- Run. Run some hills. Run some more. Being in good shape cardiovascularly will make talking difficult obstacles easier to conquer. The last thing you need is to be huffing and puffing when attempting to start an obstacle. Since the course won’t be flat, if you can throw some hill runs into your training, it will benefit you greatly as the course WILL NOT be flat.
- Learn how to run downhill. Running downhill is a more of a challenge than you would think, especially when it is on steep, uneven, rocky and tree root filled ground. The best way to prepare yourself for this part of the race is to actually run downhill (preferably not a paved hill).
- Become a Burpee Expert. For many races, the penalty for not completing an obstacle is 30 burpees. For some, this means a lot of burpees. We recommend doing 30 burpees everyday for at least 2 months leading up to the race.
- Make Pullups and Pushups your best friends. No explanation necessary.
- Take some kettlebell classes. The combination of high intensity interval training and Cardio and the explosiveness of kettlebell swings are great for preparing your body for the stresses of an obstacle course race. Even just taking 1-2 classes a week will benefit you greatly. The best part? At Fire Eye Fitness we offer 5 Kettlebell classes a week.
Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) Season is here! Whether you are attempting your first OCR or are a veteran racer, training and preparation are a must for these challenging and fun races. Today we are sharing the 5 ways (PLUS A BONUS) to make sure you are OCR ready for your next race.
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