We're counting down the days to Camp Wildfire over at Cooler HQ. Part music festival, part adventure camp, it's our perfect weekend. Full of the outdoors, adventures, dancing and live music, we can't think of a better way to spend our days off.
This year's festival looks to be the best yet, with KEEN joining the line up with their wild obstacle run. A challenge made up of many different parts, festival goers will have to run, crawl, hurdle and jump between music acts and trips to the bar, in order to gain points towards the coveted 'Camp Wildfire Cup'.
Get our top tips for training to win KEEN's crazy obstacle course below, along with a chance to take you and your gang to the festival for free...
Never heard of Camp Wildfire? From the same minds that created Leefest and Neverland Festival and supported by KEEN Footwear, this event is a combination of Wes Anderson vibes, adventures and wild parties in a secret forest in the UK. Imagine great bands, squeezed between days of tree climbing, hovercraft racing, rafting, extreme water sliding and more.
"From strengthening your arms for the wall climbs, to powering your legs for hurdles and giving you a core of steel for any balancing challenges, these exercises will have you in tip top condition for the weekend"
KEEN's crazy obstacle course feels like a part race, part military bootcamp and part school sports day. While this race might be filled with more parties and fun surprises than your average sporting event, it will still require speed, strength and agility.
Before you head off to Camp Wildfire and have a bash at winning the Wildfire Cup therefore, we've put together a training sheet to get you fighting fight. From strengthening your arms for the wall climbs, to powering your legs for hurdles and giving you a core of steel for any balancing challenges, these exercises will have you in tip top condition for the weekend. (With enough stamina to dance the night away, beer in hand once the race is done!)
How To Train For KEEN's Obstacle Run
Add 5 sets of each of these exercises to your usual workout
When you imagine an obstacle race, what do you dread? The wall climb? Us too. Pulling yourself over a wall is an expected hurdle in any obstacle race, and let's be honest, one of the toughest parts of the course. In order to get your pull ups in shape before the day, try this exercise.
Lunge your left foot forward, and your right foot behind you. Hold a dumbbell of comfortable weight in your right hand with your left elbow resting on your knee. Pull the weight up to your chest, bending your elbow to 90 degrees and return. Do 2 sets of 20 reps on each arms.
If there's one thing you can be sure of, it's that this obstacle race will involve at least one cargo net. Are you ready to race along the ground faster than the rest?
The zombie crawl is similar the the bear crawl, but with one big difference. Unlike with the bear crawl, where you use both your arms and legs to make your way across the floor, with the zombie, your legs are totally still, and it's your arms, core and shoulders that are doing all the work.
Go into a push up plank, with your back straight and your core engaged. Then keep this position while pulling yourself along the floor with just your arms. this exercise works best on a wooden floor, with a piece of material under your feet to allow them to slide along with you.
Forearm to Push-up Plank
The forearm to push up plank is great as it works out your entire body, while strengthening your core and arms.
Begin in a Push-up Plank position, with hands flat on the floor under your shoulders, then carefully lower yourself to the Forearm Plank position. Alternate between positions for the duration of the exercise, switching which arm “leads" the way.
Skater exercises, in which you perform a lateral jump, are great for strengthen your legs and improve stability and balance, great for jumping between steps and boxes on an obstacle course. Not only does this exercise strengthen your glutes and thighs, it also improves knee strength.
Begin with your legs slightly wider than shoulder distance apart and arms at the sides. Bring one leg behind at a slight angle into a reverse lunge. The front knee will naturally come to a 90-degree angle. As you do this, swing the arms in front of that bent knee and leap the back leg forward to switch sides. Repeat, alternating arms with your leading legs, in a movement like a speed skater.
Along the course, there will be more than one instance where your balance will be tested, just as much as your agility. Practice this easy move to make sure you're rock solid with minimal shakes.
Keep a chair or a wall within an arm's reach. With feet together, pick up one foot with the knee facing forward or to the side. Hold the position with eyes open, then closed. Switch feet and repeat for four reps on each foot. As your balance gets better, attempt this while in a squat position, on your balancing leg.
Interval Running, With Hills
When we think about obstacle courses, most of us probably assume that we need to work on our upper body and core strength above else, however the thing that most people forget to train when preparing for an obstacle race, is intensity in cardio power and the ability to apply short bursts of power.
The thing to remember about obstacle races is that, whilst there is still a large amount of running, it is broken up regularly with other elements, so you will not be expected to do any long periods of running.
If you’re not a runner at all, then map out a route and walk it, jogging small sections at a time to start to get used to running. Repeat this a few times, slowly building up the amount you jog until you’re comfortable to run for 90 seconds, to each of your two minutes of walking.
Once feeling comfortable with running, focus on mixing your steady runs with speed interval training and hill climbs, to get your legs and breathing prepared for when you need bring out the speed on the obstacle course, to power past your competitors to the Camp Wildfire Cup!
Fancy going along? Win full weekend festival tickets to Camp Wildfire for you and three of your friends, plus £250 pocket money to spend while you’re there, as well as a pair of Terradora or Uneek shoes each.
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