Zach Gilford will do amazing too, because he’s so strong, and he used to run all the time in Austin [while we were filming], that was his thing. Zach already texted me the other day—I was intimidated about something, and he was so supportive.And it was really humid, so he would run through the humidity, so I think he has a lot of endurance. This is just Zach in a nutshell, he’s just so supportive, he was like, ‘I’ll be there the whole way with you, if we have to stop and do some burpees [instead of an obstacle], I’ll do them with you.’ And he’s already ran a race, he ran a race last weekend!
Have you ever participated in an obstacle course, like the Spartan Race, before? I hope I make you proud on Saturday #Be More Human #Yonce Gives Me Strength A video posted by Minka Kelly (@minkak) on Marriott Rewards actually set me up with a couple Spartan trainers, like Spartan veterans, who’ve been taking me through everything. I learned how to climb a rope, [am doing] lots of strength and conditioning, and am working on my grip hold so I can pull myself up the rope. And doing a pull-up, bringing your knees up to your chest, and holding it—then releasing myself down for five seconds slowly so that I can get used to holding my own bodyweight.
Minka Kelly: I’ve always watched these types of races, or like American Ninja Warrior. All these different, smart ways of making my upper body stronger.
I’ve honestly always wanted to do something like this. I have really strong legs, but working on my upper-body strength has been the real focus.
Well, I think Taylor Kitsch is naturally born for stuff like this, so I think he’ll do great.
I’m excited to see how strong I feel at the end of it.
I’m excited to see if I have the endurance to get through it.I mean, it’s eight to 10 miles, and the longest I’ve run is about six miles. Yep, Lyla Garrity, Matt Saracen, Julie Taylor, and the one-and-only Tim Riggins, got together to crush all 8.5 miles and 29 obstacles. Minka Kelly, Zach Gilford, Aimee Teegarden, and Taylor Kitsch all participated in the Spartan Race in Richmond, Illinois, this weekend as a part of the Marriott Rewards team.“I haven’t seen these cats in forever,” said Kitsch during a pre-race press interview. But that was to strengthen my grip strength, which I was just so impressed by.“It’s a cool reunion just to catch up, hang out, [and] do something collectively active.” This reunion required some serious training—SELF chatted with Kelly before the race about how she got ready for all of the mud-crawling, spear-throwing, rope-climbing obstacles (and how her fellow cast members would fare, too). Thank you @michael.ainis for teaching me how to throw this spear and climb the rope! It’s just fascinating to learn all the different ways you can make yourself stronger and prepare your body for certain challenges.