Obstacle Race Training Plan – Short Distance

$39.00

  • 8 week, 5 days per week
  • Designed to maximize performance in short distance obstacle races
  • This plan is the first plan of the 3-Plan Obstacle Race Training Packet
  • Concurrently trains strength, multi-modal work capacity, running speed and endurance, and overall stamina
  • This training plan is one of the 250 Plans included with an Athlete’s Subscription

Description

The “Obstacle Race Training Plan – Short Distance” is the first plan in our 3-Plan, Obstacle Course Race Packet and is specifically designed to prepare an athlete for a 3-5 Mile Obstacle Course Race with 20-25 Obstacles.  This is an intense, 7 week, 5 day/week training plan concurrently trains strength (lower body, upper body pressing & pulling, core, grip), multi-modal work capacity, running speed and endurance, and overall stamina. It is designed to be completed the 7 weeks directly before your short distance obstacle race. Week 7 in the plan is an unload/taper week.

This is the Version 2 of Obstacle Race Training Plan – Short Distance, updated in December 2019.

 

OBSTACLE RACE FITNESS DEMANDS

Strength
This training plan deploys a bodyweight strength assessment and follow-on progressions based on the individual athlete’s assessment results. In this way the plan automatically “scales” to the individual athlete’s incoming fitness. Subsequent re-assessments in the plan ensure the athlete continues to be pushed as his/her fitness improves.

Work Capacity
This plan deploys multiple 20-minute, multi-modal work capacity events to sport-specifically prepare the athlete for the combination of obstacles and running which are the primary fitness demands of obstacle course races. These events combine a loaded exercise, some type of loaded carry (sandbag, dumbbells), grip strength, and running.

Running Speed & Endurance
Running Speed is trained via multiple 1.5-mile running assessments and follow-on threshold 800m repeats. Running endurance is trained via a weekly 3-5 mile aerobic base run at an easy pace.

Stamina
Overall stamina is trained via end of week, long, 60-90 minute “mini-events” which combine multi-modal work capacity events and unloaded running. These “mini events” are specifically designed to train the athlete for the volume and fitness demands of the actual obstacle race. Grip strength is a fundamental component of obstacle course races and many of the mini-event circuits include loaded runs, rope climbs or other means to build grip strength and grip strength endurance.

 

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

  • Monday: Strength, Work Capacity (20-minute event)
  • Tuesday:  1.5 Mile Run Assessment or 800m Repeats
  • Wednesday: Strength, Work Capacity (20-minute event)
  • Thursday: 3-5 Mile Recovery Run at an Easy Pace
  • Friday: 60-90 Minute Multi-Modal “Mini-Event”

 

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

  • Stopwatch with repeating countdown interval timer (smartphone will work)
  • 40# Sandbag (women) or 60# Sandbag (men)
  • Pair of 15# dumbbells (women) or 25# dumbbells (men)
  • 16-18″ Step, box or bench for Step Ups
  • 20″ Plyo Box for Box Jumps
  • Pull Up Bar
  • Rope for Rope Climbs (ideal … if not there is a pull up substitution for rope climbs)
  • Pull Up Bar
  • Foam Roller

 

COMMON QUESTIONS

How Long will the sessions take?
Gym-Based training sessions should take 45-60 minutes. Mini-Events will push to 90 minutes.

What if I miss a day?
Begin where you left off when you return to training. This program is progressed – each session builds upon the prior session – so don’t skip a session or skip around. Follow the training sessions in order, regardless.

What does “3/5x Pull Ups” mean? How about “40/60# Sandbag”? 
3/5x Pull Ups = women do 3x, men do 5x
40/60# Sandbag = women use a 40-pound backpack, men use a 60-pound backpack.

I don’t have time in my workday to complete the Mini Events on Friday. May I complete them Saturday instead?
Yes – but take Friday off as total rest.

Where do I find unfamiliar exercises?
See our Exercise Library HERE. The Run/Ruck Calculator is listed as an exercise.

What about nutrition?
See our Nutritional Guidelines HERE.

Can I see sample training?
Yes. Click the “Sample Training” tab to see the entire first week of programming.

How do I access the plan?
Access is online, via username and password. You can log in either through our website or through our app (Mtn Tactical Fitness) available for IOS and Android.

