Spartan races?

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And this one is good.

And of course this one.

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To the best of my knowledge, the information provided within this blog/website (including testimonials, videos, and blog posts) are believed to be true and accurate; however, the reader should assume all responsibility for consulting with his/her doctor regarding any health matter. Superhumanbarbellclub and its owner deny any liability, loss, or injury in relationship with any opinion, tip, or exercise shared on this site. Lastly, Superhumanbarbell club makes no claim to be a physician, healthcare professional, registered dietitian, or expert in the healthcare field.

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Spartan Race Training (Weapon X Super WOD)

Benchmark WOD’s are an important resource in any OCR training in which you participate. This workout we do at Superhuman HQ, the Weapon X workout is one of the top benchmarks we use for training. The goal of this workout is to complete all ten rounds in 60 minutes or less. Some of our top athletes have completed only seven rounds, nobody has hit the ten round mark…yet. This WOD will push you to the limit. The snatches and cleans can be any variation you prefer, squats are air squats and the weight is 65# or more depending on your ability.

Good luck, try this workout and list your results to the comments below!

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Fitness Creates Discipline

When I look back over the past several years of life, there are certain moments where you can pick out that instance where life changed. Wether it was for better or worse we all have an impactful event that changes the course of life.

 

Years ago, in my early thirties I was a fat, lazy, depressed slob. I had no idea what I was doing with life. I had what they call a good job, nice house cars and all the other bullshit. But it sucked. I wasn’t happy. What I lacked was any type of positive disciplines in my life. I had no real goals. No aspirations. The fire that burned as a youth had been reduced to barely an ember after years of failures and horrible decisions.

 

Go to work, come home, live for the weekends and that vacation to the beach once a year. I wanted to change. The desire was there, but I had no fuel for the ember.

 

Finally the fuel came when I fully committed to a fitness program. I created a discipline that was a catalyst for change in my entire life.

 

 

Depressed? Lost? Angry? Work out! Get into the habit of refining your body physically. Eat better. Create those disciplines that will build moment and spill over into other aspects of your life. It happens. It did for me and for many others.

 

 

Make a commitment to a better you. Life is too short to live it in misery. Be Superhuman!

 

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Top 9 Fitness Icons

The other day my daughter asked me who is the most famous fitness person in the world. Without hesitation I replied, “Arnold Schwarzenegger of course.”

However, some people might disagree. What about Bruce Lee? How about Chuck Norris? All very famous and have done incredible things for their craft. But who would be the most famous fitness ever? That's a question that will be debated forever. But as for my list of fitness icons, we'll start with the man I view as the undisputed king….

Arnold Schwarzenegger

If you don't know who Arnold is I feel bad for you. An incredible story of the American Dream. Read his auto biography.

 

 

Rich Froning

Crossfit Games Champion. I'm pretty sure he is from another planet. His athleticism shows the immense potential of the human body.

Richard Simmons

He may be a corn dog but the man has been an inspiration to millions of people and still works today inspiring others.

Tony Horton

The P90X mastermind and amazing trainer. His program helped me not be a fat pig anymore.

 

Jack lelanne

Legend. The first guru on fitness. He paved the way.

Jillian Michaels

Biggest loser fame and an amazing resource for anyone on any level getting fit.

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet

Queen of Crossfit 2014. She is an amazing athlete and goes to college full time studying bio engineering.

Chalene Johnson

Her Turbo kick classes and DVDs have inspired thousands of people to get fit not only physically but emotionally and financially as well.

Chuck Norris

Need I say more.

 

 

My top nine fitness icons, not just because they are famous or well known names, but because each and everyone of these people has inspired me personally to be a better athlete and person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Best Exercises

 

10 best exercises

 

Pull ups

Dead lifts

Bench press

Squats

Burpees

Sit ups

Thruster

Turkish get up

Push up

Lunges

 

 

All ten of these exercises can be all you need to get shredded. What if I told you that in only 20 minutes a day, with the right schemes you can get amazing results. If you are just getting into a workout lifestyle, or you are a veteran in the gym, these 10 exercises will challenge you. The two schemes that maximize your efforts with these exercises are 10 minute AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) as well as a 10 minute EMOM (Every Minute On the Minute) These are great WOD’s that will not only give you a cardio boost, but build strength and definition as well.

 

These exercises work more than one muscle group at a time, and can challenge you in many different ways, especially since as you get stronger you can add weight or increase from 10 to 12 minutes and challenge yourself on a new level.

 

Here is a great example of a challenging EMOM.

4 pull ups

4 thrusters

10 minutes.

 

In this WOD you will give yourself ten minutes on a timer or stopwatch. Make sure you can see the timer change easily. Every minute you will do 4 pull ups and 4 thrusters. If it takes you 30 seconds to do the set, great you have 30 seconds rest until the top of the next minute.

 

Sounds simple right? Wait until you get to minute 7 or 8. A great way to measure strength is by adding weight each time you do this WOD. The key to seeing amazing results is to keep each workout intense, don’t pussyfoot through these workouts, really go all out. Take breaks when needed, and have plenty of water on hand.

 

For the AMRAP, here’s a great WOD to challenge you.

You will do as many rounds as possible of this set in 10 minutes.

 

5 Push ups

4 Deadlifts

6 Sit ups

 

Simple right? Push ups, deadlifts, sit ups as many rounds as you can in ten minutes. With these 10 exercises, you can achieve amazing results pretty quickly. This isn’t a theory or a concoction I cooked up. It’s based on results I have achieved, and have seen the amazing effect it can have on others. If you are short on time, but still want an intense workout, these 10 exercises, with the 10 minute time sets are a great choice. If you don’t know what some of these exercises are, Google them! It will be worth it, especially the Turkish get ups.

