Tag Archives: Obstacle Course

E. 116 Steve “The Trailmaster” Hammond


This is Episode 116 of the Obstacle Order,

Steve Hammond

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.

Steve Hammond

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.

Steve Hammond

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


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. 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. 88 OCR World Championships Recap with Jack Bauer


Welcome to Episode 88 of the Obstacle Order

Philip is out hunting Pheasants so you won’t hear him on the podcast today. In this episode Elijah sits down with Jack Bauer to discuss the OCR World Championships in Canada. Jack participated in the pro wave in the 3k, 15k and team competition.

OCR World Championship

Tune in to get a detailed description of the 3k event and all of the obstacles in it. This exciting short course required speed, obstacle skills, and nerves of steel.

OCR World Championship

If you are not familiar with the event, this is the episode for you. The many obstacle and various formats are discussed along with race results and more.

OCR World Championships

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


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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