obstacle fitPete Williams has written an absolutely superb book covering the sport of obstacle racing. Having read almost everything imaginable pertaining to obstacle racing and training, I didn’t expect to find any new information. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find the book very accurate, straight to the point, easy to read, and chocked full of information for the beginning/intermediate obstacle racer.  It’s a really quick read and I had trouble putting it down, but since it is on my wife’s Kindle, I had to defer.   The e-book priced at under $5 is an excellent resource and I highly recommend it.  There are several elements, that when combined, make this a great book worth reading:

  • Very accurate and succinct description of the different racing events and companies, including difficulty level, average time of completion, description of the sub-culture, and signature features
  • A simple, easy-to-follow 6 week obstacle training plan that is customizable depending on time and personal circumstances.  The approach is an all-around full body workout specific to the demands of obstacle racing.  I will be incorporating some of the suggestions into my own routine
  • Breakdown of logistics of OCR race day
  • Simple, but descriptive guide to nutrition for training, recovery, and race day

I highlighted a few excerpts that will give you a feel for the book.

“If you’re reading Obstacle Fit, you’re likely not someone who plans to take a leisurely approach to obstacle racing.”

“After all, obstacle racing, like life itself, isn’t about enduring physical challenges so much as it is dealing with whatever is thrown your way. Go in with the right attitude and you’ll be fine.”

“We always marvel at avid athletes whose physiques do not reflect their commitment to training. They sabotage their success by eating poorly.”

This really is worth the $5, especially for someone new to the sport.  It is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.