The Street Olympics
Amidst the London medal ceremonies, an underground competition was attracting a different kind of crowd. May we introduce the Spartan Games.
While the world's best athletes were vying for gold, another set of greatests with superhuman strength flocked to London to train for the Spartan Games, a street competition created by Iraq War vet and personal trainer "Chakabars" Clarke, which take place on August 19. The Spartan Fam, whose training is based on body weight principles, have moves to impress even the most seasoned gym-goer. "The philosophy is ‘anytime, any place, anything’," says Clarke. So, instead of specially built, architecturally sound arenas, this underground sector of real-life superheros uses nothing but the poles and scaffolding that line the London streets. Here are a few of the events. For those hardcore enough to attempt, may we suggest the pull-up bar and a mat:
A major shoulder workout, not to be confused with lache (parkour), find any bar and grab it, palms down. Hang underneath and then slightly engage scapula and kick feet forward until you are horizontal. Then, keeping scapula engaged, let gravity take your legs and body backwards, until body is in a horizontal position again. To compete: Do 3 sets of 20.