MudGear-Battle Of The Lions Pro Team

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Training: Your Body

Having the right equipment makes things a lot easier but without the right nutrition and training plans, you are setting yourself up for failure.  Here is what the Pro Team uses and recommends.  If you decide to work with one of these companies, let them know the MudGear-Battle of the Lions Pro Team sent you.

Looking for something a little less structured? Check out CTG Pro Team OCR Workouts To Go digital book.

Conquer The Gauntlet Pro Team OCR Workouts to Go provides 75+ workouts that you can plug into your schedule to maximize your Obstacle Course Racing performance regardless of where you are. Each chapter has 5-10 workouts that are broken down by either topic or by availability of equipment. Whether you are stuck in a hotel gym, only have access to a treadmill, working out on a track, have minimal equipment or a full ninja gym at your disposal, this book will give you a great list of workout options.

Whether you are training for the 4+ mile Conquer The Gauntlet, the 10 mile Tough Mudder, your Spartan Trifecta, Savage Race, Indian Mud Run or planning an Ultra-OCR (multi-lap endurance OCRs that range from 5-24 hours in length), you will find a workout in here that can help you crush your goals.

Chapters include:
VO2max Workouts
Lactate Threshold Workouts
Staircase Workouts
Sandbag Workouts
Hotel Gym Workouts
Playground Workouts
Gym Workouts
Functional Fitness Gym Workouts
Unique Locations (Ninja, Climbing, Obstacles)

Plus, the book has some tips at the start of each chapter as well as rosters of the CTG Pro Team from 2016-2020. Read the book, check out the team's website and I hope to see you at an Obstacle Course Race soon.

Training Book: Strength & Speed's Guide to Elite Obstacle Course Racing

Looking for something more structured?

If you are looking for comprehensive training at a value that is impossible to beat for all distances of OCR including the four mile 25 obstacle Conquer The Gauntlet., then this book has that for you.  It comes with; nutrition advice for daily life and race day; 12 training plans (beginner, intermediate and advanced) for four different distances (from 5k to 24 hour); obstacle specific techniques; how to stay motivated; and interviews with some of the best OCR athletes in the world.

The book is available here in our online store.

If you are looking for a book that focuses solely on Conquer The Gauntlet, which is a great guide for all ability levels from beginner to expert, then pick up Conquering The Gauntlet.

Conquering The Gauntlet is also now available in digital format.

If you are looking to prepare for Conquer The Gauntlet Continuum, then you are going to want the only book completely focused on endurance OCR: Mud Run Guide's Ultra-OCR Bible.

Mud Run Guide's Ultra-OCR Bible is also now available in digital format.

Supplements to Fuel Performance: EndurElite

EndurElite has a full line of products to ensure you are training and performing at your best while training, recovering and into race day.

Use code REF10-CTG10 for 10% off every order from EndurElite

Nutrition: Luc Labonte, MS, RD, LD

A common overlooked aspect of preparing and competing in OCR is your nutrition.  You can try to get a generic plan but a customized one that fits your lifestyle written by a training professional who also races OCR is what you really need.  Our team nutritionist, Luc Labonte, provides our athletes will meal plans, recommendations, recipes and more.  Contact him for your own nutritional support whether you are racing for the podium or just trying to lose a couple of pounds.  

Email him directly at: 

Or contact him through his Facebook Page

His qualifications include:

-M.S. and B.S. in Nutrition & Dietetics: Kent State University

-Registered and Licensed Dietitian, Certified Personal Trainer, Wellness Coach, and Group Exercise Instructor

Blood Tests: InsideTracker

If you want to takeaway all the guess work in nutrition we recommend using InsideTracker.  InsideTracker provides a blood test that will give you up to 42 biomarkers to track your fitness and current health levels.  The interface is so easy you don't need to be an expert to understand the results or to take actions on the recommendations.  If you are really looking to improve your health, InsideTracker is the way to go.

Order your blood test here at InsideTracker

Use 25% off coupon code CTGPRO

Read the Mud Run Guide reviews: InsideTracker Review

     InsideTracker: Ultra-OCR Recovery and Performance

Pre-Workout (Caffeine Only): Elite Ops Energy Strips

With many of our athletes working out twice a day, a pick-me-up is often needed to really crush our goals.  We rely on Elite Ops Energy strips to keep us going.  They are sublingual strips that contain 100mg of caffeine (think those little Listerine strips but with energy).  The best part is the lack of other ingredients so you aren't getting all the sugar and other garbage they put in energy drinks.

Use code CTG10 for 10% off every order

Order yours here:

Read the review from Mud Run Guide here

Daily Diet: Ambari Nutrition

Our athletes stay healthy by eating low glycemic high protein foods. We rely on Ambari Nutrition to fill some of this need, especially when traveling.  Ambari provides shelf stable products that fill all the team's nutritional needs.  Whether you are looking to perform at your past or just lose a little weight, Ambari can help you.

Be sure to check out their full line of products including vitamins, pancakes, oatmeal, peanut butter, food bars, healthy versions of your favorite desserts, casein/protein shakes and more.