When starting a new training program, it is best to begin at a pace you know you can handle so that you don’t over-exert yourself and get scared off by self-inflicted pain. Keep in mind that it’s normal to feel some muscle soreness post exercise. The best way to commence training is to start by finding an outdoor running track that has hills, stairs and uneven ground which will be similar to what you will be experiencing on the day of the event. The hard part will be finding the mud. The track needs to be 5km long and have areas along the way that you can achieve bodyweight resistance exercises.
For the first week of training, start your outdoor running track with a five-minute run, jog or walk, then sprint till exhausted. Drop and do push-ups till fatigued. Push-ups can be rotated with squats, crunches or bench dips until fatigue throughout the first week. Continue for the duration of your 5km, outdoor running track or until complete exhaustion.
Make sure you take note of the amount of push-ups, squats, crunches and dips that you do and try to better yourself each time.
Campbell Bannerman’s eight week training program for the Star Observer will run in the lead up to Toy Soldiers.