OCR Transformations- Trisha Spuck

ORM presents the series of stories on OCR Transformations. Runners and athletes whose mind body, and spirit have been altered through obstacle racing.

Trisha was never athletic or “sporty” while growing up. She was considered the “princess” of the group and couldn’t stand getting dirty or sweaty. Her senior year of high school was spent dancing, but she had some pretty major knee issues which caused Trisha to make a very important decision at an early age. At the age of 17, Trisha had to make the decision to give up dancing. Trisha’s life became very sedentary. She couldn’t run due to her knee problems and she decided that being super skinny was the alternative.

RECONSTRUCTION OR DESTRUCTION?

Once she went to college she found her freedom which consisted of going out every night and eating poorly. During this time, Trisha’s weight was like a rollercoaster ride. She would even purposely not eat just so she could be skinny. Trisha realized she was unhealthy, “looking back at pictures from that time period I cringed thinking ‘what was I doing to myself?’”. She was on the verge of an eating disorder. Trisha was in and out of the doctor’s office getting tested for various diseases that could have affected her lack of weight gain. This started to take a toll on her self-esteem and she never thought highly of herself which caused her to question her worth.

During college Trisha had three knee surgeries on her left knee for a misaligned knee cap. She had to have two scopes and one reconstructive surgery to help realign her knee cap. She currently suffers from tendinitis in her joints and moderate arthritis in her left knee.

College was also a tough time for Trisha’s relationship status. She was in and out of bad relationships during and after college which put another damper on her self-esteem. The verbal and mental abuse she went through was extensive and caused her to feel like she was never enough.

Trisha

NEW OUTLOOK

In February of 2013, Trisha’s Nana passed away from respiratory arrest. This event made a large impact on how she viewed life. When Trisha went into the hospital to visit her, she immediately threw away the pack of cigarettes she had bought the day before. She was very close to her Nana and her passing was devastating on her family. From this, Trisha developed a new outlook on life and her health. She signed up for her first run which was a Down and Dirty obstacle race event. She had no idea what to expect after she signed up for the 10k version and she was severely under trained and not prepared at all for what was to come.

2015 was Trisha’s year for change! She had finally decided to put herself first. This meant moving out on her own and leaving a relationship so she could better herself and make herself happy again. She experienced a lot of struggles while trying to get back on her feet. Having the support of her parents and friends meant a lot and really helped to push her through. She had previously lost most of her friends from being kept isolated from them in all forms of communication. However, seeing that she could be happy on her own really helped push Trisha forward. She became focused on herself and really kicked her training into high gear.

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FINDING HER HAPPY

Up until September 2015, Trisha still didn’t believe that she could do anything on her own. She signed up for the Chicago Half Marathon with her company and for the first time she was ready to do an event without her past. The first three miles she ran with her co-worker until her co-worker had to stop. Trisha spent the next ten miles with just her music and her thoughts which really allowed her to clear her mind. Crossing the finish line was an emotional rush for her and she nearly broke down, but realized that she was more than capable of doing things on her own. From that point on, Trisha would never let anyone come between her and her training…or her happiness!

After her first few events, Trisha realized that she did have a few areas of opportunity when it came to her training. She never really paid much attention to her upper body and was actually slightly embarrassed by her lack of upper body strength. Her first Spartan Race is what helped push her to change her training. After this event she realized she wanted to become physically stronger no matter what it took. Strength training is where Trisha’s focus has been over the past year.

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HUNKER DOWN

The one event that was most memorable for Trisha was the Spartan Race Fenway 2015. In previous events, Trisha would previously rely on her legs to get her through an event. For instance, during the Hercules Hoist she would rely on her leg strength and walk backwards as the bag would go to the top. This time Trisha was going to hunker down and use her arms the way it was meant to be completed! She was successful and for the first time felt amazing to have upper body strength. Just a year ago it was tough for Trisha to even bench press the bar and now she bench her body weight!

Trisha contributes her success to those who didn’t believe in her. Anytime she started to doubt herself she would let the voices play in her head. Hearing someone tell her that “you’ll never be able to do that on your own” or “you’re not good enough” is what pushes her forward and helps drive her to succeed. Trisha knows she can do it on her own and that she is more than good enough!

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CURRENT WORKOUT PLAN

She really doesn’t have a particular regiment with her training. She goes to the gym and listens to her body on what she wants to do for that day. She tries to powerlift once a week and do a straight cardio day once a week as well. She spends about 5-6 days a week in the gym.

Her previous stats are from October 21st, 2014:

Weight: 145.2 lbs
Arms: 10 in
Chest: 34 in
Thighs: 21 in
Waist: 34 ½ in

Her current stats are from October 31st, 2015:

Weight: 134.8 lbs
Arms: 10 ¾ in
Chest: 34 ¼ in
Thighs: 20 in
Waist: 32 in

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OCR Transformations- Allison Dacus

ORM presents the series of stories on OCR Transformations. Runners and athletes whose mind body, and spirit have been altered through obstacle racing.

