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What to wear for your first obstacle race

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Hey guys, Andrew Pap here. I’m giving you a rundown on the equipment you’ll need to train and compete for any obstacle racing event. Believe me, good quality gear will make all the difference when the going gets tough.

Now, let’s focus on footwear. I’m more concerned about performance rather than fashion. You need something suited to you in terms of arch support and comfort. You also have to consider what event you’re competing in. Some of these events can get very wet and muddy. To be able to effectively get across the terrain and obstacles, cushioning for comfort is an important factor. Make sure your feet have the necessarily support, particularly for longer events.

Consider investing in compression apparel. The benefits range from providing your working muscles with more blood and oxygen, increasing performance and endurance, while protecting you bruises, bumps, scratches – anything you’ll find during an obstacle race. In regards to loose apparel, such as T-shirts, I recommend a performance fabric, which keeps the body cool and dry.

I can’t stress enough how important heart rate monitors and fitness trackers are to have during your training. Instead guessing how your body is adapting to the stresses of training, you have the ability to accurately track how you’re progressing.

During the training program, it’s important not to focus just on running. Utilising suspension straps, kettlebells, and battle ropes will prepare your body for stresses it will undergo during an obstacle race.

You don’t want all your hard work during the 12-week program to hamper your performance on race day due to lack of mobility or injuries, so use a foam roller and trigger ball to help your recovery.

To find out more information on how to use a foam roller, check out Cam Byrnes’ video on the Rebel Insider Blog.

For more information, check out the links on your screen. I’m Andrew Pap, your Rebel Insider for obstacle racing.