Spartan Race Releases Statement on Importance of Long Slow Distance Training for Endurance

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Obstacle race Spartan Race releases information regarding the importance of training for endurance in preparation for a race.

Spartan Race releases a statement with information regarding the importance of training for endurance in preparation for a race.

According to Phd.D., CSCS Jeff Godin, “In recent years there has been a focus on High Intensity Interval Training (or HIIT) to improve anaerobic and aerobic capacity concomitantly,” but goes on to explain that “although the method is proven and it is a time efficient method of training, I think we have lost our appreciation for Long Slow Distance (LSD) aerobic training.”

Goldin relates personal experience to support his belief that incorporating LSD training into a program could result in drastic improvement in performance for Spartan racers. In addition, Goldin explains that he came to this realization, “[D]uring the Ultra Beast and Beast race a few weeks ago in Killington, VT. As I was trucking up the last big climb, I came across a number of very fit appearing athletes who were clearly exhausted by 5-6 hours of continuous exercise. They had the power to barrel through obstacles, but lacked the endurance to keep up the intensity for more than a few hours.”

Godin acknowledges that some may complain of boredom during LSD training and suggests running trails and hiking mountains for a change of scenery and terrain. He also suggests purchasing a headlamp and running in the early morning or night because low visibility automatically forces one to go slower. However, Goldin also advises not to go alone and to ensure that you “make sure you know your way around.”

Spartan Race, voted Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race in 2012, is the world’s leading obstacle race series and the first of its kind to have global rankings. Spartan Race is a timed event series featuring races at three escalating distances in locations worldwide that culminate in a World Championship Finale with cash and prizes for the champions. While featuring competitive elite heats, Spartan Races are for athletes of every level and abilities and are geared towards tearing people off their couches and into the outdoors. Visit for more information, a schedule of events or to sign up for a Spartan Race. For videos, please check out Their tagline touts, “You’ll know at the finish line!”


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