Category Archives: Spartan Pros Interviews

E. 126 Brakken Kraker On Broadcasting and Leaderboard Phase 2

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Welcome to Episode 126 of the Obstacle Order,

In this Episode, Elijah sits down with Brakken Kraker to discuss his experience commentating for the live stream, broadcast of the Palmerton US Championship series race. Brakken breaks down the men’s field and provides insights and expectations for the rest of the season.

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If you are new to the show you will not know that Brakken has been a guest in the past on several occasions.  Here are the links to those episodes: Episode 30, Episode 52, Episode 56, Episode 63, Episode 72. You may want to get caught up to have some context for the discussion of LeaderboardFit.

LeaderBoard

The Obstacle Order was a big part of the launch of Leaderboardfit and we are proud to help the launch of Phase two of Leaderboard, a more custom approach to coaching. Listen for all of the details.

 

E. 125 Palmerton Race Recap With Rea Kolbl

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Welcome to this special bonus episode of the Obstacle Order Podcast, episode 125!

Palmerton

 

The US championship series for Spartan Race is well underway with the 3rd race held in Palmerton Pennsylvania in the books. Runner-up and up and coming Spartan Pro racer Rea Kolbl had an impressive showing and we where lucky enough to catch her on her lunch break to recap the race and her performance.

Palmerton

This episode is short, focused and to the point. If you want an inside look at the women’s field you are going to want to check out this episode. This is the second time Rea has been on the show. If you are unfamiliar with her you will want to check out episode 115 to get her background and see how she has become a top Spartan racer.

 

E. 115 Rea Kolbl, From Non-Runner to Spartan Pro

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This is Episode 115 of the Obstacle Order,

Rea Kolbl

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 Kolbl

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.

Rea Kolbl

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E. 102 Faye Stenning and Jessica O’Connell on Grit Coaching

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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.

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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.

Grit 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.

Grit Coaching

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!

E. 101 Spartan Pro Faye Stenning on Power, Speed and Endurance

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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 Stenning

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.

Faye Stenning

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.

Faye Stenning

You can find Faye here:

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E. 98 Amelia Boone, A New Perspective On OCR

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Welcome to Episode 98 of the Obstacle Order,

Amelia Boone

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.

Amelia Boone

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.

Amelia Boone

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:

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E. 89 Glenn Racz Spartan World Championship Recap

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Welcome to Episode 89 of the Obstacle Order!

Glenn Racz

In this Episode Elijah sits down with Glenn Racz. In this Episode Glenn talks about how he structured his training to peak at just the right time and have an awesome performance at the Spartan World Championships.

Glenn Racz

Glenn gives some great pointers on how to balance a busy life with professional, family and athletic obligations. Listen to find out what it takes to achieve at a high level both on and off the course!

Glenn Racz

If you follow Glenn on Social media it was hard to miss the gash he created on his knee during the race. Glenn tells that story along with an awesome play by play of the course.

Glenn Racz

Check it out. If you missed our first episode with Glenn check it out here

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E. 81 2015 Spartan World Champ Robert Killian Joins LeaderboardFit Team

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Welcome to Episode 81 of the Obstacle Order

In this episode, Philip and Elijah sit down with the guys from LeaderboardFit.com and the newest addition to their team, Spartan World Champion Robert Killian. He will be joining as coach of the Peak Team.

Robert Killian

Here are the features of Robert’s coaching program

Robert Killian

  • Built specifically to optimize performance at Spartan Race World Championships and OCRWC
  • Weekly themes:  technique, taper, nutrition, diet, gear, warm up/cool down, travel
  • Daily workouts from Killian’s personal training program
  • unlimited access to our private team/coach messaging software w/ constant feedback from Killian
  • Weekly live, interactive video reviews w/ Killian
  • leaderboardfit.com/register – program starts Sunday evening, Sep 4th with a Live video kickoff, training starts Monday, the 5th

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E. 76 Ben Greenfield: Altitude Hacks, Minimalistic Training, Advanced Recovery Tactics and More

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Welcome to Episode 76 of the Obstacle Order podcast

Ben Greenfield

In this Episode, Philip and Elijah sit down with Ben Greenfield to discuss altitude hacks, the minimalist approach to training, advanced recovery tactics and more.

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield is the host of the Ben Greenfield podcast which covers a wide variety of topic related to health and performance. Also, he host another podcast dedicated to obstacle racers called Obstacle Dominator.

Ben Greenfield

With a masters in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics Ben is no stranger to the finer details of sports performance. That coupled with a more “ancestral” approach to fitness makes Ben the go to source of information for people looking to perform at a high level without sacrificing their health along the way.

Topic covered:

Maximizing training time

Peppering in Exercise to develop aerobic base

Sauna therapy, hot cold contrast showers and compression boots for recovery

You can find Ben over at his website www.bengreenfieldfitness.com for much more details on all the topics covered in todays podcast.

Also, Obstacle Dominator for more OCR specific content

And check out his book here 

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E. 72 Leaderboardfit Update with Brakken Kraker

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Welcome to Episode 72 of the Obstacle Order.

LeaderBoardfit

In this episode Philip and Elijah sit down with Zack, Taylor and Brakken Kraker from the LeaderBoardfit team. In this episode Brakken discusses his season so far and how it has been limited by a broken toe. We get into some specific strategies he is using to stay fit while being limited in the capacity to run. Also, what his plans are for the rest of the season and how he can get back on top!

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Also the crew delves into some of the great results that people are getting from being a part of Project Apex.

LeaderBoardfit

If you haven’t done so already, you’re going to want to listen to Episode 64 in which the Obstacle Order introduced leaderboard to the public. This episode gives the uninitiated an overview of what leaderboard is and why one can benefit from joining.

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