Category Archives: Motivation

E. 93 COACH PAIN: All About Conducting Business


Welcome to Episode 93 of the obstacle order,

Coach Pain

In this Episode Philip sits down with Coach Pain. If you had the opportunity to complete a BattleFrog series race you may have noticed the hype man was exceptional. That man was Coach Pain. He is known for saying “Conduct Your Business”.

Coach Pain

Pain comes on the Obstacle Order to offer you some motivation and perspective. Just in time for the off season!

Coach Pain

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E. 70 Allie Toepperwein: American Ninja Warrior


Welcome to Episode 70 of the Obstacle Order!

Allie Toepperwein

In this Episode Philip sits down with Allie Toepperwein. She is the founder of , a social network for personal empowerment. She is also a mud run participant and competitor on American Ninja Warrior. One thing she does that separates her from the pack is compete and win all while having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Allie Toepperwein
A single mother, this self proclaimed bad ass is tearing up the courses and inspiring millions along the way. Her story is truly one of motivation and self empowerment. The Obstacle Order was lucky to  share her uplifting and inspirational story. Listen to see how Allie turned turmoil into triumph and is using her diagnosis of Parkinson’s as fuel to light her fire from within.  Allie takes you through her progression of diagnosis to getting onto American Ninja Warrior and Savage Race.
Allie Toepperwein
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E. 62 How Spartan Race helps Christian Banda with Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease


Welcome to Episode 63 of the Obstacle Order

Parkinson's Disease

This episode is another installment of the Motivation Monday’s series. Today Elijah sits down with Christian Banda. Several years ago Christian was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease. Along with medication, a novel approach to treatment involves incorporating steady state cardio exercise. Christian prefers running and uses that training to prepare for Spartan Race. This story is an example of a person truly making lemonade out of lemons.

Parkinson's Disease

Listen to this episode to hear Christian’s inspiring story of how he completed his first obstacle race and how that has helped him to manage his disease. There was a time when Christian saw his diagnosis as a death sentence. Now he sees it as a blessing in disguise and is living in the now! This is a great story you will not want to miss.

Parkinson's Disease

For more on Parkinson’s disease and what you can do to help check out this website

Parkinson's Disease

You can contact Christian Here on Facebook

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Focus, Balance and Strength with Tony Irwin


Welcome to Episode 57 of the Obstacle Order

In this episode, Philip sits down with Tony Irwin. Tony is a triathlete, yoga practitioner, weight lifter and fitness professional. He is based out of the San Francisco Peninsula. We dig into searching for a practice that is right for each type of athlete. Tony talks about utilizing yoga and other restorative techniques to fill the gaps and reset tissues between each training session. Doing this creates the greatest effect on your training program.

If you feel like your missing something from your training regimen then this is the episode for you. Breathing techniques are discussed and practiced during this episode. We cover the importance of focus and determining your intent. This can make or break an athlete in the training period and in competition.

Listen in and learn how to create mental drive and focus in your OCR training. Success through practice and learning by experience is the name of the game here.

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You can find tony at

Nandi Yoga

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E. 47 Motivation Monday’s: Loren Drury, Finding Purpose And Staying The Course


Welcome to Episode 47 of the Obstacle Order

This is another installment of Motivation Monday’s.  On today’s call we are joined by Loren Drury.  Loren is relatively new to Obstacle Racing with her first experience being the Boise Sprint in Spring of 2015. Loren has battled with her weight over the years and has found Spartan Racing to be a helpful anchor to keep her on track with her training and elevate her intensity. As a single mom and full time Special Ed teacher Loren has no shortage of stress in her life. Listen to find out her tips to keep in healthy even when things get tough.  Also, importantly how to build in breaks fun the routine to prevent falling off the deep end.  Through training and preparing for her next race, Loren is making her weight loss stick. Please enjoy this episode of the Obstacle Order’s Motivation Monday’s

To get to know loren more, contact her on Facebook

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E. 46 Motivation Monday’s: AJ Grzybowski Overcoming Drug Addiction and Starting the Spartan Journey


Welcome to Episode 46 of the Obstacle Order,

In this Episode Elijah sits down with AJ Grzybowski for another installment of Motivation Monday’s. In this series the Obstacle Order looks for standout examples of people that have faced their fears and changed their habits to become better versions of themselves and how Obstacle racing fits into that process.

