Coledale mother of two, and well known physical fitness guru, Melanie Hawksley, recently turned her kids onto a healthier lifestyle by taking them along to the “Spartan Race” held at Picton last weekend, which is a sprint race designed to challenge cardiovascular fitness, agility, upper body strength and requires a little mental determination.
“Obstacle races add a new dimension to fitness as they not only challenge the body but also the mind.” says Melanie. “The best preparation for this kind of event is via a multitude of fitness modalities including some distance running, sprint training, strength endurance training and some climbing skills. My son likes to build up his strength with indoor rock climbing and this served him really well on the climbing wall and rope climb. Cross training classes which utilise bodyweight resistance challenges as well as equipment based resistance offer great benefits when training for this kind of event.”
“My son is 16 and it was his first obstacle race so he did really well to participate in the adult event and completed the 7km and 15 obstacles in 1 hr 20 mins. My daughter who’s 12 participated in the big kids event and this was also her first obstacle race. She came in as the first girl in her age group and 10th overall in her race. Both my children are now keen for more so you’ll be seeing more of us at races together. I participated in the adult event too with some friends who’s children also entered the kids events.”
“One of the awesome aspects of obstacle races is the team spirit. When you train as a team and go through it as a team, the sense of achievement for everyone is great to see. It’s not even necessary to be super fit for these events to try them out for the first time. A basic level of fitness is definitely an advantage in order to avoid injury but this can be as simple as cross training a few times a week, building up running skills bit by bit and running off road. Start small, find a friend to train with, give yourself small goals and before you know it great things can happen.”
“The Spartan race was certainly special for my family. To see both my children enter an event like this was an amazing day for me as their mum. Even though I’m a fitness trainer, I don’t expect my children to be as enthusiastic about fitness as I am but Saturday they showed me just how amazing they are. When we live a fit and healthy life, it’s easy for our children to follow suit. Each one of us has something we’re good at which is why obstacle races have something to offer everyone looking for a new fitness challenge.”
Melanie runs a group fitness business in Coledale called At One Holistic Fitness encourages her clients to participate in these kinds of races as a way to challenge their body and thinking. “I’d love to see more children getting down and dirty in the name of exercise and fun!”
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