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Best Headlamp for Obstacle Course Races

If you have ever raced in the dark, you know how important a high-quality headlamp is to the success of your race. It could be the difference between winning or not winning, or it could be the difference between finishing and not finishing. We have been asked for recommendations for headlamps before, but until now, we hadn’t found one that was “the best” one. We were introduced to the Wisdom Miner’s Cap Lamp (yes, miner as in works underground in complete darkness), and wanted to talk about why we think it is the best headlamp for a Hurricane Heat, Agoge, World’s Toughest Mudder, Ultra Beast, hiking, and any other ultra-endurance event where you will need to have a light just so you can continue the race. What defines a great headlamp? Four things come to mind immediately: Brightness Battery Life Water-Proof Ruggedness Brightness Brightness in headlamps is measured in lumens. If you have ever shopped for a headlamp, you may have noticed this measurement on the packaging. Lumens are a measure of power. It is the total quality of light the lamp emits in all directions. The Wisdom Miner’s Cap Lamp has three levels of brightness. These levels are 50Lm for the low setting, 265Lm for the medium setting, and 533Lm for the high setting. I don’t know about you, but this is the first time I have seen a lamp that goes up to 533Lm. While brightness is one aspect of how well a lamp will show you the way, there is also the focus of the lamp. The Wisdom 4A incorporates a triple LED array that features a...

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....

NBC Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge PREVIEW and Airing Date!

CLICK TO WATCH! We have an airing date! June 13th 10/9 Central will be the airing date for NBC’s Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge! If you live here in Charleston, or are going to be visiting, we invite you to watch it with us! Details on the location coming soon. We couldn’t have asked for a team with more heart. Watch for us, Team Charleston Warriors. Our awesome ELITE athlete, Orla Walsh, proved to be not only an amazing athlete, but an amazing leader of our Charleston Warriors team. At ages 37 (me), 38 (Stephen), 39 (Elea), and 44 (Adam), we took advantage of our years of experience on that course. We can’t wait to see how the final editing turns out! I wish you all could have been there in person. The competition was fierce and close, and the tears streaming down the faces of the people in the audience are real. I’m tearing up right now as I type this and think back to all the heart that was poured into those days. NBC did a wonderful job in casting people who live real lives, face real struggles, and kick butt when they can fit it into their really busy schedules. These modern day warriors are going to inspire you and make you feel emotions you probably haven’t felt in years. If you aren’t familiar with the Spartan Race or American Ninja Warrior yet, click the links to see what I’m talking about. We will keep you up to date via email and you can follow performance-focused and Spartan-inspired social media through TheAthElite channels: Instagram Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Google+ YouTube Pinterest  I want...

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...

Welcome to TheAthElite Community

Welcome to TheAthElite community where you will find information on the following topics: HIGH INTENSITY SPORT-SPECIFIC TRAINING PERFORMANCE-BASED NUTRITION MENTAL TOUGHNESS… the most important element. Let us know if you ever have any questions. We are dedicated to inspiring your inner “Natural Born Killer”.     Share the tough...