Over the past year I have asked people to share their stories to the OCR community, their friends, and even perfect strangers. I have asked them to share some “embarrassing” moments in their lives, dig deep in their past, and bring to light their transformations so all of you could read about them. Overall, the feedback of the OCR Transformations series has been very positive and readers seem to really enjoy it.

Asking people to be transparent isn’t always an easy task. I have heard those I’ve written about say things like… “wow, that’s really embarrassing to read” or “this is so amazing it brought me to tears” or even “I’m not where I want to be, I don’t think I am ready to share my story”. The truth is, we have all come from something we weren’t necessarily proud of. That’s the point of this series though, to put the good, bad, and the ugly all out on the table to help inspire others that are going through the same things in their lives. No, we won’t always relate to the person’s story 100% of the time and that’s fine. But maybe, just maybe…you will be able to pull out a tiny bit of the inspiration and motivation that each story offers and it will cause you to find something in yourself you didn’t know existed.

Everyone has been on a different journey and it isn’t easy to put all your cards on the table. You feel venerable, embarrassed, and ashamed even…but then you realize that it is all in the past and your journey isn’t over. That is why I have decided that there is no better time than now for me to share my own story. This is my thank you to all of you who have been so willing to be my “subjects” throughout the year to make this series a success.

HELLO…IT’S ME

I grew up in what was once a small town right outside of Hilton Head Island (these days you can hardly recognize it) called Bluffton, SC. We used to have one lane going on and off the Island and the only McDonalds in town was on the South end of the island, which was a good thirty-minute drive from my house. Kids played freely in the neighborhoods, we rode our bikes (without supervision) to the convenience store, and everyone looked out for one another. Oh and we didn’t have outlet malls!

Sports were one of the only activities we had to keep us busy. Most of us would play every sport the town rec offered until we were old enough to play in Middle School and High School. Softball, baseball, and football were the largest sports in the area. Clearly I wasn’t going to make the football team and I was a definite Tomboy, so cheerleading was out of the picture…softball it was!

Allison Volleyball

I was pretty kick ass at softball up until High School. I was on all of the All-Star teams, always team captain, and very well rounded on the field. However, since Bluffton didn’t have their own High School we had to go to Hilton Head High which was made up of rich kids whose parents could afford lessons and club ball throughout the summer…and thus, my dreams of being a star athlete were quickly crushed. I was good enough to make the JV volleyball and softball teams for my Freshmen and Sophomore year, but once I turned 16 I was off into the workforce!

My parents got divorced when I was eleven. I remember when my friends would talk about their parents getting a divorce and they cried and were sad, but that was honestly the best day of my life. My dad moved down the road within about a mile of my mom’s house…it was the perfect distance so I could escape when things got too tough.

“Hello, my name is Allison and my mother is an alcoholic.”

IN THE BARBIE WORLD

I did my best to understand the situation I was living in, but at 12 years old there really isn’t much to grasp. I began being very hard on myself. I strived for perfection with grades and sports just to make her happy. As a teen, my mom convinced me I was manic-depressive because of my mood swings…when really my mood swings were caused from her (but I believed her and I believed there was something wrong with me).

During my most venerable years as a teen I lived in a reality were I was becoming self-conscious and I had no idea why. Maybe it was the “get that makeup shit off your face”, or the “what do you mean you got a B on that, you could do better”, or maybe just the fact that I literally had to tip-toe around my own home any time after 5:00 p.m. and the entire weekend. No wonder I developed control issues!

As soon as I could get a job, I jumped all over it! I started working every chance I had just to stay out of the house. Senior year Bluffton opened a High School and we were all shipped back over the bridge to finish out our last year (talk about a major uprooting). I kept my grades up, but I did everything I could to just get away from it all. I signed up for work-study so I could leave school at noon as long as I had a job to go to. I had three jobs at one time at age 17.

I still felt like something was always missing. I hated the person I saw in the mirror. I would get frustrated with life and hit myself as “punishment”, I would lose my temper very easily, I would cry…a lot. Until one day, I found a new way to control all of my emotions. I started inserting my finger into the back of my throat until my gag reflux would take over. It started out as pure curiosity just to see what was “purging” all about. Then, I realized…I felt free, I felt like I had control over my own body, and I had found my new escape from reality.

Prom

On top of the bulimia, I bought myself a gym membership and went to the gym every chance I had. I was only 130 pounds to start with, but you can’t tell a teenage girl anything about weight and have her actually listen. When I went shopping for my prom dress, my size 3 fit perfect…until I just stopped eating all together unless I was about to pass out. By the time prom came around, I had quickly become a frail 119 pound version of myself. It still amazes me that my mom didn’t wonder why we had to pin my dress so much. That night was the first night the boys in my school noticed me…I actually got told I was pretty (no wonder teenage girls have poor body perceptions…just a thought).

Fast forward to College when I moved away and came to Aiken, SC. Living on my own allowed me to actually breathe for the first time! I slowly….slowly….stopped hating myself all the time and I was able to find a healthier approach to my diet and not feel the need to purge anymore.

