About Evan Perperis

Evan is a Conquer The Gauntlet Pro, NSCA-CPT, owner of Strength & Speed along with a Hammer Nutrition sponsored athlete. In 2017 he finished 2nd in the 2+ Team Category at World's Toughest Mudder as part of Team Merrell, as well as finishing 1st or 2nd at every 24 hour OCR in the USA and was ranked 6th in the Toughest Mudder series. With 30 overall OCR podium finishes, he captured his training techniques and strategies in his books, "Strength & Speed's Guide to Elite Obstacle Course Racing" and "Mud Run Guide's Ultra-OCR Bible" (both available from )

Product Review: Atomik Climbing Hold Peg Receivers and Holds

By |July 19th, 2018|

I have been a fan of Atomik Climbing Holds for about as long as I have been doing Obstacle Course Racing (OCR). One of the aspects that make OCR challenging is certain movements are hard to make progressive (it gets harder as you get better). Luckily for me (and you), I found Atomik’s Peg Receivers to allow for a versatile training solution that helps you prepare your forearm and back muscles for even the toughest obstacles.

Race Recap: Warrior Dash Minnesota and Kids Race

By |July 9th, 2018|

I took a trip up to Minnesota to check out Warrior Dash in between binge-shopping at The Mall of America. As a bonus, they now offer a kids race for ages 3-9, which means my daughter (who is three) would get a chance to play on some obstacles.

Race Review: Green Beret Challenge- Operator St. Louis

By |July 2nd, 2018|

Green Beret Challenge, an Obstacle Course Race (OCR) series that includes a normal OCR style race (Operator), a four-person team challenge/race (Commando) and even endurance challenges that are 12 hours (XII) and 24 hours long (Behind Enemy Lines). However, they only run one event per weekend, and recently I got to experience the Operator near St. Louis, MO.

Race Review: Toughest Mudder East (Boston)

By |June 29th, 2018|

Last year Tough Mudder rolled out their eight-hour overnight Ultra-Obstacle Course Race (Ultra-OCR) series Toughest Mudder. Having done three events last year as part of the Toughest Mudder Series, I signed up to do the same thing this year, which concluded for me at Toughest Mudder East (Boston).

OCR Athlete Competing in World Championship on this 4th of July

By |June 26th, 2018|

On July 4th, 2018 an Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) athlete named Derek Jacobs will get some network television time for the second year in a row. However, you will be surprised at this athletes skills outside of OCR.

Product Review: Atomik Rig Grips

By |June 21st, 2018|

The first time I encountered, and subsequently failed, a rig the memory and experience stuck with me hard. Moving forward I didn’t want to have that experience again and began working hard to improve on my weaknesses. Thanks to Atomik Climbing Holds and their deep line of rig grips, they have continued to push my obstacle proficiency to the next level.

Training Tuesday: Why You Should Do Nothing to Prepare for Ultra-OCR…

By |June 19th, 2018|

I am suggesting you should do nothing on the day of your Toughest Mudder event.   Before I justify that statement, let’s back up and talk through the study I’m drawing my conclusions from which can be found in the book Endure by Alex Hutchison.

Product Review: Xero Terraflex Trail/OCR Shoes

By |June 14th, 2018|

After seeing Xero Terraflex shoes pop up in a couple of advertisements and seeing people talk about them in some Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) groups, I picked up a pair to test them out. Here are my thoughts on Xero’s minimalist, zero drop shoes and if they should be pushed to the top of your purchase list.

Product Review: Hyperwear Elite Weight Vest

By |June 7th, 2018|

As long as I have been on social media following other Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) athletes I have noticed post-run pictures of sweaty competitors posing with their weight vests. One brand seems to be more present on OCR athletes than any other, Hyperwear.

Product Review: OOFOS Recovery Footwear

By |May 31st, 2018|

OOFOS is a recovery sandal designed to reduce the impact of each step thus hopefully speeding the recovery process. The foam they use (OOfoam) to make up the sandal reduces impact by 37% compared to traditional running shoe foam.   After testing their product for the last couple of months, here is what you need to know about OOFOS.

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