Obstacle Dominator
Episode 48: What Is The Spartan Delta (and much more) With Spartan's Joe DiStefano

In this episode, Ben Greenfield and Hunter McIntyre interview Joe DiStefano, co-founder of Spartan Coaching, the world's first international obstacle race training certification program, and after you discover our big three goals for the 2016 New Year, we ask...

-What is Spartan Delta and a Spartan Agoge (click here to learn more)...

-How to become an obstacle course specialist...

-How to get a SpartanX and a SpartanSGX certification (click here and use discount code BEN10)...

-And much more! Questions, comments or feedback? Leave 'em below, and click here to leave your questions now... [audio src="http://traffic.libsyn.com/obstacledominator/ObstacleDominator48.mp3"]

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:13pm PST

Episode 47: An Interview With "Solo" - Obstacle Racer & Adrenaline Junkie.

In this episode, Ben Greenfield interviews Ekaterina Solovieva, obstacle racer, adrenaline junkie, and author of the popular obstacle racing blog "Solo".

-Why Solo started blogging and why...

-Why Solo thinks OCR is kind of like UFC...

-Whether Solo thinks OCR will go to the Olympics one day...

-Solo's take on the recent trend of certain OCR events to go "underground"...

-The book every obstacle course race should read...

-The hardest obstacle race Solo has ever done...

-And much more!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:33pm PST

Episode 46: The Ultimate Insider's Guide To The World's Toughest Mudder

In this episode, Ben Greenfield and Hunter McIntyre interview Eli Hutchison, the mastermind architect behind the World's Toughest Mudder course and product manager at World's Tough Mudder, and during this episode, you'll discover:

-The biggest thing that is going to shock people at this year's WTM...

-Twists and changes WTM will make to this year's course...

-The biggest mistakes people make during WTM...

-The #1 way for crew to help out their racers...

-Post-WTM recovery tips...

-And much more!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:49pm PST

Episode 45: Q&A With Mountain Running World Champion & Ultramarathoner Max King

In this episode, Hunter McIntyre interviews ultramarathoner, 100K world champion and mountain running world champion Max King,  and during this episode, you'll discover:

-Max's secrets to staying fast at a huge variety of distances...

-Whether pro runners take obstacle racing sports seriously...

-Max's top training tips to improve your running...

-The biggest thing that is going to shock people this year in the world of obstacle racing and running...

-And much more!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:52pm PST

Episode 44: Hunter & Ben Eat Vegan And Talk About The 2015 Spartan World Championships.

In this episode, Hunter McIntyre and Ben Greenfield sit down, eat vegan crepes, and give even more recaps, thoughts and synopses of the 2015 Spartan World Championships from Lake Tahoe, including:

-Why a triathlete won the Beast...

-What happened during the Ultra-Beast and why so many people dropped out...

-How Hunter’s unconventional endurance training worked out for him...

-What to do in Squaw Valley if next year’s race is in the same location...

-And much more! Questions, comments or feedback? Leave 'em below, and click here to leave your questions now...

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:53am PST

Episode 43: 2015 Spartan World Championships Recap from Lake Tahoe

In this episode, Rose Wetzel and Ben Greenfield give a recap, thoughts and synopsis of the 2015 Spartan World Championships from Lake Tahoe, including: -The toughest part of the race... -What to expect in a Spartan Beast World Championships course... -How to recover as fast as possible between races... -The ideal pre-race warmup... -Their top post-race meal tips... -And much more! Questions, comments or feedback? Leave 'em below, and click here to leave your questions now... [audio src="http://traffic.libsyn.com/obstacledominator/ObstacleDominator43.mp3"]

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:57pm PST

Episode 42: The Official 2015 Spartan World Championship Special Episode

In this episode, Hunter McIntyre and Ben Greenfield are joined by coach Dennis Wayne Welch (who you may remember from episode #8) for a 2015 Spartan World Championships special episode, in which you'll discover...

-The unique workouts Hunter and Ben have been doing to prepare for the world championships...

-How to handle back-to-back obstacles that threaten to destroy your grip...

-The best shoe/sock setup for cold, harsh or wet conditions... -How to do long barbwire crawls faster...

-The best fueling setups for Spartan Beasts, and how to reverse cramping fast...

-The two most important things to take into consideration when it comes to racing at altitude...

-Which pro male and female athletes the podcast gang thinks will win the race...

-And much more! Questions, comments or feedback? Leave 'em below, and click here to leave your questions now... 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:57am PST

Episode #41: American Ninja Warrior Special Episode With Kacy Catanzaro & Brent Steffensen.

