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


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.

You can find Nicole on social media here:


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E.7: Matt “The Bear” Novakovich


Welcome to Episode 7 of the Obstacle Order

This episode Matt “The Bear” Novakovich joins the show.  For people familiar with Spartan Racing “the Bear” needs no introduction.  In 2014 he won 8 races.  He is a member of the Spartan pro team and has been featured on NBC sport’s coverage of the Sport.  Check out this great feature video on the Bear to learn more about this amazing athlete.

Elijah takes this interview and digs in on some unorthodox training methods Matt uses to increase his fitness without breaking down his body too much.  We touch on nutrition, the state of the sport and much more.  Matt speaks about the importance of being a well rounded athlete in Spartan Racing. He explains why ultra runners will do better at the longer distances.  This interview is packed with great information.

Here is a link to Matt’s Facebook page.  Please visit the page and give him a “like”.

Please listen to this episode you will not be disappointed.