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  • Mind Over Matter – Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge – The Finals

    Mind Over Matter – Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge – The Finals

    This was the moment an athlete dreams of, the moment you train constantly for, the moment to prove yourself. The finals of Season 2 of the TV series “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” were here to determine the best of the best and which team had enough grit, teamwork, strength, and endurance to take home the grand prize of $250,000 for Season 2. Continue reading
  • Set A Realistic Goal to Ditch Intimidation

    Set A Realistic Goal to Ditch Intimidation

    "That's impressive!" That’s what people would say about my diet and training regimen when I competed 2 years in the bikini division of physique competitions. That compliment usually was followed by, "I could never live like that." Continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter – Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge – Semifinals

    Mind Over Matter – Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge – Semifinals

    With two first-place finishes, I felt really good stepping into the semifinal round of the Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge. My team was getting faster, stronger and working better together with each race. Continue reading
  • Surviving Your First Obstacle Course Race

    Surviving Your First Obstacle Course Race

    I bet your friend talked you into signing up for your first obstacle course race. Congratulations! But perhaps apprehension is starting to overtake your excitement by now? No fear, I’m here to help! You’re probably not worried about crushing the competition and just want to make it out in one piece, right? So here are some survival steps. Continue reading
  • Turn Missteps into Learning Lessons | Spartan Championships

    Turn Missteps into Learning Lessons | Spartan Championships

    Two weeks before the Spartan U.S. Championship Series in West Virginia (Last weekend of August), I started suffering plantar aching in both feet and sharp pain in my right heel. When I attended the course preview the night before the big race, I wavered on whether to race or not. I felt even more torn because the course was gorgeous —long and not too hilly. Before going to bed that night, I decided to assess my discomfort after my warm-up in the morning. On race day, I taped up both plantar regions for the warm-up. The pump up music was playing in the festival area, the mountains were beautiful and my foot felt OK. With the atmosphere, excitement, my adrenaline pumping and no real pain in my foot (just some general aching in both) I decided I was going to race. Continue reading
  • Maximize Your Leg Gains with Proper Form

    Maximize Your Leg Gains with Proper Form

    It doesn't matter if you're advanced, intermediate or a beginner when doing a leg work-out a curved lower back will kill your gains. A forward pelvic tilt typically happens as soon as your hips drop down below parallel with the floor and your lower back rounds in and causes your pelvis to rotate down and forward. To maximize your gains, learn to rotate your pelvis into a neutral position. Continue reading
  • Exercises for a Stronger Core

    Exercises for a Stronger Core

    Champion Performance's Trainer, Jennifer Rendfrey details ab exercises to help boost your core strength in your workouts. Continue reading
  • Get a Grip – The Fundamental Strength of a Ninja

    Get a Grip – The Fundamental Strength of a Ninja

    Grip strength is one of the most single handily (pun intended) important elements to work on for athletes in just about every sport. In weight lifting, for example, without a strong grip your deadlift record might not go up any higher; if you can hang onto the bar you’re not going to be able to lift it. Continue reading
  • OCR Training: Where to Start?

    OCR Training: Where to Start?

    Have you ever thought of competing in a Spartan race? Spartan races are a series of obstacle course races of varying distance and difficulty, ranging from “Sprint” races (20-23 obstacles over 3-5 miles) to “Super” races (24-29 obstacles over 8-10 miles) to “Beast” races (30-35 obstacles over 12-14 miles). Continue reading
  • Firefighters: More Than Putting Out Flames

    Firefighters: More Than Putting Out Flames

    Firefighters are known for what they do on the job, but many of us pride ourselves on what we do off the clock. Most of us chose this career to help people. And when that alarm rings, it’s a beacon to help someone in distress from a fire or medical emergency. But you probably don’t know that many of us also volunteer in the community to reinforce our bond with the public. Continue reading

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