So, I’ve been collecting, sort of, interesting bits and bobs from the OCR world to put into a quickie link dump like this for a while. Only I haven’t been all that diligent, and I have been busy, so some of these are old. That’s okay, though. Perhaps the flood of traffic will make the original writers think that I’m Noah.
5 Things that Are Hurting OCR’s Legitimacy (Blue Highways)—I don’t necessarily agree with McCauley Kraker’s rant (I’ve got way too much integrity to accept sponsorships, until someone offers to sponsor me, in which case, yay sponsors!), and much of it applies to the top racer’s end of the sport rather than the schlubs like me, but there are ideas well expressed here, which makes it worth a read. I’m totally on board with the overall counterproductivity of the non-humble-bragging about impossible workouts that he references in point 3 (or at least, the harm it can do to people who read about them).
More Cash and Mandatory Obstacle Completion for “Savage Pros” (Obstacle Racing Media)—The news itself doesn’t actually interest me, but the revelation that top racers fail obstacles does. At the one Spartan Race I’ve done, while there were several obstacles I couldn’t do, there was nothing that wasn’t doable. I think, with a mix of proper training and less body weight, that a burpee-free run is within my grasp. Of course, that’s just one race and others may have tougher obstacles, and I have no idea what kind of toll the higher running pace may take, but it was still a surprising revelation to me.
Why Spartan Are Not Competitive Races—And How That Can Be Resolved (Mudstacle)—Argues that burpees aren’t a good penalty for obstacle non-completion, and offers recommendations for alternatives. Again, the idea that burpees aren’t monitored for the elites surprises me, and while burpees are part of the Spartan brand, I’m neutral on whether that should be, and I enjoy other ideas. (And even come up with a few myself…)
Survey Predicts Top 20 Fitness Trends (American College of Sports Medicine)—This kind of survey should never be taken as fact (it is, after all, based on opinions, and self-reported ones at that), although the results can be interesting. Apparently Zumba is no longer a hot trend. The thing that amuses me about the survey (and raises massive questions about its validity) is how uncomparable the options are—there were 39 possible trends for respondents to rank, which included things like general training techniques (body weight training, HIIT), social concepts (worker incentive programs, worksite health promotion), specific exercises (yoga, Zumba, medicine ball slamming), and things that make no sense in context of the survey, though they might make for good headlines (“Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals,” which I’m sure ACSM was disappointed only came in at #3 in a survey of educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals.)