This weekend, I participated in a wonderful fitness festival organised by Reebok, Be More Human. I can’t believe that it was already 10th edition of the event! The festival took part in one of Moscow's parks, Kolomenskoye, and accommodated more than 10k participants. This time I didn't register for the race itself but attended a workout and a lecture. I love the atmosphere that Reebok creates, so I couldn’t miss the opportunity to experience everything once again!
About the festival
“Reebok. Be More Human” is an obstacle race for teams of 6 members (recommended combinations are 3+3 or 4+2). At the starting point, each team member gets their team’s individual number and a rope which kind of ties team members altogether, and they have to carry it at all times. The track is usually 7km long with 10-12 'base stops' along the way. On these ‘bases’ each team is asked to perform an exercise either from CrossFit or functional training. There are referees at each base which make sure that you follow all the rules, watch and fix your time and help hold your team’s rope is needed.
The committee changes the tasks for each edition of the race and it is almost impossible to predict what kind of things are waiting for you.
The race 2018
So what’s new this year?
Due to a popular demand, Reebok added one more trace, Elite, which is longer and harder than the Standard one — 10 km vs. 7— for those who've already become pros and want to try something more challenging. Another addition is Les Mills programs, Les Mills Barre and Les Mills Tone. As they say, Barre is a modern analog of the classical ballet school, while Tone is for those who'd like to have a balanced combo of strength and cardio training.
Here are the tasks for the Standard race:
- Rowing: the team has to cover the distance of 1200 meters on a rowing machine. While one team member is on the machine, others are waiting for their turn in plank, either on elbows or palms. Each member has to 'row' at least 100 m;
- Steel Giants: run 300m around the lake while holding a metal basket filled with chains. Basket weight for girls is 12 kilos, for guys - 20;
- Maslenitsa (Maslenitsa is an Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday when Russian folk would bid farewell to winter and welcome spring. Everyone eats pancakes for the entire week and these pancakes symbolize the sun. When at the gym, we call weight plates 'blini' ('pancakes')): sit down holding a V position (chest and legs up). There's a stack of weight plates (5 and 10 kg, mixed) on one side of the mat, and the team has to move all plates one by one to another side and back by performing something like Russian Twist exercise. If someone's legs touch the ground, the whole team has to perform squats as a penalty;
- Grasshopper: each team member has to cover 30 meters squat-jumping while holding a fit ball above their head. At the same time other 5 members of the team are doing simultaneous squats while holding the rope above their heads;
- Historical route: run 350m uphill while holding on to a team rope;
- Step-up burpee: do 15 burpees with step-ups onto a tire, all at the same time;
- Barrels: assemble a 'puzzle' with barrels: each barrel has a piece of Reebok's logo on it. Move the barrels from one point to another, place them in the right order to create the logo, and then reassemble them and move back to the starting point;
- Barrier line: there are two parts to this task. 1) three team members have to skip over barriers while holding hands. After each they perform a burpee and then move to the next barrier. There a five of them in total. 2) Get over the hurdles and come back one member after another;
- Rope ladder: climb the rope ladder, ring the bell and go down;
- The ladder: run up the park ladder as fast as possible;
- Lord of the rings: perform 60 ring pull-ups as a team, mimimum 2 reps per team member. While one member is doing pull-ups, others are hanging on the bar.
Other activities aside the race included dance marathon, 2-days yoga marathon, Les Mills, fighting and cycling classes, different lectures and workshops from professional trainers and fitness bloggers. I attended a lecture on mindfullness in fitness and a deepWORK® class, both conducted by my dear friend Marina. It was my first time trying deepWORK and GOD it's hard! The heat of a sunny day didn't help much...
Bonus pics from deepWORK class:
Being a big fan of functional training, I must say that Reebok’s Be More Human is not something extraordinary in terms of physical workload. It’s more about your physical condition in general and just being prepared for different things in life. Let me explain: I, too, adore working out at the gym. I love the feeling on a barbell in my hands and muscle soreness after a killer workout. But to me, the gym is more of a strength + appearance combo while functional training gives you something else, and that is agility. Imagine a gym rat being attacked by someone. What will he do, squat 3x15? Well, he could also punch that bully in the face — if he’s fast enough. While someone who not only does strength training can attack back much faster, his defense will be much more effective just because he’d be lighter in weight, smaller in size and more familiar with complex movements. He could also run away and run a few kilometers while also jumping onto a fence a pulling himself up — to save himself. I am not saying these things to insult somebody, I’m just stating a fact. Our bodies weren’t designed to just look a certain way. They are also meant to take us places, and to actually feel the life around us.
As for the festival itself, everything went smoothly and everyone did a wonderful job organizing this celebration of fitness and wellbeing. Charismatic speakers, interesting classes and an incredibly beautiful route of the race added x100 to the mood. Thank you, Reebok! See you next time!
Photos taken by me and Reebok.