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3 Important Lessons from Spartan Super!

I completed the Spartan Race Super Malaysia on the 9 July 2017 at Nexus International School Malaysia, Putrajaya. The distance was 14.2km with 29 obstacles. It was a tropical and humid environment. I signed up in the Spartan Elite Category to get the feel of being surrounded with the top Spartan Racer. I completed the race with 3 hours 18 minutes and 32 seconds.

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Self-Awareness is an essential key element of success. I had a reflection during my flight back home, here are my 3 important lessons from running the Spartan Race Super.

1. Respect the Obstacles

The Altas Ball obstacle was an easy obstacle for me. If you follow me on my Instagram, I have a powerlifting background. Lifting heavy stuff in the race is very easy for me. However, on that day I throw that ball on the ground of hard that some of the dirt bounce off land on my eyes. My hand was dirty so I cannot rub it off. I spent about 15 minutes there to clean my eyes. I was too proud and being a show-off that Atlas ball was an easy one.  15 minutes is a lot of time! A lot! I would be different if I just put the ball down slowly and on my way continue my run. The lesson here is to respect the obstacle, then the obstacle respects you. 

 

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2. Ask for help

When I joined the elite category, I thought it is a real competition. They will focus on finishing the time as soon as possible. I was struggling when I the dirt was in my eyes. I tried to handle it on my own first. Some of the Spartan Racer did offer helps. I responded, “It is alright”. I do not want to affect their run time. However, there is a Spartan Racer ignored what I said. He immediately calls the Race Marshall and shouted MEDIC! The Medic was immediately on the scene and gave me water to clean my eyes. I did not manage to see who he was. I am grateful that they are willing to help. One of the Spartan Code is Camaraderie. It means friendships, comradeships, and fellowships. Who ever he is, you have lived up to the Spartan Code of Camaraderie. Who ever you are? Thank you! The lesson here is to ask for help if you need it. I am very sure they will do their best to help you.

 

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Sandbag carry

 

3. Bleed more in Training

I failed 3 obstacles. There are Spear Throw, Multi Rigs, and The Twister. These obstacles can be easily overcome with proper technique. I had to say I was rushing through the obstacles which cause me to fail. I need stay focus and take down the obstacle one at a time. There are also hill through out the obstacles, and this is the gap I need to overcome. The lesson here is to be prepared for any unexpected obstacles. If you need to invest in obtaining the right tool to get the job done, just do it. It is better to bleed more in training, then bleeding in a battle.

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Barbwire crawl

 

Call to action;

  1. Be humble when you faced every obstacle. Especially, the one you are good at! 
  2. Ask for help when you are out of options. 
  3. Train smarter and harder!

I am now preparing for my next Spartan Race Beast on the 8 October 2017. My journey to my second Spartan Trifecta! I share my training through on my Instagram and my Facebook Page. Please show your support by following.  Feel free to share to your friends too! Thank you!

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SPARTAN OCR SLIT GRIP GLOVE REVIEW AND GET YOUR 20% DISCOUNT!

Hello! If you follow me on my Instagram, I have been using the Spartan Race Fit Four Glove for my training. Especially when comes to obstacles specific training.

So why Fit Four?

Just look at my palm below. I got calluses, and it was ripped off. OUCH!! This is after 4 out of 8 sets of obstacles specific training like the monkey bar. After that, I had to stop for the obvious reason. Yes, it is very very painful. I cannot lift weight and some bodyweight training. This contributes the downtime of my workout.

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1: Don’t Use it!

2: Not Recommended

3: Neutral

4: Recommended

5: Highly Recommended!

I used the gloves for obstacles specific training, powerlifting and of course running the Spartan Race. You got to try it to know whether it suits you. Let us begin. 

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Brief Description

  • Leather with red silicone grip
  • Expandable and ribbed wrist wrap helps prevent injury while allowing wrist movement.
  • Silicone on the palm in honeycomb pattern provides extra grip and mobility.
  • Thumbless and compression fit design prevents gloves from bunching.
  • Open, minimalist gloves design allows for breathing and quick drying in wet conditions.

OBSTACLE SPECIFIC: 5 for Highly Recommended!

I used the glove for monkey bar training with multiple variations. The typical monkey bar, side to side, and so called the around the world as shown in the video below. I used it for body weight training such as pull ups, chin up, and dips. Overall, I am 100% satisfied with the fit four gloves. I can do more reps and sets without any calluses ripped on my palm. I gave it a 5 for highly recommended as it helps me to achieve zero downtime from training.

 

 

POWERLIFTING SCORE: 3 for Neutral!

Before I joined the Spartan Tribe, I was and still am doing powerlifting. I love doing squats, deadlift and bench press. It includes isolation workout on parts of the body. I had to give the recommendation score of 3. I usually use my bare hand with chalk when I do my lifts.  However, the wrist wrap feature on the glove does help to support to the wrist joint during heavy or maximum effort lifts in pressing movements and overhead lifts. It is about the right tool for the job. So it is pretty much it is nice to have for me because I can use wrist support for the lifting.

Weight Lifting in the GYM with Fit Four

 SPARTAN RACING SCORE: 4 for Recommended!

I used the glove on the Spartan Race Super Malaysia on the 9 July 2017. The distance was 14.2km with 29 obstacles. It was a tropical and humid environment. The race includes steep hills, mud, sands, and rivers. The obstacles that put the gloves to the test were the multi-rig, rope climb, twister, bender, monkey bar and with a spice of wetness and mud. The red silicone on the palm in the honeycomb pattern provides extra grip. The minimalist concept helps on the mobility of the fingers and allow the glove to dry once is it wet and muddy. The wrist wrap contributes to keep my glove tight on my palm although it was wet and muddy. However, the water and mud do decrease the grip performance. I had to shake my hand to dry it up. I tried the typical gym glove and full covered glove before, it is not working for me. I ended up threw it away. But for this glove, I stick with it. Hence, I had to give it a 4 for recommended. Overall I am happy and satisfied with the glove performance. I ended the race with ZERO calluses on my palm.

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Final Thought

Let us summarise, for obstacle specific training very highly recommended with the top score of 5 because I had zero downtime from ripped calluses. For powerlifting, seem to be a nice to have with a score of 3 and I prefer to use chalk. For running the Spartan Race, I gave it a  score of 4 for recommended. This is my honest review on the SPARTAN OCR SLIT GRIP.  YOU GOT TO TRY IT YOURSELF. 

It is very durable and I am still using it after the race. I am using the glove for monkey bar training, multi-rig, rope climb and any related obstacles that can cause calluses

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