How to conquer the Atlas Carry obstacle.

    Atlas Carry obstacle

    Basic tips on how to do it.

    How to overcome the Atlas Carry obstacle?

    And how much the Spartan Atlas Carry stone weight? 

    Let's see...

    You are going to want to get real low to the ground to grab that stone, so hopefully, your squat form is impeccable.

    Keep in mind that the stone weight about 100 pounds, to avoid hurting your back, keep it straight and use only your legs strength.

    You are going to pick up the stone, carry it to the other flag, do five burpees and come back. You can carry the stone whatever you like, but, there are only two best ways to do it.


    1st - You can carry the stone between with your hands, hips height and arms straight.​


    2nd - You can put the stone over your shoulder.​

    Ops... Here another way!


    I have seen other racers pick up the stone with a different style.

    Basically is this: take a knee and roll the stone up from your knee that's on the ground to your hip. Next, transfer the stone to your other thigh.

    Finally, stand your kneeling leg into a squat position with the stone now at your hips and squat it up until you're upright.​

    Keep a flat back as you pick up and lower the stone, and move quickly. Don’t cheat on those burpees either, chest to grass and feet off the ground for it to count.

    Racer Instructions:

    • Pick up the stone at start flag.
    • Carry it to the opposite flag.
    • Put stone down.
    • Do 5 Burpees.
    • Return Stone to Starting flag

    Failure Modes:

    • Anyone not able to move the “stones” to opposite flag and back to start flag.
    • Elite racers that help each other.
    • Anyone who doesn’t complete 5 correct burpees.

    Failure Penalty:

    • 30 Burpees

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