Oct 2018: Commando Challenge
The Royal Marines Commando Challenge. Exmouth 13th/14th October 2018
Jason Hodge from Hodge Health & Fitness and his team of his BootCampers and personal training clients participated in last year's 10k Royal Marines Commando Challenge. This was our first team event and was a great success.
Jason produced some limited edition T-Shirts for participants to wear on the day and to keep as a mark of their achievement.
"The Commando Challenge is something all fitness fans should experience." says Jason Hodge. "It's a test of your cardio-vascular fitness and strength of mind."
Are you fit enough and who can join?
As with all events the Commando Challenge is open to all fitness levels. We'll be signing up again for this years Commando Challenge and team invitations will be going out very soon. Dates will be confirmed very soon.
You can run, walk or even go round the course backwards! Jason will help you around, but there will be plenty of other Royal Marines on hand to get you through the course. Jason's team is open to everyone who's trained with Hodge Health & Fitness, now or in the past.
The team will start together but anyone who wants to break off and go for it can. The same would go for those who are happy to just plod round with a friend. The aim is to just get everyone around.
Being a former Royal Marine himself Jason has suitably named his team as 'Team Commando'. Make sure you click on to Jason's team when signing up on the Commando Challenge website. You'll also need to email Jason for his unique team password. Details will be issued via newsletter.
Price and early bird sign up
Price for all entries is £50. If you sign up before the end of April 3rd you'll receive a £5 early bird discount bringing the price down to £45.
With the event not far away you should be now focusing on cardio/endurance training. I'm organising some extra training sessions at the Knowle West Health Park starting Saturday 16th September 10.10-11.10am. These designed fitness sessions will be open to everyone of any fitness level who feels that their running fitness needs a boost. Sessions will be on a pay as you go £5 (cash) only with proceeds going to the Commando Challenge Charities. There's no need to book, just turn up and go!
Hints & Tips
Running should be your first train of thought in your preparation programme. Start be running as far as you can without stopping. Only when you feel comfortable running this distance should you increase you distance.
Fartlek should also be included as part of you overall training. Fartlek which is Swedish for speed play is a training method where you mix the speed of your running session to include periods of fast running intermixed with periods of slower running. This can be effective between lampposts or land marks etc for your total distance. The variable intensity and continuous nature of this type of training places stress on both aerobic and anaerobic systems to give you an amazing fitness boost to your cardio/endurance capability.
Another effective way to use your Fartlek training is by adding body weight strength exercises along the way. By simply stoping and doing random exercises such as step ups, press ups and sit ups will also add to the overall intensity of your training. See how imaginative you can be!
Fartlek differs from traditional interval training in that the training is unstructured & therefore offers a similar effect to the stop/start and under/over of any obstacle event. Specialised cardio/endurance training will be open to everyone for just £5 a session on Saturday mornings at the Knowle West Health Park 10.10-11.10am. Money raised from these training sessions will also go to the Commando Challenge Charities.
Get the kit
Get yourself organised and start getting your kit ready about a month before your obstacle event so you'll have no last minute surprises on the day.
Decide what kit you're going to wear and check it all over and that it all fits comfortably. Trainers, do you need a new pair? If so then make sure you buy a them well in advance to give yourself plenty of time to break them in. Also make sure you buy the right type of trainers for your event! - see my blog on using the right trainers. And finally think about what your going to eat before the event and after to recover.
Hodge Health & Fitness will offer a mini bus for traveling to the event however if you wish to make you own way by car then the address you need for your satnav is: Bicton Arena, Yettington, East Budleigh, Devon. EX9 7BL. Jason invites anyone to join of come along to watch. The mini bus will be leaving Knowle West Health Park on Sunday morning 15th October and returning Sunday evening (times TBC).
Read Hodge Health & Fitness Commando Challenge team member Kieren's blog on getting tough-mudder ready here >> and Jason's own blog on training and preparation tips on the Commando Challenge website blog here >>
See the Commando Challenge website for full details including information about the charities they support including the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and the Royal Marines Charity.