Could you imagine tracking the Summer Olympics and seeing athletes hauling themselves through the mud, crawling under barbed wire and jumping over walls in search of a gold medal? Sounds crazy, right?
Maybe not too crazy, because the dedicated people of Spartan Race do everything in their power to make OCR an Olympic sport until 2028.
In recent years, the International Olympic Committee has approved fewer mainstream sports for the Summer Games, including skateboarding and sport climbing (a repetition of climbing) for Tokyo 2020. Breakdancing is most likely part of Paris 2024.
Joe De Sena Founder and CEO of Spartan Race is at the forefront of allowing the OCR for the Los Angeles Games in 2028. "I do not see how that can happen," said De Sena to M & F in an episode of Muscle & Fitness & # 39; Reps podcast: "There is so much interest in this space and I would think that the Olympics are relevant and want to get eyeballs."
It is unclear what format the races would take. but we can not imagine that it is the marathons De Sena with more than 30 hours are times competitors. The athletes would probably also not be asked to carry a raw egg (or eat it if it breaks).
Faye Stenning, number five in the Spartan US National Series 2019, agrees There are some changes to the Spartan format, including the removal of some challenges.
"I think the first step is the definition of obstacle course," Stenning said M & F . "I definitely think that with further standardization and modification of the current Spartan venues, something could fit into the Olympics."
Finding a TV-friendly format for OCR would be the final step to approving the games of the IOC. Other requirements, including the establishment of an International Federation – The World OCR – and the adoption of the Code of the World Anti-Doping Agency, have been met.
De Sena said the way to the games was difficult, but worth the effort. "It's going to be difficult," he said on Reps. "But what happens in your life that is not difficult?"
There are some obvious benefits to making OCR an Olympic sport: it would strengthen the brand and allow the millions of people who participate in it to compete in the highest level. However, De Sena believes that this is also an advantage for the spectators: they could see the best athletes in the world in action.
Spartan claimed to have the toughest athletes in all sports in a recent YouTube-themed video titled Better Humans.
"How do we know that? We have the NFL players who show up, we have the Tour de France riders who show up, we have the Olympians that show up, "says De Sena in Better Humans. "You can not deny our athletes anything."
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According to Stenning, football players and most other athletes have specialized in modalities such as strength, speed or sports endurance. Spartan racers are an all-rounder. "It's definitely not a sport that refines a skillset," says Stenning. "They work on all aspects of fitness."
Starch is an important factor in OCRs, with Spartan encompassing tasks such as wearing atlas and spinning tires. "You will not win a race if you are not strong," said Stenning.
When Stenning was asked which type of athlete could be successful in text recognition, he said endurance professionals such as cross-country skiers, rowers and swimmers and cyclists would be better off. "This sport is a pure endurance sport because it's so long and you do not have any breaks," she said. "I think Tom Brady would be terrible in a Spartan race – any athlete who generally comes from anaerobic backgrounds."
For this reason, Spartan athletes take aerobic fitness very seriously – far beyond the daily jogging Out in the park At Better Humans, Stenning is connected to the V02Max, which measures how much oxygen a person can consume during intense exercise.
A maximum score for a woman aged Stenning is 49. She scored a 69 that the doctor described in the video as "unbelievable". According to Stenning, many OCR riders live and train in the mountains, where altitude helps them improve their aerobic capacity. Ever since living in New York, Stenning has had to make amends by running alongside professional marathon runners almost every day and doing strength training later in the day.
Although OCR is no longer possible at the Olympics, Stenning has two other prizes in its sights: the North American Spartan Championship in August and the World Championships and World Cup in 2019.
"Then my season somehow ends "She says," I just enjoy Christmas, friends, family, a little chubby, and hang out for a few months.