WE GOTTA START MAKING CHANGES

My weight loss journey has been all over the place! There are two significant times I can think of that attribute to my actual “life change” decision to become healthy and stop treating every other week like a new diet fad.

The first scenario was about four years ago. I had already begun my running journey and become pretty lean, but then I bought another ticket to the lazy train and let all my hard work slip away. I was at a point in my life when I started hanging out with a group of friends that all we did was go out and drink, work, and go out again. I had become a mess and was trying to fit in for all the wrong reasons. Reality set in when I took a trip to Scotland that same year. A majority of the trip was spent hiking and walking around castles which were pretty epic. Except one day we went for a hike that kept going up and up with no end in sight. I was struggling so bad to get up this mountain… I couldn’t breathe, I had to stop multiple times, and I literally wanted to turn around and walk back down. After we made it to the top and enjoyed the view for a few moments, the people I was with cracked a joke (meaningless to them, but a dagger in the heart to me) and said, “I thought you would have been able to run up this thing! Maybe too much Haggis on your trip”.

“Ummmm…….”

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When I got back to the states I realized two things: 1. It wasn’t the Haggis jackass, I had been gaining weight, so there! and 2. I needed to get myself back in shape and fast. So I made the most logical decision and cut out ALL THE MEAT! I also started a blog (for accountability reasons), started running every single day, and leaned my ass back up (went from 148 pounds down to 135 pounds).

WHO RUN THE WORLD

I did a great job of maintaining my “new” self and I even ran some great PR’s during half marathons and 5k events. My workouts consisted of running, spin class, running, light plyometric, oh and did I mention running yet? That was until March of 2014 when my life changed forever…

Allison Running

I had done a local mud run years ago and vowed that I would never do anything like that again! I HATED IT!!! That was until my boyfriend and his crazy ass friends somehow convinced me to run a Spartan Sprint in Charlotte, NC while it was 30 degrees out. I had NO clue… ZERO clue of what I was about to get myself in to. Fear, excitement, vomit, hypothermia, happiness, and satisfaction are just a few words that I can use to describe my experience (no I didn’t vomit or have hypothermia, but I was close to both). I can’t explain what happened that day, but something clicked in me and I needed more of the crack also known as OCR!

Spartan Team

My 2014 race year was a whirlwind of first experiences. I was able to meet the most amazing people from what is known as “the OCR community” and I even traveled to places I wouldn’t have before. I stopped writing my own blog and started working with this dude Matt B. Davis and Obstacle Racing Media (you made heard of him, he’s kind of famous ☺). Even earned some mental scars on Wintergreen Mountain during the Spartan Super (that took me seven hours…yes I said seven). Then the 2014 race season ended and life took over; which leads me to…

ISN’T IT IRONIC

The second scenario of my weight loss journey was when life took over and denial set in. A lot happened at the end of 2014—I bought a house and changed jobs all within 3 months. I knew I had started to let myself go a little especially after the Carolina Beast and Super that October. I’d find myself eating Zaxby’s or Checkers more and use the excuse “it’s fine, I’m active I can burn it off” (yeah if I were Michael Phelps training for the Olympics). Reality really set in this past February when I ran my first half marathon for the 2015 season. My time was incredibly slow (maybe due to lack of training and my new muffin top) and this was the first event that I developed an injury from. For weeks after, I had MAJOR foot pain so I went to the foot doctor thinking I may have fractured something. The doctor couldn’t find anything truly wrong other than, “maybe your shoes or weight gain can cause issues as well”.

“Weight gain…what weight gain sir? Sure I am a little fluffier, but it will be fine it will fall off!” – Denial.

Allison Then and Now

My clothes kept getting tighter and not in a cute way where it was politely tapping me on the shoulder saying, “excuse me ma’am, but I am about to make your life miserable”. It felt like I woke up one morning suffocating in my own body! I wanted to claw out of my own skin. I don’t recall ever looking at myself the way I did during this time. I was sad, I hated the person staring back at me in the mirror, I was confused, I was determined to NOT buy new clothes even though I couldn’t breathe in my dress pants at work, and I was in pure denial! In my mind I was doing everything right when it came to eating and my health. I was meal prepping, eating clean, and working out…or so I thought.

“None of it made sense…twenty pounds? How could I have gained TWENTY freaking pounds in a matter of three months? This can’t happen to me! I am healthy and I’m active, why do I feel like I have a load of bricks in my pocket? Something is wrong with me this isn’t right!” – Denial.

I scheduled a physical with my Physician and convinced him to run blood tests and all. I just knew something was wrong with me that caused my weight gain. All of my results came back nearly perfect (well all except for my weight at 158 pounds and a BMI above the range it should have been). I still wasn’t convinced that “I” was actually the problem. Shit got real one Friday night when I had to tell David our Friday date night was going to be at the ER. I had to leave work early in agony I couldn’t explain in my abdomen and lower back. After six hours and a few crazy tests later I was told I had a bad Kidney infection.

