OCRA we think outside the box when it comes to fitness, so when Reebok Canada asked us to try their Nano 7's we thought, why not. They say the Nano 7s are a Deadlifting, box jumping, rope climbing shoe. So the owners and their staff decided to put them up to the test. Check out their reviews below.
Thank you to the crew at the Reebok Tanger Outlet mall for hooking this up and of course Reebok Canada head office for all the support.
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.
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.
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.
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