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The first how-to guide to help readers prepare for and conquer a new and growing form of distance racing popping up all over the country, written by bestselling fitness author James Villepigue. Obstacle Race Training Bible provides readers with one-stop access to everything you need to kw to prepare for and successfully complete a Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, Warrior Dash, or any of the other international or regional obstacle races that are taking the world by storm. All of these races combine running various distances and terrain with hard-core obstacles that are both physically and mentally challenging: climbing through pitch-black flooded tubes and over walls, carrying logs uphill, traversing monkey bars, crawling through mud and under barbed wire, leaping over burning hay bales, swimming in ice cold water, navigating through live wires, and more. This combination of running and obstacles is what gives participants a very different kind of challenge than they get with a 5K, marathon, or triathlon. It's a combination that also requires a very different approach to training and preparation, and that's what this book provides. Coverage includes:
Profiles of all the major races: running distance, obstacles involved, completion percentage, fitness level required, etc.
Obstacle overviews, including photos of what they look like, the mental and physical challenges involved, and the most effective strategies for completing them
Obstacle-specific exercises that condition participants for the strength, stamina, flexibility, and mental toughness needed to complete the obstacle
8-week training programs designed for complete vices, elite athletes, and everyone in between
Important information on what to wear, nutrition during training, and race day strategies
James Villepigue, CSCS, is an international bestselling author of more than 20 books, including the Body Sculpting Bible franchise that has sold more than one million copies worldwide. He is the featured fitness trainer for Live with Regis & Kelly and he has appeared on The Maury Show and many other TV and radio programs. He has also written fitness articles for dozens of national magazines, including Self, Fitness, Oxygen, Cosmopolitan, and Marie Claire. James is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) under the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and a Certified Personal Trainer with the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the International Sports Science Association (ISSA), and the National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE).