Obstacle Races, Adventure Racing, Training

Call us for details of the next training session and any race you might have seen. We know you will love it, but we also know how daunting a new event can be so we have organised practice sessions that cover the basics and can even help guide you through your first race.

Training for adventure racing can be a lifelong process as there will always be opportunity for improvement for even the best adventure racers. However, even if you are a complete novice and don’t know up from down on a map – there are still opportunities for you! Take Shape Adventures has the knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm to help you through your first adventure race, or give you some tips and training advice for your tenth race. We love racing and can’t wait to see you improve your skills.


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  • Race preparation and training
  • Gear selection and hire/purchase
  • Clothing and food guidance
  • Navigation basics
  • Help around the course on race day


  • Various Locations/please contact us.



  • There are minimum race ages
  • No experienced required
  • Reasonable fitness level

Adventure Race Training


Why Adventure Race? – Because other racing is boring!!

Want to try something different that will get your ticker ticking and your brain firing? Need some help reading a map?

Take Shape Adventures can assist you in a range of skills that will get you on your way to your first adventure race. We have will give you training, show you how to navigate and best of all, we will accompany you around the course giving you the confidence to one day tackle a race with your own team.

Most races we assist with are around 3-4 hours long and involve running, riding and paddling - all of which we can assist you with.
Here is what we offer and see our training sections for even more details:

Trail riding, paddling, running, navigating, what to wear, what to carry and how, what to eat, how to get through the course, what to expect, plus a whole range of other skills and tips.

In addition to training the individual disciplines, we can assist with your fitness and take you on training rides and runs.

Check out the upcoming races that we generally attend and take the step now by yourself, with a friend or even a group and do something that’s not as boring as a fun run.

There are multiple races on throughout the year. Here are some that we train clients for and attend ourselves:

  • X-marathon 36hr (Adventure Junkie)
  • Women’s Only Race (Adventure Junkie)
  • Tough Mudder & Spartan 
  • Various Adventure Races
  • 6, 8 and 12hr Rogaining events
  • Trail Running Races
  • Ultra-marathons


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  • Experienced riding tuition
  • Ascending and descending hills
  • Braking and cornering
  • Bike maintenance

Date & Location:

  • Contact us for session times
  • Darebin Parklands, Alphington
  • Other locations available

Mountain biking and bike riding

Adventure Race? First bike race, or just want to learn some mountain bike skills!

We have the enthusisam and skills to improve your riding, and we'll do it anytime!

Take Shape Adventures can assist you in a range of skills that will get you handling your bike with more confidence and give you a range of drills to practice that will take you even further down the path of glory. 

We can also help out if are just getting back on the bike after many years and contrary to the old saying 'once you've learnt to ride a bike you never forget', you have forgotten!

Contact us to have a chat and maybe just go for ride to discuss what you want from your riding.




  • Experienced instructor
  • 2hrs training
  • Practice course

Location: Darebin Parklands, Alphington



Navigation training / Orienteering

Navigating is one of the most important parts of adventure racing and need not be the hardest part.

We will teach you the basic concepts of orienteering and topographic maps, explain what you need to know to get around a course and find those all-important checkpoints. We also have practice courses for you and tips for including navigation into your everyday training.

To some extent, most beginner adventure racers are also beginner navigators so don't get too hung up on this. You'll learn a lot in your first adventure race because we will be right there beside you, and keep in mind you are in a team so there is always someone else to blame if you do get lost!



Various days throughout the year. Check our calendar page or send us an enquiry.


  • Specific tutoring on major obstacles
  • Free course time
  • A healthy lunch
  • Warm showers

Location and Meeting point: Moorooduc (an hours drive from the CBD)

Price: $65

Obstacle Racing

Here is your opportunity to try an obstacle course without the pressure of racing.

We have hired a course and will teach you some of the major obstacles before letting you run the course at your own pace.

So grab some friends and try something new.

It’s under an hours’ drive from Melbourne and our trainers will teach you the major obstacles you are likely to encounter on any course, then you are free to try them or run the course

It’s a fun day out with no pressure and the course is super short so there is no need to worry about your fitness – walk, run or sprint if you feel the urge.

You can also try every obstacle or simply run around them – although we encourage you to have a go!

Warm outdoor showers available and change rooms, plus a great lunch provided




We can help you train for whatever activity or goal you have. 


  • Fully qualified personal trainers
  • Personal attention
  • Encouragement and assistance

Location and Meeting point:

  • Take Shape Health & Fitness Studio, Alphington

Training for your next Adventure?

Our adventures are tailored to a range of fitness levels, but everyone can benefit from being fit, so contact us if you would like a little more guidance and exercise specific training, or just fun social and motivating sessions that will get and keep you fit.

Do you have questions or concerns?  I’m not fit enough, what about my injury, I don’t want to get injured, I don’t know how to train for the activity?
Not to worry we have it covered.
We will give you guidance and motivation that will give you confidence to have a go at any of the challenges and adventures we offer.

What type of training should I do

It will depend on the walk, race or event that you are thinking of. Our Personal Training and group sessions will focus on full body functional movement and can be individual or in small groups depending on your needs. We will organise practice runs, walks, rides and paddles to make sure you are prepared for your adventure!

Where can I train?

Our excellent studio facilities based in Alphington offer a full range of programs to suit your needs. Visit www.takeshape.com.au or ring the studio for a chat on (03) 9499 7491.
We encourage you to try out a FREE class and get a health consultation with one of our friendly trainers.