This study seeked to examine the effects of AMP Sports Performance Treatments had on athletes who participate in Spartan Races or Spartan oriented training. Of our studied demographic, we had two Spartan competitors, one recreational athlete, and one bootcamp fitness attendee. Each individual engaged in AMP Performance Treatments once per week over a one month span. Prior to receiving AMP treatment, each athlete went through a series of performance tests resembling obstacles that would be encountered in a Spartan Race. A baseline was established for: 1) Vertical Jump 2) Broad Jump 3) Rope Climb 4) Sled Push 5) Sled Pull and 6) T-Drill. After completing baseline performance testing, each athlete received four AMP Performance Treatments before retesting one month later. Overall, all athletes improved in the majority of their performance tests. While each individual’s workout routine did not change, the likely explanation for their performance test improvements was attributed to the increase in their functional range of motion and neurological firing pattern.
The population of interest for this given study was vast. As mentioned within the abstract, we studied two Spartan athletes, one recreational athlete, and one bootcamp fitness attendee. The overall age range of the participants spanned anywhere between 25 to 60. Prior to completing baseline testing and receiving any AMP Performance Treatments, each subject gave us their medical histories. Specifically, we noted any of the subjects recent injuries that may prevent them from being able to perform a certain sports performance test. One subject had recurring shoulder injuries to the right side while another had the same issue. Only one subject with a shoulder injury was unable to perform the test of a rope climb.
Measures and Procedure
All of the measures used in this study are well-known instruments within any athletic performance training scenario. For vertical testing, a Vertex was used to measure both the athletes reach and standing vertical. Each vertical jump was performed three times in order to attain a maximum jump. For broad jump testing, a standard tape measure was used. The athlete would start with both feet behind a line and jump as far outward as possible, with their broad jump measurement being taken from their back foot. Each jump was performed twice in order to assure accuracy of a maximum jump distance. Both the Vertical Jump and Broad Jump were measured to the nearest inch.
For the Rope Climb, Sled Push, Sled Pull, and Agility T-Drill, a standard Sportsline Stopwatch was used. For the Rope Climb assessment, a 16 foot rope free hanging from the ceiling was used. All athletes times began soon as they touched the rope. They proceeded to climb to the top of the rope where they would touch the wood beam securing the rope, and then climb down the rope. The athletes times would stop soon as their feet touched the ground. For the Sled Push, the Sportsline Stopwatch was used in addition to a Prowler Sled. For women, the Prowler Sled had an additional 180 pounds of weights. For men, the Prowler Sled had an additional 270 pounds of weight. In total, both the men and women had to push the Prowler Sled with its respective weight a total of 15 yards as fast as possible. For the Sled Pull, the Sportsline Stopwatch and Prowler Sled were also used. For women, an additional 135 pounds was added to the sled while for men an additional 180 pounds was added. Similarly to the Sled Push, the Sled Pull occurred over a 15 yard span with the athletes being in a seated position. Both sled related tests were only performed once.
Lastly, for the Agility T-Drill, a Sportsline Stopwatch and cones were used. The Agility T-Drill takes place by the athlete having to run 5 yards forward to the first cone, shuffling five yards to
their right, shuffling ten yards to their left, shuffling 5 yards back to their right, and back pedaling 5 yards to their initial starting point. Each athlete was timed beginning with their first step and when they crossed the finish line. Each athlete performed the Agility T-Drill twice to assure accuracy for quickest possible time. All tests (Sled Push, Sled Pull, Rope Climb, and Agility T-Drill) were measured to the nearest hundredth of a second.
Of the four participants/athletes involved in this Spartan Race Research Study, each athlete improved in the majority of their performance tests. Each participant received only four AMP Sports Performance treatments and did not receive any test specific training. For each individual athlete, the overwhelming majority of performance assessments improved or maintained their initial results. Only one participant’s pre-existing shoulder injury slightly escalated due to work related travel. This is the probable reason why their performance tests of the Rope Climb and Sled Push showed subtle decreases in performance times. Below are the 4 participants initial evaluations:
87 inches 100 inches 13 inches
5'9" (69 inches) 22.39 seconds 8.68 seconds 16.82 seconds 10.58 seconds
7'10.5" (94.5 inches)
6.35 seconds 7.37 seconds 11.56 seconds 9.12 seconds
7' 7" (91 inches) 20.6 seconds 5.51 seconds 10.25 seconds 9.18 seconds
87 inches 96 inches 9 inches
4'5" (53 inches) D.N.P.
13.04 seconds 20.86 seconds 12.84 seconds
Below are their final assessment evaluations:
5'7" (67 inches) 13.99 seconds 9.58 seconds 10.68 seconds 10.11 seconds
8'0" (96 inches) 6.77 seconds 8.02 seconds 10.68 seconds 8.75 seconds
24.5 inches 8'1" (97 inches) 11.00 seconds 5.05 seconds 10.07 seconds 8.83 seconds
4'6" (54 inches) D.N.P.
13.90 seconds 20.56 seconds 10.45 seconds
Below are the comparative results of all initial and final evaluations:
same same same
3 inches (+) 0.5 inches (+) 1 inch (+)
3 inches (+) 0.5 inches (+) 1 inch (+)
2 inches (+) 1.5 inches (+) 6 inches (+) 1 inch (+)
8.4 seconds (-)
1.63 seconds (+)
9.6 seconds (-)
0.9 seconds (+)
0.65 seconds (+)
0.46 seconds (-)
0.86 seconds (+)
6.14 seconds (-) 0.88 seconds (-)
0.18 seconds (-)
0.30 seconds (-)
0.47 seconds (-) 0.37 seconds (-)
0.38 seconds (-)
2.39 seconds (-)
Did not participate (shoulder injury)