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OCR Stars with Hunter McIntyre

On this weeks podcast we talk with Hunter McIntyre about OCR Stars. OCR Stars is a virtual OCR event which will take part in 4 events over 4 weeks to crown the OCR champion for 2020. With plenty of cash prizes to be won, but more importantly, plenty of the entry fee money is being re-invested back into the athlete community in the way of sponsorship packages and free race entries!

You can find out more about the event at www.ocrstars.com or at the @ocrstarsofficial social media account

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Rise & Grind Host Details: 
Jake Barber – @Riseandgrindjake
Graham Roberts – @ispiremc
John Chambers – @idesignthisway
George Edwards – @ge_training
Aaron Selfe – @westcoastrunning1
Glenn Coleman – @glennyc1981

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Aaron’s Backyard 100km Ultra

On this episode of the Rise & Grind podcast, Graham hosts a discussion with Aaron about his recent 100km backyard ultra, Which he completed by doing laps of a local route around his house! Inspirational stuff!

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Rise & Grind Host Details: 
Jake Barber – @Riseandgrindjake
Graham Roberts – @ispiremc
John Chambers – @idesignthisway
George Edwards – @ge_training
Aaron Selfe – @westcoastrunning1
Glenn Coleman – @glennyc1981

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Murph & Hyrox with Hunter McIntrye

On this weeks podcast we talk with Hunter McIntyre. Hunter is taking on the Murph WOD world record on the 23rd of May in support of Team RWB & US veterans. He also currently holds the fastest time at Hyrox!

You can donate to Hunters cause here and visit his site at Huntermcintyre.com

Check out our sponsor Whiskywolf.uk for your plant based, natural, anti-bacterial hard soap and AWESOME apparel! Use code RISE to get 10% off site wide!

Trust me its a good one & its all available on iTunes, Spotify and all other decent podcast apps!

Feel free to check out Riseandgrindocr.com for all your essential updates and free EBooks! and click here for any Rise & Grind OCR Merch!

Rise & Grind Host Details: 
Jake Barber – @Riseandgrindjake
Graham Roberts – @ispiremc
John Chambers – @idesignthisway
George Edwards – @ge_training
Aaron Selfe – @the.a_ron126
Glenn Coleman – @glennyc1981

What You Need To Know Before Your First Obstacle Course Race

Heres what you need to know before your first Obstacle Course Racing event, and help you get prepared

Wear the right gear

Those that have done an OCR will all be familiar with this one. You’re lined up to your first obstacle course race, wearing the latest road runners or Nike Met-cons from the Box. You glance down, and all of a sudden you see a sea of trail shoes… Oh wait… I didn’t read the small print… This race is on trail?!

Or worse, you don’t even notice that 90% of these events are off trail and you’re running along in your fresh, reebok nano’s to be met with a muddy downhill and your skating like Bambi on ice.

Do yourself a favour, get some good trail shoes!

Prepare to grip

Monkey bars, rigs, hoists, Walls, all these obstacles involve GRIP! Your best bet is to work to maximise your max pull-ups on your run up to the event, that will give you the biggest bang for buck. 

But if you have a lot of time, then do a dedicated grip training program. I have a free Ebook, about training your grip for OCR, check it out.

Running is involved

Be prepared to be able to run the distance of the event… and hopefully a bit more. 

Generally, events range from 5km to a half marathon distances, so make sure you’re fairly comfortable at running the distance you have chosen and bare in mind you will have a myriad of  obstacles fatigue your along the course!

It’ll be a good idea to look at the previous race at that location to see if there is any sneaky elevation involved. If there is… Hit some hills!

Learn to carry

Whether it be a Sandbag or an atlas stone. These events generally involve some sort of carry. Get used to be able to carry in all sorts of different holds, from front rack, to on your back, to farmers carries (This will also help with grip)

Don’t think doing some hypertrophy 10 reps of 3 sets in the gym will get you through this unscathed. Get used to carry weight and moving with it!

You may get wet or muddy

Some events pride themselves on making you as MUDDY as possible… personally, i hate this aspect of OCR. But it still stands as some sort of gimmicky part of it!

My advice, don’t be wearing something plain white, as you will look like you’ve come straight out the sewer! And don’t go getting something brand new for the event – Things can easily get ruined or ripped on course!

in fact, in the USA, a lot of people have taken to not wearing much clothing at all!

It may push you out your comfort zone

If its your first event, its’ a pretty good guarantee that you will be pushed out of your comfort zone in some way. Theres not many sports like it and it will test you at some point on course. It could be how technical an obstacle is, a big fall, mud or how heavy something is.

The bonus to this, is after the event, most people feel great, feel accomplished, like they have been through the wringer, and everything that seemed tough before, isn’t so tough anymore!

If you have any questions regarding your first OCR event, then feel free to drop me a line and i’d be happy to answer your questions and have trained beginners all the way to elite field athletes.

Jake Barber

Jake is a coach who specialises in Endurance and OCR events.

@Riseandgrindrunning
Riseandgrindocr@Gmail.com

Virtual Races, Coronavirus & Coffee With Jon Albon

On this weeks podcast we talk with the undefeated OCR World Champion & Current SkyRunning World Champion, Jon Albon.

We discuss what Jon’s up to right now and various topics such as virtual races, Spartan, The Barkley marathons, coronavirus and our addiction to coffee – Apart from Graham, he likes tea. Its not to be missed!