Fit Fam

I had to go back to my Physician for several follow-ups because I kept having Kidney issues or I would pull a muscle at the gym. I HAD IT! I was done getting injured, I was done getting sick, and I was done feeling like a sausage stuffed in casing…DONE!

I finally made an appointment with my Physician in August to get to the bottom of it all. He gave me the reality check that literally everything that was happening to me was directly related to rapid weight gain (I mean I went from 138-140 pounds to 158 pounds in a matter of six months for goodness sakes, there has to be consequences DUH). On that day, the Sheriff (a.k.a my Doctor) laid down the law and set me up with a plan of action!

“Hi my name is Allison and I had caused my own weight gain. I ate healthy, but I ate a lot and I kept telling myself I was active even though my activity level went from 90 to literally nothing. I was responsible.”

THIS GIRL IS ON FIRE

That appointment forever changed my life. I knew I was going to walk in at my next appointment and I was going to show my Doc I was serious and I was determined to make a difference. I cut my portions literally in half and I limited my foods for the day, but I don’t have to count calories. I discovered what a typical day needed to look like for myself in terms of food and I kept at it. My secret weapon: I got my fat ass in the gym and started working out FOR REAL this time!

OCR Trans

My goals and drive to lose the weight and feel normal again really motivated me to find myself again. By mid-October I had reached my healthy weight at 140-142 pounds again and my BMI had gone back down to the “average” goal. The difference in my performance was incredible! I ran the Savage Race in Georgia late September and placed 11th in my age group for the open heat, 16th in my age group for the Atlanta Spartan Super in October, and 12th in my age group at the Carolina Spartan Sprint in November (my Sprint time in March 2015 put me at 87 in my age). Basically, I had been training with a twenty pound “weight vest” on so once I shed that weight I was able to unleash the beast that had been brewing inside of me.

I am still nowhere close to my full potential. To survive a race I still have to do a ton of penalties for monkey bars, rope climbs, and most upper arm obstacles…but I train to my weakness and still make decent time with 90+ burpees on the table. For the upcoming 2016 season I am concentrating on my weaknesses to build them into my strengths. We built an 8’ft wall so I can practice climbing on my own and we are in the process of building a monkey bar set using Olympic rings. Training for the actual obstacles has been the key to a better race day experience. I have a 40lb sand bag I run around my neighborhood with and I am definitely the girl in the corner of the gym sweating to death from 50+ burpees after every workout.

Allison and David

Becoming the person I am today hasn’t been easy. I truly believe that without the struggle, I wouldn’t be able to appreciate and hold on to the good I have in my life. We will always have ups and downs, but OCR has taught me how to adapt to the obstacles thrown in front of me. We are all capable of more than we ever thought possible…you just have to believe in yourself, stop saying “no”, and keep moving forward because there is a feeling of satisfaction waiting for you at the finish line (and so in life as well).

THANK YOU

I know without a doubt that I wouldn’t be the athlete I am today without David pushing me harder each and every event (I probably would have never even signed up for my first event). He kept telling me I could even when I kept yelling I couldn’t…hell the man has even built me a mini obstacle course in our back yard just because I want to get better. For all the times I needed a lift over a wall, or even a running push up a hill I couldn’t thank Monsi and Jeff enough for always being my positive inspiration (and for the occasional ass grabs to keep it interesting ☺). My dad who encourages me to keep chasing my dreams and reminds me that it is okay to be just a little crazy (I get it from him). Also, the constant encouragement from my friends and acquaintances on Social Media keeps me motivated each and every day to be a better version of myself!

CURRENT TRAINING PLAN

This may sound crazy, but I don’t have a “real” training plan. I have had to adapt so much lately to figure out what seems to work for MY body and it has reminded me that everyone’s body does something different. Here is what has seemed to work for me: I eat less fruits (1 banana and a handful of grapes a day), I start each day with oatmeal, for lunch I eat a tuna wrap (everyday, except on the weekends I switch it up with an alternative light option), I may have my grapes or a handful of chips with my wrap (I love chips ☺), and for dinner I make pretty clean meals (I just eat a smaller portion than before, living with a guy causes you to try and eat more). I have started to eat for fuel and not just because I am bored which has made the biggest difference. For my workouts: they are still all over the place because…that’s life. I made a commitment to myself to get at least 5 days of real activity in (whatever that looks like) and I have started using my lunch break for runs just to make sure I don’t find an excuse not to. I am currently working two jobs so finding time for the gym has been a struggle, but I am about to start a half marathon training schedule (I’ll keep you posted on how that goes). When I find a routine that works for me…you will be the first to know. Until then, just follow me on Instagram because each day looks different and I am figuring it out as I go!

Allison Transformation

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OCR Transformations- Jeremy Cooper

ORM presents the series of stories on OCR Transformations. Runners and athletes whose mind body, and spirit have been altered through obstacle racing.

