We couldn’t be prouder of Portland personal trainer Erin Seekins! She’s whole-heartedly committed to obstacle course racing and earned a Spartan coin at her race on August 6. This means she qualified for the 2016 Reebok Spartan Race World Championships in Lake Tahoe on October 1-2, 2016.

A Spartan coin is given to the top five male and female elite competitors at each Spartan race, which gains you entry into the Spartan World championship on October 1. They take place in Squaw Valley at the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. The course is 15 miles and around 30 obstacles with 3,000 feet of elevation gain to the peak which is around 10,000 feet.

How does one prepare for THAT, you might be asking….

To prepare for the world championships on October 1, Erin be putting in more miles, and doing a lot of hill work. She’ll also be adding in some altitude training and cold water submersion training. Last year a lot of people didn’t finish the race because of hypothermia in a lake swim at 7,000 feet. Erin is hoping to avoid that!

“I set a lot of goals throughout the year. I’m always testing and retesting my self to ensure that I’m always moving forward and always getting stronger and faster. I have a goal for every race, either to come in under a certain time, or a certain place. However my main goal for the season was to qualify for the World Championships. To me this means that I’m progressing in a way that puts me towards the top percentage of racers in the world. This motivates me to keep working hard, and also makes me feel like all of the hard work and sacrifices I’ve made have paid off.” —Erin Seekins

Erin’s personal training philosophy

Portland personal trainer Erin SeekinsMy training philosophy is simplicity. One of the main reasons people have a hard time maintaining an active lifestyle is because things get too complicated and stressful. I believe that being fit and healthy is not a quick fix, but rather something that should be sustained your entire life. As your personal trainer, I’m here to facilitate and guide you, but you have to put in the work.


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