5 Exercises You Can Do at Home (With Little to No Equipment)

We all hear this excuses: I don’t have time! It’s too much of a commitment! It’s too expensive!

We’re barely into the new year and I bet most of you have made some kind of resolution to get in shape and have probably already used one of these excuses. Well, take this time to knock that out! Seriously. Do it right now! Shout it at the screen: “I will no longer make excuses!”

Now, after you’re done calming down your spouse, your neighbors, or any other innocent bystanders who are now giving you dirty looks at the coffee shop, let’s get down to the business.

Working out is not something that has to cost you the arm and the leg you’re trying to make stronger. Yes, it’s true that there are pricey options out there, from gym memberships to expensive equipment that you can order from the comfort of your couch. Of course, then comes the dreaded rut you get into where you’re paying for a gym membership you’re not using (and I’ve been there) or your treadmill or home gym machine is now a glorified coat rack.

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From Casual to Competitor 1

The first of my series. For those who’ve read my Prospective 2017 Calendar, then you know that I’ve recently signed up for the competitive wave at Warrior Dash. This is their first event of the year, and running in the first wave of the day lets me join the elite group of individuals who will be a part of their season’s kickoff. That in itself is pretty great. However, going from casual racer to competitive racer already has its effects on me as a person and an athlete. The focus of this series is to chronicle those changes.

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Prospective 2017 OCR Calendar

Most of you are probably reading this because you want to see someone who is pushing himself in the way you hope to do. I applaud that! Of course, I’m not perfect either. One of the areas I have discussed before as a place where I can improve is in planning ahead. This will be good for me for two reasons: first, OCR is an expensive hobby, and planning out my races will allow me to better budget out my year; second, it gives me a better focus on how I should train for these races, also making me a more focused athlete in the process.

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Tips for Your First Mud Run

I remember it like it was yesterday. The excitement, the anxiety, the anticipation. And no, I’m not talking about my last Valentine’s Day date. I’m talking about my first OCR. It was June 14, 2014. The Rugged Maniac in Dade City, Florida. I’d spent months working out and training for this day, but aside from the obvious, there are a few things I feel like every first-time obstacle racer should know. Here are my tips for your first run.

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2016 Was One Muddy Year!

2016 certainly had its ups and downs. An insane amount of beloved celebrities passing away, an off-the-wall election (that’s all I’m saying about that!), a 108-long championship drought finally ended, and all sorts of dirty things happening. If we learn nothing else from this year, I submit that we remember that anything can happen in this world, and it’s best to constantly push ourselves to be better people. And at least on that note, 2016 has been that for me.

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That Moment…

I’m not sure I could’ve written a more vague title for this post. But I think it’s worth noting here that everyone has that moment that challenges them in a new or different way. 

For me, that moment happened three times in my first run at Savage Race.

Before you ask how there were three “moments” when I should be talking about only one, allow me to elaborate. 

I have two very longstanding fears. The first and less significant is swimming underwater. Even at 32 years old, I’ve never liked doing it. And my interest in swimming at all has been hindered because I’m the one guy who didn’t want to play Marco Polo because I didn’t want to count to ten with my head underwater. 

Well, in Savage Race, I had to face this fear three times. The first was in an obstacle called Shrivelled Richard, where racers had to jump into a container of very cold water (my guess was around 40 degrees when I hit it before 11am) and swim under a barrier to get to the other side. It was the very first obstacle of the day, and probably the easiest to get geared up for. I managed to pull it off. The third was Thor’s Grundle, a quick dip in some trenches of waist-deep water under a couple barricades. This one, while short and simple, was not as easy to prep myself for. But again, I pushed through it. 

You may have noticed I skipped the second. Well, before I get to it, I have to tackle the other and far more significant fear I’ve had: acrophobia, or the fear of heights. As I got set to take on Davy Jones’ Locker, a 15 or 20-foot drop into a pool of water, I told myself that I could do it as I climbed to the top of the platform. It wasn’t until I got up there that I realized I was not ready for this obstacle. I stood frozen in the corner. I wanted nothing to do with the edge. Others asked if they could go around me and I let them. A few even asked if I was okay, offering to let me go before them. It must’ve been 10 or 15 minutes before I finally stepped up. A short countdown and I stood there while the rest of the line went. The Savage team member shouted, “You got this! Go! Go!” I didn’t so much jump as much as dropped. In the short time I’ve done OCR’s, I have never been more terrified of doing an obstacle. 

Part of this experience of doing mud runs is tackling many of these long-lasting fears and anxieties. It is never something you look forward to. It is always difficult and scary. But every time, it must be faced. If you’ve entered obstacle racing for this same reason, you will look this fear in the eye, whatever it is. And honestly, there is little to prepare yourself for it. All you can hope for is to push that fear a little further back. I think I did that. But I’ve still got a way to go. So, my one little piece of advice is this: when you come to that moment, don’t freeze up like I did. Stand up and face it. You’ll push it back further when you do.