Strength & Speed


"If you want something you never had, you have to be willing to do something you have never done."

Podcast- 2019 Episodes

Strength & Speed podcast is an Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) focused podcast that aims to bring you the best techniques and training tips in OCR.  

What makes us different is the unique approach to taking lessons learned from other sports and applying them to OCR.  Plus, we try to focus on the smaller or lesser known race series to highlight their unique take on OCR. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with the latest episodes.

We will be talking and interviewing athletes, coaches and race directors from inside the OCR industry as well as athletes from other sports.  

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S&S Podcast Hosts

Conquer The Gauntlet Pro Team Athlete, GINGER and all around RED BEAST of OCR, Brenna Calvert

Strength & Speed owner, CTG Pro Team Athlete and Hammer Nutrition sponsored athlete Evan Perperis.  For full bio click here.

 

S&S Latest Podcast Episodes

Ep 97: Nightmare Challenge's Airek Dilley joins Evan for a deep dive into his personal life which included going to jail several times, being addicted to drugs and even an overdose.  After finding fitness (Crossfit then OCR), Airek turned his life around to be a successful OCR athlete sponsored by Nightmare Challenge (part of the Ohio Grand Slam).  Airek talks details of the Ohio Grand Slam (including events like Indian Mud Run, Black Swamp Dash, Black Diamond OCR, Nightmare Challenge and Mud Ninja) and the upcoming DRX Games in Ohio on August 25th.  Plus, Evan shares some exciting news for fans of S&S attending the North American OCR Championships.

 

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Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush.

Ep 96: Conquer The Gauntlet Pros Doug Snyder and Lisa Nondorf are back for another episode with Evan.  Lisa talks about her return to OCR and podium finish at a local race, Alpine Adventure, despite running with a torn bicep.  Doug Snyder talks Conquer The Gauntlet Iowa and the local race, Hero Dash, which included a kayak portion (it didn't go as planned for him).  Evan talks about the canceled Tougher Mudder Long Island and the results/pit crew tactics/pacing from Toughest Mudder Central (Minneapolis).  Plus, Evan talks his experience at Advanced Healthcare and Sports Injury with Dr. Kirk Iodice.  Finally, the three share some personal secrets including an insane discovery in the desert of Iraq.

 

Episode brought to you by Stoke Shed.  Stoke Shed is a Tulsa based multi-media company creating great videos for local brands, races, bands and more.  If you want OCR covered in a unique format that drives traffic to your brand and teaches you life lessons, Stoke Shed is the way to go.

Ep 95: Chrissy McFarland made big waves in the OCR community as a rookie taking a string of Savage Race podiums making big waves in both the traditional length course and Savage Blitz.  Brenna Calvert and Evan Perperis talk to her about her training, her battle with Lupus and how BattleFrog's football commercial brought the OCR community something good.  Plus, Brenna shares some embarrassing personnel stories. 

 

Episode brought to you by Yancy CampClick here to sign up and train with the Conquer The Gauntlet Pro Team.

Ep 94: Conquer The Gauntlet Pros and Master's power couple Doug Snyder and Lisa Nondorf talk Conquer The Gauntlet in the latest episode.  Joined by Evan, the two discuss CTG Dallas, CTG OKC, the new Continuum format, CTG's new obstacles and what else is in store for 2019.  Plus, Lisa share her dramatic story of injury and how she has been coping with sitting out most of the season.  Finally, the three discuss their results from InsideTracker including Doug's DNA profile results.

 

Episode brought to you by InsideTracker.  Take the guess work out of training and recovery and find out what is actually going on inside your body.

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush

Ep 93: Tri-Fitness World Champion and competition coach Brandy Nelson Goddard joins Evan to talk about her favorite event.  The Tri-Fitness challenge is part figure competition, part OCR, part gymnastics routine and part lifting competition to crown an overall winner.  Brandy talks her competition history, preparing other athletes and her appearances on American Ninja Warrior, Guinness Book of Records Gone Wild show (including her literally jumping in/out of her panties), America's Got Talent and Let's Ask America. 

 

Episode brought to you by the dietitian of the CTG Pro Team, Luc Labonte, providing nutrition advice for OCR athletes and beyond.

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush.

Ep 92: Fresh off his 3rd place finish at OCR World Championship Enduro 24, military veteran and 5x World's Toughest Mudder (WTM) finisher Trevor Cichosz joins Evan for this ultra episode.  Trevor is one of the most consistent athletes in our sport and regularly defies what most people view as possible.  The two ultra-athletes discuss fueling, pacing, differences between Enduro-WTM and why he is staying with WTM in 2019.  Trevor also shares his experiences doing Everest 135 (135 mile race through the base camp area of Everest) as well as his 200 mile run in Scotland last year. 

