SGX is Spartan’s official training program.
Nearly anyone can finish a Spartan Race. Including you. And our Spartan SGX functional fitness program is a great way to prepare. Whether you have just discovered the athlete within, or are an established competitor, SGX can give you the physical and mental capacity to take on whatever challenges are thrown your way, on and off the course.
The body weight-focused workouts are varied, novel and typically conducted in a group. In an SGX class, you bend, crawl, carry, climb, hang, jump, lift, lunge, pull, push, run, sprint, squat and twist… exactly what your body has been designed to do for over millions of years.
If your calling is to help people achieve their fitness and health goals and positively transform their lives by changing what they believe is possible, just like our Spartan Race does, then we have a lot in common.
We offer a live two-day workshop or online workshop to certify individuals to teach Spartan group training classes. You can also pair an online workshop with a one-day Spartan Obstacle Specialistcourse at a special package rate.
A proprietary system emphasizing foundational bodyweight movements and periodized training, Spartan training can benefit everyone, even if they are not training for a Spartan Race. Spartan SGX builds balanced, multi-faceted athletes who excel in all-over athleticism, strength and endurance.
Distinguish your business with the world’s first training program specific to obstacle race fitness, powered by the Spartan brand.
Completing the Spartan SGX workshop will earn fitness professionals continuing education credits from ACE and ACSM (1.4), NASM (1.4) and AFAA (14), and you may be able to petition for credit from other certifying organizations.
What You Will Learn
- History and Foundations of SGX
- Mental Training and Motivation
- SGX Training Science
- Functional and Bodyweight Exercises
- Race Day Preparedness
- Program Design
Spartan SGX: Become a certified Spartan coach. Learn how to train others with periodized workouts and a holistic view of fitness infused with Spartan values. Attend a live two-day certification workshop at an upcoming Spartan Race stadium event; join an online workshop; or pair the online certification workshop with a live Spartan Obstacle Specialist course at a special package price.
Not only do the workshops offer an incredible educational experience, but they provide participants a variety of additional benefits. Please just note that these discounts and items are subject to change from time to time and may be different for international coaches.
Each certified Spartan coach receives:
- 1 Free Spartan Race (Sprint, Super or Beast)*
- Discounts on Spartan Races*
- Discounts on select Spartan merchandise
- Rights to develop and run Spartan SGX training classes*
- Rights to use SGX logos (which integrate the well-known Spartan helmet logo) to promote these classes*
- Listing in the Coach and Class Finder on Spartan.com
- Additional opportunities to promote their fitness business
- 50% lifetime discount for re-enrolling in the SGX workshop
- A career path, as a Level 2 coach and class Instructor
Anyone interested in improving their fitness, health and wellness is welcome to enroll in an SGX workshop! To become a Spartan SGX coach, and teach Spartan SGX classes, you will need to get certified.
For individuals who posses a prior fitness or health and wellness certification; or a undergraduate or graduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science, Kinesiology, Medical or Allied Health fields, you need a:
- Passing score on the Spartan SGX workshop exam
- Current CPR/AED certification
Click here for a list of acceptable fitness, health and wellness certifications in our FAQ.
Individuals looking to become SGX Certified without a Certification or Degree in a related field need to:
- Passing score on the Spartan SGX Foundations Exam
- Passing score on the Spartan SGX workshop exam
- Current CPR/AED certification
Have you spent years dedicated to the world of sport, fitness, nutrition, health and wellness? Our Foundations Exam is designed to allow qualified individuals who do not possess a Track # 1 certification/degree to demonstrate their fitness knowledge to become certified Spartan SGX coaches. Click here to register for the Foundations Exam or read a description of the Spartan Foundations exam in our FAQ.
SGX certification must be renewed each year, and coaches need to submit evidence of 8 continuing education credits (CECs). The renewal fee is $95 per year.
We reserve the right to amend ALL Certification Process requirements, and to request individuals to take additional steps we feel are necessary to demonstrate their subject-matter knowledge.
