Today Spartan Race hit a landmark of 4million Facebook fans! YOU made that happen and because of you we are going to celebrate being Spartans by cranking out 30 burpees all across the globe. Grab your friends, grab a camera, and get some video footage of yourselves doing 30 burpees! Spartan Citizen Cody Allen got us started today from far away Afghanistan. Thanks Cody!

 

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For generations, women have felt immense pressure to be thin. We have felt inadequate as we compare our bodies to those of the women displayed in magazines, on TV, and on the runway. We are lead to believe that we are not beautiful if we cannot attain the unrealistic figures of the rail thin women who smile at us from their glossy displays. Despite the fact that we may realize what we desire is the product of genetics, photo shop, or could perhaps even be a completely fabricated digital woman who doesn’t even exist, we still continue to beat ourselves up, convincing ourselves that the way our bodies look is not good enough to be considered beautiful.

I’m here to refute that fact, and to provide a few quick examples of why Spartan women are incredibly beautiful, sexy, and just perfect the way we are. Ladies, it’s time to look in the mirror and remember why being a Spartan is so much better than simply being skinny.

 1) Spartan women are confident! Instead of whimpering as we look in the mirror, wishing we could squeeze into that size 0 skinny jean, we love our curves, our muscles, and how our athletic wear hugs the amazing body we’ve worked so hard to achieve! Spartan women are not cookie cutter, and we accept the fact that we all vary greatly in size, shape, height, and build. Many of us are actively working toward losing a few pounds, but what separates us is the fact that, for a Spartan, it’s not all about the weight loss, but instead it’s about getting healthy, feeling great, and being strong. A Spartan woman does not base her self-worth on what clothing size she wears, but instead takes stock in the fact that she works hard to be healthy for herself and her family, and her lifestyle reflects that.

2) Spartan women eat! As lovely as a 700 calorie diet based around food avoidance (all while obsessing about it!), unrealistic restrictions, and the insatiable grumble of a stomach confused as to why you are neglecting it, a Spartan woman knows she must eat to sustain herself.  To become strong, we must eat healthy, nutritious foods which are full of nutrients to provide ourselves with the energy to properly train.  We work hard, and we eat well! We don’t diet, but instead we commit ourselves to providing our bodies with what they need to perform their best. We don’t starve ourselves as though punishing our bodies for having curves; we nourish them so as to provide them with the best opportunity to be healthy and well.

3) Spartan women are strong! In a world where women have always been called “the weaker sex”, Spartan women are determined to prove that this is not the case! We flip tires, climb ropes, and scale walls. We lift weights, we practice our burpees, and we rejoice as we gain the strength to complete a push-up or pull-up.  We get up early to train, and we love sharing our progress with other women committed to the same journey. While few of us will ever earn a podium victory, we each tackle our races with a fire in our hearts, and the resolve to continue through to the bitter end.  We continually strive for growth and improvement, and we never give up.

4) Spartan women are fun! Who doesn’t love a carefree woman who enjoys challenging herself, and who doesn’t worry about breaking a nail, scraping her knee, or getting dirty? Spartan women are confident without makeup, and we show off our bruises as though they are badges of honor. We don’t mind being covered in mud from head to toe, and this laid back attitude makes us incredibly fun to be around. We don’t sweat the small stuff, we roll with the punches, and we are all about getting fresh air and living life to the fullest!

5) Spartan women support each other! While many women striving simply to be thin seem to endure their plight solo, bogged down by their jealousy of others while engulfed in their own self-conscious battle, Spartan women band together to support and encourage each other. We cheer each other on, provide advice when called upon, and never let each other give up.  We are a family of women committed to improving ourselves as individuals, and we do this by being there for each other as we each continue on our own personal journey. Spartan women cover the globe, yet we are not strangers to one another, we are connected by a beautiful passion for living life to the fullest, and we accept all members of the Spartan family as our sisters.

So to all of the gorgeous, strong, amazing Spartan women out in the world today, keep training hard and remember to love your body for what it is!  While the desire to be thin may always gnaw at the back of your mind, remember that a woman who starves herself to be skinny would never have the strength to climb an 8 foot wall, nor have the ability to lift a heavy atlas ball, much less survive miles of ruthless Spartan terrain. Be strong, be confident, and love the fact that the body you are building to be better and stronger is uniquely yours.

