Obstacle STRESS Training

Welcome to Obstacle STRESS Training, the 4th level to our specialist Obstacle Skill Training.

Level 1 Fitness & Conditioning
Level 2 Technical Skills
Level 3 Obstacle Fluidity & Transitioning
Level 4 Obstacle STRESS Training

Obstacle STRESS Training has been devised to simulate race condition conditions i.e. wet, cold, icy, slippery, muddy, queues, rain, gross fatigue and obstacle stress.

Background to Obstacle STRESS Training

So the biggest question on racers minds is what the f**k happened at the UK OCR Championships 2016. This years champs saw every racer being tested on an insane level…well hey it is the championships! But more importantly most lost both if not one band and not one female was able to complete the rig and only 50 men were able to. Even the best couldn’t complete it 1st time including the winner Tristan Stead! (Just to explain that UK OCR Champs rules state that you need at one band to be officially placed and 2 bands overrides one band holders times).

UK OCR Championship 2016

Pushing aside other instrumental reasons beyond my ‘coaching control’, which has caused lots of controversy and upsets, I have been able to conclude the reason why most runners were not able to complete either the Ninja Rings or the Rig. Having spent hour after hour at the Ninja Rings and the RIG trying to guide many racers on race day it was very clear to me why so many racers were so challenged:

  • Under trained.
  • Fatigued.
  • Just simply cold.
  • Some were simply demoralised.
  • Angry & frustrated.
  • Reliant on brute force.
  • Did not have fluidity or momentum on the obstacles.
  • BUT what was very clear was that most were ***NOT RACE CONDITIONED***

Being Race Conditioned…or NOT

Not being race conditioned doesn’t mean that you do not have good form or technique, however it was obvious that some didn’t and were just brute forcing it!

Being race conditioned is training in …… race simulated condition environment i.e. when your body is under total stress…when it is cold…when you are cold…when you are fatigued…when it is muddy…when there are queues…when the obstacles are wet…when they are slippery. I think you are getting where I am going on this one YOU NEED TO START TRAINING OUTDOORS AND ON AN OBSTACLE TRAINING COURSE!

Obstacle STRESS Training

Here at WildForestGym we have developed a totally unique and specialist training plan to simulate race conditions. Each part of our training plan deals which different STRESS elements to racing:

  • WEATHER – This is when we take you out onto the race course in the cold, sun, wet, heat, ice, rain and wind and train you in race condition weather conditions whilst teaching you adaptive techniques for when the the obstacles are muddy, wet or cold or when your hands are freezing, wet or slippery. So when it is cold, wet, icy WE GO TRAINING ON COURSE not pop into our comfortable warm indoor gym.
  • SLIPPERY OBSTACLES – If it is not wet and muddy then we dip your hands in the mud, throw mud onto the obstacles and get the watering can out to wet the obstacles. This is what race condition weather training is about. It may sound insane but it is for these reasons why we offer Obstacle STRESS Training to get your race ready for every conceivable situation.
  • FATIGUED & STRESS – We will intentionally fatigue you during a session to make sure that when you are fatigued you can complete the obstacle without loosing the band. We know that your arms may be blasted when you get to the rig so we will make sure that your arms are blasted when you get to the rig.
  • THE TOOLBOX – We will develop a toolbox of techniques that you can adapt to the wet, slippery, cold conditions and obstacles so you have more than one technique that you can rely on or adapt to the extreme needs of the situation.
  • KIT – If you need to race in a neoprene vest then we need to make sure you are well used to wearing it in race conditions. If you are planning a hot race then we will overdress you to make you know what it feels like when the bodies thermostat is up.
  • QUEUES – We will teach you proactive techniques so you will not have to stand getting cold, wet and frustrated queuing for obstacles.

Example STRESS Training Session

Sample Workout

Rope Climb (7mtrs) 2 climbs
2 climbs -hands only
Peg Wall 5  wall climbs  – arms only (no feet on wall)
Monkey bars (rungs misses permitted) Inverted bars with 16 rungs

1 set
2 set (there and back)
3 sets
4 sets
5 sets

32 rungs: Inverted monkey bars – inverted scramble net crossing (hands n feet) – pitched monkey bars
64 rungs: Inverted monkey bars – inverted scramble net crossing – pitched monkey bars – pitched monkey bars – rope crossing (arms only) – inverted monkey bars

Rig 1 set of all lanes

Lane 1: 8 rings (misses permitted)
Lane 2 (no misses): Rings – hanging rope – ring – trapeze bar – foot ring – hanging scaffold bar – ring – touch off
Lane 3 (no misses): Rings – nunchchuck – ring – trapeze bar – foot ring – hanging chain – ring – touch off
Lane 4 (no misses): Rings – short knotted rope – ring – trapeze bar – foot ring – nunchuck – ring – touch off
Lane 5: 8 rings (misses permitted)

And that was just one workout!


We want you practised, trained, simulated to every perceivable situation with our Obstacle STRESS Training Program and make sure that you are RACE READY and you don’t loos e your band.!!!



We are so sure that we can improve your obstacle skills to reduce your risk of loosing a band or not completing an obstacle that we will offer you a full money back guarantee if by the time you finish the Obstacle STRESS Training Plan you will have successfully improved your race condition training


It’s time to get RACE READY!

Contact Coach Michael and he will organise your personal Obstacle STRESS Training Plan to make sure your are RACE READY. Click here.

Obstacle List

Updated 01/12016

Tyre Wall Parallel Bars Weaver Tyre Cawl
Inverted Walls 6ft, 7ft, 8ft Leaning Walls 6ft, 7ft, 8ft A-Frame scramble net climb A-Frame inverted ninja scramble net climb
45ft & 90ft Traverse lines  Log Carry Log Carry Balance Beam The Ledge/Irish Table
Hoisted weight lift Tyre Mangle Sandbag crossing Scramble net crawl
Mega Rig – 40 holds Inverted/Pitched Monkey Bars  Inverted Scramble net traverse Blast Wall
Destroyer – 12ft arms only wall climb  Blast jumper Vertical Weaver Frog Leap Vertical Jumper
7 mtr Rope Climbs 5 hanging rope traverse Rope swing with hurdle Peg Wall
Cliff Hanger – wall/rope traverse 5 Rope Ascent/Decent Traverse  32 Technical Jumps Rope Ladder Climb

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