We at OCRA have been noticing that more and more of you are looking for something new and fun to do with either your teammates or co-workers. Well, look no further, OCRA closes its doors to the public on the weekends between 1-8pm only to open them up to you and your crew.
Over the last 2 years we have been noticing more and more of you guys wanting to come in and get the OCR experience, but with out the mud, you also want to become the next ninja warrior.
Well our Funness Coaches want to help you be that awesome. You might be asking yourself, what can I expect at a group party?
Well for starters be prepared for the best time of your life
2nd: You get to eat pizza
3rd: You get a customer obstacle course race designed with you and your team in mind
4th: Ninja warrior will be playing on the big screen so in case you need motivation, it will be up there.
5th: You get the entire facility to your self
6th: If you are an adult, you can apply for a temporary liquor license and have a few cold ones with your best buds
7th: You can scale the 14 foot wall you see on Ninja warrior (well you can try at least)
8th: Work as a team to over come all of our obstacles
9th: Kids will get a chance to play our version of Pokemon Go in the dark while a later light show is happening.
10th: You cant beat the price, and our staff wants to see you succeed. As soon as you come in you can almost immediately sense the community vibe in this place.
So what are you waiting for? We are accepting reservations on a daily and our weekends are filling up so don't hesitate as you may miss your spot.
Got more questions? Check out our FAQ section Also if you want to know how much or when we book? Check out the pricing here but if reading is a chore and you want us to answer the same questions that we always answer (hence why we created the FAQ) then by all means shoot us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you heard of the newest and most fun way to get in the best shape of your life? It’s called Obstacle Fit and OCR Academy in Ottawa is the birth place of this new form of training.
It all started when co-owner and founder Joshua Styles was working for the popular obstacle race company Spartan Race, traveling Eastern Canada, building the courses. Every race day he would ask the racers how they liked it, and almost everyone had great things to say but almost always said “I wish there was a place where I could go to train for this”.. Well 5 years later, OCR Academy was born. Joshua saw a trend, he saw that these types of races were popping up everywhere and the Ottawa-Montreal area saw the most crowds. This was a seasonal event, something had to be done to bring this to everyone to enjoy all year round. With the rising popularity of Ninja Warrior, Obstacle Course Races (OCR), and his interest in Cross fit, he hired one of the best cross fit trainers in the city, Mike and after a few short months of him training Joshua, they had a quick talk and decided to change how people get in shape and that is when Obstacle Fit was born.
After their first year, they are already looking to expand, and they recently teamed up with a technology based company who like them wants to change how people learn. “2016 was a great learning curve for us, we were able to see what worked, what didn’t, how people can progress through our classes and accomplish all of their goals and set some new ones” says Co-Founder Joshua. They have a variety of different options for you, if you like a bootcamp aspect, they have that, group classes, personal training, yoga, cafe (with the world’s best cup of coffee), open gym time for families to play, Krav Maga, and the kids program as well We were told that even the kids who don’t like camp, love this camp.
I would like to sincerely thank you for giving my boys a wonderful experience at OCR Academy. It's something they will never forget.
When I first heard about you and the kids camp I was quite nervous. Being a stay at home mom my kids don't attend too many camps. They rarely attend full day camps, we like to use our money to do fun activities around the city. When I showed Raihan your website and the video you have posted he immediately asked if he could go. He even offered to pay his own way. Jordan was a little hesitant and said he would try it out for a day.
Needless to say my boys have loved it.
Raihan is completely in his element. He has made new friends, climbed obstacles he could only dream of doing before, from the time we leave the camp until he finally goes to sleep he talks about the camp and what he did, what he conquered and what his goal is for the next day. Raihan is going to be very sad today this being his last day of camp. I did promise him I would bring him back in the spring for the kids spartan boot camp and register him for summer camp next year.
Jordan was so anxious. He proved to himself he could do anything he put his mind to. Although he has not made friends, he climbed walls, ran obstacles, and conquered his fear of laser tag.
