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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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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. 42 Motivation Monday’s: Francisco Ocegueda Switching Addictions, Landing on Spartan Racing


Welcome to Episode 42 of the Obstacle Order!

This is another installment of Motivation Mondays.  In this Episode Elijah sits down with Francisco Ocegueda.  Francisco shares his story of how he went from addicted to meth to sober and running Spartan races.

The battle from meth relented to other unhealthy habits including over use of alcohol.  In this episode Francisco tells us how he cleaned all of his habits and how Spartan Racing and working out has been instrumental in that process.

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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!

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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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