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Everything You Need To Know About HYROX

Everything You Need To Know About HYROX

One sport that seems to be everywhere at the minute is HYROX — an intense fitness race that tests your endurance, strength and athletic ability. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

HYROX is more than your typical workout. It’s an event, a competitive fitness race that combines running and functional fitness, with competitors undertaking a series of 1km runs interspersed with stations testing strength or endurance… or both.

Launched in Hamburg in 2017, HYROX events take place in huge indoor spaces where spectators can follow all the action. Now taking place in countries as far apart as the US and South Korea, it’s truly establishing itself as the sport for everybody. Contestants all take on the same alternating format, but compete across various divisions and categories, making it suitable for someone just looking for something fun and challenging as much as a serious fitness pro who wants to win.

What does HYROX stand for?

Interestingly, the word HYROX doesn’t stand for anything. It’s simply a combination of the words “hybrid” and “rockstar”.

What is HYROX training?

While HYROX is designed for everyone to compete, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t test you. If you want to make the most out of a HYROX event, you’ll need to put in the training, for both the running challenge and the skills stations.

First thing, prioritise properly. The event is 50% running, so commit plenty of time to building up your cardio fitness. In the race, you’ll need to complete eight separate laps of 1km, so make sure your training includes plenty of middle and long-distance running. Just don’t split your training apart completely. It’s important you reproduce the experience of running after working your arms and legs, so you’re prepared for the race.

The other 50% to focus on is the movement challenges. Each station has its own dedicated functional skill test — including burpees, wall balls and sled pushes and pulls — so learning these beforehand is essential, not just to perform them as best you can but also to help prevent injury.

What is the HYROX workout?

I’ve already touched on the general format of the race, but you’re probably wondering what the exact workouts are. Every event has eight 1km runs, each followed by a unique workout testing a different kind of fitness.

What is HYROX competition?

While HYROX is an inclusive event designed for people of all fitness levels to take part, the top divisions can be really competitive.

At the end of each season, the best of the best from the year’s events fight it out at the HYROX World Championships. Previous events have taken place in Oberhausen, Leipzig, Las Vegas and Manchester, and this year’s event is to be hosted in Nice.

What are HYROX events like?

One of the things that truly sets HYROX apart from similar multifunctional fitness events is the vibrant atmosphere on race day. Taking place in expansive settings, HYROX is a spectator sport as much as a competitive one.

Every event has so much going on, but it’s easy to follow all the action, with spectator pathways and leaderboards clearly displaying rankings for each event. There’s also a DJ pumping out plenty of motivating tunes, as well as loads of fun stands to keep you occupied.

Where are HYROX events?

What started in Germany has become a global hit. HYROX events take place all over the world, spanning Europe, the Americas and Asia. Here’s the full list of locations to date:

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