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Obstacle Tutorial: Monkey Bars

How To Glide Across Monkey Bars Among the races that have quality obstacle builds, monkey bars and monkey bar variations are common. But they’re also difficult, as many of us may not have swung on them since childhood. Max from Obstacle Racers NZ breaks down

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What Does the Spartan Wedge Do?

Spartan’s inaugural New Zealand event took place in Auckland, August 2019. If you completed Spartan Auckland, you will have been given a medal at the finishing line. But the medal contained two parts: the medal itself and an attached wedge. But what is that wedge?


Race Gear Check List

Don’t Forget These Essential Mud Running Items Entering an obstacle race? There’s a lot to figure out… but with this list you have one less thing to freak out about because here’s the essential gear you’ll need for any mud run. This is the gear


Day 24: Obstacle Racing Advent Calendar

Day 24: For the final day of the 2017 ORNZ Advent Calendar, the challenge is to get comfortable being uncomfortable. For today, get your running gear on: your shoes, socks, clothes (but not your phone just yet) and then take a shower, run through a


Day 23: Obstacle Racing Advent Calendar

Day 23: So you think you’re a runner? But can you run with a f***-off heavy sandbag on your shoulders? The weight carry section is often the uncomfortable making or breaking point of a race. While heavy carries are not an obstacle seen in too many


Day 22: Obstacle Racing Advent Calendar

Day 22: Today let’s get those thighs and lungs burning and build some obstacle racing speed with some badass interval training: sprint uphill for 20 seconds at maximum pace, see how far you can get. Repeat x6 rounds. Aim to reach at least the same


Day 21: Obstacle Racing Advent Calendar

Day 21: Previously featured in our Workout of the Month series, “Do a little background research on OCR training and three key factors seem to stand out: running, obstacles and strength. Luckily, one of my favourite workouts incorporates all key factors. The ‘Primal Triathlon’ basically


Day 20: Obstacle Racing Advent Calendar

Day 20: Fartlek, which means “speed play” in Swedish, is a training method that blends continuous training with interval training. Fartlek training is simply defined as periods of fast running intermixed with periods of slower running. It differs from traditional interval training in that it is


Day 19: Obstacle Racing Advent Calendar

Day 19: For today’s rest challenge, use no light emitting electronic devices at least 1 hour before bedtime. Why? Historically, as sun light reduces in the evening  our brains have become hardwired to take this reduction of light as a cue to wind down for


Day 18: Obstacle Racing Advent Calendar

Day 18: Previously featured in our Workout of the Month series, this workout will shape the most important skill in obstacle course racing: being able to alternate between different kinds of efforts, and maintaining the same pace while recovering either from an obstacle or from the