Columbus Monthly recently published an article called Year of The Warrior: The changing world of fitness. They profiled people pushing the boundaries when it comes to getting in shape or staying in shape, and having fun doing it.
If you have ever thought about trying an obstacle course race (OCR), there are plenty of places around the city where you can train that are as outside the box as the races themselves. This year, you can find these races within hours of Columbus:
Some of these races are easier than others, and some more well known. No matter your fitness level, there is no reason not to try one of these races in 2017, and start training for them in new and exciting ways. We definitely don't recommend jumping in to a OCR race without any training. You will regret that decision.
Below, we list five of Columbus’ most unique and effective training spots that will get you ready for your first (or next!) obstacle course race.
The Movement Lab
By now, you’ve probably heard of Ninja Warrior (the show where people way more in shape that you or I try to complete a series of obstacles in the shortest amount of time without falling). One of its first female stars, Michelle Warnky (also profiled in the Columbus Monthly article) owns an indoor Ninja/obstacle gym right here in Columbus. They offer classes for kids or adults, as well as open gyms. There is no pressure when you go in, and you can just try your hand at some of the obstacles you’ve seen on TV, or might see on an OCR course this year!
Vertical Adventures is the premier indoor rock climbing gym in Columbus, with over 15,000 square feet of space and walls that go as high as 45 feet. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an expert (or go to the top of each wall!) to try your hand at climbing. Vertical Adventures has beginning classes and one-on-one lessons that will get your grip strength and upper body strength ready for those walls you’ll face during your obstacle course race.
Peak Human Performance
Peak is one of our favorite gyms around Columbus because they take the time to understand what you want to accomplish and will put a plan in place to get you to reach your goals. Their main focus is on athletes and working to improve those athletes skills. Peak's coaches have trained some of the CBJ players, but do a great job at tailoring individual goals in their group classes as well. The Peak coaches will definitely improve both your endurance and your strength to help you power through any type of terrain you’ll face during any race this year.
Also, catch Peak at our next Sweat Sesh on February 18!
ReForm Total Fitness
Located on the east side of Columbus in Reynoldsburg, ReForm offers all types of classes, but they specialize in bootcamps and OCR training. Every Sunday, they put on an OCR training open gym, where you can come in and try all the different obstacles you’re likely to see, no matter which race series you choose to do. ReForm has both indoor and outdoor obstacles, so it doesn’t matter if it’s raining or not, you’ll get the best first hand experience at what you’ll have to conquer on the course.
Don't count our your local CrossFit gym. There are so many applicable moves and skills that you will learn in CrossFit that you'll need out on the course.
Ryan and Kelly of Sweat Local Columbus