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3 Toughest Obstacles from the Spartan Race Sprint, Malaysia. #NewObstacles


The Spartan Race Sprint was held in Semenyih, Selangor. It was about 10km runs and 25 obstacles to conquer. This time, I tried to compete in the age group of age 25 to 29. My goal was to be in the top 10.  I finished 9th place within my age group.  I finish with the duration of 1hr 52 mins. I`m happy with the outcome. There are lots of hills, water obstacles, and trail run through the deep jungle.

I failed two obstacles. The famous Spear Throw also known as the burpee maker and the Monkey Bar 2.0. The Monkey Bar 2.0 is the newly introduced obstacles to Spartan Race. It is first used in Spartan Race Sprint Malaysia. Now that is a total of 60 burpees. I will train harder for the next Spartan Race.

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Now I am going to share with you the top three toughest obstacles from the Spartan Race Sprint, Semenyih.

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10 Commandments of Spartan Race by #MarvinInspire


Spartan Race is an obstacles race. The Spartan Race is not soft. The Spartan Race is for the gritty. The Spartan Race is for the strong-willed. The Spartan Race is for everyone! I have been running the Spartan Race for six times already. I completed the Spartan Sprint, Spartan Super, and the Spartan Beast. For me, the Spartan Race is a great platform to train your body which has a direct correlation to the mind. Spartan Race will sharpen your mind that any obstacle can be overcome. A stronger body, a stronger mind. All you need to do is just do!

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I am going to share with you my 10 commandments of running the Spartan Race. Let’s go! Aroo!!

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SPARTAN RACE UNITED STATE IN JUNE


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Sign up for The Spartan Time Trials!

It is a 1k all out Sprint to the finish line with obstacles coming at you as fast as your heart rate. The course itself packs the same challenges as the Sprint, but for athletes that want all of the adrenaline in a quarter of the time. Think the sprint on some serious pre-workout.

Come out and test yourself in a different type of event with the same type of Grit seen at any Spartan Race. There will be minimal mud for maximum speed, set up for beginners and advanced racers alike. The Top 20 will advance to a final round showdown.

Racers will Receive:

  • $49 Entry – Includes Insurance
  • Limited Edition Dog Tag
  • One Sandwich and Beverage
  • Free Bag Check & Parking
  • Free Spectator Tickets
  • Top 3 Male and Females will Receive Awards

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SPARTAN RACE IN UNITED STATE FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE!!

CLICK ON THE BANNER BELOW TO BE A SPARTAN! AROO!!

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MY AFFILIATION WITH SPARTAN RACE


Hello there!  You may notice the presence of The Spartan RaceSign Up ” banner in some of my blog post. Well, it is because I signed up for the Spartan Race Affiliate Program. I got hook with Spartan Race ever since my first Spartan Race Sprint in Malaysia back on 10 October 2015. I got my first Spartan Trifecta after I completed the Spartan Super and Spartan Beast. Through Spartan Race, it reinforce my why;

My why is to inspire people to embrace the adversity of life so that they can grow living life with fulfillment. 

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Signing up for the Spartan Race Affiliate program allow me to monetize my involvement in the Spartan Race directly and indirectly. I still have my day job as an engineer in the Oil and Gas industry which pay me enough to live. However, I would love to be involved outside of the engineering world, and Spartan Race is one of them! We got to have that dynamic in life to achieve the fulfillment. 

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So what am I going to do with the earning? There is a saying;

Fill two needs with one deed!

I`m going to use the earning to maintain my blog which allows me to continue providing value to my beloved readers. It is to fuel the platform which allows me to share my why globally. 

I hope to help and adds value to people to achieve life fulfillment. Drop me an e-mail or you can DM me through my Instagram and Facebook if you want to find out about Spartan Race up close and personal!

Kindly share, follow and like my page for the latest update for inspiration and life tips to embrace adversity.  

Click on the banner to below to find your fire and be a Spartan! Aroo!!

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FURTHER READING;

THE 5 PHENOMENAL LESSONS FROM SPARTAN RACE!

THERE IS NO FAILURE, THERE IS ONLY BURPEE!!


