This is Episode 116 of the Obstacle Order,
If you have ever done a Spartan Race, you may have seen a long bearded man running around the course at Spartan Races or driving around on an ATV. Well, that is Steve Hammond. Steve is the West Coast course setter for Spartan Race. He and his team are to blame for the sequencing and placement of obstacles as well as the course setting.
In this Episode, Philip and Elijah take a look under the hood of what goes into setting up a Spartan Event with Steve Hammond. From the festival area to equipment management they take a close look at what goes into some of the decisions behind how a course is laid out. This is a quick call with a ton of great information about the logistics of how a course is set.
You can find Steve here:
This is Episode 115 of the Obstacle Order,
In this Episode, Elijah sits down with Spartan Pro Team member Rea Kolbl. Rea is one of the rare people that excel in OCR despite having no running background in high school or college. In just 2 years racing as an elite, Rea has 10 race wins and 2 tops fives in NBC spartan Races.
Rea is also one smart cookie. She is currently working on her masters in Materials Science and finishing up her undergrad in Astrophysics and Physics. Learn how she uses her grit and perseverance to overachieve in the realm of academics and OCR. Rea is a great example of if you stick with something long enough and study the problem you can become great.
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Welcome to Episode 111 of the Obstacle Order,
In this Episode, Elijah sits down with standout OCR talent and running coach Ian Hosek. In this episode, you will learn Ian’s background and how he went from never doing organized athletics to winning big Spartan Races.
This episode delves into all of the important topics that relate to obstacle racing performance including the important types of running to include in your running program. How to balance the week of running in terms of base runs, threshold runs, and above threshold runs. Also, what is the best way to incorporate strength training in an Obstacle Racing training program? And of course, the always important grip work is covered.
This is a dense detail oriented podcast that you can no afford to miss
Welcome to Episode 110 of the Obstacle Order,
In this episode, the show is dedicated to Philip Levi and his experience in the 8 hour America’s Toughest Mudder event. So for this call Elijah actually interviews Philip.
On the show they discuss Philip’s various struggles around actually getting to the event. Also, the basics of the event. What is it and why would it be a good idea to do it? Philip describes many of the Obstacles as well as the two course race format.
The toughest mudder is an 8 hour lap format race in which you complete as many laps as possible in the allowed time. This race took place in Southern California and was the first of it’s kind.
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 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.
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