In this episode, Hunter McIntyre, Rose Wetzel and Ben Greenfield are joined by American Ninja Warriors Kacy Catanzaro and Brent Steffensen, and you'll discover:

-How Kacy and Brent train for each of the American Ninja obstacles...

-The top American Ninja Warrior exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home... -How Kacy and Brent use the handholds from ThreeBallClimbing...

-What happened went Kacy fell on the cargo net crossing... -Whether the top American Ninja Warrior competitors use any special supplements or tricks...

-The new AlphaWarrior.com website...

-And more! Questions, comments or feedback? Leave 'em below, and click here to leave your questions now... 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:29am PST

In this episode, Ben Greenfield and Hunter McIntyre interview Lance Cummings, director of training at SEALFit. 

Lance retired from Active Duty Navy Service with 30 years of combined Active and Reserve service. After graduating BUD/s Class 124 he deployed overseas in support of US Foreign Policy with six different SEAL teams on both the east and west coast. He served at the Naval Special Warfare Center as a Basic Underwater/SEAL (BUD/s) instructor where he earned his Master Training Specialist classification. Lance also worked several State Department Security Team contracts with private employers during his time in the Naval Reserves

An accomplished athlete, he has represented the United States at the international level in Military Pentathlon, Naval Pentathlon, and continues to compete as a member of Team USA in numerous paddling competitions. He has won several Marksmanship awards in inter-service competition in both handgun and carbine categories. His current hobbies include Outrigger Canoe racing, mountain biking, running, and CrossFit training.

A licensed Chiropractor, Lance also is certified in Cold Laser Therapy, Functional Mobility, Thermal Imaging, and is a registered Emergency Medical Technician. His certifications and experiences include:

  • Honor Graduate, US Army Master Fitness Trainer Academy
  • SEAL Team Training Officer
  • Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician
  • NAUI Scuba Instructor
  • US Navy Master Training Specialist
  • Certified Veterinary Chiropractitioner
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Doctorate in Chiropractic, Life University, Marietta GA
  • BS Education, Southern Illinois University
  • American College of Sports Medicine Fitness Instructor
  • TRX Suspension Training Level 1, 2 and Sports Rehabilitation Trainer
  • Functional Movement Systems (FMS) Level II Certified
  • Structural Functional Movement Assessment Certified
  • US Military Pentathlon Athlete
  • US Navy Pentathlon Athlete
  • USA Mens Dragon Boat Team 2011, 2013, 2015 – Team physician and competitor
  • Outrigger Canoe USA/World Championship Teams

Lance also once paddled from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean through the Panama Canal in 15 hours. During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The hardest obstacles Lance faced in military pentathlon...

-Lance's top recommendation for minimizing and fixing injuries...

-Lance's favorite part about being that guy at Kokoro who strikes fear in the hearts of participants... -What drives Lance to achieve so much... -Whether Lance plans on doing any Spartans or Tough Mudders or BattleFrog races in the near future... -And much more! Resources we discuss include the book Unbreakable, the Functional Movement Screen, 8 Weeks to SEALFit and more! Questions, comments or feedback? Leave 'em below, and click here to leave your questions now...

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:52am PST

Episode #39: Why Hunter McIntyre Quit Eating Meat, Vegan Obstacle Racing, Alec Blenis & Bacon In Ben's Shorts.

In this episode, Ben Greenfield and Hunter McIntyre interview plant-based, vegan obstacle course racer Alec Blenis.

You'll discover: -If Ben really sleeps with bacon in his shorts... -Why Alec is vegan... -How low-fat veganism can damage your body... -Why Hunter McIntyre quit eating meat... -Ben's explanation of why some people called "overmethylators" do much, much better on a vegan/vegetarian diet than normal methylators or undermethylators.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:05am PST

Episode #38: How To Recover Faster Between Races (And Catching Up With Hunter, Ben & Rose)

In this episode, Ben Greenfield, Hunter McIntyre and Rose Wetzel catch up, and you'll discover (in addition who the buff guy is in the featured image for this post):

-The top workouts of the week from Ben, Hunter and Rose... -

How Rose trains for American Ninja Warrior...

-How to recovery as fast as possible between races...

-Ben's recommendation for the Battlestar foam roller...

-And much more!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:32am PST

Episode #37: How To Dominate The Spartan Combine & How To Become a Spartan Certified Coach

In this episode, Ben Greenfield interviews Joe DiStefano, the evil mastermind behind the upcoming Spartan SGX East Coast Combine (register with 10% discount code BEN10).