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The BURPEE is the bread and butter for every Spartan Racer! Every time Spartans failed an obstacle, they are required to do 30 burpees! If not, they are disqualified from the race! So, if you want to join the Spartan Race, you need to be burpee proof!

Spartan Tip: Commit to do a minimum of 30 burpees per day! 

Burpee is a full body workout! It will burn fat, build endurance and works your entire body so hard that exhausted athletes have been known to sto Read more…

7 EASY STEPS TO SET YOUR GOALS


I wrote about  5 GREAT REASONS WHY WE NEED TO SET GOALS. You can either work to achieve your own goals or work to achieve the goals of someone else.  Remember this;

GOALS: Godly Objectives Assure Lasting Success by Zig Ziglar

Now, get a piece of paper and start writing down the following steps. Write in term of bullet points. If you want, just copy and paste this into Microsoft Word document and write it down!  Your first draft steps will not be perfect. Just start and record it down. Then, later look at it again and adjust to fit your lifestyle. Alright, here are the 7 easy steps to set your goals!

1. IDENTIFY YOUR GOAL

Decide exactly what you want! Most people never do this and fail. Why? They think they already have a goal. But what they have are not goals. They are only wishes, hope, and dreams. A real goal is crystal clear and very specific. For example, you want to lose weight! How much weight do you plan to lose? Do I want 6 packs? What is the waist line you are targeting? Again be very very clear!

Sample: To lose weight from 100kg to 80kg. Decrease waistline from 40inch to 34inch. 

2. THE BENEFITS OF ACHIEVING THE GOAL

Imagine you are there grabbing your goal in your hand. What are the benefits you will gain? I am going to be happy. I am going to be healthier. I can spend time with my family. I will have more money. These are the rewards once you achieve your goal.  It acts as an anchor for you to work on your goal every day! Lets put it this way when you are struggling climbing a mountain, you just need to imagine the view at the top! That is the benefits once you achieve your goal! The most important thing is that your goal will make you fulfill and happy. 

Sample: To be healthier. More energy. To look great and build confident of self-image. To live longer so that I can spend time with my children.

3. OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL

Before you want to enjoy the view at the top of the mountain, you got to climb it. The mountains are the obstacles that you need to overcome to achieve your goal! Begin with questions. What are the obstacles that I need to overcome? What are the showstoppers? You need to list down all the obstacles that preventing your to achieve that goal!

Sample: Lack of discipline. Love sweet junk food. Unhealthy eating habit. Lazy to go to the gym. Not enough sleep within 8 hours.

4. SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE NEEDED TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL

Skills and knowledge are required for you need to reach your goal. These are the tools you need to beat your obstacles that you list out in the previous step. Always start with questions. What do I need to do to beat this obstacle? How can I be better so that the obstacles can be knock down? Who I need to seek help from? One question will lead to another. For every answer, write it down. Don`t worry about whether it is correct or not.  It is just your first draft.  You can even google it! Just search “How to avoid sweet junk food?”

Sample: Prepare a diet plan and follow through. Throw away the sweet junk food in your home. Buy healthy organic food. Get the right workout plan to lose weight.

5. INDIVIDUAL, GROUPS, AND COMPANIES TO WORK WITH TO REACH THE GOAL!

Certain skills and knowledge you may not have to achieve your goal. Therefore, you need to get help. They can be your friends who are an already an expert in the field. They could be the people who you are inspired to reached. Lets us look case by case. You are struggling to get a healthy meal. You can google to find out whether there is food outlet that can prepare a healthy meal for you or find out the recipe. Let’s just say you are to climb up a ladder in the corporate world.  It is a good strategy to have a mentor in the company to advise you on how to progress in the career world. Another key person that can help you is an accountability buddy. They are the one who will help to keep track on your progress. They need to be brutally honest and genuinely want to make sure you achieve your goal.

Sample: Healthy food outlet (Eg.FeedMe). Personal trainer. Fitness Website. A Workout group. Marathon Event. Spartan Race. Accountability buddy, Alex.

6. PLAN OF ACTION AND EXECUTE!

 “Innovation is rewarded. Execution is worshiped.” Dr. Eric Thomas

Make a list! Write down everything you can think of that you could do to achieve a goal. It has to be in a form of action statement. The very act of making a list of everything you can think of achieving your goal increases your belief that the goal is attainable. The organized your list into a plan.  Arrange your list in sequences. Create a checklist, a list of all the steps that you will have to take to achieve your goal. Be sure your list is practical and it can be done within 24 hours.

Take action on your plan and learn to adjust accordingly, You need to make effort to execute the plan. That is when your plan counts! It is only counted when it was executed. 

Samples: I will commit to reducing food portion in every meal especially high carb food.  I will not eat white bread, sweets, and junk food! I will workout in the gym 5 days in a week. I will eat more fruits and drink more water in a day. I order food from healthy food outlet since I do not have time to cook. I will hire a fitness trainer to coach me. I will commit to sleep 7 to 8 hours a day. I will run a marathon. I will join the SPARTAN RACE.

7. SET A DEADLINE AND KEEP TRACK!

A deadline acts as a forcing system for your subconscious mind.  This allows you to set a target. From the time you write down your goal and set a deadline, you will be motivated to work, adjust and take the necessary step to achieve it.  Keep track on your goal.  You can check your progress in term of weekly, monthly or even quarterly.

What happens if you don`t achieve your goal by the deadline? Then, you need to set another deadline. Remember, there is no unrealistic goals, merely unrealistic deadline. If you change your deadline more than 3 times. You may need to check your plan of action again. Your deadline may be unrealistic or you are not doing the work. Be honest with yourself. 

Samples: (Assuming you start 1 January 2017) Weight from 100kg to 80kg by 31 December 2017. Each month, I need to lose 1.7kg of weight. If I did not achieve the monthly deadline. I need to adjust my workout program and my diet. 

Every morning you wake up in the morning, read the steps! Every night before you sleep, read the steps again.  Ask yourself this question;

  1. What did I do today to achieve my goal?
  2. How can I improve for tomorrow?
  3. Why do I do this?

Finally, express gratitude. “I did well today”

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It is all about effort!! 

 

Samples!

1. IDENTIFY YOUR GOAL

To lose weight from 100kg to 80kg. Decrease waistline from 40inch to 34inch.  To get 6 packs abs.

2. THE BENEFITS OF ACHIEVING THE GOAL

To be healthier. More energy. To look great and build confident of self-image. To live longer so that I can spend time with my children.

3. OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL

Lack of discipline. Love sweet junk food. Unhealthy eating habit. Lazy to go to the gym. Not enough sleep within 8 hours.

4. SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE NEEDED TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL

Prepare a diet plan and follow through. Throw away the sweet junk food in your home. Buy healthy organic food. Get the right workout plan to lose weight.

5. INDIVIDUAL, GROUPS, AND COMPANIES TO WORK WITH TO REACH THE GOAL!

Healthy food outlet (Eg.FeedMe). Personal trainer. Fitness Website. A Workout group. Marathon Event. Spartan Race. Accountability buddy, Alex.

6. PLAN OF ACTION AND EXECUTE!

I will commit to reducing food portion in every meal, especially high carb food.  I will not eat white bread, sweets, and junk food! I will workout in the gym 5 days in a week. I will eat more fruits and drink more water in a day. I order food from healthy food outlet since I do not have time to cook. I will hire a fitness trainer to coach me. I will commit to sleep 7 to 8 hours a day. I will run a marathon. I will join the SPARTAN RACE

7. SET A DEADLINE AND KEEP TRACK!

(Assuming you start 1 January 2017) Weight from 100kg to 80kg by 31 December 2017. Each month, I need to lose 1.7kg of weight. If I did not achieve the monthly deadline. I need to adjust my workout program and my diet. 

“A goal can be achieved if you break it down into enough small parts.” Henry Ford

7 Great Steps to overcome Fear!


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In my previous post, I wrote about The 5 Destructive Effect of Fear! Please do check it out to understand the impact of letting your fear to control you. Now I am going to cover the recovery side of fear. Here are the 7 great steps to overcome fear!

