Below you’ll find resources for making sure you’re ready for your next obstacle course race. These are books that I’ve read, videos that I’ve watched and products I’ve used and helped me become a better obstacle course racer.
I’ll be adding more, especially in the gear section so check back for more resources in the future.
Down and Dirty – Whether you’re a new racer or more advanced this book will give you advice on how to prepare for your next race. I’m currently reading this one and will have more details after I’m finished.
Obstacle Race Training – One of the first books I read when preparing for my first Spartan Race. Written by a long-time racer, Margaret Schlater and includes specific training methods for various obstacles, as well as how to get mentally and spiritually prepared for race day.
Spartan Up – Need motivation? Need a life changing read? Look no further than Joe De Sena’s take no prisoners guide to overcoming obstacles and achieving peak performance in life. Must read for any Spartan or future Spartan.
Daily Burn – Website/App – That allows you to stream videos from your laptop, television, Roku, etc. I’m a big fan of the Tactical Body Weight Training and Yoga routines. Both will get you going in the right direction for your next OCR. They have a free thirty-day trial, that includes email consultation about your health goals with a certified coach.
P90 – Tony Horton’s workout videos for people that are just getting off the couch. I started with this video series and it gave me the baseline I needed to start running and doing more advanced workouts. If you haven’t been to the gym in years, start here.
P90X3 – If you already have a foundation, these workouts will take you to the next level. I went from barely being able to do a pull-up and unable to run a full 5k, to 5k ready and muscles that actually looked like I worked out. Great videos if you’re already working out, but need some more direction.
Spartan WOD – If you’re in the camp that doesn’t need much direction in how to perform exercises, Spartan’s WOD will make you race ready.
Teton Sports Trailrunner 2.0 Hydration Backpack – If you’re running a longer OCR or are planning longer training runs, a hydration backpack goes from being a nice to have, to a must have. I like this one because it’s not too bulky, but still holds enough water and has room for snacks, inhalers, etc.
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