Basic Obstacle Race Program Design for a First-Time Participant

by Dr Brian Hickey, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D
Personal Training Quarterly April 2023
Vol 9, Issue 4

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The purpose of this article is to provide personal trainers an overview of training clients for their first Spartan Sprint event.

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This article originally appeared in Personal Training Quarterly (PTQ)—a quarterly publication for NSCA Members designed specifically for the personal trainer. Discover easy-to-read, research-based articles that take your training knowledge further with Nutrition, Programming, and Personal Business Development columns in each quarterly, electronic issue. Read more articles from PTQ »



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