Jeremy was born and raised in a rural area of Pensacola, FL. In the neighborhood he grew up in, sports were an everyday affair. He participated in several sports growing up such as baseball, basketball, football, boxing, and track. His older brother was a group fitness trainer at the time and they would go to the gym and run together every night. Growing up his family lived a relatively healthy life style including a set dinner time with a well-balanced meal. Junk food and snacks were a very rare occasion. His dad even grew a garden for the family to always have fresh veggies. Jeremy and his brother would hunt and fish with their father so they always had fresh food available.

As he grew older, Jeremy’s parents separated and he began hanging out with the wrong crowd. He began getting into trouble and he had to stop playing sports because his grades began to slip. After finishing high-school, Jeremy continued to play football and do some boxing, but that became less and less the older he became. At 21, he took a sales position and began to live a very social lifestyle which including drinking and partying. He would drink, stay out late, and ate whatever was convenient (which was usually junk food). Before he knew it, Jeremy was working extremely long hours, drinking a twelve pack of coke a day to stay awake, and eating fast food for every meal. Needless to say, his health was put on the back burner.

Jeremy and Father

FOCUS 

There were several events that helped Jeremy put his life back into focus. First, his son Jaxon was his motivation to become strong so he could be the father for him he always planned to be. The second was that his father had become diagnosed with terminal lunch cancer in July 2007…he passed away only four months later.

Jaxon and Jeremy

SETTING GOALS

When Jeremy lost his father he turned his emotions to food and alcohol. He had become very depressed and did nothing to make himself better. His close relationship with his father is what helped push Jeremy back to the right path. He now uses his memory to push himself through the tough times because he always wanted to make his father proud.

Like most people do when setting goals, Jeremy would continuously set a goal for himself and never start it. He would tell himself he wanted to change and then never would…just excuse after excuse because he knew the work it would take to get where he wanted. However, one morning he woke up and decided that was the day to start and he was determined to see it through. Jeremy woke up, got dressed, and went for a run.

Jeremy Before

Jeremy’s next step was to sign up for a mud run with a group of friends. His first mud run was his wake up call for how out of shape he was. Jeremy knew he needed to ramp up his workouts and exercise routine if he was ever going to do another event. Through mutual friends on Facebook, Jeremy found a group fitness club named Pensacola Fit Club that offered free group fitness classes. He messaged back and forth with the owner (Fermin Banawa) on several occasions, but never gathered the courage to actual go to a class. While attending the Pensacola Mud Run, Jeremy ran into the owner of the Fit Club and a group called Team Dynasty OCR.

Jeremy and Fermin

MAKING PROGRESS

He made sure to show up to class the next week. Although he felt very uneasy about going to the classes, he quickly became hooked. The team/family atmosphere is what changed his mindset. In just a few months, Jeremy had made massive amounts of progress and he had become even more determined to push himself harder. He was able to swap out his addiction to food for something healthier.

After his first Spartan Stadium Sprint in Tampa, FL…Jeremy had no idea how much his training was about to change. After having no clue what a burpee was, he quickly found out what they were! This OCR event turned Jeremy on to trail running, pull up challenges, Crossfit, along with speed and agility training. He even added in a Training Mask and weighted vest to his workout routine to add the extra challenge. His focus became to compete in obstacle racing and no longer solely about the weight on the scale or his physic. Becoming faster and stronger was his goal and he was determined to reach it.

Beach Workout 2015

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES 

Jeremy’s most memorable race was the Spartan Super in Miami 2014. The atmosphere was perfect, he nailed the rope climb for the first time, and he had an enormous calf cramp! He learned a lot from this event though, such as how to train by mixing cardio and weights. He also learned the importance of hydration and how it affects performance. Overcoming obstacles has also pushed Jeremy to try new adventures and to continuously push his boundaries. In August 2015, he participated in his first ever Xterra Off Road Triathlon and he is now training for a trail race series which ends with a 50k trail run on February 2016.

Group Trail Run

INSPIRATION AND MOTIVATION

Jeremy owes a lot of his success for his transformation to his crazy group of fitness freak friends that have quickly became more like family. Fermin Banawa and his wife Jasmine have really pushed him to do things that he never thought he would even attempt. They have inspired him along with many others to push beyond their limits. Arnel Banawa (the GoPro guy) has also pushed him on his trail runs by yelling at him during his competitive heats and during elite races. Jay Owens has helped keep him in the loop on nutrition and is always ready to run no matter the weather! Last, but not least his sister Chrissy McPherson for always pushing him in the gym and all her positive support. Facebook and Instagram have also played a huge motivational role because of all the support he gets from his followers.

Black Water Trail Series 2015 (Fermin Jasmin)

When he first started OCR (and seeing the fast results) he did take on the sport head first which wasn’t necessarily the best way to approach it. This caused him to have a lot of injuries from over training such as hurt wrists, knees, ankles, etc. He really had to teach himself how to listen to his body and be sure to allow for proper rest, hydration, and always be sure to stretch! “Health and Fitness is definitely a life style change, you have to surround yourself with positive people, set small goals and complete them one by one. Before you know it you will have completed them and moving on to things you never even knew you wanted,” says Jeremy.