 

Episode brought to you by RockTape, more than a tape company, RockTape has movement tools to keep you healthy and race ready.

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush.

Ep 91: Grit Fitness Pro Kris Ruglowski (Gambino) joins Evan to discuss her rapid rise in success in the OCR world, how she found fitness, her recent experience on The Rock's Titan Games and what she has planned for the future.  This OCR Age Group World Champion talks about her training and some behind the scenes secrets from Titan Games that you don't want to miss. 

 

Episode brought to you by OOFOS, recovery sandals, shoes, clogs, boots and slides that reduce impact by 37%.  #RecoverFaster

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush

Ep 90: Former Navy SEAL and current BUD/S Instructor Mark James talks with Evan about his pro triathlete career, his amateur cycling career, the difference between SEAL students that finish compared to those that quit and how he is still achieving success as a Masters athlete.  Plus, they talk Mark's current quest for the most Holy Grail Miles (cumulative total of Tougher, Toughest and World's Toughest Mudder miles in a calendar year).  Also includes a review of Toughest Mudder East (Philly), Toughest Mudder UK and Evan's good idea for Age Group awards (pay attention TMHQ). 

 

Episode brought to you by the best grip training tools in the world, Atomik Climbing Holds.  #TeamAtomik

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush

Ep 89: Nicholas Ryker finished 8th at the Seattle Super National Series race and is starting to make big waves in the OCR world.  He's a #NonSpartanProTeamMember but we are not sure how long he will be able to keep that trending # he has been using.  Nick talks his 1500m days in college, transitioning to OCR as well as his recent wins at Valentine's Day Massacre and Guardian Battle OCRs.  Both races included cash prizes were two miles dense with obstacles and were run in a time trial format near St. Louis.  The podcast finishes with how Nick includes Christ in his training and racing. 


Links for recommendations included in the episode:

The Case for Christ, The Case for a Creator, The Case for Miracles

St. Spyridon's Introductory to Christianity- Orthodoxy Podcast

St. Spyridon's Weekly Podcast

 

Episode brought to you by Yolked, use code Strength20 for 20% off every order from www.yolked.com and start building more muscle/recover faster.

Ep 88: Training for Ultra's Rob Steger joins Evan to talk about the world of ultra-running.  Included in the conversation is fueling strategies, gear recommendations, hallucinations, prize money in the ultra-world, how he went from non-athlete to 100 mile finisher as well as his his podcast and new book "Training for Ultra". 

 

Episode brought to you by Hammer Nutrition.  Save 15% on the world's best endurance supplements using ref #240887.

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush.

Ep 87: Brenna returns for an episode to talk updates in the OCR World with Evan Perperis.  We talk season openers for Savage Race, Tough Mudder, the Hammer Race and KC Timber Challenge.  Plus, we discuss misleading people on social media and more OCR hot topics like prize money.  Finally, we cover the results of Brenna's InsideTracker.

 

Episode brought to you by InsideTracker.  Get your blood tested and figure out how to scientifically improve your performance.

Ep 86: Military veteran and hybrid Athlete Billy Richards has a interesting background in fitness and seems to live by the motto that "more is better".  In 2019, Billy is attempting to set a world record for most 100 milers completed in a year.  As of this recording he was at 9, now he's at 11.  Evan and Billy talk mental strategies, training background, injury prevention and more in this episode. 

 

Episode brought to you by Harbinger Fitness, strength training tools to take your fitness to the next level.

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush.

Ep 85: Former professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, Casey Johnson, joins Evan for this episode of the podcast to talk about MMA and OCR.  The two talk training, weekly schedules, talk tips for new athletes entering OCR, the importance of mindset, differences between major series and finding flow.

Episode brought to you by Squirrel's Nut Butter, anti-chaffing products designed for the rough conditions of OCR.

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush

Ep 84: Elite contender from World's Toughest Mudder (WTM) Kelly Williams joins Evan for this week's podcast to talk about two serious OCR related injuries she sustained in the last two years including breaking her foot on mile 10 (of 50) at WTM.  Kelly used her background as Board Certified Sports Medicine Physical Therapist to bounce back fast and won Bonefrog Talladega last weekend.  Finally, Kelly and Evan talk Strength & Speed Development Team, changes to entrance and Evan announces his new book from Mud Run Guide.

 

This episode brought to you by Enchanting Getaway, providing all your travel needs as an OCR athlete. 

