Spartan Beast Training Plan


• 7 week, 5 days per week
• Designed to maximize performance in Spartan Beast and other moderate distance obstacle course races
• Running emphasis, with strength and work capacity specific to the common obstacles seen in Spartan races
• This training plan is one of the 200+ Plans included with an Athlete’s Subscription.


The Spartan Beast Training Plan is a 7-week, limited equipment, total body event specific training program to train for the demands of the Spartan Beast race. It concurrently trains strength, work capacity, chassis integrity and endurance to successfully compete in the Spartan Beast events.

Complete this training plan the 7 weeks directly before your event. Week 7 is an unload/taper week – so no extra rest is necessary.

The Spartan Beast is a 12-14 Mile course, with up to 35 obstacles. While the length of the course has a high endurance demand, the obstacles require the competitor to have the strength and work capacity to crawl, jump, climb, and carry objects over varying terrain. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Spartan Beast race.

This training program combines assessment-based bodyweight strength training, dumbbell strength training, and intense, loaded and unloaded work capacity efforts.

The program has a strong running endurance component

For unloaded running, the plan trains both speed over ground via a 6-mile assessment, and follow on 2-mile intervals, as well as aerobic base long, slow runs out to 9 miles. The total running volume in a training week is at or slightly above the race distance.

Parts of this training program are assessment based. It deploys bodyweight calisthenic and running assessments the first and fourth weeks. Follow-on progressions are based upon the athlete’s assessment results.

You’ll train five days a week for seven weeks, with a total of 35 training sessions. You’ll train Monday through Friday and take weekends off.


  • Monday: Bodyweight Strength, Running Speed over Ground (6-Mile Assessment or 2-Mile repeats)
  • Tuesday: Bodyweight Work Capacity, Dumbbell Strength, Chassis Integrity (ART)
  • Wednesday: Running at Moderate Pace
  • Thursday: Bodyweight Work Capacity, Loaded Work Capacity, Chassis Integrity (Low Back)
  • Friday: Running Endurance at Easy Pace


What equipment is required?

  • Pair of dumbbells, 15# for women, 25# for men
  • 15-18” box or bench for step ups
  • Stop watch
  • Foam Roller

How long are the training sessions?
50-60 minutes for the gym-based sessions. Endurance (running) sessions may extend past 90 minutes.

What if I miss a session?
Start again where you left off. Don’t skip ahead.

What does 2/4x Pull Ups mean?
2x for female athletes, 4x for men.

What does 15/25# mean?
Female athletes use 15#, male athletes use 25#.

Unfamiliar exercises?
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I’m overweight. What about diet/nutrition?
Click HERE for our nutritional guidelines?

Can I see some sample training?
Yes, see the “Sample Training” below for the entire first week of programming.

This plan was built August 2017

Required Equipment

  • Pair of dumbbells, 15# for women, 25# for men

  • 15-18” box or bench for step ups

  • Stop watch

  • Foam Roller

Sample Training

Below is the entire first week of programming from the plan:


Obj: Bodyweight and Run Assessment


3 Rounds
Run 100m - a little harder each Round
8x Push-ups
2x Ankles to Bar
8x Squats
Instep Stretch


Rest 2-3 minutes between events…

(1) Max Rep Hand Release Push Ups (HR Push Ups) in 60 Seconds.

(2) Max Rep Ankles to Bar in 60 Seconds

(3) Max Rep Squats in 60 Seconds


(5) Run 6 Miles for Time.


(6) 2 Rounds
Pigeon Stretch
Hip Flexor Stretch
Instep Stretch


Obj: Bodyweight Assessment, Leg Strength, Chassis Integrity


3 Rounds
5x Burpees
5x Walking Lunges
10x Sit Ups
Instep Stretch


(1) Burpee Ladder Test

Burpees      Total

Level   Min    per Min   Burpees

1          0-1       10                10
2          1-2       12                22
3          2-3       14                36
4          3-4       16                52
5          4-5       18                70
6          5-6        20               90
7          6-7        22             112
8          7-8        24             136


For example, if you made it to level 4 + 15 Reps your final Score would be 52 + 15 = 67x total burps

(2) Max Rep Pull Ups


(3) 5 Rounds
4x Quadzilla Complex @ 15/25#
4x Scotty Bob @ 15/25#
30% Max Rep Pullups

Rest 30 Seconds

(4) 20 Minute Grind
5x Turkish Get Up @ 15/25# (alternate arms each round)
30-Foot Dumbbell Crawl 15/25#
8x Slasher @ 15/25#

(5) Foam Roll Legs, Low Back


OBJ: Endurance


(1) Run 4 Miles @ Moderate per mile pace using the MTI Running Calculator from SESSION 1’s 6-Mile assessment

(2) 2 Rounds
Pigeon Stretch
Hip Flexor Stretch
Instep Stretch


Obj: Work Capacity, Chassis Integrity

3 Rounds
5x Burpees
5x Walking Lunges
10x Sit Ups
Instep Stretch


(1) 8 Rounds, Every 60 Seconds
20% Max Rep Burpees from SESSION 2 assessment.

The faster you finish, the more rest you get before the next round begins

(2) 20 minutes - Complete as many rounds as possible:
5x Renegade Man Makers @ 15#/25#
Run 200m

(3) 15 Minute Grind
15/15 Standing Founder
10x Good Mornings holding 15/25# Dumbbells
15/15 Kneeling Founder
10x Swings @ 15/25# Dumbbell

(4) 2 Rounds
Pigeon Stretch
Foam Roll Legs/Low Back


Obj: Endurance


(1) Run 7 Miles @ Easy per mile pace using the MTI Running Calculator from SESSION 1’s 6-Mile assessment
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