HERE AND NOW

In 2014, he became a Certified Personal Trainer and he currently manages a construction equipment supply company. Due to his busy and ever changing schedule, Jeremy makes sure to get his work out in before work each day so he doesn’t get stuck with an excuse to not get it in. He would like to take on even more adventures and try back packing adventures, rock climbing, and even a possible month long primitive camping trip to discover new places.

Batte Frog BFX 2015

CURRENT WORKOUT PLAN

Jeremy’s current training schedule includes a recently completed phase of Insanity Asylum with a combination of trail runs to up his speed and agility. He is also weight training three days a week and trail/road running three days a week with and without his elevation mask. This month he has also started back with his Crossfit workouts to add more to the mix. He has been able to find that his body works better when he “confuses” it with a mixture of workouts. Jeremy also keeps a detailed food log and he increases his calorie and carb intake based on his daily training (he may even meal prep for an entire month to make sure he has healthy meals always available).

He has also tried other training programs in the past such as: P90X, P90X3, Insanity, Insanity Max30, Insanity Asylum, Body Beast, Crossfit, and tons of trail running!

before and after

Jeremy was his unhealthiest at 279 pounds with a 44” waist back in 2013. He is currently a solid 190 pounds and rocking a 32” waist (plus he can help push you up a 10 foot wall when you need help…trust me I know).

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OCR Transformations- Glenn Nash

ORM presents the series of stories on OCR Transformations. Runners and athletes whose mind body, and spirit have been altered through obstacle racing.

Glenn Nash grew up in the small town of Hephzibah, GA. However, he lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for most of his life. Glenn was very active up until 2002 and considered himself to be strong and fast for his size (feels 2’3” tall, but actually 5’6”).

He went to school to be an engineer, but has been in the commercial banking world for 22 years. Along the way, he spent a total of six and half years in the Army and Army Reserves. He has a beautiful wife of 24 years with two children (15 and 9). Besides eight knee surgeries, a hernia repair, and a kidney transplant…Glenn has a pretty decent medical history.

Glenn and Family

BROTHERLY LOVE 

Travis, Shaun, and Brent are Glenn’s three brothers and like most families…Glenn would do anything for his brothers. So when Shaun (who is nine years younger) started having issues with his kidneys when he was less than ten years old, Glenn knew without question he would be there to help him. In 2002, Glenn was on deck to help with his brother’s transplant.

After the surgery, Glenn went from biking long distances, running 15ks and below, rock climbing, and diving and lifting weights, to six months of walking and stationary bike riding. Being stationary didn’t hold his interest for long and it was much harder for him to build himself back once he was medically released. A mixture of poor diet and lack of exercise caused Glenn to gain weight…taking him from about 190 pounds to 266 pounds over a handful of years.

Glenn Wedding

PEAKED INTEREST

In the fall of 2012, brothers Travis and Brent along with Brent’s wife, Jessica ran a mud run. Travis lead the team through their first obstacle event and all of the stories shared peaked Glenn’s interest. Glenn could tell that obstacle course racing had many similarities to his military training, so Travis convinced him to sign up for a future event. The following October of 2013 was Glenn’s first event which was the Spartan Sprint in Mississippi.

Glenn had to step up his training and over the next two months he lost about fifteen pounds, but wasn’t making as much progress as he had hoped for. He was currently weighing in at 266 pounds which hindered him from being able to even run a quarter mile.

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CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

In January 2013, Glenn joined a local gym’s weight loss competition (Cycology Fitness- Get Fit Challenge). Twelve weeks later, Glenn won the competition and was down about fifty pounds. He was so pumped about the results that he decided to enroll in the next eight week challenge…he won that too! The trick behind the Cycology program was their nutrition accountability and group fitness classes.

After winning both challenges, Glenn was now down to about 175 pounds and could easily run a 5k. With his new found agility, Brent suggested that Glenn try Crossfit to boost his strength. In June 2013, he added in a Crossfit workout to his routine about four to five times a week. The team at Cycology and Iron Strike truly played a role in Glenn’s transformation and helped him change his life for the better.

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By the time the October Sprint came around, Glenn was ready! He was able to run four to five miles at a nine minute pace. He was able to do pull-ups one at a time, squat double his body weight, and deadlift even more than that. However, Spartan racing is different than a workout in the gym.

Even though Glenn felt 100% for the event, reality quickly set in. Although running wasn’t an issue, he still needed help over most of the obstacles, failed a few, but made sure to complete every single burpee. Victory was his at the end…along with feeling physically destroyed. After taking about a week to recover, Glenn made the promise to himself to never let himself feel that beat up again.

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RUNNING WITH A CAUSE

Glenn has many people who contributed to his transformation. Travis is the main one to kick his butt and has reminded him of their objective ever since. The brotherly bond they share during each race cannot be described in words. The team at Cycology (Linda, Rebecca, and Alexa) continuously hold his hand and nudge him along. Daron and Nikki at Iron Strike Crossfit help challenge his competitive spirit and strengthen his body on a daily basis.

