There are few things about Spartan Races that are discussed, argued, practiced and just plain talked about like the SpearMan. Many people scream that the SpearMan should not even be an obstacle, others love it! No matter what side of the spear you stand, I want to share why it’s a part of the race and some of my own thoughts on Spartan Races SpearMan.
SPARTAN RACES SPEARMAN – WHY IS IT EVEN AN OBSTACLE?Spartan Races
Honestly, this is a very simple answer and if you have seen the Movie 300 then you should know the answer. Spears, or as it is really called the Dory, were the primary weapon of choice for the Spartan Warriors. So how could you have something called the “Spartan Race” without a spear throw? If that wasn’t answer enough for you then simply it is Spartan Races distinguishing obstacle, it’s part of what separates Spartan Race from the rest of the OCR world.
SPARTAN RACES SPEARMAN – WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?
Well the big deal for most people is that they HATE burpees and the SpearMan isn’t nicknamed the “Burpee Maker” for nothing! The SpearMan looks simple enough but it’s obvious when you watch a race that it is by far the most failed obstacle. No matter how many Spartan Races people have run they continue to miss the SpearMan. The only thing that I can really think of that explains why so many end up doing burpees instead of continuing on to their race is either they are just too tired by the time they get to Spartan Races SpearMan and botch it or they just haven’t taken any time to practice it.
SPARTAN RACES SPEARMAN – WHY AREN’T YOU PRACTICING IT?Spartan Races 2
If you really struggle with Spartan Races SpearMan and want to start avoiding burpees then why aren’t you practicing it? There are dozens of videos on Youtube that will show you how to throw the spear successfully and it is really a very easy thing to learn. Not only that but there are dozens of videos that will even show you how to build your own Spear and if you aren’t the handy type then get in Touch with Matt Novakovich and he’ll make a badass spear for you!
SPARTAN RACES SPEARMAN – MY THOUGHTS
Spartan Races 3Many people are complaining about Spartan Races Spearman and asking for it to be taken out of the race, but personally I love it and would hate to see it go! It’s really one of my favourite obstacles at all the Spartan Races I run. I don’t want to jinx things but I have yet to miss one in a race. The reason I love it so much is because it is the only obstacle that requires a little bit of real athletic skill. (WHAT? DID HE REALLY SAY THAT?) Yeah I think everything about Obstacle Course Races are really just about being good at exercise. Don’t get me wrong I love competing at Spartan Races but there as far as “sports” go there isn’t much skill required, other than the SpearMan and arguably the rope climb.
I’d love to hear what you think about Spartan Races SpearMan! Leave your comments below!