I cannot thank you and your camp leaders enough. This has been a wonderful and exciting experience for both my boys in very different ways.
The last 2 years have been the craziest 2 years of my life. My grandma who I was not very close with but was the last living member that I knew on my dad’s side to passed away in September of 2014. My time with her when I was young was a very happy time, she had such a zest for life that I think she passed down to me. After her passing I started to learn new things about her and everyone said she lived each life to the fullest, she loved doing yoga and was a Tai Chi instructor. Because of her my fiancee and I traveled to Iceland for our first trip, somewhere non of our friends have been but i knew that my grammy loved to travel and she encouraged me to try new things.
Fast forward to October 2015 when my Father lost his long 10 year battle with cancer. Any death is hard on someone, but when they are a local celebrity it was hard to find closure as it seemed almost like a circus. He never wanted it to be like this, he wanted it to be small and intimate but because he touched so many peoples lives, we told him that others needed a chance to grieve as well. I remember that he taught me to try and make my community a better place to live for not only myself but for future generations, to not be a consumer of this world but to be producer, and of course to make a difference in the life of a child (his signature sign off after every news casts on friday’s) He was not there when I was born (adopted father) but I was there when he took his last breath. Let me tell you something, there is no harder, but more honourable feeling in the world but to stand there and watch the strongest man you know take his final breath surrounded by the people he loved most. To me, nothing else compares to that, as it not only breaks you down, but if used properly it can build you back up to be a stronger human being.
January 2016, 2 days before her 57th birthday my mom passed away from a massive heart attack. I got a call from the hospital, I didn't even know she was there and when I arrive I am told I have to make a decision (well basically the decision was already made but non the less), a decision that no son should ever make but as I learned that Death is the only thing that is guaranteed in life, I also new the life that she lived was not easy and that she was done with the suffering. When I arrived to the hospital I already knew that she was gone and that the machines were doing there thing, but I used that few minutes I had to grab her hand, whisper in her ear that I am grateful that she brought me into this world, and that I knew that this life was not easy for her, and that I was sorry that I could not be stronger for her.
People have told me that I did everything, and that it was not my fault but I know how strong I am and I know that I could have done more. Watching her take her final breaths knowing that she was there when I took my first was a feeling that consumed me, it consumes me now as I write this, still struggling to hold back the tears. I am not sure what that feeling is just yet, honour, knowing that I was there to witness that. Anger, as I felt I could have done more to pro long this. Fear, as she did not get to see the academy and be apart of my success, Fear that perhaps she didn't get to see her baby boy evolve from the delinquent I once was to the man I am today. I don't know, and as I continue this journey through life, I hope that I can find those answers.
Watching your parents take their final breaths is an honor, being able to hold their hands, connect with them one final time before they exit this world and continue onto the next is privileged that I will never forget.
In a world filled with so much hate, I hope that I can teach my son that the world is a much better place when you bring joy to others. I tell him to make good choices every day, to make others laugh, to make others feel important, empowered, to never knock someone down unless you plan to help bring them back up. As no matter what you believe in the Bible has a pretty good saying “Slow to anger, and quick to forgive” all the magic aside, thats a pretty good message and I hope notably him but our community will realize that you cannot control others, but you can control how treat others.
Make good choices, as death is only the beginning. Thank you Grammy, Pops, and Mom.
