With the immense amount of CrossFit crazes and P90X pros, many people want to challenge themselves even further and want to put their personal fitness to the test. Below, we’ve curated a list of the hardest fitness tests from around the world that one day you may conquer.
1. Spartan Death Race
If you think you may be stuck in the wild fighting for your life, this test may come as close to that as you can get. The Spartan Death Race is an event that has no designated period of time during the year. Originating in New York City, USA, the Spartan Death Race was created by a man who used to work on Wall Street named Joe DeSena. The test, which involves any sick challenge Joe can think of, range from carrying 50 pound logs for 24 hours to hiking up 45 degrees submerged in water.
2. Goruck Selection
The Goruck challenge consists of a two-day fitness test that is typically for Special Forces qualification training; the typical pass rate? 10%! Although, the typical pass rate for normal Joes is less than 5%. These two days consist of carrying massive items through extremely cold water, heavy bags and extreme endurance challenges for over 80 miles. Dubbed as one of the toughest in the world, the origin of this challenge is in Jacksonville, Florida but take place in many parts of the United States.
3. Kokoro Camp
Also known as Civilian Hell Week, Kokoro Camp was created by Navy Seal coaches when stationed in Baghdad, although the office is in California. Inspired by the Japanese word for “the merging of heart and spirit”, Kokoro has been dubbed one of the toughest in the world, much like Goruck. Typically seen within the military, Kokoro camp trains potential Navy Seals for five days straight through some of the toughest endurance challenges one can face. The candidates are only allowed 4 hours of sleep within 7 days. Normal people can set up shop and train through this rigorous military grade program for $1,500. Some of the tests include:
i. Marching 20 miles with a loaded backpack in under 6 hours
ii. Building a cabin using your own bodies
iii. Lifting 600lb tractor tires to your chins
iv. Lifting 250 pound wooden logs overhead
v. Lugging 50+ lb kettle balls
vi. Surf torture where you lay on the shoreline and are forced to tread water out in the deep for a significant period of time
And much more..
While the idea originated in Baghdad, the creator, a former SEAL by the name of Mark Divine, brought it back to the states, but didn’t touch on the idea until 2006.
4. Tough Mudder
Tough Mudder is a 12 miles long obstacle course which includes a 12 – foot wall, a dive into an ice water filled dumpster and a sprint though electrically charged wires. Tough Mudder is not a race but a team competing event to be faced off in groups but the average completed time is around 3 and a half hours.
Tough Mudder was co-founded in 2010 by Will Dean and Guy Livingstone, both British citizens living in New York. Dean had developed the idea for the company while studying at Harvard Business School, where the concept was a semifinalist in the school’s annual business plan competition.
5. IRONMAN 70.3
In 2006, the World Triathlon Corporation rebranded its half Ironman triathlon events as 70.3 races in reference to the total swim, bike ride and run mileage (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run). This intense gruelling event can take between five and seven hours to complete, not for the average joe.
The first Half Ironman branded race was Half Ironman UK, which was raced in 2001. However, prior to the launch of the 70.3 series in 2006, races were then known as Half Ironman before adopting the Ironman 70.3 label. The number of qualification events within the 70.3 series has grown steadily matching the increased popularity of the sport.
There are many fitness tests that are extremely gruelling, but none like the above. Challenging yourself is something many people want to do every day, and if you want to challenge yourself the most and the hardest, completely one of these rigorous training programs is one of the toughest things you can accomplish.
If you’ve taken part in harder challenges than the ones listed above, let us know in the comments below and we’ll add it to our next list.