When the Devils comes to you, you better be running!!

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Life isn’t always that straight forward and neither should be your training and conditioning for the Big Daddy of Obstacle Runs.

Devils Circuit is not only about the obstacles and neither is it just about running to complete the race. This is a combination of strength, focus and mentally prepping yourself to be a Tyrannosaurus Rex……killing one obstacle and running to the next one step at a time.

In today’s blog, let’s talk about some basic tips to help prepare you mentally for the Devils Circuit.

  • Train Hard – If this was easy everyone would do it!! You can do this though! You’re going to have to dig deep and push yourself hard. Those days when you don’t feel like training are likely the days you need it the most. Set goals for each training day. Do more reps than last week, finish your run quicker, run just a little bit further, squeeze in 2 more burpees. When you think you’re gassed, do one more set of your circuit! It may be the ugliest set ever but nobody said it had to be pretty! Seriously, push yourselves during this training and the whole time during your next Devils Circuit you’ll have just a bit more confidence knowing you’ve prepared as hard as you could. And you will CRUSH IT!!!
  • Get your Pack – You never go to WAR alone. Get your friend and family to join in and run along with you. The more the merrier!!
  • Be Competitive – Agreed you are here to have fun but remember this is RACE. It’s a timed competition with prizes at stake for the best competitors.
  • Be nice; you might meet your match here – Every wave will have around 100 people running together. Many a times you will have a lot of people attempting the same obstacle together. Be polite; cheer up the one near you and give everyone a fair chance to overcome the obstacle. So play nice on the course. Get out of the way for faster racers and say “thank you” when you pass. You never know which dirty, bloody Devil Slayer might be your match!
  • Dress to be a Devil Slayer – I suggest wearing form-fitting clothing made of lightweight synthetic material that won’t weigh you down when wet. And leave the sunglasses at home; they’re usually the first casualty on the course, with phones, wallets, and car keys a close second. Try and train on your race day clothes so that you do not have rashes on the race day.
  • Shoes – Minimalistic shoes are the best for an Obstacle Run. They weigh next to nothing, they fit snug so they won’t come off in a mud pit, and they have great traction. If for any reason this type of shoe doesn’t suit you, reach for the least bulky shoe you can handle. The less of a shoe you’re wearing, the better, because they’ll hold onto less water and mud.
  • LASTLY BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND ALL THAT YOU ARE. Know that there is something inside you THAT IS GREATER THAN ANY OBSTACLE.

Well it’s not just Mental toughness that gets tested in Devils Circuit we have to be though physically too. Keeping this in mind; let’s focus & prepare for a full body conditioning workout!!

These workouts are not only fantastic when you’re preparing for a run like the Devils Circuit but also when you have bigger missions like staying fit and being strong.

Some sample workouts to Challenge you and prepare you for the Race Day.
Work out 1:
Complete as many rounds possible in 25 minutes.

  • 10 Thrusters (Go with an weight with which you can complete 10 repetitions in one go.)
  • 10 Burpees.

Work out 2:
Complete as many rounds possible in 30 minutes.

  • Run 400 meters
  • 20 Kettelbell Swings
  • 10 Burpees

Work out 3:
Complete as many rounds possible in 25 minutes.

  • Sprint 100 mts
  • 10 Burpees
  • Sprint 100 mts
  • 10 Push ups
  • Sprint 100 mts
  • 10 Squats

Work Out 4 :
Maximum Burpees in 20 mins.

Give these workouts a try for the next few weeks and trust me race day will seem much easier for you guys. As always, continue to #BreakSweat.

If you still need more tips on conquering the Devils Circuit feel free to get in touch with me.

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