In June of 2015 I went into this new journey with excitement and fear. I had noticed that this fitness competition thing was becoming quite the new popular thing to do and that mostly anybody could do it. All the stories I read were success stories on how amazing this experience was and how it changed peoples’ lives forever. For me all I wanted to do was get on stage. That was my initial goal. I have to admit though that I also wanted abs. Yep, I said it. I wanted to look smoking hot and have that body that most women dream about. Then as I researched it a bit more I became interested in the nutrition aspect of it and how it affects your body. I decided this would be my year to challenge myself to do something so out of my comfort zone that I had butterflies just thinking about it. I found THE BEST coach around and sat down with her to discuss my goals and see if I would be a good fit for this competition. Not everybody is able to do these competitions. You have to be doing it for the right reasons. I for one wanted to improve my self-confidence and prove to myself that I could do something that seemed almost impossible to me at that moment. I soon learned that most women that enter these competitions have some issue they want to resolve, some kind of insecurity or trying to regain control of their lives somehow by taking control of their body. I am a very dedicated person when I want to do something and I couldn’t get it out of my head so I was determined to go through with it to the end. My goal was to get on that stage. It wasn’t to come first, second or 10th…no it was just to step on that stage and show my family, friends and myself that I had done it.
After speaking with my coach I now had a better idea of what I was getting myself into. I thought at first that I would be deprived of a lot of foods and be starving all the time. Well, let me tell you that was not the case at all. I had to eat so much friggin food I had a hard time finishing my meals for the first two weeks! I ate a copious amount of veggies, rice, potatoes, chicken, turkey and fish. That was the extent of my diet for the first couple weeks just to gauge my base line. I was shocked but I was happy to have all that food. The next couple months my diet changed with my body slowly but surely. I couldn’t really notice the changes to my body but my partner and my coach would tell me that I was definitely changing. It was depressing for me because I was working so hard and eating so clean all the time but not really seeing the difference in my body.
The “before and after” pics as well as progress pics came and went but I was still self conscious of my body and worried that I wouldn't be ready for the competition.
During the whole process I was very focused, determined and dedicated. I hardly cheated on my diet (maybe a few times with crackers or a piece of dark chocolate). I did have cheat meals which was a life saver and I always looked forward and planned them carefully. I was tested many times and it was very difficult. It can be a very lonely time especially when it comes to food. You feel as though people are judging you, you feel like you are missing out at times. It's also hard when your 8 year old wants burger and fries and you have to watch him eat it while you have rice and fish. It was challenging to say the least but I did it. People constantly asking you what you are eating, why you are eating that, thinking you should eat more not knowing that was my 4th meal of the day while they only had breakfast. It was a constant obsession with food. Let's not forget the constant looking in the mirror, measuring, weighing and pictures. I was becoming obsessed with myself that is not in my nature. I only really noticed changes in the week before my competition and the day before, when I had my tan done, then I could really see my hard work. I was also deprived, dehydrated and tanned to the extreme. The next day I stepped on stage. I had accomplished what I had set to do and I loved it. It was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life and I felt I was on top of the world until it all came crashing down the week after the competition. That's what they don't tell you when you start this process. These are the hidden demons of competition life. The fact that you can't look stage-ready forever as it's not healthy or realistic.
Now I am aware of all this but even now, 4 months after my competition I still struggle with my body image and insecurities. I would say that I've been more obsessed with my body in the last 4 months than before my comp or even ever for that matter. I was warned about the post comp depression and it is a real thing. I didn't realize however that it would last so long. I thought I’d get over it after a couple weeks of going back to the gym and eating "normally" but no, it has not. Every day I compare myself to others I see on some kind of social media. I say to myself..."why does she have abs all year round, why can't I? Why can't I look cut like her all the time? Why does my butt look like this and not like that? Why can't I have her arms, her shoulders, her.....etc etc etc. Now I do realize that I am not out of shape, obese or flabby. I have always been active and in shape. Then why am I thinking these thoughts on a regular basis? Why am I so consumed with how I should look? I've always been one to compare myself to others but it was never this bad. I feel like this comp made me see a side of me that was beyond the reach of most people and I lived it and now I’m back down to earth and I have to accept that I can't and shouldn't look like that all the time. I am relentlessly working on trying to avoid social media (easier said than done) and talking to myself. I am still very active at the gym, going 4 times a week and eating clean 95% of the time. I am never happy with my results and I’m impatient, wanting to see more results faster. My goal is to gain muscle and that is not an easy task. For me it would probably take at least 1 year to grow 5-10lbs of muscle to be able to compete in nationals naturally.
