Obstacle Race Magazine – How to run faster Part 2

Obstacle Race Magazine Interview with Michael Cohen
Obstacle Race Magazine

How to run faster Part 2

By Michael Cohen

Issue 5 July 2014

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.

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Obstacle Race Magazine – Jump & Running Training

Obstacle Race Magazine Interview with Michael Cohen
Obstacle Race Magazine

Jump & Running Training

by Michael Cohen

Issue 2
April 2014

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

WOD – Run Pump

Workout of the Day WOD

Today’s WOD is an Endurance & Speed Workout called the ‘Run Pump’. This workout is not for faint hearted.  It will test your endurance on a cardio and muscular level. Plus your speed work having to chase your running partner down whilst going to the ground to exercise.

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Revealed – Natural running techniques can reduce injuries!

runner jumping over log

Is your running technique effective?

They say anyone can run, but can you naturally run effectively and efficiently. Are you getting maximum power out of your current technique.

“We found pockets of people all over the globe who are still running barefoot, and what you find is that during propulsion and landing, they have far more range of motion in the foot and engage more of the toe. Their feet flex, spread, splay and grip the surface, meaning you have less pronation and more distribution of pressure.”

Jeff Pisciotta, Senior Researcher, Nike’s Sports Research Lab (1).


Are you a heel striker?

Heal strikers are shod runners i.e. heal foot strikers. Correctly transitioning to midfoot striking in order to improve form and reduce injury rates. Continue reading

Take your general fitness onto new levels

general fitnessWild Forest Gym’s outdoor fitness is suitable for you if you are a beginner looking to develop your fitness levels, and for you if you are a more seasoned trainer looking to move your general fitness onto new levels.

The great thing about our outdoor fitness training program is that it is progressive training i.e. each session will move you forward. Unlike other training gyms no two sessions are the same. So each session will push, test you and reward you! Continue reading

Is Wild Forest Gym just physical or does it train the mind in dynamic ways?

When it comes to natural movement and functional movement techniques you start to appreciate that everything has a purpose, everything is connected. The more we train you physically with every lift, throw, catch, carry, crawl, jump, climb, run and balance the more it will train your mind.

It trains you mentally, psychologically, emotionally, energetically and spiritually. You see your ability to cope with day to day issues can be determined by how robust you are, and how adaptable your mind is. What we are talking about is increasing your core attributes and skills in all aspect of your life: flexibility, balance, co-ordination, agility, confidence, self esteem, adaptability, positivity and coping mechanisms. Continue reading

It’s -3 degrees, on the trails with headtorch!

forest trail in dark I was on the forest running trails in the pitch black this morning. I knew it was going to be a cold one, so as I was in my shorts I put on my 2XU calf compressors just to keep the calves warm.

It doesn’t feel as cold as I expected. Typically I wear a sleeveless t-shirt and a pair of arm sleeves (not compressors) and my Montane Featherlite Jacket , gloves and hat. This way I can reduce my layers as I get into my trail run.

I recently bought the Petzl MYO RXP headtorch. I have to say it was well worth the money, because I can set the lumens (brighteness) to the level that I need for that activity. For me 51 lumens is spot on. I can see the trail ahead so I comfortably set off. Continue reading