The Ruckus Kansas City is coming up fast! They re-arranged the event date to accommodate the severe heat this summer in Kansas City and it will be “game on” November 5. The big question is, can pure endurance athletes complete the course in a competitive time?
Being the course is made up of running and 20 obstacles, aerobic endurance comes in to play with muscle strength. Traditionally endurance athletes focus on their sport, be it running, riding or swimming. Some athletes mix in weights for strength and injury prevention, but very few bring in strength training with intensity. The Ruckus course necessitates strength, endurance and intensity.
What’s an athlete to do? There’s more and more “boot camps” and “cross fit” classes popping up and your local gym. You can get a great 45 to 60 minute workout in with their aerobic steps and weights, but is that really going to prepare you to climb rope and traverse up-side-down army climbs? Maybe.
If you want more, check out Ruckus Sponsor rEvolution Gym in Leawood, Kansas. At first glance at their site, they have all you would need to get a workout in before work, at lunch or after work. Locker room, showers, and the right equipment are all there. After looking around, RevGym has developed a program devoted to preparing for the Ruckus race, and the class is called X-camp. Would this be the answer to that extra push to get ready for an obstacle course race?
Being the investigative Examiner for endurance sports in Kansas City, I decided to try them out. I contacted Master John Brown for a chance at taking a test run at the X-camp class. Master Brown was quick to get me in, which was great and scary at the same time. What I wasn’t sure about was the amount of pain and torture I was in for. Master Brown’s “more than happy response” lead me to wonder what he had in store for me.
I had to approach my session as if it was its own event. I wanted to make sure I was hydrated and had something to eat early enough before the workout to leave me with some energy, but nothing in my stomach to puke up, if the workout called for it.
I’d been to jump training class where all you do is 60 minutes of intense plyometrics, and I puked after the first two classes until I got used to the intensity. Visions of those first two session danced in my mind as I mentally prepared myself for the pain cave. I nice sunny 60 degree day was going to turn into a sweat filled fear induced workout from hell I could only imagine was going to be pure torture. I know I was looking forward to it!
Yelling, jumping, pushing, pulling… and I can only imagine that was going to be the warm up! What have I gotten myself in to?
Stay tuned for my hour with Master Brown at X-camp to find out if I kept it down or danced with a trash can.
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