Registration is now open for the East Coast Combine at the Blue Mountain Ski Area in Pennsylvania on July 14 and 15, the week between the Spartan Pennsylvania Spartan Races.

This is your chance to show the Spartan Nation what you are made of. There will be prizes for men and women: -$500 for first place -$300 for second place -$200 for third place The Combine’s goals are to assess athletes’ performance and to draw parallels across other sports. If you are a seasoned competitor in any sport, join Spartan at the East Coast Combine to see how you compare. The action starts Tuesday, July 14 at 5 pm and concludes Wednesday, July 15 at 1 pm. During this show, Ben and Joe discuss: -Their workouts of the week... -What happened at the West Combine (results above)... -What's new at the East Combine... -How to crank out burpees as fast as possible... -How to climb a rope quickly...(check out S-hook vs. J-hook here) -How to throw a huge amount of spears in a short period of time as accurately as possible... -How to carry a bucket fast... -How to crawl under barbwire fast... -What it takes to be a Spartan SGX Coach... -And much more!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:44pm PST

Episode #36: Evan Dollard - TV Host, Ninja, Action Lifestyle Expert

In this episode, Hunter Mcintyre sits down with Rose Wetzel to chat with Evan Dollard. After taking on the nation’s biggest and baddest to win the epic reboot of American Gladiators, Evan became the Gladiator known as "Rocket". He leveraged his unrivaled heroics to compete on American Ninja Warrior, and is now a three-season veteran and fan-favourite of NBC’s summer hit.

He is currently host of Esquire Network’s Well-Trained Warrior series designed to prepare future ninjas to excel on the world's toughest obstacle course.

Podcast Topics Include: -How to know when you've "made it" (it involves nudity), -How Obstacle Racing relates (or doesn't) to the Ninja Warrior movement, -Why you don't need to be able to run as a ninja... and is it even a "real sport" -How and why Evan hates working out, -Who can grow the best facial hair, -What exactly is a "ninja quickie" -Hunter has a secret, -Why what Evan does is so important to the sport, -What's next for Evan (hint: it involves comedy), -And more!

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In this episode, Hunter Mcintyre sits down with ten-time Xterra USA national champion, USA Winter Triathlon national champion and USAT Long Course national champion, Josiah Middaugh. Josiah raced Spartan's first championship in Texas against Hobie and grabbed himself second place.

Other career Highlights: -10-Time XTERRA USA National Champion -XTERRA USA Pro Point Series Champion 2013, 2014 -6-Time USSSA National Snowshoe Champion -8-Time Go Pro Mountian Games, Ultimate Mountain Challenge -8-Time Mt Taylor Winter Quadrathlon Champion -8-Time North American Snowshoe Champion -USAT Long Course National Champion 2005 -USAT Winter Triathlon National Champion 2006, 2011 -Detailed Race History

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:09am PST

In this episode, Ben Greenfield, Hunter Mcintyre and Rose Wetzel interview top female obstacle racing athlete Cassidy Watton, and you'll discover... -Where Cassidy Watton gets her six pack... -How Cassidy and Hunter hooked up... -When to use creatine for endurance... -How to get faster splits during high mileage runs... -What to wear during a cold race.... -And much more!

Resources we discuss: -Superhuman race in the UK -Cassidy Watton's six pack muffin top -Ben Greenfield's blue steel look Questions, comments or feedback? Leave 'em below, and click here to leave your questions now... 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:48am PST

Episode #33: Powdered Milk, Canned Clams And Feeding Your Soul With Obstacle Racing.

In this episode, Ben Greenfield interviews top female obstacle racing athlete Rose-Wetzel Sinnett, and you'll discover... -Where Rose gets all her colorful compression tights... -Why Rose thinks she got lucky with natural speed... -How Rose uses grocery store trips to squeeze in her obstacle course training... -Rose's secret tips for increasing grip strength... -Rose's philosophy on training and nutrition... -Why Rose has found powdered milk and canned clams to hold a special place in her life... -Rose's American Ninja Warrior experience... -And much more!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:23am PST

In this episode, Hunter and Ben interview professional obstacle racing athlete McCauley Kraker about McCauley's controversial articles, including:

-CONFRONTING FEAR AND MAKING CHANGES. ALSO, IS IT POSSIBLE TO RACE WELL WITHOUT INCORPORATING RUNNING INTO YOUR PROGRAM?

and

-RANT OF THE WEEK- 5 THINGS THAT ARE HURTING OCR’S LEGITIMACY

We also discuss the Apex camp!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:56am PST

In this episode, Ben and Hunter interview elite obstacle racing coach Yancy Culp. 

