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About Matt Willis

I'm a 40 hour a week professional who is also an Obstacle Racing Athlete driven to compete with the best in the sport.

Why I Will Finally Focus on Recovery – Stretch Base/Restore Cryotherapy

By |August 1st, 2018|

I’ve never done any of the typical recovery you hear. I don’t stretch, I don’t roll anything out, I don’t cooldown run, I’ve never gotten a massage, et all. Then my friend Spencer texts me and asks if I want to check out this new recovery clinic he recently started working for in Austin. I figure, why the hell not. Cut to: Stretch Base / Restore Cryotherapy

Bonefrog Challenge, Austin TX – Race Review

By |May 12th, 2017|

I can’t applaud Bonefrog enough for really exploring and utilizing all the best areas for this race. Bonefrog runs three simultaneous distances Sprint (3-miles), Challenge (8 miles) and Tier 1 (11-ish miles). Since I’m a glutton for punishment, I signed up for Tier 1.

Race Recap: Green Beret Challenge – Mountain Home, TX

By |March 1st, 2017|

It’s a new race season, and what better way to kick it off than by running a race that: I have never done before and at a venue that has never hosted an OCR before. Top that off with one of the top athletes in the sport being there and the venue also being the host of the upcoming US OCR Championship, you have a great recipe for a hell of a Saturday.

Gear Review – Wear Bands

By |January 3rd, 2017|

It’s difficult to begin speaking about a product that has nothing like it on the market. I can’t say – “Hey everyone! Here’s a new version of ‘bleh’ that you can try out in its new and improved form!”. With that, I’m just going to jump into it and tell you all about my experience with Wear Bands. First off, I’ve had this for about 6 weeks now. I’ve put this through some strenuous testing in every possible way I could think of, and I’ve intentionally not been nice to the equipment.

Gear Review – Fit Shit Compression Socks

By |December 27th, 2016|

That was essentially the conversation before I received a pair of the Fit Shit compression socks. I’ll be honest, I’m one of the most skeptical people you’re going to meet. When I see any kind of fitness gadget, gear or special medically infused spiritual copper compression gear… I tend to call bullhockey and ask for empirical evidence to support claims. Compression gear is full of those claims.

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Race Recap – Spartan Houston – The Deluge!

By |March 21st, 2016|

March 12, just northwest of Houston, was the first time Spartan Race hit any city in Texas other than Burnet and Glen Rose. Spirits were high, as was the sun and the flood gauge. Nature decided to throw everything possible at the Spartan build crew. That means three things in Texas: rain, ants and snakes. Couple those in with a well laid out course and some great obstacle placement, you have yourself a great race for the first heats, and a progressively more dilapidated course the later you ran.

Texas Can’t Catch a Break. Extreme Flooding Plagues Texas OCRs

By |March 11th, 2016|

I love OCR. Many others do. Venues love OCR, it gets them clientele and revenue on spaces. Miami Loves OCR. They even made a BattleFrog proclamation. You know who seems to hate OCR, Weather. In particular, I mean, Texas Weather. We don’t get much rain, but when we do, it seems to mean business. We’ve had record flooding for the past year, and it seems that OCR is a catalyst.

Race Recap – Warrior Dash – Texas, 2016

By |March 9th, 2016|

This was an inaugural race in a few ways. First, it was the inaugural Warrior Dash of the 2016 season. It was the first Warrior Dash qualification method for OCRWC after making the decision to drop their individual Championship event. Finally, of all the races I’ve competed in, it was actually my first Warrior Dash. This event left me dizzy (more on that later) and a tad underwhelmed since they are considered one of “The Big Three”.

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Ninja Competition Highlights – Power Park Fitness

By |February 2nd, 2016|

Check out the highlights from the Ninja Competition hosted by American Ninja Warrior All-Star David Yarter at his training facility, Power Park Fitness. You many notice another familiar ANW face as well. Check out this video to see all the high flying action that was in store for the competitors.

Expansion Costs Money? Say it aint so!

By |December 24th, 2015|

Let’s take a closer look at this new pricing structure for the Spartan Race Annual Pass. There have been some, strong, reactions and I think I can help clarify some of the concerns. (Take note, I have no direct link to any financials to Spartan or any other organization, this is my mind maths).

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