If you are interested in shaking up your fitness program by taking on an obstacle race, you’ve landed on the right site!
With a special emphasis on obstacle course races, MyExerciseCoach.net has training tips, reviews, and activity news. Although content is often focused on beginners, advanced athletes will also find valuable tips and insight.
I’m a personal trainer, strength & conditioning coach, and fitness industry analyst. I’ve been a fitness professional for 11 years and a market research analyst for six years. This website has been up and running since 2009, but I started blogging more regularly in late 2010.
If you look back to my post archives from 2009 (and even 2008), you’ll find general fitness tips that may be helpful for all your fitness goals. If you started reading in 2010 on, it’s probably because you’ve found a lot of content specific to running and obstacle course races–training, news, research, nutrition, etc. Why the change?
From General Fitness to Obstacle Racing
Like a lot of trainers, I enjoy exercise for it’s own sake. To me, exercising and eating healthy is inherently rewarding. I run a few miles regularly because I enjoy it, it feels good to get it done, but I’ve never really wanted to sign up for a traditional road race. I’ve helped others train for a run, but taking on a race never really interested me.
Being a market analyst, I’m typically on the lookout for new trends in fitness — a new activity, group exercise class, or health club. I’ve seen the popularity of core training, cardio kickboxing, low-cost memberships, TRX/suspension training, Zumba, and resort-like gyms. Some trends are still around and still rising, some have stalled in growth.
There will always be new fitness activities and alternatives introduced to us, all in efforts to keep us active and attract the millions of Americans that don’t exercise at all. This points to the important role obstacle races play in motivating us to move and move regularly.
Obstacle course races are attracting new and seasoned exercisers, athletes and non-athletes, alike. There’s an obstacle race for everyone and for all fitness levels. The challenge, the teamwork, the fun, and the variety within the niche are drawing many of us in, myself included.
As a trainer, my goals are 1) to help you train to finish your first obstacle race, and 2) offer training insights if you choose to continue participating in the races and become a more advanced obstacle athlete.
As someone new to obstacle racing as a participant, I’ll share reviews of the races I try and provide feedback on some of the exercise and nutrition strategies that work for me.
And lastly, as a market analyst genuinely interested in seeing this niche grow, you’ll see obstacle course race news and participation updates.
Choose Your Race!
Overall, if you are new to obstacle racing or looking for a new training challenge, hopefully this blog will convince you to sign up for a race and provide you with the guidance to train for it.
Finally, in case you are interested in credentials: I’m a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, strength & conditioning coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and manager of research for the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association. I also hold undergraduate degrees in English and biology along with a Master in Business Administration.
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