The Ultimate Military Obstacle Course
'Turning up' and 'going for it' is one strategy for taking on Born Survivor, but a little preparation and our Ten Top Tips will help you get you to the finish line in good shape.
Sure you can spend every night down the pub and enjoy a full English in the morning, but on event day boy are you going to regret that.
A little cardio and strength training will pay massive dividends as you haul your body over, under or through each obstacle. There's no rule about not walking at Born Survivor, but our PTI's recommend you can comfortably run at least 5 miles by event day. If you're not sure where to start we recommend you join a local gym, bootcamp or fitness class for professional training guidance. Check out our training tips for some great exercises you can do at home for free!
Anything grippy will be great, we have lots of mud and water so best leave the Jimmy Choo's at home. Decent trail running shoes are a good shout, but remember no studs or spikes are allowed, they'll be dangerous to you and other participants.
Air conditioned gyms are great, but they won't prepare you for the body shock of the elements you will encounter at Born Survivor. Get outside and train in the elements come rain or shine. If it's safe and you are confident get into some cold water outside, get a feel of what that's really like before event day.
Try to replicate some of the obstacles you will meet at Born Survivor - many parks have fitness trails with 'obstacles' to train on. If the best you can find is a kid's playground and scramble about on the monkey bars and nets don't worry about looking silly - breaking down and sobbing at the thought of the next Born Survivor obstacle is a lot worse.
Get familiar with the turf - practice crawling or monkey walks (knuckles and feet) it's a lot harder than it sounds and we have some epic crawls, an assault course staple, on the course.
Remember, "an army marches on its stomach" ... So don't forget, in your training and on event day good nutrition and hydration is crucial in ensuring you have enough energy to finish the course. There is plenty of great advice advice available online to help you achieve peak performance and fitness through diet & nutrition. If in doubt, always consult a trained fitness professional and make sure when the big day comes that you're properly fuelled for the event. Of course, once you cross the finish line, you can get stuck into the awesome post race tucker we'll have on offer, all washed down with a few cold ones in the beer tent!
Our obstacles are designed to challenge you, that's the point, right? They can be big, high, claustrophobic, involve total immersion and much more; so, if for any reason there are any obstacles you don't feel confident to tackle don't worry you can just run around.
Use the admiration of your friends and family to use your challenge to raise funds for a great cause - we support ABF The Soldiers Charity and the work they do in supporting our Armed Services Hero's, Unique Kidz and Co, who provide care and support for disabled children and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust join us in raising funds for these charities or of course for any cause that inspires you.
Get some disturbed mates together and form a team, people who don't take themselves too seriously and that are happy laugh in the face of adversity, because there's plenty of that at Born Survivor. Don't worry if your mates are too soft to take part, or you can't convince people to join you because by the first obstacle, you'll have hooked up with another team!
Beating the obstacles and course is what bonds Survivors together - at some point you will feel beaten, shattered, tearful and probably scared that's when you have to 'Suck it up' and show the British Bull Dog spirit that made Britain great. If you need help your team mates or other Survivor will help you, if you see someone who needs help, give it. We will count you all out and count you all back - no one gets left on the field of combat. That's the British Army way.
If it was easy everyone would do it - they haven't, YOU have.
Whilst we recommend you don't wear you best gym lycra (in fact don't wear anything you are likely to want to wear again in polite society) it's worth kitting yourself out right for the day. Army fatigues, a team t-shirt, uniform, or how about adding some zing to the scene by coming in fancy dress.
Gloves are also a good idea, but make sure they are 'grippy' and cut the ends off the finger to let the mud out!!
Check out the fantastic gear on offer from our apparel sponsors SUB SPORTS and MUD & BLOOD - they offer a range of great kit including base layers and compression clothing to help your performance pre, during and post event.
It's going to be a tough day out for you and your team mates, but one thing's for sure you'll have a blast along the way. We'll have photographers and a film crew across the course, so make sure you're smiling when they're pointing the zoom lens in your face; you don't want your mates on Facebook to think you struggled...!