I’ve been dreaming about doing adventure race training since I trained Ricky and Megan for last year’s Death Race.
This past month it finally came into fruition.
Although planning the training comes easily to me, I was just lacking some of the obstacles needed to train people for the climbing that most of the races rely heavily upon.
Enter 2 wonderful guys from Tallahassee Police Dept’s SWAT team. They constructed a monster of a 12 ft wall designed for different types of climbing including various attachments for my 24 ft. cargo net.
This along with the many other pieces of equipment that we already have, I was able to officially start Adventure Race Training. Yes, the name isn’t fancy but it is direct and to the point. I don’t think anyone would mistake what we do.
My first group of trainees for November were people signed up for The Tough Mudder.
I explained that although I couldn’t replicate an actual race, I would give them the skills, strength and challenge that these type of races require.
We hold the workouts most weekends for 2 hours. I combine conditioning, upper body and core strength along with race simulations of climbing, crawling, getting wet and cold and lots of short distance running. The workouts change each week but keep the same elements.
The workouts can be designed for any type of group and for as long as someone wants to pay me. Our Death Race workouts lasted up to 12 hours and went through the night.
Here is a video of our ART (simple name but at least the initials spell something) and our clients at the Tough Mudder in Tampa and the Urban Disturbance here in Tallahassee.