Category Archives: Philip and Elijah Catch up

E. 113 Seattle Spartan Weekend Recap


Welcome to Episode 113 of the Obstacle Order,

In this Episode, Philip and Elijah sit down to catch up and recap the Seattle Spartan Race. Elijah completed the Sprint listen in to see how he did there.

Also, Elijah delves deep into the concept of Heart Rate Variability and how you can use HRV to help govern daily workout selection. Also, what happens when you have low HRV from being sick and are forced to complete a Spartan Race.

Of course, Elijah goes into great detail about the race itself, the course and some of the results from the elite field in the NBC super.

Finally some tips on managing training and how to use heart rate monitors and HRV to ensure you are getting adequate intensities on recovery efforts.

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E. 112 San Jose Spartan Recap, UK Spartan Race. Philip and Elijah Catch Up


Welcome to Episode 112 of the Obstacle Order!

In this episode, Philip and Elijah catch up and cover a lot of ground. Philip shares his experience of the Spartan Race in the UK. Philip and Elijah both recount their experience running the San Jose Sprint. Both share their workouts of the week and discuss what is coming in the near future for this OCR season.

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E. 106 Toughest Mudder, Meth, Listener Q&A, Philip and Elijah Catch Up


Welcome to Episode 106 of the Obstacle Order!

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In this episode Philip and Elijah sit down to catch up.  It’s been a while since these two got together so there was a lot to talk about. This episode covers a wide range of topics including:

  • Recent “wins” for Philip and Elijah
  • Workout of the Week is back
  • Philip’s preparation for the Toughest Mudder in March
  • Some listener Q&A and More!

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If you like banter and long stories to share small points, this is an episode you don’t want to miss.

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E. 100 Philip and Elijah Recap Two Years of OCR Podcasting


Welcome to Episode 100 of the Obstacle Order Podcast!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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E. 99 Balancing the Rigors of Training and Recovery


Welcome to episode 99 of the Obstacle Order

Training and Recovery

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.

Training Recovery

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.

Training Recovery

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:

E. 94 Philip and Elijah Catch Up: Bulking Season Continues, Spartan Changes the Definition of a Year.


Welcome to Episode 94 of the Obstacle Order

Bulking Season

In this episode Elijah and Philip sit down to discuss bulking season, the off season , Spartan’s new Season pass. When is a good time to take a break and what is the best thing to focus on during the off season. Philip explains some cool exercises he has been doing.

Is full range of motion in the Squat necessary to improve maximum force output?

Should Spartan prorate the season pass for people that bought theirs in the middle of the year?

When is a good time to do curls in the Squat rack?

If you were stranded on a desert island ( with a squat rack and weights) and had to pick one exercise heavy dead lifts or heavy squats, what would you pick?

Those questions and more are answered on this episode of the Obstacle Order

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E. 91 Off Season Training, Intermittent Fasting, and Confidence. Philip and Elijah Catch Up


Welcome to Episode 91 of the Obstacle Order,

Off Season Training

In this Episode Philip and Elijah catch up after a long hiatus. This episode begs the question: “if there is never a central topic can there really be a tangent?”

Off Season Training

While this episode primarily serves to get you caught up on the life and times of Elijah and Phil, there are still some gold nuggets of actionable information dispersed throughout the show. Some of the topics covered include:



Intermittent fasting

The effect of fasting on Heart Rate

High Fat training

Finishing the OCR season and prepping for the “off season”

Please enjoy this Episode!

E. 87 Tahoe Hangover, Donald Trump, and Soiled Pants: Philip and Elijah Catch Up


Welcome to Episode 87 of the Obstacle Order,

Tahoe Hangover

In this episode Philip and Elijah sit down to discuss how they have kept busy during the off week following the Spartan World Championships at Tahoe. This episode is certainly on the lighter side, but is not completely devoid of OCR relevant material.  That said, if banter is not your favorite, this might not be the episode for you.

One of the topics discussed was the merits of doing back to back races on a weekend. In this sport, the excitement of competing and training can often override better judgement. Is racing on back to back days and example of that? If you are going to race back to back days, what is the best way to survive/optimize that process?

Matt Brown will be hosting a Spartan SoS workshop presented by Spartan SGX Nov. 5th  at NorCal Strength and Conditioning November 5th. Spartan pro Brakken Krakker will be there to teach the course.

Please enjoy this episode of the Obstacle Order

Tahoe Hangover

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E. 86 Spartan Race World Championships 2016 Recap


Welcome to Episode 86 of the Obstacle Order Podcast

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In this episode Philip and Elijah sit down to discuss their experiences at the Spartan Race World Championships 2016. Spartan Race went to school on what they got wrong last year and knocked this race out of the park.

Philip Dunk Wall

It was a tale of two races and the altitude and heavy carries got the best of Elijah and Philip flourished in the grind to have his best finish of the year.

Elijah Dunk Wall

The show opens with some light banter and transitions to detailed retelling of the course and each guys individual performance on said course.

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Next up some shot outs to people they met on the course.

Finally Philip and Elijah discuss the elite mens results and the state of the sport.

Spartan World Championships 2016

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E. 82 Philip Recaps Nashville Sprint, Elijah Runs Over Kids on Trail


Welcome to  episode 82 of the Obstacle Order

In this episode Philip explains why he is in a neck brace.

Philip in Neck Brace
Philip in a neck brace…

Elijah talks about getting out to the trails too late and dealing with tourist.

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Elijah on the Trail…

And Philip tells his epic story of the Nashville Sprint.  This is a catch up episode laced with a lot of banter and good time. Enjoy!

Nashville Sprint

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