The Spartan Race spear throw is easy. Unless you miss. Dammit. Now it’s hard. Because, well, burpees.
And the best defense against burpees: Practice. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself. So here’s how I made a Spartan Race spear.
Step 1: Materials
- Ames TrueTemper replacement handle for rakes and other garden implements
- An angle grinder and metal-cutting wheel. *Please note, a grinder is a tool that means business. Be careful.*
- JB weld
- 40-Penny nail
- Impact driver / drill
Step 2: The How-To
The body of the spear is an Ames TrueTemper replacement handle for rakes and other garden implements. The business end is a 40-penny nail. Each item easily available at most home centers.
- Cut the head off the nail. I used an angle grinder and metal-cutting wheel for this. Please note, a grinder is a tool that means business. Be careful.
- Drill the hole in the handle a little deeper with a drill bit the same diameter as the nail.
- Fill the hole with epoxy. I used JB Weld, which is crazy-easy-to-use and sets-up-like-iron. See below.
- Slide the nail into the hole blunt side first and give it a tap or two to seat it in the pilot hole, drilled above. Don’t force it. I changed the cutting wheel on the grinder to a grinding wheel and used it to round off or taper the top of the nail before installing it.
- Wait for the epoxy to cure. JB Weld says 5-minutes on the package but I gave it an hour. And when I missed the hay bale, my Spartan Race spear stuck into our obstacle race training wall. BAM!
- Throw. Repeat. Beat the burpees and brain game.
Note: I modified this Spartan Race spear from a different design. After throwing my spear over a hundred times straight into 1/2-inch plywood—no hay—the nail is a solid as the first throw.
Step 3: Video
Now practice throwing your spear so you can nail it ever time!