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Category Archives: Fitness Level: Beginner

SMART Goals for Obstacle Racing

30 Mar 2016
You’ve probably heard of the acronym before: SMART. Used as a guideline for goals ranging from project management to personal development, SMART is a helpful rule of thumb to keep in mind as an aspiring or seasoned athlete. Here’s how to use SMART to make the most of of your training program. 1. Specific S stands [...]... Continue Reading »

12 Obstacle Course Races (OCRs) for Beginners

18 Feb 2015
The obstacle racing season has already started in some parts of the U.S. If you live in Florida, Texas, and other warm states, you may have already done one at least once. If you are a beginner looking for your first race or a veteran seeking your first challenge of the season, check out these [...]... Continue Reading »

Obstacle Racing – The Core Training Workout

20 Aug 2012
If you’ve read my core training series, you should be familiar with the benefits of the core along with exercises that you may already include in your training program. Core training will help you with your obstacle racing prep. A strong core will help you meet head on the challenges you’ll face in an obstacle [...]... Continue Reading »

All You Need to Know about the Core: Putting it All Together (Part 3 of 4)

1 Aug 2012
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Core Now that you know the basic and progression core exercises, how do you integrate them into your training? You have at least four options on when to work your core. Which one you choose will vary depending on your overall fitness level and goals [...]... Continue Reading »

All You Need to Know about the Core: Advanced Training (Part 4 of 4)

26 Jul 2012
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series CoreOnce you’ve mastered the drawing in maneuver, plank hold, and bridges, you should be ready for more challenging core exercises. You may have noticed from the previous post that even the most basic core exercises may also strengthen other muscle groups. For example, the bridge [...]... Continue Reading »

All You Need to Know About the Core: 3 Foundation Exercises (Part 2 of 4)

19 Jul 2012
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series CoreSo now that you’re sold on the benefits of the core, how do you work it out? As I mentioned in my previous post, it’s very likely that you are already training your core. Most exercises, when performed correctly, engage core musculature. But there are [...]... Continue Reading »

All You Need to Know about the Core: Benefits (Part 1 of 4)

12 Jul 2012
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series CoreCore has been a buzz word in fitness for some time now. When a task requires some balance or an extra bit of strength to perform, we’ll often say, “use your core!” For most, we often interpret engaging the core as synonymous with squeezing your [...]... Continue Reading »

Top 13 WODs for Obstacle Race Training

26 Jun 2012
The WOD, short for Workout of the Day, is a staple in obstacle race training. If you’ve read my Top 12 for obstacle race training post, you’d see that the WOD ranks high on my list in training for a challenge like the Tough Mudder or Spartan Race. Thanks to CrossFit, the Spartan Race’s WOD [...]... Continue Reading »

Do One Pull Up: A Step-by-Step Guide

18 Apr 2012
People either hate or love pull-ups. If you can do one pull up, it’s probably one of your favorite upper body exercises. If you struggle with the pull up, you may avoid it altogether. Doing a pull up is a must for the Tough Mudder and other challenging obstacle races. You may get away with [...]... Continue Reading »

Running Fitness Training Tips: A Guide for Beginners

27 Mar 2012
Are you taking up running to make progress with your fitness goals? Are you an aspiring newbie with your long-term goals set on traditional and/or obstacle races? Whether you’re running for fitness or sport, this activity calls for more than just time on the treadmill or jaunts outdoors. To make the most out of your [...]... Continue Reading »

Mud Run Training for Beginner & Intermediate Fitness Levels

23 Mar 2012
Do you have your sights set on a mud run? Are you planning to put your fitness level to the test by attempting an obstacle endurance challenge like the Tough Mudder? If you’ve been following my blog regularly, you may have tried the “square one” or “beyond square one training” programs I posted a little [...]... Continue Reading »

Obstacle Race Training: How to Integrate P90x and Insanity

3 Feb 2012
*For more on how to use P90X2 for your obstacle race training, click here. We know there are a lot of ways to train for an obstacle course race. Google Tough Mudder Training and you’ll get more than 700,000 results and even more with other searches: Spartan Race Training, Warrior Dash Training, etc. Thanks to [...]... Continue Reading »

5 Keys for a Lasting Resolution

21 Dec 2011
Now that the year is almost over, it’s the time to start thinking about resolutions for the new one! Health clubs love this time of year–it’s when many well-intentioned consumers join a gym club to take a step towards improved fitness But once March (or even February) hits, many fall off the bandwagon and resolutions [...]... Continue Reading »

Run Safely without Breaking the Bank: The Physical & Fiscal Demands of Running

9 Dec 2011
If you’re thinking of exchanging (or enhancing) your fitness program with running, are you physically and financially prepared for it?... Continue Reading »

P90x: Complete Review

13 Nov 2011
After finishing the program a few weeks ago, I’ve had a chance to look back and review the program in its entirety. If you’ve read my first entry, you’ll know there are five aspects I like to use to evaluate a fitness program. Here’s how P90x measures up:... Continue Reading »

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