“Without a doubt my OCR performance has improved since adding Brute Force Sandbags to my training..."
- Josh Andrews, Team Blacksheep, OCR United Athlete
OCR TRAINING AT ALTITUDE
Outdoor sandbag training at elevation with burden carries in the backcountry of Colorado.
A WALK IN THE PARK
A sandbag training session at the local park…not really a walk in the park with the extra weight.
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Awkward Terrains and Odd Objects
If you're training for adventure racing or Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) like the Spartan Race or Tough Mudder, it's important to take advantage of all the tools available. In contrast to the usual training techniques like running or typical weight training, sandbag training offers countless benefits that will enhance your racing techniques and outcomes.
Using a Brute Force Sandbag to workout is the truest form of functional training, and one of the best ways you can improve your speed, strength, and agility for OCR. It continues to grow in popularity and any serious adventure racer should add the use of sandbags and heavy objects to your training regimen. Why? Because every Obstacle Course Race out there has you carry, drag or toss some sort of unstable, odd object...so you better train that way!
A sandbag is unstable and continually changing form, which makes it a challenge just to pick up and hold. Lifting it and throwing it is that much more difficult and requires a lot more skill and finesse compared to a typical bar based workout.
One of the biggest benefits of using Brute Force Sandbag Training for OCR is that it develops real-life, practical strength. Most of the challenges during an adventure race require practical strength such as lifting heavy objects, jumping, pulling yourself up, and having to navigate obstacles. Training with a sandbag prepares you for more awkward scenarios that deal with heavier weights, increase your grip and forearm strength, and allows you to climb over or under objects more easily. The strength developed during sandbag training is different from basic weight training in that immense balance is required to safely and properly handle heavy sandbags.
Sandbag training is a must add to any fitness routine you're using to become a better OCR racer.