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48 Hours of Endure The Gauntlet- Expectations vs. Reality

Posted by Strength & Speed on November 5, 2018 at 5:25 PM


My friends: “You’re going to do Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) for 48 hours?”

Me: “Yeah”

My friends: “Have you ever done that before?”

Me: “No, no one has. That’s the part of the reason I’m doing it.”


I’ve done around 20 Ultra-Obstacle Course Races (Ultra-OCRs) with around 10 podium finishes and...

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Recover with OOFOS: 48 hrs of Endure The Gauntlet

Posted by Strength & Speed on October 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM

I’m an Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) athlete whose specialty is Ultra-OCR (events that are 5+ hours in length). Ultra-OCR usually involves running a five mile loop with around 20 obstacles for a given amount of time (usually 6, 8, 12 or 24 hour). The obstacles are sometimes easy like crawling under wire and other times really hard like something you might see on ninja warrior. While I’ve had a lot of success in Ultra-OCR including a top ten finish at the 24 hour long World̵...

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Is Quitting Genetic?

Posted by Strength & Speed on August 15, 2018 at 8:15 PM

Many of our articles have started publishing through other websites.  Here is a recent one off of SOFLETE "Is Quiting Genetic or Can We Control Our Destiny?"  Enjoy.


http://soflete.com/blogs/knowledge/quitting-let-s-talk-about-quitting

How To Do Running Challenges

Posted by Strength & Speed on May 12, 2018 at 11:05 AM

      Chances are if you are reading this you are part of some fitness focused Facebook group that likes to do monthly challenges. Events like see who can run the most miles in a month or do a certain type of daily exercises every day for a month provide a goal for fitness enthusiasts. Although I think a larger periodized training plan will bring you better results (reference previous article 30 Day Challenges Bring 30 Day Results), I also understand that many people are simp...

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Build your own rig holds

Posted by Strength & Speed on April 20, 2018 at 10:45 PM

Strength & Speed Develpoment Team Athlete Nathan Thiel takes you through instruction on how to build your own rig holds including a ball and nunchaku.  


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84OdtHfDydw



Build your own spear throw

Posted by Strength & Speed on April 7, 2018 at 10:40 AM

Strength & Speed Develpoment Team Athlete Nathan Thiel takes you through instruction on how to build your own spear and target for practice at races like Spartan Race or Dirt Runner.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJJDuB3dTMw



How to Judge a Race

Posted by Strength & Speed on March 28, 2018 at 7:35 AM

As someone who has never setup, produced or run a large-scale race, it is easy to show up to an event and harshly judge the way things are done. Complaining about long lines or less than knowledgeable volunteers is easy when you are not the one that has to organize everything. Therefore, when I judge a race I try to use some common sense mixed with my opinion on how they handle problems.


In 2014, I had a history of bad luck with timing chips. At Warrior Dash World Champio...

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Are You Sabotaging Race Performance by Racing Too Often?

Posted by Strength & Speed on March 1, 2018 at 9:40 AM

The trend in the obstacle course racing (OCR) community almost looks like a competition to see who can cram the most races into their year. If your only goal is to have fun and enjoy racing, then continue to do that. However, if your performance goals are more important than your experience at races, you may want to reconsider your schedule. Ideally, racing falls in between period of building and tapering, that is preceded by a long off season of just training. By “building and tape...

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High Volume Training for Short Success

Posted by Strength & Speed on February 17, 2018 at 9:35 AM

When my friends, peers and acquaintances see that I am sponsored by Hammer Nutrition I frequently get a flood of questions. Occasionally, they see my water bottle, shirt or sticker that lists Hammer as “Endurance Fuels” and they say something like “I only run 5ks though, these products cannot possibly help me.”

This line of thinking is both faulty and inaccurate. As I trained for my first attempt at qualifying for the Boston Marathon, I noticed something str...

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Not All Sandbags are Created Equal

Posted by Strength & Speed on January 14, 2018 at 10:50 AM

Over Christmas I asked Santa for sandbags that I can use for my own training and for training clients. Santa was kind enough to bring me two models Brute Force Training bags, The Athlete and The Strongman bags. That being said, I paid for these bags and Santa was kind enough to wrap them for me then give them back. Now let’s get down to the good and bad of these bags


Price: ...

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