Now I could continue this journey and always follow that same path but I think I’ve come to realize that it's not necessarily what I want. I want to be fit and healthy, yes, but I don't think I want to go through the ups and downs of competition just because of the aftermath and what's it’s done to me. Maybe one day I’ll learn to accept my body the way it is and be ok with not having abs 365 days a year but for now, I’m still dealing with the post comp blues and it's going to take a while for me to get out of it. I'm not saying NO to more competition but I’m saying NO for right now, at least until I get back to being me and being ok with it.
We here at OCR Academy, your number 1 obstacle training destination has a few questions for the individuals putting on this Canadian Ninja Warrior thing.
Your website looks like a high school computer student designed it. Check out the difference in quality between the ANW and CNW sites..
Nowhere in the Canadian version does it state requirements, legal age, citizenships, or make reference to the production company hosting the event (a little something that adds legitimacy). For instance the company that is producing ANW is http://www.adeignco.com/about/ and the company that puts on Amazing race Canada (a franchise) is Insight Productions.
Sponsors, where is the $100 grand prize coming from? Generally speaking if a company is putting that much money up for grabs they would want a little ROI (return on investment). The event is scheduled to take place July of this year so the stage should be set. Personally I believe the promotion of the final stage should be shared so athletes know what to prepare for. I think the promoters of this event are relying solely on the popularity and hard work done by the American show.
Check this out.
If you click on the link above you can see this is a facility that a company in Ontario called Adventure Solutions (the one and only company that provides the ANW obstacles and also the one who does a lot of the other facilities in North America) states that this is a picture of a facility in the UK, not Toronto. The picture above is also the same picture that is featured on the Canadian Warrior Ninja IG account and they state
“canadianninjawarriorDo you have what it takes to concur the ultimate challenge Test your physical limits at canadian ninja warrior Toronto 2016 #toronto #canada”
This post on their IG account misleads people to think that this is the structure that they will be competing on when in fact its a facility in the United Kingdom.
Now with my final thoughts. If this event is truly happening, that is awesome and great job on the end of the organizers by making this possible with very little marketing and piss poor structure. I believe that this is not the case and the individual(s) is just testing the waters to see if it could be profitable. To the people in charge you are playing with peoples vulnerabilities and acting extremely irresponsible with peoples passions and that my friend is not cool. When you dangle $100k in peoples face you create false hope.
What I can tell you is that OCR Academy is working on a very exciting project. It's too early to divulge too much information but I can tell you this, it will be epic and something that Ottawa and Canada would be proud of.
Watch out 2017, its not only the year that Canada turns 150, but also the year that the Academy goes BIG.
Study: Conducted by Kinesiology researcher, and Director of The Running Injury Clinic, Dr Reed Ferber at the University of Calgary
Everywhere I look I see guys and gals wearing compression sleeve, pants, sox, suits and tops.. I asked myself why are they wearing that? Is it to increase strength, look cool, or prevent injury?
Improve performance? If this piece of clothing improves someone’s performance, should they be allowed to compete in it? I mean is it not giving them an unfair advantage?
Fashion? I will just leave that one alone..
Prevent injury? This I can understand but how is someone going to get faster at cycling, if they have the training wheels on all the time? How do you expect to get stronger, if the compression is doing the work? Shouldn’t you learn how to engage your stabilizer muscles while training so that come race day you arent relying on some fancy well marketed piece of clothing?
With core shorts being introduced in 2005 by a BC physiotherapist, the main purpose is to “utilize a series of strategically angled elastics to produce anatomically correct compression shorts.” Since then, there has been an explosion of different compression socks, full-leg, and short-type garments and there’s a lot of mis-information floating around there. So what is the science behind running with compression clothing?
