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TheAthElite on American Ninja Warrior

Steve and Steph weren’t expecting the call from the American Ninja Warrior producers since they’ve been filming for weeks now, but they got it and so they are training as much as they can before the May 23rd filming in Denver. For those of you who know them, you also know they are pretty muscular people by nature. Muscle is awesome, but it is also HEAVY, which is not an advantage when trying to climb, jump, and bounce your way across a ninja course. Maybe NBC thought they would be good ninjas because they were on Season 1 of NBC’s Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge as the Charleston Warriors? Maybe they loved the backstory of Stephen’s military career? Maybe they were intrigued by Stephanie’s crazy career path? Or maybe they loved the work Steve and Steph have been doing as TheAthElite and OCR Radio in the obstacle course racing world? Whatever the reason, this is a once in a lifetime chance, and they will train their hardest for whatever that course may bring. If you are in Denver, CO on May 23rd and would like to attend as an audience member, email us at info@theathelite.com and we will get you added to the list of audience members....

Want a chance to contribute to TheAthElite?

After several offers from some truly kickass athletes, we have set up a guest blog post submission link. We see you out there… sharing valuable information via social media. While social media is excellent for sharing, the shelf-life of a post on social media can be short as it gets buried in the news feeds. Uploading these same nuggets of information onto a website will extend the life of your post while also giving it a home base so you can continue to refer people to your link.   Why Submit? If you didn’t get this from our social media quotes, here at TheAthElite we value our community of warriors. Just like you, we despise the fast food version of life. You are not alone even though it feels that way at times. We know… the learned helplessness is pervasive. TheAthElite is a resource for the brave, resourceful, and resilient. You are passionate about being an athlete. Whether you are a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, you never go half way; and during the process you have no doubt picked up some favorite techniques, learned some lessons, and maybe even started coaching your favorite sport in some way. What better way to position yourself as the expert than writing about your expertise? If you already run a blog or website, you understand the power of creating a body of work where people can get to know more about you and any services you may offer. If your guest blog post is selected, you have the opportunity to be featured on the TAE Website, in the TAE email lineup, and on TAE social media channels: Instagram...

2015 Atlanta Spartan Sprint

Atlanta Spartan Sprint Race Day! Depending on the weather, we prefer to have a start time around 12:30pm. Of course we don’t want to cook ourselves like we nearly did that last month at the Phoenix Sprint. The older I get, the more time I need to warm up and neither one of us really like to rush around in the morning. Spartan races are great like that… you get to choose a time to start versus only having a morning option. Race Course The funny thing about Spartan races is they really like to mess with the participants by hiding obstacles in the woods, mis-marking the mile markers on the course, and throwing in a memorization obstacle. Pre-Race always looks so much cleaner than post-race! Who knew getting all muddy could be so fun? Don’t forget to stretch! We both need about 2 miles to feel completely warmed up so we do some dynamic warm-up exercises such as leg swings, inchworms, and mountain jumper stretches along with the pictured stretches with bands. Race Nutrition A word of advice: don’t try something new on race day. Always experiment with your nutrition during a training run versus taking a chance on race day. Our race day routine looks like this: Breakfast – bacon, eggs, avocado, coffee, and plenty of water. Pre-Race – Isagenix IsaLean Shake or IsaLean Pro Shake and Replenish During Race – We don’t need to refuel during these sprint distance races, but for the Super and Beast distances, we have a different protocol to make sure we an make the distance. Post-Race muddy mess! The clean-up is always a challenge...

Couples Fitness Spartan Training

My boyfriend, Stephen (Steve to guys;-), and I love doing Spartan Races together which means we also love training for them together! Want to know HOW TO TRAIN for a Spartan Race? Check out our unconventional training we come up with in the gym. Getting Over the Walls We give our triceps extra work since they are what propel us over all those walls! Below, you will see how we performed a super set of tipcep pressdowns with the straight bar and then moved into pressdowns using the rope. Our sets/reps looked like this: Tricep Pressdown with Straight Bar: 3 x 10 narrow, 10 wide, 10 narrow Tricep Pressdown with Rope: 3 x 20 (light weight to failure) Rest: 45 seconds   Lower Body Strength This sport really challenges your lower body and back so we tend to do a lot of work with barbells and kettle bells. Luckily both of us have very strong lower bodies! Ladies who have strong lower bodies, this is a huge advantage for you.   Pulling and Pushing As you saw in the video above, we do a lot of work with pulling and pushing. Many of the obstacles require this pushing/pulling motion so we have found creative ways to train! Post Workout Nutrition This could possibly your most important meal of the entire day! What is in a great post workout meal? Simple carbs within the first 30 minutes and protein within the first hour. Our post workout go-to looks like this: 2 scoops IsaLean Shake 1/4 c. frozen blue berries 1/2 banana 2 large frozen strawberries water Mix and enjoy! Share...

2015 Charlotte Spartan Sprint

Race Day My boyfriend, Stephen, and I usually race at the same time and typically stay together during the race but we changed things up for this one so we could take advantage of the spectator area for extra photos. Elite Women I also wanted to give racing in the Elite heat a shot and what a difference… those ladies are hardcore! I loved the push and the challenge. As far as results go, I would have been 10th of almost 400 women in the 35-39 age group, but since I raced Elite, I was 33rd out of 49. Talk about motivation for the next race! Elite heats start bright and early in the morning… which also means obstacles are not completely muddied up and there are no lines at the obstacles! YAY!   The Course I don’t place tooooo much value on the placements since my goal during each race is to give it my all and decrease the number of burpee penalties I get each time. Just 90 this time… I missed the spear throw, rope swing, and straight bar/rope hang obstacle. BUT I CLIMBED THE ROPE! Victory!!!   The Final Stretch… I saw 3 other elite women starting the barbed wire as I entered and I was determined to catch them. I heard someone in the crowd say, “look at how fast she is rolling!” as she watched me gain ground. Into and out of the mud pits between segments of barbed wire, I kept them in my sights. I was alone in jumping the fire pit and the finish was straight ahead… I carefully made my...