Spartan Race Discusses the Benefits of Adding “Animal Movements” to a Workout Routine

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Spartan Race, an international obstacle course race, discusses an article by Spartan Coach Joe Di Stefino about the health benefits of adding “Animal Movements” to a traditional fitness routine.

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The Spartan Race contains obstacles that physically test every part of your body, which is why I recommend exercises that get your body moving in ways that it’s not used to.

On April 24, Spartan Race discusses ways that alternative locomotion movements can help improve a standard workout routine.

According to the Spartan blog, the reason why many people develop some form of back pain in their lifetime is because they are not active enough. The health of a human body, from the muscular system to the digestive system, is largely dependent on the amount of physical activity performed.

If humans spend too much time sitting or performing a repetitive activity, the body responds in negative ways. “If you rarely expose it to anything dramatically different, the body will willingly and intentionally sacrifice its ability to skip, jump, run, bend, twist, and even stand,” Spartan Coach Joe Di Stefino says. “People have trouble moving with fluidity and athleticism not because of right hamstrings or a bad back, but because they have sacrificed their innate functional abilities in training for their preferred activity, or ‘sport.’”

The founder of Spartan Race, Joe De Sena, suggests adding alternative locomotion movements as a way to prepare for an obstacle course race or a mud run. “The Spartan Race contains obstacles that physically test every part of your body, which is why I recommend exercises that get your body moving in ways that it’s not used to.”

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 all levels and abilities and are geared towards ripping people off their couches and into the outdoors. Go to Spartan Race online for more information, a schedule of events or to register for a Spartan Race.

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