How To Dominate Your Next Spartan Race


Image credit : Colleen Augustin Facebook page


At only 20 years of age, Spartan Malaysia Pro Athlete, Colleen Augustin has proven to be a  dominating force in the Spartan Race scene, raking in podium finishes in Spartan races in Malaysia and overseas since 2016. In fact, she recently nabbed first place at the recent Spartan Race Alviera Sprint/Super 2018 in Porac, Pampangga, Phillipines. Colleen started her athletic journey as a basketball player, before switching to road and trail runs and eventually converting to a (self proclaimed) obstacle course race addict. A true force to be reckoned with Colleen also partakes in martial arts, practicing and training in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) regularly. She recently won her first tournament at the Lekir Ultimate Fight Tournament in February and bagged 3 gold medals in 3 categories at the recent ADCC Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament in Singapore. Colleen advocates a healthy and active lifestyle, besides training regularly, she is also a certified personal trainer who runs bootcamps sessions. She also adopts a vegan based diet. There is no stopping this young lass from taking the sporting world by storm! 

We speak to Colleen on what it’s like to be a Spartan Athlete… 

1. Tell us about yourself: where are you from? 

I am Malaysian. 🙂 I was born in Penang but was mainly raised in Kuala Lumpur. My family consists of my mom & dad, who both work, and my awesome brother. My mom is in the financial industry whereas my dad is working in a construction company. My brother shares similar interests with me, so we tend to do a lot of activities together, like Muay Thai and Obstacle Racing.

The furthest I have been with my education is SAT’s. I also have a ACE PT (American Council of Exercise Personal Trainer).

Currently, I am a Professional Athlete. In 2017, I worked as a bootcamp instructor with Original Bootcamp Malaysia. When I was younger, I taught English in a tuition centre which offered lessons for refugee children.

2. How did you get into Spartan Race?

I saw my mother and my brother travel with a group of friends to Australia, to do a Spartan Race in 2014 (I believe). They came back with pictures and stories. As I listened I was intrigued. In 2015, when Malaysia first introduced Spartan Race in November, I joined.

3. You also do muay thai and other martial arts. How did you get into this? How long have you been doing this?

I’ve been doing various martial arts since I was a kid. It was something we took interest as a family in a sense. My father used to be a boxer. My brother and I took up various martial arts throughout our years before we were fixated with our current art. I’ve been doing Muay Thai for nearly 3 years and BJJ for about half that time maybe even slightly less. As for MMA, I’ve only been doing for roughly a year

4. What’s the biggest challenge in training? Why was it challenging to you?

The biggest challenge in training for OCR, for me personally is the running aspect of it.

Colleen winning 1st place at the recent Spartan Race in the Phillipines

5. How do you motivate yourself?

I motivate myself, by envisioning my goals and my upcoming competitions.

6. What does training look like?

My training is mixed with a variety. I usually do Strength & Conditioning with my personal trainer twice a week, bouldering twice a week (if i can) & running. The rest of my time is spent at Monarchy training my various Martial arts.

7. What’s the toughest part about being a pro athlete?

The toughest part I would believe is having a lot of pressure put on you. There is a lot more at stake than you had previously. As I earn money from my winnings.

8. How do I get better at doing the Spartan race?

For a Spartan Race, to get better you need to train in running, grip strength & conditioning for carrying heavy objects.

“When I look back I realised I learnt that you can do anything you set your mind to”

A champions leap at the Spartan Race Phillipines!

9. How does one START doing Spartan race?

Honestly, just register and do it!! Hahahaha….

10. What are your highlights competing overseas?

My highlights are getting meet various people from different regions, learning from them and listening to their experiences.


Colleen seen here with BJJ coach Bruno Barbosa after winning Gold in 3 categories and a silver in another at the recent ADCC Submission Competition in Singapore

11. How do you prepare for upcoming competitions? 

I usually practice conditioning myself with more upper body work & conditioning my body to finish the obstacles with ease.

12. What is your pre-race diet like?

I follow a vegan diet. My pre-race diet is basically the the same thing I eat everyday. Race morning, I eat the same breakfast I eat every day. But the night before I would go for rice for dinner if I can.

Colleen receiving advice from Muay Thai Coach Conrado Roveri before her fight at the Lekir Ultimate Fight Tournament

13. Do you have any fitness idols who you look up to?

Not really. I draw inspiration from many ladies everywhere. From the ladies I meet in person to the ladies I meet online.

 14. Any female-specific challenges or stories you can share about being a pro athlete?

Hmm… Not yet that I can tell. I have been the kind to cut negativity out of my life and make myself focus on the positive. I see it as if this is not going to help me be better; it is not necessary I have this in my life.

“I am motivated by my competitiveness and my loved ones, for without them I would not be here today”

Colleen with partner Shaqueme after winning her Muay Thai Tournament at the Lekir Ultimate Fight Tournament

Facebook : @colleenaugustinathlete
Instagram: @colleenspartanmma

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