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Channeling Your Inner Badass: 5 Ways to Improve Mental Toughness

Posted by VPX Sports on Jan 6, 2014 9:10:00 AM

When I first stumbled upon the world of competitive obstacle racing back in 2011, I had been searching for a primal, purely physical challenge.  I had grown tired of road running and traditional cardio training, and figured that a good way to expand my horizon would be to try out a Spartan Race. As one of the pioneers in the obstacle racing world, Spartan builds some of the toughest courses in the sport, which range from 3-30 miles and are designed to test competitors’ resilience, strength, and stamina.

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Topics: training tips, motivation

Overtraining Syndrome

Posted by Team Xtreme on Nov 11, 2013 8:54:00 PM

Listening to your body and understanding your limits can be a difficult thing to recognize for athletes at any level. Most athletes who exercise regularly have no problem taking rest days to recover; however some athletes who train too frequently for specific athletic events, may see signs of overtraining syndrome.  Proper rest and active recovery days can benefit your body to repair muscle fibers that are often fatigued and stressed during constant training. Common symptoms of overtraining syndrome include: washed-out feeling, tired, drained, lack of energy, mild leg soreness, general aches and pains, pain in muscles and joints, sudden drop in performance, insomnia, headaches, decreased immunity and damage to the central nervous system over time.

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Topics: fitness training, training tips, recovery

Fuel the Fire - 4 Tips to Stay Determined!

Posted by Team Xtreme on Oct 21, 2013 8:54:00 AM

Standing on the start line at an obstacle race, it’s easy to find motivation. You see it in the eyes of the person next to you. You hear it in the shouts and cheers. You feel it amid the smoke and chants and near-tangible nervous energy of beginning a new adventure.  

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Topics: fitness training, training tips, motivation, team xtreme

Temperature Training for OCRs – Part 2

Posted by Team Xtreme on Oct 14, 2013 8:45:00 AM

In Part 1 of the Temperature Training blog we covered the difference between relative race temperature (RRT) and absolute race temperature plus tips on how to train for a warm weather OCR when you live in a cold environment. This blog will focus on the opposite, training in warm weather for a race that will take place in a cold climate.

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Topics: training tips, OCR, obstacle course racing, team xtreme

Temperature Training for OCRs – Part 1

Posted by Team Xtreme on Oct 7, 2013 8:44:00 AM

One of the least acknowledged challenges a competitor faces in Obstacle Course Racing is the impact of relative race temperature (RRT). This differs from absolute race temperature, in that RRT is a comparison of the climate in which you train versus the climate in which you will race. With the sport still in its infancy and therefore the amount of available races in a specific geographic region still low, and with competitors targeting specific races that meet their own personal preferences for distance, difficulty, terrain, etc., it is not uncommon for an athlete to be traveling across the country or even internationally for a race.

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Topics: training tips, OCR, obstacle course racing, team xtreme

So You Want To Run An Obstacle Race!!

Posted by Team Xtreme on Sep 23, 2013 9:07:00 AM

Some tips and advice for beginning obstacle racers.

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Topics: fitness training, training tips, fitness tips, team xtreme

3 Tips for Starting a Social Exercise Plan

Posted by VPX Sports on Aug 12, 2013 8:59:00 AM

Why exercise alone?  It’s boring, lonely, and it’s much harder to stay motivated five to six days a week at the gym.  Music improves the situation, but it doesn’t replace the company you gain from a workout partner or group of people to interact with.

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Topics: health, diet, health and fitness, training tips, motivation

5 Tips to Burn Fat on the Road

Posted by VPX Sports on Jul 8, 2013 9:02:00 AM

Many of you might be taking advantage of the summer by planning a nice trip or maybe you have to travel for business. Do you find it hard to get a workout in while travelling? It’s easy to let travelling get in the way of your health and fitness goals, but there are also plenty of ways to stay active and burn fat on the road. The old adage “if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail” rings true in this situation. Here are 5 simple, but effective tips to help you stay active and healthy on the road.

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Topics: fat burning, health and fitness, fitness training, training tips, fitness tips

How to Perform a Proper Bench Press – Find Your Groove

Posted by VPX Sports on Jun 17, 2013 8:52:00 AM

The technique of a proper bench press is something you have to master and the only way you can is by benching and benching often – at least once a week. You have to find your “groove.” That groove will ultimately be the plane of movement from lock out (the top of the movement), down to where you naturally bottom out then back up over your eyes to lock out. For some guys their natural bottom out might not be hitting your sternum, but actually a few inches above.

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Topics: fitness training, training tips, fitness tips, muscle building, muscle, workout techniques

3 Ab Exercises w/ Variations for a Defined 6-Pack!

Posted by VPX Sports on May 27, 2013 9:03:00 AM

Everyone strives for the chiseled abs and flat tummy, and some still think it requires thousands of boring crunches to achieve them! One thing remains certain: no matter how developed your abdominal muscles are, they will never make a visual impact with a layer of fat covering them. Your diet alone may be the deal breaker when it comes to achieving your very own six-pack. A combination of consistent diet and exercise is necessary to rid your belly bulge. If your diet is to blame, maybe you need help from the fully integrated health, supplementation and fitness program VIVO 360°! If you are looking for a way to get off the floor and spice up your dull ab routine, keep reading.

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Topics: fitness training, training tips, muscle, abs, workout techniques

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