New for 2019/2020, the new Spartan Race obstacle Armer is a large atlas stone connected to a chain and handle (one hand grip). It felt heavier than the atlas stone but my race was in heavy mud which can effect the weight. Most people chose to carry it between their legs, walking bow legged down and back.
Weight: Unknown – Guess 110 lbs
Training Focus: Grip Strength, Heavy Carry
Exercises: Farmers Walks, Suitcase Carry, Kettle Bell Swings, Heavy Kettle Bell Dead Lifts
- Begin by assuming a wide stance, providing ample space for the heavy weighted ball.
- Then, use your legs to lower yourself into a squat position, ensuring your core is engaged, while reaching for the chain connected to the heavy ball.
- Utilize the strength of your legs to push upward, raising the weight from the ground. Maintain a braced core to prevent potential back injury.
- To conclude, start walking forward with a wide stance, akin to a waddling motion.
How heavy is the ball on the Armer obstacle?
Spartan Race has not released the actual weight. But a good guess is around 110lbs.
Are there any variations of the Armer obstacle in Spartan Races?
Spartan Races typically keep the base of the obstacle the same. Although the length and terrain you must carry the “armer” through may be different at each event..
How can I train for the Armer obstacle?
Training for the Armer involves building leg and grip strength. The best way to train is by doing deadlifts, squats, and heavy kettlebell carries.
Is the Armer obstacle suitable for beginners?
The Armer can be challenging for beginners due to the strength and coordination required. However, with proper training and practice, participants of all levels can improve their performance on this obstacle.
Can I use chalk on the Armer obstacle?
No, using chalk on your hands is not allowed at Spartan Race events.
The Armer, a newer addition to Spartan Race obstacles, features a heavy atlas stone connected to a chain and handle. While its exact weight is unknown, it’s estimated to be around 110 pounds. To conquer the Armer, focus on grip strength and heavy carrying exercises like Farmers Walks, Suitcase Carry, Kettle Bell Swings, and Heavy Kettle Bell Dead Lifts. When approaching the obstacle, start with a wide stance, engage your core, and use leg strength to lift the weight. Begin your waddling walk forward, holding the heavy ball between your legs.
This challenging obstacle is a test of strength and coordination, making it suitable for participants of various levels with proper training. Keep in mind that chalk is not allowed during Spartan Race events. The Armer obstacle can be encountered in different lengths and terrains at various race series, including Sprint, Super, Beast, and Ultra.