SPARTAN OBSTACLE SPECIALIST
Spartan Obstacle Specialist (SOS) is all about the obstacles. The one-day class will teach you how to dominate a Spartan Race. And if you are a fitness professional, take SOS to learn how to offer obstacle-specific training at your box or gym. Combine SOS with the Spartan SGX certification workshop at one low price.
+ Is Spartan SGX training the fitness quick-fix I have been looking for?
The truth is that there are no quick fixes or easy solutions to getting fit. However, if you commit yourself to your SGX training, you can change and your body can change. You can get fast, lean and strong. You can develop mental strength. If your genetic programming is not to look like a “supermodel,” you will not miraculously look like a supermodel. Our coaches can help you achieve your best physical state though, and Spartans understand that everyone’s “best” is different and take pride in that.
+What is functional training?
Functional training is a generalized preparedness for the demands your body will or may encounter in daily life, recreation and competitive sport.
+ What is bodyweight training?
Bear crawls, burpees, handstands, jumping, lunges, pull-ups, push-ups, running, squats … joint stabilizing, “ground-based” movements — the possibilities for moving our bodies are truly endless. Bodyweight training promotes natural human movement, using the body in a way that it is intended to be used, based on how it evolved over millions of years. You will be amazed at how fit you can get, and how much fun you can have, with very little “equipment” other than your own body.
+ What is “periodization” and why is it beneficial?
Periodization is planned variation in exercise volume, intensity and specificity. Spartan SGX uses periodization principles, as do today’s most successful athletic and fitness training organizations. Periodization is used to train Olympians and professional athletes, on the one hand, and it is the foundation of many rehabilitation programs, on the other hand -– because, in each case, improved performance and injury prevention are paramount.
Many fitness programs toss exercises together at random, measuring a productive workout based on some notion of a “Sweaty and Sore Scale” (i.e., if you sweat and are sore you got a quality workout). Among the problems with this approach, a first workout could be more challenging than the 35th, and you may be overusing certain joints or muscles. You may get hurt, or not improve at all.
With periodization there is a plan. SGX programs are typically created in 12-week segments containing 3 4-week building blocks. Each workout has a focus and a goal, and the week’s overall training builds the foundation for the next week.
Among the benefits, you not only burn calories, but can improve your performance in an efficient fashion.
+ Why is Spartan SGX training beneficial for other sports?
Every sport requires movement efficiency and energy system development, mental development, skill, and strategy. SGX is concerned, first, with the quality of movement, then, the quantity of movement. Energy system development is promoted throughout the SGX program by the use of varied work-to-recovery ratios that target specific energy systems. SGX is coaching-intensive too. Coaches work with clients to build physical — and mental — toughness. All of these benefits are transferable to other sports.
+ What is the Spartan SGX view on other workout programs?
We love any program that is effective and safe and gets people off the couch. Some SGX coaches integrate our functional fitness program into other training forms, from karate to yoga, Pilates to spinning. The Coach and Class Finder displays coaches’ sub-specialties.
+May I get a refund if I cannot attend, or you cancel or change the date or location of, a workshop?
In the event of an event cancellation, date or location change, you can transfer to a different class or receive a credit toward another Spartan training event. We do not offer refunds.
+ Am I a certified Spartan coach after taking a Spartan OS course?
A: Spartan OS is not a certification class, but you can pair the Spartan OS course with an online Spartan SGX workshop to complete your Spartan coach certification — at a special package price.
+ I am not a trainer or coach, can I still attend Spartan OS?
A: Yes! Anyone can attend Spartan OS. Whether you are a first-time racer, an elite athlete, a trainer, or a coach, OS offers insights into how to conquer obstacles and teach obstacle-specific techniques. Spartan Obstacle Specialist is also the prerequisite education required to volunteer as a Spartan Course Marshal/Referee starting globally in 2018!
+ What is the scope of the Spartan Obstacle Specialist exam
A: The Spartan OS exam is integrated into the training day. To pass, you need to participate fully in the day’s activities and a concluding group discussion of what you learned