In this article Coach Michael of TEAM Wild Forest Gym and now Head Coach to our national OCR Team UK, enlightens us on the importance of jump techniques in your racing and how to preserve your quads from getting so blasted when racing hard!
Coach Michael is back with Part 2 of ‘How to Run Faster’. He shares with us some great insight as to how he has transformed his elite racers into some of the fastest runners on the OCR circuit. Now here is your opportunity to follow his running drills to make your running more comfortable. more efficient and faster.
The week leading up to your race is an important part of your race plan and race preparation for an ‘A’ Race. Your ‘A’ Race is one of 2 or 3 races that your seasons training plan has been structured around so that you are peaking in your performance. Where as in ‘B’ & ‘C’ races fit into your training plan and replace workouts.
As this issue has the theme of the next generation of obstacle racers so we thought it only fitting that we go in search of the elites of tomorrow. So here we have two of them, Ross Cohen and Caine Johnson who are both members of TEAM Wild Forest Gym. They’ve been really pushing the pace at races this year so far so we caught up with them to ask them a little more about their racing and training.
Cold Weather & Cold Water Acclimatisation Training
by Michael Cohen
Cold weather training for an event can be very daunting if you haven’t done one before. We are in the UK, so we have to be prepared. At Tough Guy on January 29 2013 it was -10 degrees in the water and the ice was 1cm thick. In March it was no better at The Nuts Challenge, it was frigid. Hundreds of contenders at last winter obstacle race (OCR) events around the country experienced hypothermia. Many were miserable and just cold. Where’s the fun in that! Continue reading →
As OCR racing is establishing itself, we are starting to see the next generation of racers stepping up to take on the elite at their game. We ask our Training Expert Coach Michael what advice does he has for the 12 –17 yr old who wants to get into obstacle racing. Continue reading →
Coach Michaels’ core coaching requirements is to make sure all OCR contenders & athletes are Race SAFE…RACE FIT…RACE READY. However he rates RACE SAFE as the most important aspect to training. In this article we ask Coach Michael exactly why you need to consider Race SAFE skills more than your fitness! Continue reading →
As OCR edges towards becoming a sport we look at how to develop and refine the technical skills for such a multi-disciplined event. Coach Michael reveals one his top-secret training sessions that he uses for 2013 Spartan Race UK Champion Thomas Blanc in the lead up to The Nuts Challenge. Continue reading →
Obstacle Race Magazine asked our in house obstacle race training expert Michael Cohen how he trains his elite OCR athlete’s at TEAM Wild Forest Gym without obstacles.
As a TEAM we can’t always be on an obstacle course to practice the techniques. But that said, we do not actually need to be on one. When we look at the individual elements of an obstacle, it is about understanding the functional natural movements that are involved in the obstacle. These include: climbing, balancing, crawling, running, jumping, pulling, lifting and throwing. Continue reading →