In this new project – Stephen Mello visits facilities in New England that offer obstacle course training or facilities, and lets you know the deal. There are more of them than you may think, and we hope that this series will highlight those near enough to you for a regular visit.
This afternoon, we’ll be posting our first, and Stephen will be scheduling time at others soon.
Stephen is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Spartan SGX Coach, a sometimes-elite obstacle course racer, and a New England Spahten, and I can’t thank him enough for taking on this project! 🙂
In his own words –
I got started down this koolaid-lined OCR path in early 2013 when one of my clients convinced me to register for the upcoming Amesbury Spartan Sprint. We gathered up a team of my clients that included 11 first timers, got pumped up about our first race, then realized it was still 4 months away and we had no idea what to expect or how to prepare! It fell to me to be their guide, so I did my homework, created workouts and programs, took them on field trips to fledgling OCR facilities, and made sure everyone stayed motivated along the way. Needless to say, the race was a blast, and even though it took us a LONG time to finish, we made sure no one got left behind and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves every step of the race. After seeing many Spahtens at Amesbury, I joined on Facebook and realized the joy and camaraderie our team had was exactly what the Spahtens were about, just on a MUCH bigger scale! Almost all races I’ve done since have been under the Spahten banner, and I’m proud to be a member of such a great team family! So when I was asked to help them out by being their traveling reviewer, I jumped at the opportunity to give back to the Spahten community!