A Word from CSM ( R ) Frank Grippe

Greetings from Spartan Race Headquarters in Boston, MA. I would like to extend my warmest regards to all my fellow veterans on this special day. Please take a moment today to recognize the accomplishments of our United States Military Veterans, past, present and future.

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns fell silent in Europe. This closed the chapter on the most horrific war the world had witnessed up to that time. Peace reigned, and all was well… for a moment.

As veterans, we all know the reality of the world. Evil is ever-present and continually tries to snuff out Goodness, Peace and Security. As always, this is where we Warriors rise up and take on Evil’s challenge. To you Americans who raised your right hand to take the Oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, Thank You. You have touched this proud nation and peoples all over the world in a positive way.

I would like to share a workout with you all in honor of our veterans. This is a highly efficient workout that can be tailored to fit your location, enemy threat and time constraints. Not a lot of space is needed, so it’s great onboard a ship, inside an airfield hangar or in the heat of things within a forward operating base.

Task: Conduct Unit Level Physical Training

Conditions: Given, a unit of the finest US Warriors in the world within a designated area with a 100 meter measured distance.

Standards: Conduct a highly efficient Physical Fitness session to ensure that you can crush any obstacle that crosses your path. We want to develop a mixture of flexibility, strength, aerobic endurance and anaerobic endurance during the workout.

Start with ten minutes of stretching and warm-up. The routine is your choice. Use a rectangular formation or form a circle with your Warriors.

I would use (at a minimum) a one minute standard for all exercises. You may alter that time depending on your unit and mission.

Follow each exercise with a one hundred meter sprint and return to the start point in a slow run.

Suggested exercise routine:

  • Jumping jacks
  • Push-ups
  • Mountain climbers
  • Burpees
  • Crunches
  • Squats
  • Pull-ups

Be sure to mix upper-body and core movements between sprints. You may intensify and use a variety of exercises as need be.

Now, for those of you with some time on your hands and rural routes, grab a rucksack—fifty pounds minimum — and Move Out Sharply!

To those of you reading this that are in harm’s way and loving every minute of it. Be Safe……and if you can’t be safe… be prepared… very, very prepared.

Blessings on each and every one of you.

– CSM ( R ) Frank Grippe
Spartan Race SVP