Last year we launched the Unleash Your Inner Warrior contest and we are doing it again this year.
If you’ve ever dreamed of doing an obstacle course, have had it on your ‘bucket list’ then this is your opportunity to win a race entry for any Reebok Spartan race in the Continental U.S.
Doing a Reebok Spartan race is quite the physical and mental challenge, but if you think that as a plus size athlete, it may be too difficult, think again. Just read U.S. winner Samantha’s story from last year, or Jessica’s experience on how they trained, over came their fears and challenges, lessons learned and advice for anyone interested in doing a Rebook Spartan race.
And if you’re looking for extra help on how to train for this event, you may want to pick up the book Spartan Fit by Joe Desana that comes out this August. I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peak at this book. While the book is based on getting fit within 30 days, ultimately the author is saying you’ll improve in 30 days as everyone begins at a different fitness level. This book has lots of great info, which I’ll summarize below, but the one thing I didn’t like was the following statement “If you are significantly overweight, I strongly recommend you focus on your diet and make some lifestyle changes before beginning the 30-day plan”. Shaming statements like this drive me nuts because you cannot know someone’s health and fitness just by looking at them. The body positive movement is strong and as shown many times in the media and in these pics, athletes comes in all shapes and sizes including completing Spartan races.
As I read through the various workouts, there are definitely some that would be difficult for me, such as pull ups and dead hang because I am heavy. But I also know that these training moves are difficult for non-plus size people too, so there is no need to single plus size people out. Statements like these can really dissuade someone from wanting to train, build their athletic abilities and confidence by getting out out of their comfort zone. Aside from this statement, the book contains value information to prepare you for your race:
- An overview of the Seven Pillars of Training- endurance, strength, athleticism, recovery, nutrition, mind and code
- A Beginner’s Program for those that are at have zero fitness background
- Pictures and descriptions of all workouts that are done in play grounds and parks, no gym required
- Tons of inspiration quotes
- Recipes to support fueling your body and the workouts
It’s also no coincidence that this contest starts today, to coincide with the debut of the TV show: Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge on NBC at 10:00 pm EST. It’s suppose to be the most gruelling course ever and you can hear the anxiety and see the struggles of the participants in their trailer. I highlight this because I hear from so many plus size women, that they think they are the only ones that struggle in athletics. It doesn’t matter how fit you or what you weigh on the scale, challenges exist all around us for every shape and size and that’s what makes life worth living. Seeing a goal and fully committing to conquering your goals.
So what are you waiting for? Enter today, by earning up to 13 entries if you choose all 4 options:
- Subscribe to Born to Reign Athletics with the option of getting our free Bold Strokes adult colouring book for plus size athletes, that features a Spartan racer on the front cover – worth 5 entries
- Tweet on Twitter - worth up to 4 entries
- Follow me on Twitter - worth 3 entries
- Leave a Comment on the Blog - worth 1 entry
The contest begins Monday June 13, 2016 at 12 am EST. The contest is open to legal residents of Canada and the United States, must be the Age of Majority in province/territory/state and ends Monday June 20, 2016 12:00 AM EST. One (1) prize is available to be won. Full terms can be found at the bottom of the Rafflecopter form.
About the Author:
Krista is the Founder of Born to Reign Athletics, a blog + portal website dedicated to motivating, educating and celebrating plus size women who unleash their inner athlete as a means of living a healthy life. She is an award-winning multi-sport athlete in triathlon and indoor rowing, and is recognized as a global leader in plus size fitness and athletics.