Beast Mode is ON: Happy Canada Day + Tough Double Workout To Celebrate It

Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!

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Words can’t express enough how much I love this country and how proud I am to call myself Canadian! I embrace its diversity and beauty. And I hope all of you can take some time today to celebrate Canadian awesomeness! *Hehe!*

Before I get any further, I’d like to thank you all for your unbelievable support throughout my training for the Spartan Trifecta! I honestly think that you’ve played a crucial role in my success so far. I am so humbled and honored to have you all in my life!!! (here & here)

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As you know, the Spartan Beast (20+ km and 25+ obstacles) is less than 4 weeks away and I am totally shaking in my boots. The BEAST MODE is officially on!!! And what could be better than celebrating Canada Day by logging a super intense and sweaty workout?!

Actually, when I saw this workout in the Spartan Guide, it made me laugh. Why? Because just yesterday I was telling to one of my fellow bloggers that  I’ve never done double runs. Little that I knew! I could probably complete the following workout in one setting, but, the truth is, I am still a bit sore after the race on Sunday.

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Part 1

Strength: Diamonds are Forever!

Rest 30 seconds between sets and exercises.

  • Squats: Begin with feet closer together than shoulder width apart and hold both hands to your sides. Slowly squat down to 90 degrees and return to the start position. Repeat as desired. Hold dumbbells in your hands. Select a weight that you can only lift within the suggested range.
    Step 1: 10-12 reps, high intensity, steady tempo
    Step 2: repeat
  • Barbell overhead squat: Begin with feet wider than shoulder width apart and arms fully extended overhead, barbell in hands. Select a weight that you can only lift within the suggested range. Start by using a wooden dowel if necessary.
    Step 1: 10-12 reps, high intensity, steady tempo
    Step 2: repeat
  • Box alternating leg shuffle: Begin with one foot on the box and the other on the ground. Explode off the foot on the box and switch legs in air, landing with the opposite foot on the box.
    Step 1: 15 reps per leg
    Step 2: repeat
  • Kettlebell or dumbbell suitcase dead lift: Begin with feet shoulder width apart with the kettlebell in the right hand. Slowly squat down to 90 degrees, until the kettelbell is close to or touching the ground. Repeat reps as desired. Do for both sides, using a weight you can only lift within the suggested range.
    Step 1: 10-12 reps. Focus on form first, before increasing weight.
    Step 2: repeat
  • Barbell standing rows: Begin with feet shoulder width apart with a slight bend in the knees. Grasp the barbell with both hands with your hands facing out. Pull the barbell to your body. Repeat as desired. Select a weight you can only lift within the suggested range.
    Step 1: 10-12 reps, high intensity, steady tempo.
    Step 2: repeat
  • Box dips: Begin in a sitting position with hands facing forward on the box or bench and feet on the ground. Slowly extend your arms as far as they will go. Gently lower yourself and repeat as desired.
    Step 1: 10-12 reps, high intensity. Can be made easier by flexing your knees. Can be made more difficult by elevating extended legs. Can add resistance by placing a weight on your thighs.
    Step 2: repeat
  • Planks: Begin by lying face down on the ground with elbows flexed. Lift your chest and hips off of the floor so that your body is supported by your elbows and feet. Brace yourself and hold as long as possible.
    Step 1: hold for 30-120 seconds
    Step 2: repeat

Run 3 miles

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Part 2

Cross-train: Bingham 2

45-minute trail run; every 10 minutes find a rock or a log and lift it for 10 reps, performing arm curls, shoulder presses, and squats. Add 5 reps each time so that you finish your last set with 25 reps for each exercise.

Source: A Spartan Guide To The Sport Of Obstacle Racing by Joe De Sena

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How are you celebrating Canada Day?

xoxo
Olena

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25 responses to “Beast Mode is ON: Happy Canada Day + Tough Double Workout To Celebrate It

  1. Happy Canada day! Although I am not celebrating that, today “officially” marks the first day of my training for the Disney Marathon!
    Oh, and did you see Runner’s world announced they are now partners with Spartan races?

    • Yay to marathon training! When exactly is it? And, no, I’m hearing it from you for the first time. I love both Spartan Race and Runner’s World, so I think they will make beautiful babies LOL! ❤

  2. Beast mode on was my marathon mantra! Love it!!!!!!

    Happy Canada Day 🙂

  3. Happy Canada Day – hope you have a great day! Love the workout … looks like a killer!

  4. Happy Canada Day! I am part French-Canadian so I will also celebrate with a run later! So proud of your Spartan accomplishment and the Trifecta is in the bag! Sounds like a great workout. =)

  5. Happy Canada Day. I’m celebrating with a big bike ride, bbq and fireworks! Can’t wait .

  6. absgoldberg

    Woah, that’s one heck of a double workout! You’re running on beast mode for sure 🙂 Happy Canada Day!!!

  7. Happy Canada Day!! Beast mode!! How is the running going?

  8. Happy Canada day, ya Maple Leaf! And boy, what a work out! I personally avoid box alt leg shuffles. I am also so afraid that I am going to totally bite it. Probably because I have in the past or something. What to do it to it!

  9. Aw, Happy Canada Day to you!!! Love Beast Mode = ON !! 🙂

  10. Happy Canada Day! Sounds like an awesome workout to celebrate!

  11. Wow that is an intense workout!! Happy Canada Day!

  12. Happy belated Canada Day!

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