When Glenn feels lazy or defeated, he contributes his strength to Ryan Wilson (his training partner’s 7-year old nephew) who is battling cancer. Running for Ryan plays a major role in his motivation…even though they have never met. He also runs for Avery Akins who is a 9-year old with Rett Syndrome. Tracking her progress and meeting her has affected him in a way that helps keeps training in perspective. Glenn will often run with Henna tattoos that represent cancer and Rett Syndrome awareness.

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CURRENT WORKOUT PLAN

Glenn’s current workout schedule includes running middle distance (3 to 6 miles) on Monday and Friday mornings, followed by 15 to 30 minutes of body weight calisthenics. A few times a month he will swap out his Monday or Friday run for spin class or swimming.

On Wednesday mornings he runs about 3 to 5 miles of speed work and saves Tuesday and Thursday mornings for 10 to 15 minutes of core work and 10 to 15 minutes of mobility work. Saturdays are either races or longer runs via trail running followed by a Crossfit workout. He tops it all off on Sundays with an OCR specific workout which can include: bucket carries, sand bags, spear throws, and rope climbs.

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Glenn’s starting weight was 266 pounds in 2012 and currently weighs in at 159 pounds of pure beast mode.

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OCR Transformations- Leticia Becerra

ORM presents the series of stories on OCR Transformations. Runners and athletes whose mind body, and spirit have been altered through obstacle racing.

Leticia had been overweight for as long as she could remember. Her weight loss journey (when she actually made the effort to lose weight) began in 2001 when she hit her highest weight of 215 pounds at the age of 19. She was THE laziest person she knew. She even had her mom write notes for her to skip running in P.E. class during high school.

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She specifically remembers the day she knew she needed to lose weight. Leticia saw a picture of herself with her brother who is 6 foot 4 and 260 pounds and she looked bigger than he did. She was mortified. From that point, Leticia lost 40 pounds fairly quickly by doing cardio and eating a very low-calorie diet. Unfortunately, this triggered more than 10 years of weight gain/loss yo-yoing. Her weight fluctuated between 175-207 pounds. In her twenties, Leticia blamed her weight on layoffs, comfortable relationships, bad breakups, studying abroad, Mexican family gatherings, and anything else she could blame!

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BREAKING THROUGH

In 2013, Leticia had the most eventful year of her life. This was the year she finally reached a breakthrough with her never-ending weight loss journey. Enough was enough after reaching 200+ pounds for the third time in her life. In seven months, she went from 200 pounds to 155 pounds. This girl was on fire!

She created her Instagram account to use as her personally fitness journal. It quickly became a catapult of inspiration for thousands. Leticia also created the #GrinderGlamChallenge which keeps hundreds of women focused on their goals. Her lifestyle quickly began to change as well. She began to prefer hikes and Obstacle Racing to clubbing and happy hour. In one year Leticia went from 200 pounds to 155 pounds, got Personal Trainer certified, ran her very first half marathon, and ran the Temecula Spartan Beast in under four hours.

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Last year, Leticia received her first Trifecta in Malibu where she also led 102 men and women through their first Spartan race! “No Spartan left behind” was her motto because she is so passionate about Spartan racing and the Spartan way of life. Her commitment was to make sure that every single person in her group crossed the finish line!

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FOLLOWING HER DREAM 

Spartan racing changed Leticia’s life forever. OCR came in her life at a time where she had just reached her goal weight. In the past, it would have been a time in her life where her weight would have creeped back up. Obstacle Course Racing is what makes Leticia feel more alive than ever! It allows her to see the tops of mountains and feel unstoppable when things get tough.

With her love of fitness, she decided to put the 9-5 life away and she started personal training. Finally, after 32 years it was time for her to do something she wanted to do and on her own terms. This was a huge step for her from starting from scratch, but she stayed strong and turned the experience into something good.

Leticia’s dream is to reach both women and men with her knowledge and no-nonsense approach. She believes in not letting people waste money on programs, diets, and fads that will only set them up for failure. She wants to be a part of people’s lives and let them know that she is truly there for them! She makes sure her clients feel like she is their teammate and not a sideline coach.

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CURRENT WORKOUT PLAN

Leticia’s current training schedule is Crossfit three to four times a week, a long distance trail run on the weekend, and strength training on her own two to three times a week. Her highest weight was 215 pounds and she currently weighs in at a fit 160 pounds.

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OCR Transformations- Todd Moore

ORM presents the series of stories on OCR Transformations. Runners and athletes whose mind, body, and spirit have been altered through obstacle racing.

THE FIGHT BEGINS

Todd started wrestling at age 14. With a lifelong background in wrestling, Todd wanted a different challenge and he eventually transitioned to Mixed Martial Arts. As an amateur and professional fighter, he competed in hundreds of wrestling/grappling matches and stepped inside the cage 30 times. He was also fortunate enough to enjoy many travels through his competitions. Todd competed in Japan, Argentina, headlined in Atlantic City 3 times, fought in Las Vegas 3 times, and every major city in Texas.

