5 Tips for Kicking Ass in Obstacle Races

Obstacle races are all the rage right now! A combination of trail running, military-style obstacles, and even fear-inducing challenges (in one race, we had to eat raw jalapenos – and then run another 6 miles. WAH), obstacle races take competitive and for-fun group races to the next level.  They can be fun for the amateur and adrenaline junkie alike, but no matter your level of fitness and courage, be prepared for a daunting challenge, both physical and mental. You’ll need to run, sprint, jump, crawl, carry heavy things, pull your own bodyweight, “dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge” (Name that movie!) and even swim, and sometimes all in mud. Good grief. The designers of these races are surely masochists. Therefore, your training needs to reflect those demands. Do you want to learn how to kick ass in an obstacle race Of course you do. :::fist bump::: Here are 5 training tips for your next obstacle race. 1) Strengthen Your Stabilizers Your what? Your core muscles. Your core muscles have two functions – stabilization and exerting force. When stabilizing, you’re resisting force placed upon you. So you don’t, you know, fall over when something presses against you.  When exerting force, you’re recruiting core muscles to accomplish something. That might be balancing, pushing, pulling, even things like….. coughing. Or vomiting. Yeah wow. Ew. Anyhoo, I like to think of my core muscles like the trunk of a tree. The branches and roots depend upon a strong solid trunk, and can be only as strong as the trunk allows them to be. Therefore you’ll want to train your core to stabilize – think planks –...