Julianne Hough was inspired to up her strength training by participating in the Spartan Beast challenge.
The 27-year-old dancer and television star was joined by friends and family as she competed in the 13-mile obstacle course.
And while she successfully completed the event, Julianne admitted there were certain aspects of it that she found harder than others.
So since then, she has decided to refocus her training program in the gym.
“This experience was no joke – especially in the crazy California heat wave we’ve been having,” Julianne wrote on her official website. "My sister Sharee and her husband Randall put our team together. Since their last name is Wise, our team name was the Wise Asses!
“Team W.A. endured and overcame about 30 intense obstacles, which included crawling beneath barbed wire as we were being sprayed with hoses. It was beyond difficult to do! There were three upper body challenges. There was one I definitely couldn’t complete: a set of vertical monkey bars. When faced with an obstacle we couldn’t get through we had to drop and give officials 30 burpees. Thirty! It inspired me to step up my strength training game, so stay tuned for a post on that!”
Julianne is no stranger to taking on ventures surrounded by family, as her brother Derek was formerly her dance partner.
And Julianne says the physically draining day was the perfect opportunity for some bonding with her pals.
“My favorite aspect of the day was the teamwork,” she continued. “When we had to climb a wall of slippery mud, one team member would start at the top, another would grab their leg, while someone else hoisted the next person up… We all relied on each other multiple times throughout the race. The support wasn’t only physical but mental, too. Even when we were panting and sweating, we were laughing and encouraging each other to stay motivated and see each obstacle though.”
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