New Book Release: The Essentials of Obstacle Race Training

New Book Release: The Essentials of Obstacle Race Training

3 December 2016, 12:06PM
Human Kinetics Australia & New Zealand

David Magida, Melissa Rodriguez • 9781492513773

2017 • 240p • RRP $33.95

Scaling walls, crawling through mud, climbing ropes, and sprinting across rugged terrain. Obstacle course racing is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. The sport is grueling, demanding, and intensely satisfying if you prepare, train, and know what to expect.

Only The Essentials of Obstacle Race Training can ensure you will be ready. Authored by David Magida, founder of Elevate Interval Fitness and member of the Spartan Race pro team, and Melissa Rodriguez, former contributing editor for Mud & Obstacle magazine, this in-depth guide breaks down the events, obstacles, common difficulties, and strategies for negotiating all challenges. Most important, it presents the tools and the plan to prepare - physically and mentally - for the unforgettable adventure that awaits.

Inside you’ll find 80 of the most effective exercises for grip strength, mobility, balance, power, strength, and endurance as well as 30 workouts you can immediately start to use. You’ll also find advice on conquering course challenges, preventing injuries, and selecting events and mental strategies for focusing, concentrating, and overcoming fear. 

Through experience and expertise, Magida and Rodriguez have created the most complete, accessible, and effective guide to the sport. Whether you’re competing for your first or your hundredth event, preparation and confidence are key. With The Essentials of Obstacle Race Training, you’ll conquer every challenge.

Magida has been racing OCR since 2011. In only his second race he reached the podium for the first
time and realised he had found his calling. That day Magida realigned his focus from training for road
running and triathlon races to training for OCR. Over the next two years Magida ranked in the top 10
nationally in the Spartan Race Points Series (9th in 2012 and 5th in 2013) as well as other race-ranking
systems. He was one of the first 10 men in the United States to receive professional status.

Melissa Rodriguez is a fitness trainer, industry analyst, and obstacle racing enthusiast. She has held
a personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine since 2003 and a
certified strength and conditioning specialist designation from the National Strength and Conditioning
Association since 2005. In recognition of obstacle course racing’s potential, Rodriguez started following
the sport in early 2011 when she trained and prepared a client for the Tough Mudder. Since then, she
has maintained a blog on her website,, which offers fitness and training guidance
focused on obstacle course racing for beginners. She also maintains, a
website dedicated to tracking and analysing the business of obstacle racing.