Music from Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush

Ep 83: 2018 North American OCR Championship (NORAM) 3k 60+ Champion and creator of Indian Mud Run, Hubie Cushman joins Evan to talk about his Indian Mud Run event.  The event has developed a strong following across the USA and is best known from its floating walls obstacles, which can be seen at NORAM and City Challenge.  After talking about OCR, the topic dives into the Arnold Classic, where Hubie worked with Rogue to develop "The Wheel of Pain".  This recreation from the movie "Conan The Barbarian" tested Strongman athletes at the largest sports festival in the world. 

 

Episode brought to you by dryrobe, pickup one of the best pre/post race products for OCR, rainy weather, cold weather or just in case you need some place to change.

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush

Ep 82: OCRmill 24 is discussed, a charity fundraiser for Folds of Honor, in which Evan ran 24 hours of treadmill OCR at Conquer Fitness in Tulsa, OK.  One mile run on a treadmill followed by four obstacles repeated for 24 hours.  For the first half of the episode CTG Pro Lisa Nondorf joins Evan to talk her relay experience at Hybrid Athletic Club.  In the second half of the episode ultra-runner Helene Dumais joins Evan to talk about their 200+ mile treadmill relay at Otherworld OCR in Frederick, MD. Plus a special shout out to Squirrel's Nut Butter and a preview of Platinum Rig's new 24 hour relay.

 

Episode brought to you by Elite Ops Energy, 100mg caffeinated strips designed to give you the boost you need to power through a workout or just get through your day.  Use code CTG10 for 10% off every order.

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush.

Ep 81: Savage Race build crew and competitive OCR athlete Lee Stowell joins Evan and Brenna for this fun filled episode.  Lee talks Savage Race's new obstacles, what its like to work behind the scenes, he talks about Frontline OCR (OCR with a weight vest) and recounts stories from his time at BattleFrog.  Included in this is the time Lee had to sub in for OCR legend Ryan Atkins on ESPN (no big deal).  The episode ends with stories about poop including Evan having to pull security on a steamer in the Georgia woods. 

 

Episode brought to you by Ambari Nutrition makers of high protein food great for staying lean or losing weight.  Check out their website and save 20% using this link.

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush

Ep 80: Brenna Calvert and Evan Perperis return from their trip to Hannibal Race Kuwait.  Listen to hear a race recap, the cultural differences of international OCR and what it was like to travel across the world to race.  Plus, they share how they manage to get their oversized checks home and some of their sightseeing in Kuwait.

 

This episode brought to you by Squirrel's Nut Butter, for a run that is chaffing free use Squirrel's Nut Butter.

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush.

Ep 79: Steve Mola joins Evan on this podcast to talk about full contact armored combat.  Think if LARPing had a baby with Mixed Martial Arts, it would probably look something like this.  Steve talks training, lessons learned that can be applied to other sports and more in this unique episode. 

 

Episode brought to you by Hammer Nutrition, use ref# 240887 for 15% off your first order.

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush

Ep 78: Evan and Brenna talk Hannibal Race Kuwait in this preview episode.  Evan shares some unique and sometimes confusing experiences he had while living in downtown Kuwait City a couple of years ago and talks cultural differences.  Then Brenna and Evan talk 2019 CTG Pro Team sponsors highlighting some of the great opportunities that people will have available in 2019.

 

Episode brought to you by sponsors of the CTG Pro Team.  Check out the full list and discounts here.

Ep 77: After great success working with Brenna Calvert and her off season preparation Luc Labonte joins Evan and Brenna for a podcast to answer listener questions.  The listener questions were posted back in mid-December.  Let us know if you enjoy this nutrition focused episode and we will do another one in a couple of months. 

 

Episode brought to you by Luc Labonte Nutrition.  Shoot him a message on Facebook if you are interested in improving your nutrition for OCR or life in general. 

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush.

Ep 76: 888k finisher and 2014 2nd place Killington Ultra-Beast finisher Helene Dumais joins Evan for a podcast recorded from Otherworld OCR in Frederick, Maryland.  Helene a CrossFit Level II certified coach, accomplished ultra-runner and OCR gym manager discusses her training, future plans and what she changed to finish one of the longest endurance runs in the world. 

For more info on Helene and her sponsors check out:

Episode brought to you by Yolked Fortetropin, fertilized egg yolks to improve strength and muscle size.  Use code Strength15 for 15% off your order from https://yolked.com/

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush

Intro and Outro music for all episodes is "From Another Day" by Madison Ambush.  Music used with the permission of Marc Capaldo.