UFC Fighter Jamie Varner Details His Experience at the Reebok Spartan Race in Las Vegas

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Spartan Race, an international obstacle racing series, interviews UFC lightweight fighter Jamie Varner and get his thoughts on the Las Vegas Super Spartan.

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We are thrilled to have an athlete and individual of Jamie Varner’s caliber as an ambassador for Spartan Race. His competitive spirit epitomizes what this race is all about.

On April 29, 2013, Las Vegas Super Spartan competitor and UFC lightweight fighter Jamie Varner discusses in a video how he first became involved with Spartan Race, his training as UFC fighter and his passion for both activities.

According to the Spartan blog, Varner describes his Greek heritage and how his family has instilled in him “a tough, feisty, fighting nature” necessary to be a world - class fighter. Varner also proudly wears a Spartan tattoo to remind him of his ancestry – Sparta, Greece.

In the video, Varner discusses the strength and power building movements he performs in order to get in optimal shape for fights, obstacle course races and mud runs. He performs heavy front squats, weighted pull - ups, plyometric jumps with a bar, rope snaps, switch grip pull ups, and eccentric hamstring curls. Varner explains that while these workouts are “tough with not very much rest […], when you start out with a lot of weight (you) burn more calories (and) get more tired.” As an alternative, Varner says, “Start off with a little lighter weight and then work yourself up.” Most of all, Varner emphasizes the importance of “knowing your body” and what it can physically handle.

When asked which UFC fighter would be his biggest competitor in the Spartan Race, Varner cites Benson Henderson, who he describes as an “aerobic conditioning freak […] the guy never gets tired.” In spite of this potential challenge, Varner says, “I wouldn’t mind going head to head with him.”

Varner explains that the Spartan Race “is something I can do long after my fighting career.” For his next race, Varner is aiming for a finishing time “in the top 10%. I hate losing more than I like winning. I want to be competitive.” In the meantime, he is working “to be the best lightweight in the world.”

Joe De Sena, CEO of Spartan Race, comments on Varner’s enthusiasm. “We are thrilled to have an athlete and individual of Jamie Varner’s caliber as an ambassador for Spartan Race. His competitive spirit epitomizes what this race is all about.”

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 http://www.spartanrace.com/ for more information, a schedule of events or to register for a Spartan Race. For videos, please visit http://www.spartanrace.tv

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