1. Admit your Fears

You cannot overcome fear unless you first need to acknowledge them. What you should do, you need to make a list of your fear. If you are unable to do so, you may be still running from those feeling. Hence, you need to observe of your feeling. If your heart race for no reason, you feel paralysed into inaction and you feel nervous for no reason. These are the response due to fear. Do not overthink, write your fear down first! That is the first step.

2. Determine the Source of your Fears

James Thurber

All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running away from and to and why.

Fear also is known as False Expectations Appear Real.  Most people`s fear is based not on facts, but on feeling. You need to look beyond the irrational feeling you may possess and discover the expectation that lies beneath them. Guess what, it does not exist! It is an imagination that created by the mind!

3. Acknowledge that fears limit you

J.H Newman.

Fear not that your life will come to an end but that it will never have a beginning.

That is what can happen if you let fear take over your life. Honestly, most of our fear are baseless. The rest are simple things we must learn to live with it. There are no guarantees in life. People look for things to protect them. It could be alarms, umbrellas, smartphone, GPS system, and cars with ABS system. Here is the fact, life is dangerous, damaging your health, and will eventually kill you. So you might as well live life to the fullest. Take that risk to overcome that fear!

4. Accept that Fear is the price of Growth

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Believe it or not, every successful person in this world has jumped!

One of the secrets of success is not letting what you cannot interfere with what you can do. A strong proponent of positive thinking, Stone said that the secret to making sales was going where you do not want to go and doing what you do not want to do. You need to take that leap into the fear. Most importantly, do not let your fear keep you from taking small steps in your development. You never know where they might lead. It may unlock your potential within you.

5. Change fear into desire

Cus D’Amato

The hero and the coward both feel exactly the same fear, only the hero confronts his fear and converts into fire.

Every negative emotion we feel can be converted into something positive to help us to grow in life.

Fear of poverty? Convert it to a positive work ethic.

Fear of greediness? Convert it to generosity.

Fear of rejection? Convert it to acceptance.

Fear of insignificance? Convert it to service of others.

People can turn their life around them by takings the very thing that once created fear and using the energy to do something positive and worthwhile.  It is an always a choice to make to change your decision for a better option.

6. Focus on Things You can Control

There are always things that you cannot control in life. Guess what, there is no good reason to worry about those things. It can be very energy draining.

Harold Stephens.

There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.

The right question to asked, What can I do to be a Problem Solver? Always focus on the things that you can control. To do that, there are 2 things. First is the attitude. As you interact with people, you cannot control their action. No matter how much you like it. But you can control your attitude. Boys react, men respond. The second part of it is your calendar. You may not be able to control today, but you can do your best to plan the time you have. Most people who fear the future so so because they do not prepare for it.

7. Feed the Good and Starve the Bad!

It is a battle between FEAR and FAITH. Either one will arise within you. It is your choice to choose which one will triumph. These emotions will always be presents in you. The emotion you continue to feed is the one that will control your life. You cannot expect fear to simply disappear. If you continue to focus on your fears and entertain them, they will increase. The way to handle it is to starve them. Do not give your fears any of your time or energy.  Do not feed them with gossip or negatives news. It can be very draining.

What you should do? Focus on your faith! Feed it with positive food. The more energy and time you give it. It will become stronger. At any point in time, if there is a spark of fear. Take action by go ahead and do it! By doing so, you are reprogramming your attitude. When there is fear, it means “GO” instead of “STOP”. When there is fear, it means “FIGHT HARDER” instead of “GIVE UP”.

Keep in mind, no matter how strong a hold fear may try to take on you, it can be overcome. Fear is just in mind and attitude can make a major difference.  Most importantly, do the work and take action!

If you are not in control of your fear, the fear are in control of you!

BONUS STEP;

ACCOUNTABILITY BUDDY

Get an accountability buddy to help you to beat that fear! He or She must not be afraid of the fear that you are facing. If you are afraid of heights, your buddy must not be afraid of heights. If you are afraid of thunder, your buddy must not be afraid of thunder as well.   Your buddy can help you to grow to faced fear. Your buddy can show you that it is alright to face it and the fear does not exist.

The content was taken from the Difference Makerwritten by John C. Maxwell and with a spice of my thought. Definitely, a book to read and highly recommended for those who want to learn to manage their attitude.

