Product Review: Merrell Trail (OCR) Shoe Line

By |March 8th, 2018|

Earlier this year I got to test all four different models of Merrell’s trail running shoe line. I’m pretty picky about my shoes so as usual, I was skeptical. When I shop for an Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) shoes I typically look in the trail running section but look for a couple of specific features including things like weight, ability to drain water, traction and fit.

Product Review: Frogskins Accessories: Gloves, Socks and Hood

By |February 22nd, 2018|

Although originally designed for water sports such as SCUBA diving and surfing, Frogskins is making a strong name for themselves in the world of endurance sports in harsh weather conditions.  Whether you are racing an Ultra-OCR this year, planning on doing some winter hunting or just live in a place with cold temperatures and don’t like freezing your butt off, pick up a pair of Frogskins so you don’t have to suffer the cold.

Review: Stoked Coffee Stix – Bring the Stoke With You

By |February 15th, 2018|

As editor-in-chief of Mud Run Guide, there is one substance above all that fuels me. Simply, coffee. The coffee routine at my house involves weighing and hand grinding freshly roasted beans, warming my mug and pour over set with one set of water. At the same time heating another kettle to an exact temperature before meditatively pouring over the beans.  Simply, it is my morning moving meditation.

Product Review: Frogskins Top and Bottom

By |February 8th, 2018|

“I love Frogskins.” “You need a pair of Frogskins.”  “Obviously you own a pair of Frogskins right?”  All of these statements have been said to me in the past year.  So I finally relented and decided to test out a pair of the Australian based Frogskins designed by Probe Wetsuits since my friends would not stop mentioning them in conversations having to do with Ultra-Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) like Toughest Mudder, World’s Toughest Mudder and Spartan’s Ultra-Beast.

Gear Review – LifeBEAM Vi A.I. Fitness Tracker Headphones

By |February 1st, 2018|

GPS and heart rate tracking technology has been dropping in price (and size) every year.  The Vi fitness tracker headphones aim to take this fitness tracking technology seen in many popular watches from companies like Garmin and Suunto, shrink it into a pair of headphones, and add some artificial intelligence to go along with it for good measure. LifeBEAM, the company behind the Vi headphones, provided us with a set of headphones for review.

Book Review: Cruise the Course Volume 1

By |January 16th, 2018|

Sarah Pozdol is the author of the new obstacle course race training book Cruise the Course, Volume 1. The experienced trainer, obstacle course racing athlete, and all around fitness expert has years of experience in the obstacle racing space in a variety of capacities. Including she worked with Spartan Race for a while under the SGX program traveling around the country seeing the athletes on course.

Product Review – Barstarzz Beast on the Bars: Part I

By |January 4th, 2018|

As my OCR friend James Grbac said, the muscle up is the holy grail of moves. I’ve been going for it since last year. There are lots of YouTubes on how to do it. I’ve tried everything. My definition of success looks like this: starting from a dead hang, complete a full muscle up in one fluid motion without a kip. I want the hardest one. Then I will know I can do the easier ones. In fact, I can already do a six-foot wall or bar muscle up just by jumping a bit.

Qikcover Gear Review

By |December 21st, 2017|

I recently came across a product called Qikcover that was created for just such a problem. As athletes, we are constantly getting sweaty, dirty and smelly during our training and we follow this up by immediately getting into our automobiles and proceeding to rub this “crud” all into our seats. The creators of Qikcover aimed to make a seat cover that could be quickly thrown over your seat to protect it without having to worry about finding a custom fit cover.

Product Review: Flywheel FLY Anywhere At-Home Bike

By |December 14th, 2017|

Training for an obstacle course race can involve a variety of fitness disciplines from running to weightlifting to outdoor or indoor cycling. For OCR athletes that want to improve their power production, aerobic fitness, and overall health, indoor cycling AKA spinning is a useful option.

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Gear Review – OCR Beast Grip Builder 101

By |December 7th, 2017|

As many OCR athletes enter the dreaded off-season, we reflect on the skills that need developing in the coming months. In my informal research, I see a very common thread among us—we must build that iron grip. “Nevermore will a rig claim our burpees/souls!” we exclaim in our goals for 2018. That’s a solid goal, but where the heck does one start? Enter Grip Builder 101 developed by the team at OCR Beast.

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