Spartan is for those willing to mentally and physically push to achieve their personal best. It’s a sport, mindset, community, and a way of life. Above all, it’s a catalyst for transformation, pushing you beyond what you thought was possible.

As with any transformation, the first step is the hardest. But once taken, the next moves become more manageable, and the rewards limitless.

So, if you’re ready to change your life and want to learn more, here’s some guidance on how to make today your very first day as a Spartan.

Becoming Spartan
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The difference between wanting to change your life and deciding to change your life is commitment. Sign up today, don’t overthink it. Making the commitment is the first step and will create the momentum you need to carry you through to the finish.

You should feel special at this point, because you are. Stepping up to enter a Spartan Race shows that next-level commitment to improve yourself every day.

Remind yourself of that fact too and be proud of the pledge you’re making. Find your race today.


Once you’ve signed up to race, figure out your training. Create goals to guide your focus. Establish your race as the long-term goal and then tick off a series of smaller targets on your way to achieving it. These targets could include, losing a certain amount of weight, or being able to jog a specific distance.

Spartan offers plenty of resources to help you with your goals. Consider these:

Choose Your Training Plan – How to scale your fitness in 4 weeks through running, pullups, and burpees

Race Day Nutrition Guide – Whether you’re a first-time racer or an elite – we all require the same basic nutrients to succeed. Conquer the course with this race day nutrition guide.


Don’t go it alone. Signing up is the first hurdle. Staying motivated is the next. So enlist a partner to join you on your journey. It could be a spouse, family member, friend, or co-worker. Getting another person to train and race with you can help keep you accountable and make things more enjoyable.

Don’t have anyone brave enough to commit with you? Don’t worry, wev’e got you covered. The Spartan community is here to support you. Check out these Facebook groups:


Consider training with a Spartan SGX coach. Having that safety-net of knowing an experienced racer will be running with you can really help get you over the mental hurdle of signing up for your first race.

In addition, a good SGX coach will help with extra mindset and lifestyle lessons, such as proper nutrition, which helps first-timers to prepare for the race ahead, as well as be “more Spartan” in their daily lives.

Find an SGX Coach in your area.


Preparing for a Spartan Race means getting up close and personal with common OCR obstacles. Expect loaded carries, dead hangs, squats and sprints to be in your future.

Don’t worry. Spartan training is all about basics and can be done with little to no equipment. You can learn all about Spartan training and sign up for our Workout of the Day (WOD) at the Spartan Life website. Or, download the Spartan Obstacle Guide for advice on tackling specific Spartan obstacles.

The point is to do the work that will make prepare you for when you are out on the Spartan Race course.


Start reading up about the race you’re going to run. Not just the practical elements, but other people’s experiences. Join the Spartan Facebook Group. Seek out Spartan runners in your area and pump them for pro tips.

Having other athletes share their skills and struggles will help you overcome your own concerns and hesitation.

Spartan races are physically demanding, but they are also fun and rewarding.

If you believe you can do it, make the commitment and follow the steps above, you’ll join the millions of Spartans who have transformed their lives.