You can find more information about Jon at @Jonalbon and https://jonathanalbon.com

Check out our sponsor Whiskywolf.uk for your plant based, natural, anti-bacterial hard soap and AWESOME apparel! Use code RISE to get 10% off site wide!

Trust me its a good one & its all available on iTunes, Spotify and all other decent podcast apps!

Feel free to check out Riseandgrindocr.com for all your essential updates and free EBooks! and click here for any Rise & Grind OCR Merch!

Rise & Grind Host Details: 
Jake Barber – @Riseandgrindrunning
Graham Roberts – @ispiremc
John Chambers – @idesignthisway
George Edwards – @ge_training
Aaron Selfe – @the.a_ron126
Glenn Coleman – @glennyc1981

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How To Train Your Grip For OCR

On this weeks podcast, Jake talks about the PROPER way to train your grip for OCR. If you’re countlessly doing dead-hangs and farmers carries with no results, then give this little podcast a listen and open up your eyes to your different grip types and how to train them! Knowledge bombs await!

All the information for this podcast is available for free on the Master Your Grip Ebook by clickety clicking here!

Check out our sponsor Whiskywolf.uk for your plant based, natural, anti-bacterial hard soap and AWESOME apparel! Use code RISE to get 10% off site wide!

Trust me its a good one & its all available on iTunes, Spotify and all other decent podcast apps!

Feel free to check out Riseandgrindocr.com for all your essential updates and free EBooks! and click here for any Rise & Grind OCR Merch!

Rise & Grind Host Details: 
Jake Barber – @Riseandgrindrunning
Graham Roberts – @ispiremc
John Chambers – @idesignthisway
George Edwards – @ge_training
Aaron Selfe – @the.a_ron126
Glenn Coleman – @glennyc1981

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Pioneering OCR Teams With Joe Brigham

On this weeks Podcast, We talk with Coach Joe Brigham. Joe was the original founder of Team Brighthammer OCR where the majority of the R&G lot met and now has a competitive team called Sigma Athletic OCR & Trail. He’s the proud owner of the Micro Box in Letchworth, paving the way for small workout spaces which seem to be all the rage right now! He has a strength and conditioning background. Joe knows his stuff and has some solid banter to boot!

You can find more about Joe at Sigmabear.co.uk or @Sigma_Coach


Check out our sponsor Whiskywolf.uk for your plant based, natural, anti-bacterial hard soap and AWESOME apparel! Use code RISE to get 10% off site wide!

Trust me its a good one & its all available on iTunes, Spotify and all other decent podcast apps!

Feel free to check out Riseandgrindocr.com for all your essential updates and free EBooks! and click here for any Rise & Grind OCR Merch!

Rise & Grind Host Details:  Jake Barber – @Riseandgrindrunning Graham Roberts – @ispiremc John Chambers – @idesignthisway George Edwards – @ge_training Aaron Selfe – @the.a_ron126 Glenn Coleman – @glennyc1981

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Quarantine Life – FYI We Are Not Running Around Our Gardens

On this weeks Podcast, We talk about our current lives in quarantine, our home set ups, what training we are doing. What we think about people who are running around there gardens and what George thinks about people who ride Peloton.

Check out our sponsor Whiskywolf.uk Use code RISE to get 10% off site wide!

Trust me its a good one & its all available on iTunes, Spotify and all other decent podcast apps!


Feel free to check out Riseandgrindocr.com for all your essential updates and free EBooks! and click here for any Rise & Grind OCR Merch!

Rise & Grind Host Details: 
Jake Barber – @Riseandgrindrunning
Graham Roberts – @ispiremc
John Chambers – @idesignthisway
George Edwards – @ge_training
Aaron Selfe – @the.a_ron126
Glenn Coleman – @glennyc1981

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HOMEBOUND – Staying In For Our Front Line

Here at Rise & Grind OCR we are proud to support our frontline NHS workers.

We understand that our key workers, particularly in the NHS are at the coal face of this epidemic and we thank them for their dedicated work during this time. It’s only a small gesture, but anything we can do to support them in this time will help.

All of us are happy to stay in for our frontline, and so should you. So please adhere to the government guidelines and help our frontline staff and those affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

If you wish to contribute, a small selection of HOMEBOUND Tees & Hoodies have been designed with ALL profits going to https://www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk or feel free to directly donate to them.

Thank you.

Wapusk Trail Ride With Ryan Atkins

On this weeks Podcast, We talk with Ryan Atkins. Ryan is a well accomplished OCR athlete who has recently taken on the Wapusk Trail Ride with some friends, which entails freezing cold temperatures, thawing your toothpaste in your arm pit and plenty of miles in the ice cold saddle each day! We also talk about all things endurance sports, top times on the road and some occasional roasting!

You can find Ryan at @Ryanatkinsdiet

Feel free to check out Riseandgrindocr.com for all your essential updates, blog posts, and free EBooks! and click here for any Rise & Grind OCR Merch!

Check out our sponsor Whiskywolf.uk Use code RISE to get 10% off site wide!

Use Code RISEANDGRIND for money off your next UK Spartan Race

Trust me its a good one & its all available on iTunes, Spotify and all other decent podcast apps!

Rise & Grind Host Details: 
Jake Barber – @Riseandgrindrunning
Graham Roberts – @ispiremc
John Chambers – @idesignthisway
George Edwards – @ge_training
Aaron Selfe – @the.a_ron126
Glenn Coleman – @glennyc1981