The Ultimate Test of Strength, Endurance, and Agility

We’ve done Tough Mudders, Spartan Races, Urbanathlons and road races of various distances, but this past weekend we participated in our new favorite adventure race series, Civilian Military Combine.  It happened last Saturday at the coolest venue we’ve ever seen for such an event, the USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.


We love this challenge because it totally levels the playing field to find the fittest competitors. The event requires strength, agility, speed and both aerobic and anaerobic endurance.  Thin runners who can outlast their heavier competitors over long distances may have difficulty with the lifting components of the workout.  Similarly, muscular men and women who dominate strength workouts may have a tough time transitioning to the obstacle course.

Here is how the event was structured.  When an athlete’s heat was announced he/she would begin with the Pit workout:

As many rounds and repetitions as possible in 7 minutes of:

  • 7 push press (75lbs for men / 45lbs for women)
  • 7 American kettlebell swings (44lbs for men / 26lbs for women)
  • 7 burpee box jumps (20in box for men and women)

Each athlete was judged individually by a CMC volunteer.

Competitors then had 3 minutes to recover before transitioning to a half mile course including sled pushes, sandbag carries and military-style obstacles.  Athletes were ranked by the total number of reps completed during the Pit, and the time to complete the obstacle course.  These scores were combined to determine an overall rank.

Team Throwback consisted of the two of us (Brian and Ryan) and our buddy Michael.  We also welcomed our friend Grady as an honorary member.  During the Pit, Michael completed 135 reps, Ryan 141 reps and Brian 152.  We all finished the obstacle course around the same time, and as a team we finished the full event in 3rd place!


If you’re looking for a new challenge, definitely check out one of the other events this year.

The transition from the intense weight circuit to running really took a toll on our lungs and made it one of the most challenging events we’ve been a part of – maybe even more so than a marathon!

We’re really looking forward to the event in Brooklyn this September where we’ll run a much longer course with even crazier obstacles.