OCR Training for the Valentine’s Day Massacre

Need a reason to train or that extra push to get you to the gym during these cold dark months? Join our OCR team! We will be racing in the Valentine’s Day Massacre OCR on February 16th!

Training begins January 5th. We will train twice a week:

  • Tuesdays at 6am (Art Hill): Run
  • Saturdays at 8am (Forward Fitness): OCR Workout and Run

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What did people say about their OCR experience this past summer?

“I just couldn’t believe I did it! I’m “not a race person” — HOW was it possible that I accomplished this torture test and actually had FUN?! I was shocked that I did so well, I was close to placing – a big motivator to do this again and push even harder. I was amazed, so excited and ready to sign-up for another one! I’m still on cloud 9, it was a rush, a high and a real bonding moment – I’ll forever be proud of the amazing team of people who crossed that finish line in 2018 before me, with me and after me! We truly did it together! I loved that throughout the race, I could see my team all over the course doing well. It made me so proud to be a part of the FF OCR TEAM!” -Aubrey M.

“I felt very well prepared for the race, but having never done one before, it’s hard to understand what it will be like before you do it. I was so glad that I did it and felt very accomplished. I had a healthy mix of pushing myself so I was tired at the end, but also pacing myself enough to complete everything.” -Kate L.

We would love to have you on our team!

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Forward Fitness OCR Team

We are thrilled to announce we are starting a Forward Fitness Obstacle Course Team! Check out Suzanne’s top 5 reasons to do an OCR.

We picked our first two events:

Warrior Dash (Old Monroe)- August 4th

Spartan Stadium Sprint (Busch Stadium)- August 11th

Both races are around 5K, or 3.1 miles. The Warrior Dash will be easier than the Spartan Race, but they will both be a challenge. Have a race lined up is a great motivator! It’s a little extra incentive to get all your workouts in and make healthy food choices!

Training will start June 4th, about 8 weeks prior to the events and will include:

  • Week by week training plan
  • Weekly OCR team training (Saturday at 8am)
  • Two team runs per week (TBD)
  • Forward Fitness OCR shirt when you sign up by May 25th

Cost for the training is $197 as a member. (Does not include cost of race.) Not a member? We’d love for you to become part of our fit fam! Sign up for your complimentary strategy session.

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5 Reasons to do an Obstacle Course Race

By: Suzanne Klaus RD, LD, CPT

From the Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder to The Green Beret Challenge and Spartan Races, OCR, or Obstacle Course Races are taking over! Back in February I completed my first Spartan Race in Arizona. I loved it! It had such an impact on my life that I wrote a blog specifically about it. I absolutely love obstacle course races! It’s hard to narrow down the reasons, but here are my top five reasons.

1. Have something to train for.

As Joe De Sena said in his book Spartan Up! “When you sign up for something, you’re forced to train for it. Just like in a business, you are forced to work. Just like having a kid, you’re forced to take care of it all. All of a sudden, you become accountable.” After I signed up for my first Spartan Race I took ownership of my workouts. I had some form of training every day, but Sunday. It mattered if I missed a day. You can’t fake it during a race. For me signing up for obstacle course races has made all the difference in my training, 2018 has been my best and most consistent year of training. It’s April 10th and I already have 68 workouts completed!

2. Do something you didn’t think was possible.

I am a firm believer that anything is possible. Maybe the thought of an obstacle course race is scary, but that is all the more reason to do one. With the proper training, nutrition, and mindset you CAN do it! Imagine crossing the finish line! What an AMAZING feeling to conquer something you once thought was impossible! It’s a way to break out of the monotony. It’s a whole new feeling and way of living.

3. Challenge the way you think.

During any race, there is usually a point where you think, “Why am I doing this?” You are tired and there is still plenty of race left. It is during these moments that you are faced with two choices, to dig deep and keep moving forward or to stop. When you choose the mindset to keep moving forward it can translate to other difficult situations in your life. In some of the races you don’t know what the obstacles will be until race day. This forces you to adapt to situations you didn’t plan for. Doesn’t that sound a lot like life. You are forced to put all your focus on the present obstacle in front of you. You aren’t thinking about the stress of work, the laundry that needs to be done, or any family issues. You are focused on the present task at hand. You are choosing to face an obstacle head on and give it your all.

4. Build strength.

One of the reasons I love obstacle course races so much is the fact that they require strength. A marathon is certainly a challenge, but it doesn’t require the same kind of strength that you need to get through an obstacle course race. You must be able to jump over, crawl under, and pull yourself up. Most people I meet with say they want to become more “toned,” which is basically building muscle and losing fat. Trust me, training for an obstacle course race will do just that!

5. Elevate your overall health and fitness.

Having an obstacle course race to train for automatically motivates you to make healthier choices. Not only will you have a reason to train, but you will be more apt to get your 7-9 hours of sleep, drink plenty of water, and make healthier food choices. With all these healthy habits forming, your stress level should decrease too!

What are you waiting for? Join the Forward Fitness OCR Team! We already have a few races lined up. They are roughly 5K or 3 miles.

Warrior Dash: August 4th

Spartan Stadium Sprint (Busch Stadium): August 11th

Spartan Sprint (Nashville): September 22nd

Interested in getting all the benefits of OCRs? Email Suzanne@ForwardFitnessSTL.com to get started!