Overcoming Obstacles: Insight into Obstacle Course Race Programming
Looking to help your members commit to their goals through group training? Try implementing a program with a unique training focus, such as Obstacle Course Race (OCR) training. There might be several members at your facility right now who are thinking about trying an OCR in 2018, but don’t have a group to train with or don’t have any idea how to start training. This is where your facility can step in and offer these members a platform to connect to each other and commit to their goals through an OCR-specific group training program.
If you are looking to add OCR-specific classes to your group training schedule, consider using some of your favorite functional training tools with an OCR twist. While members and trainers love to get their hands on new functional “gym toys” — you can also implement OCR-style training with several of the pieces you might already have on hand.
“With functional training tools and some creativity you have the ability to create a fun OCR boot camp your clients will love,” said Yancy Culp, the owner of Yancy Camp and a Spartan SGX coach.
Culp added, “The goal is to bring OCR specific exercises designed for total-body training, grip and pull strength training, lower body strength or core training to a traditional bootcamp environment.”
My gym, Lock Box LA Fitness & Performance Center, has recently added an OCR boot camp to the class schedule. Several members at Lock Box will be participating alongside fellow members and coaches in at least one OCR this year. Now, they can add this targeted training class to their weekly workout routine to prepare them for some of the challenges they will face.
With this new OCR boot camp, we are challenging members to conquer new exercises and new movement sequences designed with the course in mind. The OCR boot camp training tools are becoming fast-favorites of our members and coaches.
Similar to Couch-to-5K programs, an OCR specific training class can help your members commit to their 2018 goals of conquering an obstacle course of their choice, while connecting them with a group of like-minded people to do it with.
Power Systems master coach, PJ Stahl, MA, CSCS, is creator of PROJECT STEEL and a Reebok Ambassador. Stahl utilizes over 20 years of experience and over 25 certifications as a well-rounded elite fitness expert in personal and group training. For more information on functional training tools that can be used in OCR classes, visit power-systems.com.