Spartan Race obstacles strike fear into the hearts of many who battle with the course. Race after race, our obstacles continue to taunt even the most seasoned racers. Take the Rope Climb, for example. If you don’t have the upper body strength, or know how to employ hook holds with your feet, it may be 30 burpees for you. Another obstacle racers love to hate is the Spear Throw. How many times have you seen people fail this obstacle, while others make it look so effortless?

Many obstacles will confront you on your path to Spartan victory, and it is here that we will begin to introduce you some of our signature ones, and what you can do to prepare for them.

Standard Obstacle Specific Rules/Instructions:


Burpee Zone

Obstacles may have a “Burpee Zone or Burpee Area.” Athletes are required to complete their penalty burpees within the designated zone or area, as burpees are monitored by Course Officials. Burpee zones are there for safety and to allow for athlete flow on course. Blocking another athlete’s progress by doing penalty burpees in an athlete’s path falls under the rules of “unsportsmanlike conduct.”

Spartan Burpee Definition

A burpee consists of a two components. At the “bottom” of the burpee, the body and legs are straight and parallel to the ground, with a full push-up with chest touching the ground. At the “top” of the burpee the body and legs are straight and perpendicular to the ground, with hands above ears, and a jump with feet leaving the ground.