First, it’s important to realize that there have been absolutely no research studies investigating whether compression gear, of any kind, can help prevent or treat an injury. Any such claims are simply based on marketing. That’s not to say that there may not be some potential benefit. One study, which involved military athletes, reported reduced muscle oscillation (let’s call it tissue jiggle) during jump landing and while running when wearing full-leg compression clothing.
Decreased oscillation can reduce oxygen and elastic demand to the muscle and is thought to aid in injury recovery. However, this study involved healthy military recruits so how reduced oscillation translates to reduced injuries cannot be answered. Certainly though, how a piece of compression clothing helps to prevent an injury is a complex problem and one worthy of attention from the research community.
Most research has centered on whether compression gear can help improve sprint and endurance running performance. One study from New Zealand and Australia looked at 400m-sprint performance for a group of 11 male athletes. Each sprinter performed six runs. Two of the runs were completed while wearing either full-leg compression garments, short-length compression garments with compression socks, or no compression clothing. No differences in sprint time, 100m-split time, heart rate, blood lactate, or perceived soreness were found across the three conditions. However, there was a trend towards improved blood lactate clearance (how quickly lactic acid is moved out of your muscles) and a reduced perceived effort when wearing the full-leg compression garment. A handful of other sprint-studies have reported similar results.
With respect to longer distances, one study involved 25 rugby players who performed two, 30 minute treadmill runs, with and without full-leg compression gear. Every five minutes the intensity (speed and incline) was increased and blood lactate and pH (acid balance) were measured. Overall, no differences in pH were found but a small decrease in lactate concentrations, similar to the previously mentioned sprint study, were measured. In a similar study, 11 elite runners were monitored while running at 90% of their VO2 max and while wearing full-leg compression gear as compared to a control condition of loose shorts. Overall, no differences in oxygen consumption, tissue oxygenation, lactate concentration, or heart rate were measured.
So, the few studies that have investigated the effect of compression clothing on sprinting and endurance running, have reported modest-to-no effect in terms of physiological measures and overall performance times.
Finally, I’ll interject some of my own hypotheses and opinions. Entering the term “compression clothing” into the National Library of Medicine returns only 15 research studies. Of those studies, less than half were well-controlled scientific investigations and I’ve discussed most of them in this article. So clearly research needs to be conducted to help you, the runner, understand the pros and cons. Based on the paucity of research, I’ll state that if you think compression clothing helps your run – wear it! As I’ve said many times in previous articles, the root cause of running injuries is complex and cannot simply be prevented or resolved by any one piece of clothing, shoe, or strengthening exercise. Be body-aware and experience the joy of running – while wearing a piece of clothing that prevents tissue jiggle or not… your choice.
Above is the opinion on the Dr who performed the study and I have to disagree, the clothing has yet to proven to be effective in anyway, If your goal is to be the very best you can be, you can achieve this without some well marketed clothing. Cross Train, train different parts of your body so that everything works in conjunction with one another. If you are training to be functional, dont use machines or equipment that builds an aesthetically appealing body that will break in the real world.
Not that I am a pro crossfitter by any means, but when they say don’t use machines, become one, I couldn’t agree more. Stay Humble, Honest and, above all else, Hungry.
With Remembrance Day coming up, we at OCR Academy will remain open, and our workouts will be inspired by the troops who paid the ultimate price to allow us the luxury to live a life of freedom and allow us the freedom to make choices.
We sometimes forget the privileges that we are granted thanks to the service of our military men and women. The freedom to be able to walk down the streets and hear the birds chirping, not gun fire, the freedom to enjoy the different colours mother nature puts on in our local and National Parks, and not the destruction of manmade weapons. The freedom to dress however way we want and not be punished by either public humiliation or even jail time. Marry whoever we want, and open our doors to the public and not be afraid of military coming in and big dicking us.
