For the past five years, Aaron Jones, 39, of Arvada, has been on a journey. A friend introduced him to the Spartan races and workouts at age 34. He started slow with small obstacle course races, Now …
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Colorado Rockies Ultra, Beast & Sprint
Breckenridge Ski Resort, 620 Village Road, Breckenridge
Register at www.spartan.com
For the past five years, Aaron Jones, 39, of Arvada, has been on a journey.
A friend introduced him to the Spartan races and workouts at age 34. He started slow with small obstacle course races, Now he’s hooked and training for the upcoming Colorado Rockies Ultra, Beast and Sprint Weekend in Breckenridge.
“I started working out with the Spartans and just loved the camaraderie and community,” Jones said. “It’s just an amazing inspirational ride I’ve been going on for the past five years and it’s just a blast.”
Jones was one of over 30 residents in the Denver Metro area to join the Spartan Strong Workout Tour held June 23 at 24 Hour Fitness Arvada. The two-hour class led by Spartan Coaches and 24 Hour Fitness SGX Certified Personal Trainers is geared toward helping athletes get Spartan ready.
Inspired by Spartan’s world-renown obstacle race events, the workout is a combination of high-intensity resistance training, bodyweight moves, dynamic stretching and cardio-focused drills to increase strength, endurance and mobility.
The tour is part of a new nation-wide partnership between 24 Hour Fitness and Spartan Races. The Arvada stop was the only one in Colorado.
“As a proud sponsor of Spartan Races, we are thrilled to offer another Spartan-focused opportunity to our community,” said Chris Roussos, CEO, 24 Hour Fitness. “Race participants come in many shapes and sizes, but they all are passionate about fitness, relish teamwork and embrace challenges. At 24 Hour Fitness, we believe that our members can do more to live healthier, happier lives. Whether taking on their first or 50th Spartan Race, our hosted Spartan Strong Workout Tour in club experience, will help participants kick start their race training. We’re excited to be able to be part of this life-changing journey.”
The workout tour had a stop in each region where a race is being held this year. The race in Breckenridge will be in August.
For personal trainer and Spartan SGX certified trainer Kyle Adler, the workout bring him back to his time serving in the U.S. Army.
“Obstacle courses have been very interesting to me because it is a true test of ultimate fitness —it’s true body weight exercises,” Adler said.
The high-intensity interval workout Adler teaches focuses on mixing aerobics and weightlifting. Adler does personal training with individuals interesting in training for a race or using the Spartan method to get in shape.
“This is getting people working toward a specific goal,” Adler said of the training. “People don’t necessarily know what it takes to do one of those races and it’s getting huge in popularity and we want people to be safe out there.”
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