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MY TOP 3 TOUGHEST OBSTACLES FROM SPARTAN RACE SPRINT MALAYSIA 2017


The HYPE at the start line of the Spartan Sprint!

The first Spartan Race in Malaysia for the year 2017. The Spartan Sprint! It was on the 12 March 2017. At first, I thought it was 5km run, but it was 8.9km! I said; Challenge accepted! I completed the race within 1hour 51minutes. I failed one obstacle out of 27 obstacles. It was was the Spear Throw! That was 30 burpees for me. My brother, Matthias and sister, Melissa also joined the Spartan Race Sprint 2017. It was Melissa`s first Spartan Race too. I was excited that she willing joined the Spartan Race! I am glad that I can inspire her to enter the Spartan Race. In this article, I would like to cover my top 3 toughest obstacles to beat!

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SPARTAN SPEAR THROW

Spartan Race Spear Throw

Spear throw seems to be a simple obstacle, and it is considered one of the Spartan Race`s signature obstacles. All you need to do is walk up to a starting point, grab the spear with your firm hand, aim, and throw. Remember you got only one chance to throw the spear at the target. The spear must stick into the targets. If you miss, it is a failed attempt. If it hits and bounces off, it is a fail attempt. You need to get down to do the burpee! It may sound easy, keep in mind the Spear Throw was known to be the Burpee Maker!! It does not require any significant strength, but it requires techniques. In my previous Spartan Beast and Spartan Super, I successfully stick the spear into the target! I was overconfident as I grab the spear and throw the spear to the target. I missed! I had to do 30 burpees. Remember you got only one chance to throw the spear at the target.

My Workout for the Spear Throw: I made my own spear and practice, practice and practice.

SPARTAN BUCKET BRIGADE

Bucket Brigade Spartan Race

Bucket Brigade is one hell of an obstacle. My body took quite a toll after completing the obstacles and it will test your mind and will to keep moving.  I need to fill the bucket with gravels from the “bin” to a point above the line of holes in the bucket. Then, I need to carry the bucket through a small hill, through the jungle, muddy path, and over big tree roots. I need to return the bucket filled with gravel. Finally, I emptied the bucket back into the bin. It was tough! I had to stop three times to catch my breath. I had to walk for a few minute before I catch up my running pace. The Bucket Brigade is a mandatory obstacle. If I failed to execute, it not burpee. But, I need to perform the obstacle once again. Thank God I managed to complete it.

My Workout for the Bucket Brigade: Deadlift! Get a bucket, fill it with weight and walk! 

SPARTAN MULTI RIG

Spartan Multi Rig

The Spartan Race organiser loves to put The Multi Rig at the end of the race. The Multi Rig is my number 3 of my top three toughest obstacles. The Multi Rig is similar to a monkey bar, but the only difference it has gymnastic rings, pipes, rope and the traditional cow bell at the end of the obstacles. The Multi Rig test the strength and endurance of the upper body strength and coordination. I failed The Multi Rig in my Spartan Super 2016 Malaysia and Spartan Beast 2016 Malaysia. However, I conquered this obstacle in The Spartan Race Sprint 2017 Malaysia. Yeah!! There is definitely, room for improvement in the future! Aro!!

My workout for the Multi Rig: Monkey bar, dead hang and pull ups!

To recap, my top 3 toughest obstacles would be the Spear Throw aka The Burpee Maker, the Bucket Brigade which will wear down your body significantly, and finally, the Multi Rig which will test your upper body strength and endurance.Brigade which will wear down your body significantly, and finally, the Multi Rig which will test your upper body strength and endurance.

If you`re a Spartan, please share your toughest obstacles in your Spartan Race Journey. Please also share your workout to overcome it by commenting below.

IF YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE THE JOURNEY TO BE A SPARTAN, PLEASE CLICK ON THE BANNER TO REGISTER! AROO!!

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Please check out THE 5 PHENOMENAL LESSONS FROM SPARTAN RACE!. To summarise, there are the focus on the finish line, be ready, choose your word wisely, take action, and most importantly helps others.

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My WHY is to inspire people to embrace the adversity of life.  A life without adversity is a life without growth. A life without growth is a life without meaning. A life without meaning is a life not worth living

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