You’ll hear: -What Yancy thinks is the secret sauce for getting fast in obstacle races... -The difference between grip strength and grip endurance... -How many times per year you should race to be really good for your key race... -Yancy's personal nutrition philosophy... -And much more

Yancy's sites: -www.sCULPturetexas.com -www.YancyCamp.com -www.DemonSled.com

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:56am PST

Episode #30: Banana Chips, Wasp Butts, And More With High-Fat Dieter & Ultramarathoner Zach Bitter

In this episode, Ben and Hunter interview ultramarathoner and high-fat dieter Zach Bitter.

You’ll hear: -How Zach adjust his diet in the days leading up to the race... -Banana chips with coconut oil as a racing fuel for long distance races... -Why Zach uses Vespa amino wasp extract... -V-Fuel energy gels... -Topical magnesium lotion... -How to run down technical terrain... -How to run/power hike/bear crawl up very steep trails -The best shoes for technical trail runs...

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:02am PST

Episode #29: SpartanUP podcaster and Spartan CEO Joe DeSena

In this episode, Ben and Hunter In this episode, Ben and Hunter interview SpartanUP podcaster and Spartan CEO Joe DeSena. You’ll hear:

  • Joe’s crazy story about a Lebanese millionaire immigrant...
  • How Joe strikes a balance between being with his family and running Spartan...
  • The future of Spartan racing...
  • Joe’s thoughts about The Spartan Cruise...
  • And much more!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:19am PST

In this episode, Ben and Hunter bring on the legendary obstacle racing champion Hobie Call to talk training, nutrition and more.

We also field questions from listeners, including: Solo asks: How to train for the Fuego Y Agua Survival Run (80k+ Obstacle/Adventure/Ultramarathon Race), including climbing, swimming/diving, jungle rivers & lakes, carrying all sorts of things, digging, running brutal terrain, throwing, memorizing, and surviving in this epic event. Jayna asks: How can you recover as fast as possible after a Beast... Anonymous asks: What's the most inconvenient truth that is going to make you an amazing athlete but that not everybody wants to hear (e.g. if you want to get faster/better with hard work vs. simple solutions, what kind of hard work is going to give you the most bang for your buck)

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In this episode, Ben Greenfield hosts Tough Mudder spokesperson Alex Patterson. Topics include: -The recent controversy about Tear Gas at the Tough Mudder... -The new King of the Swingers obstacle (and how to train for it)... -The Ring Of Fire obstacle... -The Beached Whale obstacle... -The Birth Canal obstacle... -The Liberator obstacle... -The Balls Out obstacle... -The Dead Ringer obstacle... -How you should train for any of these Tough Mudder obstacles... -What the World’s Toughest Mudder course is shaping up to look like... -And that’s about it!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:47am PST

IMG_0409In this episode, Hunter is joined by Ryan Kent and Isaiah Vidal for a super special episode on how to prepare for a new year of racing. Topics include:

  • "Off season" training,
  • Various nutrition used by pros,
  • Goals of 2015,
  • Ryan Kent 2015's newest pro team member!

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Episode #25: Why Obstacle Racers Need Bigger And Better Butts!

In this episode, special guest Adam Ster from MasterBodyWorker joins us to talk about the #1 reason that obstacle racing athletes get injured, and what you can do about it. We also talk about giving blood before a race, and will apologize in advance for the slightly subpar audio as we were all "on the road" traveling for this episode!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:55am PST

In this episode, Hunter and Ben are joined by Alexander Nicholas (pictured above), who has created an intense workout at his EPIC gym in New York City that burns 1200 calories, and that ABC World News picked as the toughest workout in the nation. Joe DiStefano also pops in to let us know about the upcoming elite athlete combine in Temecula. We also field questions from listeners, including: Ryan asks: How do you protect your knees during the barbed wire crawl? V asks: How do you transition to racing as an elite obstacle racer? Beni asks: Can you work fast twitch and slow twitch muscle fibers on same day? Steven asks: How do you transition from bodybuilding into endurance sports? Questions, comments or feedback? Leave 'em below, and click here to leave your questions now... [audio src="http://traffic.libsyn.com/obstacledominator/ObstacleDominator23.mp3"] Music courtesy Skorge - Sail (AWOLNATION Dubstep Rmx)

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