We have witnessed the birth of a new sport, OCR. Many still ask me what it is. Is it some kind of mud run?
OCR stands for Obstacle Course Racing, and it is primarily responsible for many of your friends epic Facebook profile pics. It’s the sport that gets us away from our ordinary days, and for that one day you are an action hero jumping over fire, scaling walls, and conquering things you never thought possible. But unfortunately these races are few and far between and after a short season, you are left wanting more. You are not sure how to train for these events, and are testing your creative juices at some of the local parks, or join a bootcamp for some HIIT training.
Insert the future of training, we call it Obstacle Training, and only a handful of places in Canada that offer you a facility that can fulfill your OCR needs. OCR Academy is one of those places, so far it is the only place in Canada that offers you classes that include actual obstacles that you find in today's top races. Its 2 signature classes Century ( a strength and conditioning class that is geared to those who already have experience in weight training and OCR's) and the Origins class is designed for those new to obstacle course races and looking to train for their first race or are looking for a new fun way to train.
Now why would you want to do Obstacle Training?
We present the 8 reasons to jump on the Obstacle Training bandwagon:
1- Respect: Picture a teenage son or daughter, watching mom or dad jump over walls, climb a 24' rope and do some heavy deadlifts. Their voices now carry more weight when telling them to do chores, eat their veggies and do their homework.
2 - Confidence: Imagine the confidence you will get when you accomplish something that you perceived you couldn’t? You would take that and apply that to the rest of your life. Hence our moto "Overcome life's challenges one obstacle at a time."
3 - T.E.A.M work: Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) and that is extremely true when it comes to Obstacle Training. When someone triumphs over the 12' Athena warped wall and the gym erupts in cheer, or when someone PR's a lift and rings the bell, its very magical. This is something that you can't get at a typical gym. You develop lifelong friendships with healthy like minded people.
4- Focus: Fitness is one of the few things where you get back what you put in. In the gym nothing else matters, your boss, your partner in life, your kids, bills.. All of these things are details that don’t matter when you are alone staring at the 8' wall. But when set aside all of the distractions and apply your focus on the task at hand, its amazing the results that come from it. Remember divided focus can paralyze you. Take that same concept to the rest of your life and watch the stress disappear.
5- Core Values: We teach our members to engage their core in just about everything they do. After a month of doing this, you will find yourself out of pure instinct engaging your core while sitting at your desk, walking to the corner store, carrying garbage to end of the street, or, let's not forget the project around the house you have been putting off for some time now, because of lower back issues. A stronger core means goodbye to lower back pain.
6- Functional and Practical Training: How many exercises at the local corporate gym, or exercises you do in general have any relevance to real life situations? How often have you heard someone hurting their back bending over to pick up a set of car keys, or playing with their children. Doing Obstacle Training can and will translate to practical and functional strength.
7- Mobility: We offer Yoga classes and our programs include dynamic warm up and cool downs, with so many toe touches you lose count. But what you won't lose is your flexibility, as now you are healthier and more flexible than those your age and even younger.
8- Reflection: After a few months at the OCR Academy, take a look in the mirror.. Yeah that’s what we thought. You're welcome.
Blogging thoughts from OCRA Team