This weekend sees the first of a series of Spartan obstacle races, happening up and down the country between now and October. If you’re thinking of signing up, Spartan has given us this top tip: Spartan logo

“Rope climbs are one of the most failed Spartan obstacles. Everyone thinks it is upper body strength that gets you up there. In fact it is all about getting the best out of your legs. We recommend getting to a Crossfit box and asking them to teach you how to climb a rope.”

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