Obstacle course races are a fun, out-of-the-box way to push your limits and really highlight your fitness strengths (and, LBH, weaknesses). That's why companies like Spartan Race and Tough Mudder are still insanely popular, more than seven years after they launched. But now, those companies are no longer sticking to muddy courses. They want to help you get fit for the challenge you signed up for — and that includes studio-based fitness classes.
Starting next year, Spartan Race will debut a Spartan Strong group fitness class exclusively at Life Time Fitness locations. It's goal: Challenge both your body and mind in a fun way that serves a very specific purpose — getting across the finish line. The high-intensity classes will be an hour long and work on increasing strength, endurance, and athleticism through a combination of resistance training, bodyweight moves, dynamic stretching, and cardio-focused drills. Members will also be tested with periodic fitness challenges that measure their progress over time. (Related: What to Eat Before and During a Spartan Race.)
The best part: You'll be learning from the pros. The majority of the instructors leading the way have competed in several Spartan races themselves and will receive intense training certifications from both Spartan Race and Life Time Fitness experts before they can actually start teaching. In other words, you're in good hands. And if you're already a Life Time Fitness member, you'll have access to Spartan Strong classes through your membership at no additional cost. Everyone else will have to pay to sign up (prices vary by location).
Of course, Spartan isn't the only one getting their skin in the studio game. Tough Mudder is also launching their Tough Mudder Bootcamp by the end of this year, starting in Boston and Houston and later expanding into 105 locations across the U.S. The 45-minute HIIT classes only cost $15, and they're designed to challenge your strength, power, agility, and endurance while delivering a full-body workout. Just like Tough Mudder events, the class is centered around teamwork, so they recommend bringing a partner to help push you to get the most out of your workout. (Here's 5 lessons one woman learned while running a Tough Mudder next to a wounded vet.)
In other words, if OCRs are your thing, there's no reason to stick to a ho-hum standard workout routine. Get your butt to a class that helps you dominate on the course.