Jason Jaksetic  is an elite triathlete and ultra runner immersed in ultra-distance training at Spartan HQ in Pittsfield, VT.  His main focus at Spartan Race is bringing you the Spartan Workout of the Day (WOD), the Spartan Food of the Day (FOD), and fitness content on the Spartan Blog that reflects the attitudes, perspectives, and principles of a Spartan lifestyle.

Eight years ago Jason came to running as a total beginner struggling to just finish mid pack in local 5ks.  However, within two years Jason was qualified for and racing at the 2006 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii and racing a full calendar of Ironman, ultra running, and ultra cycling events.  In 2011 he finished the Virginia Double Ironman (4.8 mile swim, 224 mile bike, and 52.4 mile run) taking 5th overall.   He finished the 2013 Ultra beast, and will be training for it again in 2014.

Jason is a Spartan SGX Certified Coach who focuses on creating fitness and racing gains through simple fitness principles applied to bodyweight workouts, diet, and lifestyle.

 

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    Jason,

    Recently sprained my ankle with just over a month until my Spartan Race in August. Although my mobility is limited, I don’t want to miss a beat with my training/conditioning.

    Any recommendations?

    Zach

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      push ups if you can. Lot’s, get the heart rate up! Crunches. Let this be an opportunity to get a ripped core. Focus on that. Let an injury guide you to different parts of your body that need attention.

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    Jason,

    Just wanted to tell you I really like your story of rising up. Although I am not completely new to the sport of running like you were(I served 10 years military, now Veteran) I am new to competeing in it. I will be hitting the SoCal Super Spartan in January and my first Ironman(half) in March. I feel as though my training is a little erradic and a coach is a little out of my budget. Any chance I chould get some advice?

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    Jason, met you briefly at NJ Beast. Discussed the trifecta, and your WODs (awesome). Question: will completing the Beast, Super Beast (VT) and Fenway time trial qualify for the trifecta medal?

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    Where can I find specifics on WOD? For example, in today’s WOD, how long should warm-up be? How many of the various drills should I do? I’m new to WOD, but have done boot camp classes over a year so I’m mostly familiar with names of exercises. Thanks!

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    I am new to Spaartan and WOD. Any links that help describe the exercises. At 51 yrs old, I want to make sure I do things right. I’ll be a the Tuxedo race in June. Thanks

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    Jason
    I tried the link to receive the daily workout and it is not functioning. Any suggestions where I can locate a good workout program.
    I have lost 25 lbs and am looking to lose another 20 to 25 to get my weight back to my military days. I have signed up for my first Spartan Race in Ottawa,Canada this June.

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      Ken, still not getting your emnails? Congrats on the sign up! How are you feeling 25lbs lighter. Keep training!

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      I hope you get your email stuff figured out – the WOD gets my butt in gear most days and its paying off [thanks for making them applicable Jason!] :-) See you at the Sprint!

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    So I just did my first WOD, and it kicked my butt. I had to decrease the amount of stuff so I could do it without passing out or just puking. What can you recommend for someone who is very out of shape to do for the WOD’s? I’ve not yet signed up for a Race, but hope to next year once I’m in shape.

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      You get into shape, by racing. You sign up, and then you start there, while officially being out of shape. That’s the point. You don’t need to be in shape to start, you just need to start. Best Jackson

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    Hi Jason, had my first Spartan last month. It went well and I enjoyed (super mtl 2013). However, near the end of the race after a swim through a cold lake I got massive leg (thigh) cramps. How can I train/prepare better to avoid those next time?

    Thanks,
    Sean

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      Sean -Been there man. End of the Beast in VT they always program that cold icy water to lock up your legs. Fierce. I remember laying on a bank with the knots in my calves and quads to tight my face was planted in the mud LOL.

      You can prepare by just trying to simulate this in training somehow – be creative – just once or twice a month. I used to end a long run by an icy river – Joe D, too. Just wind down lots of miles by jumping in ice water – or ice spring.
      - Jason

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