Whether you are prepping for an adventure race or an obstacle race, what you train with can have an impact on how well you do and how well you are prepared. I have created this Obstacle Training Toolbox for those who really want to up their game on their next race. Browse through some of these items and build up your own training toolbox.
Inov-8 X-talon™ 225 Trail Runner
They have a phrase “If you could walk a mile in someone else’s shoes,” well how about running 10 miles through mud in your own shoes? This is why footwear is one of the most important choices in races. There is now a whole line of shoes designed strictly for these type of races. If you want to get to the head of the pack while saving your feet, grab a pair of sport specific shoes.
Elevation 2.o Training Mask
Depending on where your race is and what the weather is like that day, it could put a wrench in your preparation plans. It is a good idea to train outside your comfort zone and one of the ways you can do that is with a training mask. These make it harder for you to breath while training which makes the actual race that much easier if you are use to less O2.
MIR 30 lbs Training Vest for a Mud Race
If you have not done a mud run, let me tell you that you will add extra weight as the race goes on. Mud and sweat accumulates on your clothes and body. It tends to drag you down. Training with a weighted vest can prepare you for that. When you train with added weight it also can improve your run times and help with obstacles as you are use to carrying that extra weight. Give it a try!
Best Grip Strengthener OCR races
When I train clients for OCR or adventure races, their grip strength is one thing that can always use improvement and it is usually one of the first things to fatigue. There are many exercises that can improve your grip strength and many activities like rock climbing, but this little gadget will kick it up a notch while watching some T.V.
Mad Grip F100 Pro Palm Gloves
This is a preference thing. Some folks use gloves when they race and others do not. One thing is for sure though, if you are planning on wearing OCR gloves then you should train with OCR gloves. Perfect practice makes perfect.
Mudgear OCR Compression Socks
When you are running miles and miles and practicing your OCR abilities, compression socks can come in handy. They can increase oxygen delivery, decrease lactic acid, prevent cramps, and minimize muscle fatigue. Some swear by them and others skip the hype. Give them a try and form your own opinion.
No serious training toolbox is complete without a heart rate monitor. Working specific zones for specific benefits is the key to success in the competitive world. This bad boy can Bluetooth up to 100 ft away and can connect to a smart watch, phone or other fitness gadgets. And there is no need for a chest strap. Pick one up and boost your performance by leaps and bounds.
Hydration Running Belt
Training can cause dehydration and quite honestly leave you hankering for some liquids. Hydration is a must for those long runs or training sessions. Use this hydration running belt as way to stay in the game and not fatigue before you need to. It even has a pouch for a snack or key, plus it is lightweight.
So there you have it. These are a few key pieces of gear to prepare yourself for your next OCR race or Adventure race. The tools you have in your training toolbox can give you that extra edge when it comes to competition time. It is the little differences you make in training that can make a big difference in the overall outcome.
But remember training is mostly a mental game and the best tool in your toolbox will always be your brain. Determination, discipline and consistency will always trump and fitness equipment you use. Now get out there and get training! See you on the obstacles!
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