Eight years ago AJ found himself in a jail cell addicted to meth. Learn how AJ beat drug addiction. Now he has a successful business as a tattoo artist and channels his energy towards a life of fitness and sobriety. In this episode, you will hear AJ’s story and discover his secret to beating drug addiction and sticking off it for so long.

If you want some Tattoo work or would like someone to chat with about strategies to beat addiction, contact AJ via Facebook Here.

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E. 44 Spartan Pro Kate Cramer: High Expectations and Becoming a Spartan Pro


Welcome to Episode 44 of the Obstacle Order

In this episode, Elijah sits down with Spartan Pro Kate Cramer. Kate is a recent addition to the female Spartan Pro team.  Her primary athletic background is in Soccer where she excelled as a Division one player at LSU.  Kate is an impressive athlete with a winners mindset. Expect great things in the future from Kate Cramer.

Specific topics covered:

Background: Kate’s transition from soccer, to triathlon to working mom, to Spartan Race

First Spartan Race: What she learned from 300 burpees

Becoming a Spartan Pro: the spartan combine and getting full attention of the brass at Spartan

2015 in review: NBC race results including Montana, Breckenridge and Spartan World Championships

Training Strategies: climbing, keeping speed, and becoming obstacle proficient.

Mindset: sacrifice and balance

Contact Kate on Facebook


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E. 40 Motivation Monday’s Yesenia Green: The Journey From 400lbs to 150lbs


Welcome to Episode 40 of the Obstacle Order,

This is another installment of the Motivation Monday’s series where Elijah sits down with a person who has undergone an amazing transformation as a result of or resulting in completing Spartan Races.  On today’s call we have Yesenia Green.  This is the ultimate story of perseverance and overcoming obstacles. Yesenia is a great example to personify the phrase, “If I can do this, anyone can.”

Listen to this episode to learn how Yesenia lost 250lbs in just three years while working a full time job and raising two children on her own.  As well as working through the grief associated with losing her mother.

Prepare to be touched moved and inspired by this episode as Yesenia takes you on her journey from the brink of death to a Spartan Racer!

Find Yesenia on Facebook here

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E. 38 Just Keep Going. With John Dickson


Welcome to Episode 38 of the Obstacle Order,

In this Episode Elijah sits down with John Dickson.  This is another installment of Motivation Monday’s. John is an Alarm technition from Las Vegas who went from 355 lbs to 220lbs in 16 months.  This is a story of his dedication and perseverance that led him to have incredible weight loss and save his life.

Listen to see how Spartan Race helped John along the way and his best advice for anyone on a weight loss journey.

You can contact John through facebook

Also check out Raw Fitness if you are in the Vegas area.

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E. 29 Overcoming Obstacles With Bryce Stanton


Welcome to Episode 29 of the Obstacle Order,

In this episode, Elijah sits down with Personal Trainer and obstacle racing enthusiast Bryce Stanton. Listen to this episode to learn how Obstacle Racing transformed Bryce’s life and helped him to break some bad habits that no longer served him.

In addition to being a personal trainer, Bryce is an Orange Theory Coach and Certified Spartan SQX coach.  Needless to say he is very interested in promoting healthy living through fitness. But the path of health and fitness was not always the one Bryce followed.  He had a hard time staying out of trouble as a youth and excelled at breaking all of the rules.  Now Spartan Racing fills the time space that used to be occupied by unhealthy behaviors.

In 2012, Bryce started to turn his life around and  with church, weight lifting and Obstacle Course Racing.  When life’s obstacle’s have been so great, nothing seems insurmountable on the course.

This is a great episode for someone brand new to OCR.  A lot of topics are covered on the episode so it runs a bit long, but there is a ton of great content in the Episode.  Bryce shares his story of how Spartan racing helped him to overcome drug and alcohol abuse problems by providing a north star to go towards.

Bryce discusses the importance of community and why he loves that aspect of Spartan Racing and OCR in general.

You can contact Bryce via his Facebook page on this link.  He is more than happy to answer any questions you may have about getting started or getting better at OCR

Also, check out Bryce on his website here at