The dreaded spear throw. For most Spartan racers it is an automatic 30 burpees. It is an obstacle that requires technique and you kind of need a spear to practice with. There are quite a few people making and selling spears, however they can end up costing you a fortune because they are a pain to ship. I did my research and realized they are simple and cheap to make. All you need are a few supplies and a little bit of skill with a grinder and glue. Not too hard, right? Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make your Spartan practice spears!
Step 1 - Gather Items
All required items can be purchased at Lowe's or Home Depot. And probably most well equipped hardware stores.
- 7.5" x 3/8" galvanized rod (aprox $1)
- 60" rake handle with metal end (aprox $8) - hole pre-drilled
- Gorilla 2-part Epoxy Glue (aprox $10)
*you will need a handsaw if you have to purchase a rod larger than the 7.5"
- Sandpaper and Stain/Paint
- Spartan Stickers
- A Beer
Next, mix your epoxy glue on a pad and cover the end of rod in the mixture. Stick the rod in the handle and wipe excess glue from it. Allow the epoxy to set for at least the amount of time indicated on the bottle.
Now you have an awesome practice spear. However, you aren't going to get better unless you practice! Now I am certainly not going to give you tips on that. It is a bit out of my league. However, I will point you towards the tips from the pros over at Spartan. Click the buttons below to view videos on Spear Throwing tips. Get out there and practice! Tip: Your target will be aprox 25-30' away and between 4' and 8' off the ground.