3 KEYS OF OBSTACLE RACING

Ryan Milton Aug 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Obstacle racing is a sport like no other. You need speed, strength, power endurance and some crazy unstoppable mindset. 

The types of competitions and events can vary and all have different levels for every person.

When it comes to actually racing there are a few keys you will want to have to make sure it a fun filled and competitive experience!

 

Key number 1

Grip Strength!

All obstacle races will have you climbing, pulling, carrying, dragging etc. All of these movements are going to involve your hands and if your grip isn't properly trained it can give out very early and result in a poor race experience. 

 

Practice dead hangs

Simply find a pull up bar or even a tree branch. Grab your stopwatch and hang for as long as you possibly can. 

Sounds easy right? Be ready to be blown away by just how hard this is!

This can be done several days a week or even daily. 

Try to better your time each time

 

Key number 2

Technique work. 

Assuming you already have a good base of strength and endurance technique work will be a major focus in your training. 

We are talking about foot work like speed ladders and running drills and then performing exercises that mimic the obstacles themselves. Do your research. Learn what types of obstacles will be at your race and master movements that are very similar.

Feel free to experiment and challenge yourself with things that feel uncomfortable. 

It will pay off big come race day. 

 

Key number 3

Circuit runs

The names sums it all up! Its a race, with obstacles. Finding a way to mimic the feeling of running and then performing an obstacle before running again has a tremendous benefit for you come race day. My suggestion is to plan your run and make sure that during your runs you stop and hit a series of challenging exercises several times throughout the planned mileage. This will bring a whole new meaning to your training and really help prepare you for race day!

 

Get these 3 elements into your training and expect to run circles around others at the race come race day!

 

Your Coach, 

Ryan
 

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