 

The schemes that you can create with these 10 exercises is only limited to your imagination. If you want a custom program created just for you, email us at superhumanbbclub@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Thanks for reading! I hope this article helps you realize that getting in shape doesn’t have to be a chore or require a major time commitment. Please share!

 

 

 

When Fitness Sucks

Around November of 2014 I lost my mojo. I had no desire to workout, blog, or do anything else related to my personal exercise or business study. I became burned out on fitness.

 

In three consecutive weekends with Team Superhuman, I ran Spartan Super, CMC Philly and Vermont Beast. I was sick, beat and tired. I had no desire to pick up a weight or do a pull up. My diet suffered tremendously. Then, with almost the entire team we traveled to South Carolina and killed the SC Beast for good measure. I was so done with fitness.

 

In addition to the physical strain, my brain was fried as well. Being the owner of your fitness business also carries a huge burden. Now, my facility is no huge operation. I operate a garage gym. Literally a gym in a garage I rent. There is no bathroom, no heat and no air conditioning. Much of our equipment has been fabricated in my basement or donated by team members. It has helped me break free of being employed by a fitness corporation, and call all my own shots, however this freedom comes with a price.

 

 

First, there's marketing. Now, this sounds easy enough, but it is not. There are so many gurus on the web with all the keys to success on how to market your fitness business. However, this flood of gurus has so much conflicting information, it becomes maddening trying to sift through everything. One person says market on Facebook like this, another person says no, market like that. Have a blog, link it to all your social media, post at this time, but not that time, post this, but not that. It made me crazy and crushed me with anxiety. When you go to school little to nothing is taught about the business side of fitness. And make no mistake, it is a business. I encourage anyone who is going to school for personal training with the hopes of becoming there own boss to educate themselves on the marketing of your fitness business as well.

 

November rolled in and I was physically and mentally decimated. Fitness sucked. The business side and my personal pursuit of wellness became a chore. The only fun I had was coaching classes. Seeing people make progress, pull a muscle up for the first time, hit a PR on a deadlift, that was fun. Everything else sucked. After opening the doors and being in business for a year, I was doing fine. Attendance stayed steady, we had made great progress in 2014. But I didn't want to do it anymore.

 

 

December arrived, and I took a much needed 10 day vacation in the Caribbean.

 

 

 

 

 
Time away from the world really allowed for reflection. Did I want to run the Superhuman Barbell Club anymore? Could we ditch the lair and workout at a local chain gym? Do I really want to put the monumental effort into marketing in 2015? These questions and more needed to be answered.
The answer always remained, will it be fun? Im pushing 40 years old, and Im tired of doing things that are not fun. If it isnt fun, its not worth doing. My grand conclusion, I'm ditching the gurus, and doing what I want, how I want, and will have fun doing it. Do I want to see Team Superhuman take over the world in 2015? The answer is a resounding YES!
 
The difference is, this year the focus will be more on fun than anything else. I'm back in the lifting game, and have decided that instead of leading the team from the front of the class, I will be in the trenches of the WOD's with them. I'm looking forward to this new outlook, and the reults that will come of it.
 
As I sit here writing this I am a hefty 227 pounds. The fire has been reignited, and I am looking forward to some stunning physical and athletic results for Team Superhuman in 2015. Bread pasta and manufactured foods have been cut from my diet. For the past several days I have made great strides in maintaining a lifestyle where I eat animal flesh, veggies and fruits, leaning heavily towards embracing the paleo lifestyle. After a cruise and the Holiday season, an extreme reboot of my system is in order. So, here it goes!
 
 
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Strong Is The New Skinny

Recently the some of ladies of Team Superhuman took time out to show off their bad-assness in a photo shoot. The ladies have spent the last year achieving tremendous physical results, but look damn amazing as well.

 

They are all proof that weightlifting has tremendous benefits, strong truly is the new skinny

Chriss shows of her abs.

War Machine in the over head squat

 

The Champ has killer legs

Black Widow with sweet back and shoulders

 

Back and shoulder art

Keeping it risqué

 

Vandana with some intensity

 

At 55 years young, Vera is an inspiration to us all.

 

Huge thanks to the ladies who make Team Superhuman so extraordinary. Donna K is our Team Photographer, and without her talent, these great shots wouldn’t be possible! Thank you!

 

Learn more about Team Superhuman here.

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Building Champions

This year Team Superhuman will send almost a dozen athletes to complete their Trifecta at the Spartan Beast in Carolina. A few of our athletes have already completed their trifecta via the Vermont Beast World Championships.

As a competitor, I can tell you Vermonts course is truly the most difficult run I have ever encountered. The physical and mental test on this course is unyielding from beginning to end.

As a coach, it has been a rewarding experience to see so many people from the Superhuman Barbell Club/Team Superhuman conquer this epic event. Members of our Team come from all ages and backgrounds, but one thing is for sure, they have trained vigilantly over the past year to accomplish a goal few have reached.

Below are our four World Champions, and Trifecta medalists. The ladies on the left will be reaching the monumental goal of Double Trifecta this year.

 

The hybrid training model at the Superhuman Barbell Club is ideal for anyone looking to compete in any type of OCR, especially Spartan. We combine body weight exercises with barbell work as well as running. This model has helped shape top notch athletes. We can also help anyone looking to change their lifestyle and accomplish any fitness goal.

Become your own champion. You don't need gimmicks or special drinks to get in shape. Hard work, discipline and an incredible support system will help you become Superhuman.

 

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