Can I print out sessions to take to the gym?
Yes – you can print a week of programming at a time.

More Questions? Email: coach@mtntactical.com

Required Equipment


  • Stopwatch with repeating countdown interval timer (smartphone will work)

  • 40# Sandbag (women) or 60# Sandbag (men)

  • Pair of 15# dumbbells (women) or 25# dumbbells (men)

  • 16-18" Step, box or bench for Step Ups

  • 20" Plyo Box for Box Jumps

  • Pull Up Bar

  • Rope for Rope Climbs (ideal ... if not there is a pull up substitution for rope climbs)

  • Pull Up Bar

  • Foam Roller

Sample Training

Below is the First Week from this Training Plan:


MONDAY

SESSION 1

Obj: Strength Assessment, Work Capacity

Warm Up:

3 Rounds

5x In-Place Lunges

1x Pull Up

5x Burpees

Instep Stretch

Lat + Pec Stretch

Training:

(1) Max Rep In-Place Lunges  in 90 Seconds

*** Rest 3 Minutes

(2) Max Rep Pull Ups (no time limit)

*** Rest 3 Minutes

(3) Max Rep Burpees in 60 Seconds

RECORD SCORES

(4) 20 Minute AMRAP (As Many Rounds as Possible)

3x Sandbag Getups @ 40/60#

6x 40-Foot Shuttle with Sandbag

6x Situps

(5) 2 Rounds

Instep Stretch

Lat + Pec Stretch

Foam Roll Low Back

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TUESDAY

SESSION 2

Obj: Endurance Assessment - Running

Warm Up:

4 Rounds

10x Squats

10x Push Ups

5x In-Place Lunges

Run 100m

Instep Stretch

Training:

(1) Run 1.5 Miles for Time

RECORD FINISH TIME

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WEDNESDAY

SESSION 3

Obj: Strength, Work Capacity

Warm Up:

3 Rounds

5x In-Place Lunges

1x Pull Up

5x Burpees

Instep Stretch

Lat + Pec Stretch

USE ASSESSMENT RESULTS FROM SESSION 1 TO CALCULATES REPS FOR PART (1) BELOW

Training:

(1) 5 Round Grind ...

30% Max Rep In-Place Lunges

Max Dead Hang from Pull Up Bar

30% Max Rep Burpees

So, if you scored 30x In-Place Lunges, and 23x Burpees on SESSION 1 ...

30 x .3 = 9

23 x .3 = 6.9 or 7 (round up)

Your reps for Part (1) would be:

9x In Place Lunges

Max Dead Hang from Pull Up Bar

7x Burpees

"Grind" = worth through the exercises in this circuit steadily, not frantically, for the prescribed time or number of rounds

Max Dead Hang from Pull Up Bar - Exactly like it sounds - grab onto the pull up bar with both hands, and dead hang as long as possible - this is grip training. Stop when one or both hands come off the bar.

(2) 20 Minute AMRAP (As Many Rounds as Possible)

3x Renegade Man Makers @ 15/25#

Run 100m with Dumbbells

5x EOs

(3) 2 Rounds

Instep Stretch

Lat + Pec Stretch

Foam Roll Low Back

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THURSDAY

SESSION 4

Obj: Endurance - Aerobic Base

Training:

(1) Run 3 Miles at an Easy Pace

"Easy" = you can speak in full sentences while running

(2) Foam Roll Legs, Low Back

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FRIDAY

SESSION 5

Obj: 60 Minute Mini-Event

Training:

(1) 60 Minute AMRAP (As Many Rounds as Possible)

5x Renegade Man Makers @ 15/25#

Run 100m with dumbbells (down 50m, back 50m)

5x Sandbag Clean @ 40/60#

Run 100m with Sandbag (down 50m, back 50m)

Run 400m Unloaded

(3) 2 Rounds

Hip Flexor Stretch

Instep Stretch

Pigeon Stretch

Comments:

You can either complete this session from a gym or garage gym, or take the equipment (dumbbells, sandbag) outside to a track, park, etc.
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Where do I find unfamiliar exercises?
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What about nutrition?
See our Nutritional Guidelines HERE.

Can I see sample training?
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