The fact that our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and grandparents have fought tirelessly in the trenches to protect us from harm both foreign and domestic is something that we will never forget. That’s why we will continue to honour our service men and women and their families as we know every fight hits home. Nov 11th is the day we remember, but every day we wont forget as we offer a 20% discount to all first responders, our military and their families, as this is our way of saying we know the shit you went through and we are indebted to you. Please help us in honouring our military by wearing Red on Nov 11th and every friday as a way to show our troops that we acknowledge what they do for us and for that we say Thank you. Thank you for risking your lives to protect ours.
We will never forget you.
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.
Happiness, it does not come in pill form, or served in a cocktail, it is not found in a race, or on a island, it’s not just one big thing, it’s all the little things put together. Happiness starts with you – not with your relationships, not with your job, not with your money, but with you. You must find what makes you happy, and when you have a bad day, find those things that make you happy and incorporate them into your daily life.
I know what you are saying, easy for me to say. But the thing is, it isn’t. I have never taken a single step in anyone else’s shoes, so I don’t know what is easy or hard for anyone else, but I do know that for me it took 10 years of destructive living before I found what works for ME, not anyone else but me. I was not always the man I am today, but my past helped shape me in who I am today, and the man I am today will help shape who I will be tomorrow.
I was raised in a foster care system, where I was told that I was nothing more than 20$ a day to that person, I was for the majority of my teenage years treated as pay cheque, as a job, no compassion, no sympathy was shared on me. Now I did have some amazing influences in my life, a local broadcaster came into my life as a mentor and soon a father, an emergency care worker who I believe is an Angel, she was a part of my journey for a short time, but in that short time she helped shape me in who I am today. Years later thanks to social media we were able to reconnect and I am forever grateful for her and her family for what they did for me. But unfortunately a teenager needs constant care, and part time influences where not enough to keep me focused on what I needed to do. I was easily influenced by the wrong crowd and I made unfortunate life choices that eventually ended me up behind bars. I was homeless at one time, sleeping on friend’s couches and on some nights in bus shelters. My life was so destructive that one night I was sitting on my bed with my head down looking in one hand a bottle of oxy, and in another a bottle of jack. I spent my rent money on these items, I was done with the pain of being alone. Seconds before I was to down the pain numbing bottles, my dog buster walked intot he room and sat in between my legs with his head in my lap, looking up to me, with his puppy like eyes I broke down. I’ve never cried so much in my entire life.
I thought how selfish of me, I am not alone, this animal needs me, he needs me to do the simplest things that bring him so much joy. I mean scratching his belly, feeding him, taking him for walks, tossing a ball, brings him so much joy. Why can’t I find similar joy in very simple things? SO I tossed the bottles, got a gig as a DJ for a new year’s event (that saved my rent) and I decided that I would give up booze as a new year’s resolution and run the 10k race. That night I passed up a few bumps from some “friends” and patron bottle service, as this was my first test. SO I passed my first test and started the year sober, 6 months later I ran my first 10k in sub 42 mins (exceeded my goal) and I haven’t been drunk since. Now I can have a drink here and there and not worry about my past coming back.
If you are looking for a secret remedy or an answer to your problems, I don’t have it, but what I can tell you is that the answer is out there, you just have to find it. I mean it took me 10 years, I didn’t realize that 2 years after that 10k race that I would later work for Spartan Race, I had no clue that 5 years after my first Spartan Race that I would be opening up a 6,000 square foot OCR training facility and I would say you are crazy that 7 years after my suicide attempt that I would be inspiring so many others with my words and actions.
Remember it’s your shoes, your choice and your life to live. Some of us don’t need to hit rock bottom to realize our true potential, but realize that where we are today is a direct correlation on where we have been, and I am firm proponent that to know where we are going is we must first remember where we have been, so that we don’t repeat the same mistakes.
Life is an Obstacle course, and our happiness is the medal. Wear it loud and proud.
Now excuse me while I dance. As my dad always said, every day that we wake up is a good day to dance.
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