AROO! We built a wall to help train for Spartan Race at a YMCA. #WhyIRace

If you are going to train for Spartan Race, you kinda need a place to throw a spear.

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Theresa and Mark built this Spartan Race training apparatus (and the spear) for the local YMCA.

Spartan Race draws 1 million people annually to compete in the grueling and exhilarating tests of strength, mental endurance, and get-after-it attitude. In every race, there are obstacles involving climbing up ropes, scaling across walls, carrying buckets of rocks, dragging tires, and throwing a spear. With burpees as the penalty for not successfully completing the obstacle, there’s a real incentive for nailing each obstacle.

Mark started competing in Spartan Race as part of our work to raise awareness for Rebuilding Together, and has gotten hooked. He has competed in several since, including Spartan Race’s World Championship in Vermont, which was broadcast on NBC Sports.

As the obstacle course race popularity increases, we’ve seen training groups pop up around where we live. To help get future Spartans ready for the race, Mark and Theresa designed and built a Spartan training apparatus at a local YMCA.

And they are honored to be part the Philadelphia Area YMCA for letting us build this Spartan Race training apparatus for your Tribal Challenge.

If you want to build a similar structure, here’s a quick list of how-to to read alongside watching the video:

1) We made I-beam posts from two 2x8x8 and one 2x4x8. Angle braces made from 2x8x8.

2) Then we fastened the bottom wall board to one vertical and tip it into the other vertical, then fasten.

3) Mark grabbed logs from the adjacent woods, which are locust and cherry. Mark thinks titanium is easier to drill into, but he made it happen. We used a 1/4-inch ‘bellhangers bit’ to pre-drill for Spax log screws.

4) Theresa wanted to paint the wood blocks in bold colors to make the traverse wall easy for future Spartans to traverse.

5) Theresa was inspired by the Spartan logo and a hat that Mark got for their 6-year-old Jack. She decided to recreate the image on one face of the wall.

6) We used the red Shur-Line paint can lids when we open paint cans, since they prevent spills and kept the paint and primer from drying out in the can.

7)  We love our Spartan man. And because he’ll be stored over the winter with everything from lawn mowers to pool chemicals, we gave him a coat of Spar urethane to protect him using Shur-Line’s telescoping extension pole and deck pads.

What products did Mark & Theresa use to build the Spartan Race wall?

It might sound a bit name-droppy, but Mark and Theresa are dedicated to always using their favorites when they build.

And it’s not because they are partners with these companies, it’s because they are picky about quality products, and they’d use them anyway. (That’s why you never see ads on MyFixitUpLife.com, just the company names they love. Mark and Theresa won’t let us sell ad space for that very reason.)

So this project is made from Southern Yellow Pine (and a few logs from the adjacent woods). The wood is secured with their favorite Spax fasteners and coated it Sherwin-Williams paint and stain with their go-to paint tools from Shur-Line.

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The first step to building the wall is to construct the frame.

Before we put the wall slats in place, we primed the boards. Theresa discovered that this deck staining pad makes the process of staining really fast and easy. Shur-Line

Before we put the wall slats in place, we primed the boards. Theresa discovered that this deck staining pad makes the process of staining really fast and easy.

After fastening the horizontal boards to the frame, Theresa laid out the traverse wall.

After fastening the horizontal boards to the frame, Theresa laid out the traverse wall.

 

Mark used logs from the adjacent woods to construct a log walk obstacle.

Mark used logs from the adjacent woods to construct a log walk obstacle.

Theresa recreated the Spartan Race logo on the wall.

Theresa recreated the Spartan Race logo on the wall.

The traverse side of the wall is ready for future Spartan Racers with with the log walk in front.

The traverse side of the wall is ready for future Spartan Racers with with the log walk in front.

 

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The spear throw side of the Spartan Race wall is ready, too.

 

 

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