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Welcome to Episode 103 of the Obstacle Order!
In this episode Philip and Elijah interview up and coming OCR star Cole Schwartz. Cole has been on the OCR racing scene for about two years and is already making a name for himself, rubbing elbows with Spartan Pros and making multiple podiums.
This episode focuses on Cole’s background and what he is doing to prepare for the 2017 Spartan race season. Learn about his techniques for improving the bucket, increasing his aerobic base and improving grip endurance.
You can find Cole on Social Media:
Welcome to Episode 102 of the Obstacle Order,
You will be hard pressed to find a more qualified duo when it comes to the combination of academic proficiency and athletic prowess. Jessica O’Connell represented Canada in the 2016 olympic games in the 5000 meters and Faye Stenning is the Second best Spartan Racer in the world. Both also have at least a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology. Jessica earned her master’s in Exercise physiology for good measure.
The combination of book smarts and the ability to apply that knowledge in order to perform at the highest level is rare indeed. That is why the combined minds of Jessica and Faye will no doubt become one of the best resources in the world of OCR coaching.
In episode 101 we introduced Faye and Grit coaching. In this episode, we take a deeper dive in the periodization, the importance and practice of building an aerobic base, transitioning to the aerobic power phase, and finally sport specific training. We also take a deeper look at how gritcoaching.net actually works and how you can get signed up.
Jessica is an olympic runner, so she has a unique insight into long term programming. She will handle the running component of the OCR programming. Faye will take on the OCR specific strength work as well as integrate sport specific high intensity workouts later in the season.
This is a dense information packed episode so put your thinking caps on!
Welcome to Episode 101 of the Obstacle Order
In this Episode Philip and Elijah sit down with Spartan Pro Faye Stenning. Faye Stenning is a very accomplished Spartan Racer who finished 3rd place at the 2016 Spartan Race World Championships.
Faye is currently launching a coaching service called Grit Coaching. She has teamed up with Olympic 5k runner Jessica O’connell to create a coaching platform that will help many people reach their OCR goals.
The focus of this episode is the underlying principle behind the creation of the methodology for Grit Coaching. Listen to learn about the difference between aerobic, aerobic power, and anaerobic training. Also, find out the best way to structure your training relative to your goals and timeframe for a season.
You can find Faye here:
Welcome to Episode 100 of the Obstacle Order Podcast!
In this episode Philip and Elijah sit down to reminisce about the genesis and growth of the Obstacle Order Podcast. 100 tends to be a great milestone to achieve and for this podcast that represents two years of fun and dedication to covering the sport of OCR.
You have heard from experts on fitness, biomechanics, Pro Spartan athletes, and to inspirational open class racers. Philip and Elijah have enjoyed meeting listeners, hearing from listeners and of course having small arguments on air for all of you to hear.
It’s been a fun ride and we are only just getting started. This episode serves as a sincere thanks to everyone that started with us during our rocky beginning and who are still with us today as well as our brand new audience. It’s been a fun ride and we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all of you. Please share the content with your friends and enroll them in the possibilities you have discovered through listening to the shows weekly. And of course we’ll see you on the mountain.
Welcome to episode 99 of the Obstacle Order
Wow 99 episodes! Can you believe it has been that many? Happy New Year and thanks for checking out another episode of the Obstacle Order
In this episode Philip and Elijah catch up and lament the end of bulking season and get their preparations set for the base building phase leading into Racing season.
Topics discussed include: syringes, balls in butts, broken old bodies and more.
For the OCR athlete who has ventured beyond their twenties you may find this episode particularly interesting. As aging weekend warriors Philip and Elijah both used the off season and bulking season to “undue” some of the damage the OCR racing season inflicted.
Learn how yet again, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to keeping your body supple enough to stay in the game. How do Philip and Elijah balance the rigors of training and recovery? Listen to find how:
Welcome to Episode 98 of the Obstacle Order,
In this Episode Philip and Elijah sit down with OCR star and legend Amelia Boone. Amelia Boone appeared on the Obstacle Order in one of the early episodes. Check out that episode here to find out more about Amelia’s past and her various training methods.
The focus of this episode is managing the mental and emotional process of being injured, reshaping identity as an athlete and riding the waves of recovery.
If you have ever been injured or are currently battling injury this episode is surely to offer solace. Amelia was originally sidelined by a femoral stress fracture, but also experienced other injuries in a process that has taken almost one year to overcome. Amelia is not one to be down and out for long. Listen to this podcast to see how she coped with the injury and turned it around, reshaping her relationship to the sport of OCR and how she sees herself.
You can find Amelia on these Channels:
Enjoy and please share with your friends!
Welcome to Episode 97 of the Obstacle Order
In this Episode Elijah sits down with Chris Kelly from the Nourish Balance Thrive podcast. Chris is a return guest who is a wealth of knowledge on the topic of metabolic testing and biomarkers for health. Listen to episode 62 of the Obstacle Order for his first interview.
The focus of this episode is how to know if you have gone too low carb for too long. What to look out for when training for a high intensity sport and following a low carb diet to see if it isn’t working. This can be done via lab testing or qualitative measures.
Even if you don’t follow a low carb diet you are going to want to listen to this episode.
Welcome to Episode 96 of the Obstacle Order!
In this episode Philip and Elijah sit down with WTM 2016 Champion Trevor Cichosz. This is the second time Trevor has been on the podcast.
In his first appearance, Trevor spoke with the Obstacle Order about his background and how he got involved with Obstacle racing as well as his experience in the 2015 WTM in which he placed 2nd. You can listen to that episode here to learn more about Trevor.
This episode focuses primarily on Trevor’s Breakthrough performance at the 2016 WTM in which he won the solo competition.
Listen to learn the mindset and strategies Trevor employed to win the grueling 24 hour event.
Check out the Worlds Toughest Mudder TV show here
You can find Trevor at:
Welcome to Episode 95 of the Obstacle Order!
In this Episode Elijah sits down with Evan Perperis of Team Strength Speed. Evan is all over the OCR world and is a wealth of knowledge. He spent some time on the Obstacle Order after completing The Worlds Toughest Mudder. Evan is a pro team member of Conquer the Gauntlet and sponsored by Hammer Nutrition.
This episode covers Evan background and how he got involved in Obstacle Racing. He goes into his fueling strategies, cyclic training strategies. Also, how to simultaneously bulk with traditional lifts and build grip strength and endurance with adding extra grips.
Another cool topic is Evan’s epic adventure to run 7 OCR courses in 7 days.
Evan can be found at:
He contributes to Obstacle Racing Media
Rig grips Evan uses for gym training:
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