Welcome to the OCR Underground Show. Your best resource for smarter obstacle course race training tips. Each episode I share insight into improving your training, interview other experts, and dive into the latest research to help guide you along the way.
In this episode I share my experience at the So Cal Rugged Maniac race. I had a blast getting back into a race and enjoying some time with clients.
I also take a deep dive into trending recovery tool of ice baths. I have been using ice baths regularly for the past few months and have really enjoyed it. But I often cringe when I hear some of the claims that are made about what ice baths really do.
Are ice baths really the best way to burn fat? Will you never get sick again? Do you bounce back faster from tough workouts?
There are many reasons why you might use ice baths in your routine. In this episode we look at what the science says about popular claims like increased metabolism, enhanced recovery, dopamine release, immunity boost, pain alleviation, and improved sleep.
If you currently are taking ice baths or are thinking about it, you will definitely want to check this one out.
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Another podcast episode to help you train that much better for your next race. As I get ready to head out on a vacation to North Carolina and prep for the Asheville Super, I wanted to get one more episode out for you before I check out for a week.
In this one I chat about some of my go to strategies to avoid burnout and plateauing in your training. When you push hard all the time, you are bound to break. But with better planning I think most of these issues can be avoided.
In my research review I share two studies that show you more is not always better. When training you need to follow a plan and not just workout hard all the time. There is a big difference. Training harder and harder can lead you to move less throughout the rest of the day. Check out these really interesting studies on how you change your energy expenditure based on how you train.
I am also excited to have on the show SGX Coach Ryan Baxter. Ryan is a software engineer turned health coach and obstacle course racer. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, seven year old daughter and three year old son where he operates RJB Health Coaching. Ryan's interest in obstacle course racing began in 2015 when he ran the Spartan Stadium race at Fenway Park in Boston. After crossing the finish line he was hooked.
Not being an athlete growing up, he began to search for resources on how to optimize his performance in the multifaceted sport. He discovered people like Ben Greenfield, Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, and many others in the ancestral health and wellness space.
Over the next few years Ryan combined what he learned about ancestral health and training to optimize his performance as an athlete in obstacle course racing. Wanting to share what he learned, Ryan became a certified Primal Health Coach and then a certified Spartan SGX coach.
Full show notes: www.ocrunderground.com/episode-82
Through his health coaching business, he strives to help athletes achieve their own goals both on and off the race course using an ancestral model for health and exercise.
Ryan shares his coaching strategies and talks about how many of our current health issues are due to ancestral mismatching.
Freshly back from NY after visiting family and running the Spartan Sprint in Bethel, NY. This was the site of Woodstock back in 1969. It was a first time at this location and hopefully they will continue having it here. It was a great venue and a fast course. Looking forward to more great Spartan Races the rest of this year.
In this episode I share some insights on preparing for racing at altitude. While many are concerned with finding ways to improve performance at higher altitudes, sometimes the focus should be on to simply prepare your body for the increase stress it is about to go through and avoid altitude sickness. I share some of the most important strategies to consider when preparing for a high altitude race.
In my research review, I share an interesting study on caffeine. Caffeine is one of the most studied ergogenic aid. It has been shows to be beneficial for some (although not all) for endurance events. In this research we specifically look at using caffeine when exercising in hot temperatures.
In this episode Coach's Corner, I have on SGX Coach Rose Dey.
Rose has a background in Krav Maga, boxing and gymnastics. She has been in the fitness industry for 25 years coaching and managing facilities in New York, New Jersey and North Carolina. She is a NASM certified Personal Trainer, Precision Nutrition Level 1 coach, Spartan SGX and Deka coach with specialties in senior fitness and obesity. She is currently the Spartan and Deka Coach at Aestus Fitness in Fuquay-Varina, NC and will be the Health and Fitness Science Instructor at Johnston Community College starting Fall 2021.
She started Obstacle Course racing in 2011 and obtained Spartan Race podium spots in both Master Elite and Age Group categories, as well as earning a spot in the Spartan Elite World Championship Series in 2016. She owned and operated her own facility specializing in functional strength/conditioning and race preparation for 6 years in New Jersey before moving to NC where she was introduced to Crossfit. She has just earned her mark with Deka Strong as a 4th place holder in Age Group.
Rose’s passion for fitness starts at home where she raised 3 children who have healthy fitness habits. She believes in a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition at its core. Her passion is seeing others succeed in accomplishing goals and believes a person’s mindset is their greatest asset. “BELIEVE that you can, TRAIN like you should, and CONQUER your goals.
Coach Rose shares some great insight into training, specifically overcoming obstacles and challenges. She shares her incredible comeback story and shares how you can move past challenges in your way.
Full Show Notes: www.ocrunderground.com/episode-80
Are you ready to take on the Ultra Beast? Or really any ultra endurance event. If so you better have a plan in place and you better follow through. Better yet, get some training advice from some of the best in the business.
In this special Ultra Beast episode I dive deep into Ultra training with three elite coaches. They discuss the most important aspects you MUST consider with training from running, to strength, to fueling, to staying healthy, and must more.
I discuss these crucial elements of training with CJ Wagner from Misfit Strength and Conditioning, Mike King from Kings Camps and Fitness, and Gary Lombardo with Ascend Sports Conditioning.
If you have ever thought about training for an Ultra Beast or have already signed up you won't want to miss these awesome tips on how to best prepare yourself for the ultimate challenge.
Complete Show Notes: www.ocrunderground.com/episode-54