The first Commandment is to Stay Inspired. This video deals with what to do when your inspiration is drained.
You need to be able to see the heroic version of yourself in – let’s make up a term – future hindsight. Keep in mind that you are at the beginning of the training montage, you are a walking before photo. When you feel like quitting don’t tell yourself I won’t quit, listen to your future self say I didn’t quit.
The book is already written, your best self is waiting on the later pages and you just have to keep turning ’em to get there.
And, this is weird for an aspiring woo woo fitness guru to say, remember that you’re not special. Meaning that you’re not different than millions of other people getting in shape. We have a terrible misconception of thinking our suffering is unique, our wounds are only our own like no one else, that everyone else is a normal person and we’re battling something unseen that’s much bigger.
And you’re just not that special, kid.
There’s no such thing as other people. Just people. Doing difficult, unseen things everyday, and you’re one of them. The belief that one is uniquely flawed is an excuse.
Running time again.
Any – literally any – interval is a good interval.
What matters is rest. You can do same rest, half rest, or double rest. You probably want to start with double rest so, obviously, whatever your interval was you rest for twice that long.
And the shorter the interval the harder you want to run. Like, if you’re doing 2 minutes it’ll be a 7 out of 10 on the effort scale, if it’s 30 seconds – go 10 out of 10.
You should be running twice a week at this point. One longer, slower run and one interval session.
It’s important to remember that running (and getting wet I guess) is the one thing you can’t avoid at Spartan. Anything else you can fail and do burpees but it’s not like you’re going to walk the whole course. It would take forever. And I’d fucking disown you.
So it’s the tenth commandment of Spartan training – thou shall run.
It’s on the pull up bar but it’s a rope climb work out.
Really just get hanging with bent elbows and practice raising your legs. Knees to Elbows and eventually just for a Spartan Bonus, Toes to Ceiling.
Because the core work is the neglected piece of the rope climb masterpiece. You can get on a rope with bent elbows and lock your feet in but if after that you still try and climb with your hands you’re still gonna have a bad time.
After you grab the rope you bring your knees to your chest, lock the feet, and stand up. You push down on the rope with your feet and shimmy up your hands up. Once you’re fully stood up you release the feet, bring knees to chest and lock them in again and repeat.
In a good rope climb your hands are doing as little work as possible because no matter what they will be the most taxed.
It really should be 7.3 and 7.2 should be box jumps but, as I say in the video, I aspire to be a good upstairs neighbor.
So get your stretch on.
You can see I’m holding a thing… The most insidiously difficult DIY work out device in the universe!
Training for Explosivity with a move I believe I invented called The Steering Wheel.
Just keep your pull ups varied.
Practice pulling yourself side to side to train for Monkey Bars and Rings.