Spartan is the new skinny ladies!

Let’s share this message and continue to build this beautiful sisterhood that is Spartan Chicked.  AROO!

Holly Joy Berkey

www.muddymommy.com

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We all know being a Spartan is sexy already. It’s just the natural effect of pushing your limits and cranking out relentless, unspeakable quantities of burpees. While “sexy” might be relative in the world of Spartan it’s quite synonymous with many of the activities we perform on the daily. As it just so happens to be, there are some things that get a fellow Spartan more riled up than others. Quite often it’ll be the subtle things that we take for granted once we become engrossed in the world of Spartan.

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THAT TIGHT COMPRESSION GEAR

You walk up to the starting line of any heat and you’ll see it, all the tight little outfits. Clothing so tight that hugs those chiseled muscles ever so carefully, in a manner that almost naturally urges you to stare. Fabric so tight it gives all the right curves a proper lift; all the talent of a Spartan that lies beneath accentuated to the nth degree.

What might appear as showing off one’s physique to the untrained obstacle racer is in all actuality a testament to a Spartan’s dedication to their performance on the course. Those tight spandex provide many benefits to a racer including their unbelievably quick drying abilities; compression gear doesn’t retain moisture much, meaning none of that sloppy, saggy, heavy feeling you get with a lesser material like cotton. Tighter fitting clothes also mean less chances of getting snagged up in an obstacle such as the barbed wire crawl. It’s not all about a look in obstacle racing, there’s a great many more benefits to all that tight clothing that’d have your great grandmother and great grandfather rolling in their graves.

HITTING THAT DOWNWARD DOG ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE

Take it easy lad, we’re talking about the yoga pose. It’s actually quite easy to drop down almost anywhere in a downward dog and many a Spartan will do so without hesitation. It’s a great way to loosen up the joints. Honestly, it’s just one of those odd somethings that Spartans do, much like the now classic Burpees in public epidemic. Are you feeling tight or sore? Then it’s time to stretch it out! That’s how a Spartan decides when and where they stretch. Don’t be surprised if you spot a Spartan on the side of the road or trail with their backside in the air, they’re just making sure those hamstrings get nice and loose so they can complete the Spartan WOD.

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ALWAYS PERFECTING A TIGHT GRIP

You may have never thought about it, or perhaps you have, regardless grip strength is one of the most important elements to being successful at a Spartan Race. Your ability to hold-on-tight is tested over and over again from pulling a heavy bag up to the very top of the Hercules Hoist, to holding on for dear life at the rope climb, your grip is tested in the worst of conditions. Many Spartan obstacles test your grip, like the traverse wall, or the unforgiving nature of the slippery ropes they provide to pull yourself up the equally slippery wall. There’s no doubt about it, Spartans know how to hold on tight and in more ways than one. We hear they are pretty good at it.

CARRY BIG BALLS AND HEAVY SACKS

Get your mind out of the gutter, we’re talking about the Atlas Stones and Sandbags, shame on you Spartan. Those who are part of the Spartan lifestyle will commonly practice carrying sandbags of all shapes and sizes and various stones to simulate the challenge of the Atlas Carry. If you see a Spartan carrying a heavy sack, shout out a good ol “Aroo!” in support.

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HERCULEAN GRUNTS AND GROANS

Have you ever listened and paid attention to what it sounds like by the Hercules Hoist? Honestly next time you’re near this obstacle, give it a listen. You’ll hear the grunts and groans of what might sound like an old Spartan pastime of our ancient brothers and sisters but I assure you, only feats of strength and tenacity are being tested here.

SMELL OF SPARTAN COURAGE

Get close to a Spartan and give them a whiff. Smell that? That smell is what we call the Courage of a Spartan. Take it all in the next time you get a chance. Be warned, it’s not our fault if you become radically turned on by those pheromones infused with a taste of that Sparan courage. Spartans with this smell know what it means to sign up, show up and never give up. They already figured out what it means to Spartan UP!, now it’s your turn. Remember we warned you their smell could lure you in forever. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a Spartan Race and put your courage to the test.

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