Tag Archives: Grip Strength

E. 140 Nicole Mericle: Good Grip + Great Running = Winning OCR

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Welcome to Episode 140 of the Obstacle Order!

Nicole Mericle

In this Episode, Elijah sits down with Nicole Mericle.  In this episode, you will learn Nicole’s background and why she has the perfect combination of skills to be a great OCR athlete. Unlike most pure runners of her stature, (division 1 level track and cross country athlete) Nicole also has strong grip from rock climbing.  So it wasn’t hard to quickly get the hang of OCR races and excel at them.

Nicole Mericle

This show goes deep into her story of what led her to OCR and the tactics she uses to improve her weakness. Listen for cool tips to improve grip strength and grip endurance. This episode is packed with great information and is one you won’t want to miss.

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E. 78 Elijah and Philip’s Solo Race Recaps and Spartan Pro Drama, and Grip Strength

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Welcome to episode 78 of the Obstacle Order!

In this episode Philip and Elijah sit down to discuss the Portland Spartan Sprint and the greater San Jose area BattleFrog. Also, drama on the Spartan Pro tour. Usually Philip and Elijah are travel buddies and racing rivals. This weekend they went separate ways to participate in two different race series’.

Philip completed the Battlefrog in Diablo Grande. listen to see if he was able to keep his band. Elijah completed the Portland Sprint. Listen to see if he met his expectations or made some crucial errors to fall shot of his goals their.

Your hosts also delve into some drama that transpired out in the Ashville Super during the fourth leg of the Spartan US championship race series. There were some mix ups on the rope climb and top contenders were disqualified. And the peanut gallery had a lot to say about it.

This is a short episode that will primarily serve to keep you current with out hosts and hopefully entertain, teach, and inspire along the way.

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Come join us at the Savage Barn this weekend for our 2nd of 3 OCR Clinics.  We will be focusing on Grip Strength!

E. 65 American Ninja Warrior’s Kevin Bull: Optimal Grip Programming and Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge

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Welcome to Episode 65 of the Obstacle Order!

Kevin Bull

In this episode Elijah sits down with American Ninja Warrior Star Kevin Bull. Kevin is a member of the team Grit on the upcoming show Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge.  Kevin started out as a Collegiate Decathlete in which he won the conference title at CSU Stanislaus. Training for decathlon  helped him to learn how to best allocate time to training when the demands of a sport are multifaceted.  He also started doing Crossfit once his collegiate career was over.  He saw American Ninja Warrior on TV and then decided to try out for the TV show and made it!

You will want to listen to this episode because Kevin shares some tips on how an OCR athlete can maximize their time when it comes to grip strength and endurance. Listen to this episode to see how you can be the most efficient for everything from the multi-rig to the herc hoist and everything in between.

Also, you can learn why specificity is not always best when getting prepared for obstacle racing. And who Kevin thinks would have a better shot transitioning between sports, and ANW or a Spartan.

Topics discussed:

Kevin’s Athletic Background

Optimal programming for Grip strength and Endurance

What is “contact strength” and why that is important for events that challenge your grip

Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge

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Team Grit, Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge

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