The morning didn't start off too promising my shoulders were kinda sore from the Gut Check Fitness training done the day before, so had no idea how I was going to pull up in todays event. There was six stations set at 15 minute intervals, which in theory doesn't sound that bad and more than achievable, with probably between 40 - 50 people per group. Each of the stations were based around two TM obstacles, that doing specific type of training at each of the stations, would prepare you for them. Of course they were not going to set up obstacle courses within the pit lanes at Albert Park, and everything they incorporated could be achieved in a gym or outdoors.
I was not sure what I was expecting, but I really did not expect to sweat as much as I did. It definitely got the heart rate pumping and the diversity of each stations kept you motivated. There was also a good balance of upper and lower body exercises, as well as some HIIT, core and some co-ordination. I would love it if they had this on a regular basis, it was just so much fun.
After being split into our groups, we started off with shuttle sprints and fireman's carry, basing it around team work and agility. Starting off running around the cones and sprinting to the end, this was a continuous until we went into teams of two or three, teams of two carried each other with a fireman's lift and teams of three carried the third person by linking hands.
Station 2 incorporated some zoo training, with gorilla walks and bear crawls (have to love those bear crawls), with a few mountain climbers and push ups thrown in for fun. Working on a pyramid sequence, starting with 1 push up, bear crawl and 2 mountain climbers, then 2 push ups, bear crawl and 4 mountain climbers. Actually made it up to 9 push ups and 18 mountain climbers, then we had to work our way back down before the time ran out. felt the Gut Check training when doing this.
Station 3 was based around core exercises including planks, side planks, cycle crunches and jump squats. Station 4 was doing 20 metre shuttles, within a minute, so you start at 3 then make your way up one every time, having Clem and Allyson there for some friendly competition also helped, managing to get up to level 12, I just didn't have enough in me without a rest for another set. Finishing off with a friendly race at the end (still not entirely sure who won, but it was good to have the push)
Having just pumped our legs with the sprints runs, the next station was not fun at all and have now started to refer to the trainer as Dr Evil. Literally any squat / lunge exercise you can think of Dr Evil included from frog squats, holds, jumping squats and every other squat. Yep, you could feel the burn in your legs doing this one, and yes for some reason feel it mainly on one side of my arse cheek today.
We lucked out at the last station, incorporating team building and agility. Basically we were getting through a jump rope as a group within the quickest time possible. If anyone was left behind, we had to go back to the start at the need of the line to do it again. It was only after everyone had completed it that we could stop. First you had to do a burped and then go through the rope as a group, once done you then got into the plank position until everyone had made it through. We eventually started getting a good rhythm going, mainly after everyone started screeching 1,2,3 GO!! There were definitely a few uncoordinated people, so it took a little longer than initially anticipated. Having good communication and team work also helped get everyone through it eventually.
Keeping you posted on the OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) journey. Letting you know about courses, events and general health and fitness.