However, life as a fighter was starting to become un-appealing to him. More times than not, Todd began to feel like he was attracting more of the negative aspects of MMA than he wanted. In his late 20’s, Todd wanted a career change so he set his mind on college and earning his degree. Taking this step helped him realize more interests beyond fighting.

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CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

Being based in Houston, Todd wanted to try new challenges in the world of sports. He has known others to transition to triathlons or even cycling to shake up their routine. Unfortunately, cycling through the streets of Houston would be difficult due to the traffic. However, Todd wanted a new challenge and he knew he had the discipline to compete in a triathlon. Thus, his journey as an endurance athlete began.

Todd caught wind of Spartan Race throughout this journey. He did some research and was pleased to find that the sport was full of like-minded people who were very athletic and looking for an outlet to satisfy their competitive edge. He signed up for his first local obstacle race, The Mighty Mud Dash in Houston as a “test drive” into the world of OCR. Immediately after he signed up for his first Spartan Super in Austin; he was hooked. After his first OCR experiences, MMA quickly became like an old girlfriend to Todd. He would always care of his history of fighting, but his honey moon stages of OCR were way more intriguing.

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DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Getting divorced in 2012 knocked Todd flat on his face in every aspect of his life. His eating habits fell through the cracks and after receiving two knee surgeries, Todd was literally hung up on the shelf until he was healed. After recovering from the stress of his divorce and the knee surgeries, he decided to throw down with a “Texas size comeback” fight. Training for the fight got the ball rolling for shedding pounds and engaging the intensity of his workouts. However, Todd was still binge eating during his training. In order to cut weight for his fights, he would have to drain the water out of his system by using plastic suits and dry saunas, fasting for days at a time, or by eating very little for weeks in order to cut back 10-15 pounds before a fight. After a fight, Todd would eat freely and go all out eating whatever he could. However, during this free time all Todd could think about was the torture of making weight for his fights. Thus, he would treat every meal as if it were his last…ultimately causing him to have a soft midsection for a fighter.

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FORGET THE SCALE

It wasn’t until he started racing that Todd was able to put his focus on a cleaner and healthier diet. Putting fighting on the back burner also allowed him to ease the psychological tension of making weight and his binge eating routine could come to a halt. He was also able to do specific workouts and not just train for fights which allowed him to have muscle gains!

Once Todd stopped worrying about what the scale said he was able to focus more on how he looked in the mirror, this is when his progress really started to come together. The mental fight of looking at a scale for satisfaction was over for Todd. “I feel that we all make that mistake and use the scale as the end all, be all. Truth be told you can lose ten pounds, but what good is it if you still look like crap?” says Todd. He feels like he looks better now doing OCR than he did most of his MMA career.

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FEET FIRST

Todd’s first obstacle race was the Mighty Mud Dash which was a sprint distance. His training at the time was intense enough to handle that distance without a problem and he finished top ten. It wasn’t until the Spartan Super that he realized he still had opportunities in his training. His new goal was to compete in a Spartan Beast and he realized he needed to revamp his training in order to be successful. Now anything can become an obstacle and his runs are much more fun, while being physically demanding. The stop and go format in OCR racing requires a lot of discipline because you always have to restart the engines as new obstacle approach. Todd’s biggest “oh crap” moment during a race was when he jumped into a mud pit with the mind-set that it was at least 5 feet deep. However, the pit was only 8-9 inches deep and the miss-calculation almost caused him to blow out his reconstructed knees!

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CORNERMEN

Years and years of trial and error is what has helped him get where he is today. He has read health and fitness books, put every theory for fitness in to practice, prepared for world class competitions, and he has finally found a way to sculpt his body that he is proud of. Todd is not shy about his progress either; walking around shirtless is his norm because he likes to show off the work he has put in. He is continuing to grow and learn what his body can do and his transformation process is nowhere near complete. Throughout his MMA career, Professor Travis Tooke of Team Tooke Martial Arts has been the example he tries to follow as an athlete, coach, and all around standup guy. Through OCR, Coach James Wyatt of Iron Sports has taught Todd a lot on how to prepare for OCR races.

CURRENT WORKOUT PLAN

Todd’s typical training day consists of ½ hour cardio followed by an hour or so of weight training. The weight training normally consists of a split routine with different body parts each day for 5-7 days a week in the morning along with a workout concentrated for OCR in the evening. Usually the evening runs are tailored for which event is coming up. Normally the workout consists of a 4-6 mile trail run with 20-30 check points within the run. The check points will hit various exercises from burpees to muscle ups or chin ups. Other days he will do a 3-4 fast paced miles and then a mindless 6-10 mile run other times. This routine has changed drastically since his fighting day where he would spend day after day sparring.

Todd Transformation

During his fighting career, Todd was typically 185 pounds and fought as a welterweight which was 170 pounds and even fought as a lightweight which is 155 pounds. In 2012, Todd weighed in over 200 pounds after his divorce and knee surgeries. In 2014 he got down to 162 pounds and 3.5% body fat. This past June, Todd used the BodPod test and came in at 171 pounds with 5.7% body fat while still maintaining good definition.

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