I recently received my copy of Spartan Fit by Joe De Sena in the mail. I read the first bit of the book and decided to accept the challenge to work through all 30 days of workouts and see where I stood and how I felt after putting down the programming pen for 30 days.
This is the first episode in the journey. As I work through the 30 days of the book, I will do my best to blog about the experience and what I am taking away from the words of wisdom on the pages and the book itself.
First and foremost, I will not be posting the workouts performed here. I will speak to them in terms of what they are and what I took from them. If you want to know what they are, then please support the author and buy the book.
Why am I Doing This?
There are several reasons for accepting the challenge with this book. The first and biggest is the reality that I am preparing to wrap up my trifecta for the year with one race left to complete. If the founder of the company releases a book, I want to see how it correlates to completion in the course. In addition to that, I
In addition to tackling a race, I want to see how the programming affects my cardio. I loathe cardio workouts and with something like this, I am committed to getting better (or at least completing the cardio workout and not subbing in…say some heavy deadlifts).
What I’ve Done So Far…
Over the past couple days, I have worked to take the Day 0 Fitness Test and then completed the Day 1 Workout. I did take a day in between so that I could say that I was rested before starting the program. It also helped me start on a Monday…just a mental bonus for me.
The Day 0 Test…
The Day 0 Test was not too bad. It reminded me that I have plenty of grip strength, which is why I have never struggled with many of the obstacles themselves on the Spartan course. I was also reminded that I hate burpees and hate longer distance time cardio.
The test revealed where I was as, which was not a surprise to me. I have just recently completed a pretty solid cycle focused on my lifting numbers and strength, so to see that my cardio was less than stellar and closer to non-existent was not a surprise.
I recorded my results and look forward to the retest.
Day 1 Workout…
The first workout was a lot of crawling. I did get a few scraped elbows but that was not bad. It was also a good mix of taxing the shoulders and then asking you to work the legs a little. I know that the legs feed the wolf, so I pushed through it.
It was a relatively short workout that reminded me that I need to breathe.
If you have not read Spartan Up! then I recommend that you do that. It is a great book on mindset and pushing through mental barriers. Spartan Fit does a good job alluding to some of the basics in mindset and the first couple chapters were good at understanding how important the correct mindset is.
I always appreciate being reminded that getting to the finish line is not the hard part, getting to the starting line is.
I am curious to keep going through the book and completing the workouts. It should be an interesting challenge. It will be challenging in the tasks required as well as just being comfortable being outside of my comfort zone. Performing a 25m army crawl through the park gets you some strange looks every now and then.
I will have a complete review of the book when I am done with the 30 days.