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Strength & Speed podcast focuses on Obstacle Course Racing ( OCR ) improvement by pulling in lessons learned from other sports. Hosted by Pro OCR athlete and Army Special Forces veteran Evan Perperis. Evan is a NSCA-CPT, the author of 6x books on Obstacles Course Racing, with an undergrad from Johns Hopkins and has a Masters from KU. An accomplished OCR athelte with 55+ OCR podiums including winning the team division at the 24 hour long 2018 World’s Toughest Mudder and 2nd place Pro Coed Tea ...
 
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Infinite Hero Foundation beneficiary Richard Carson joins Evan on the podcast to talk about two serious injuries (one an IED in Afghanistan and a car accident) that left him as a quadriplegic. He recently attended Tough Mudder's Infinite Hero Honor Challenge in College Station TX where he shared some of his experiences with the participants at the …
 
Evan jumps back into an episode sharing why he's been absent he talks Tough Mudder's Infinite Hero Honor Challenge, how the Navy SEAL o course compares to Special Forces/Ranger/Air Assault, updates from Hannibal Race, his new book On Endurance details, his opinions on GoRuck Games, Mythic Race shout out and more. Plus, a announcement for 2022's cha…
 
Crazy Town's guitarist, Elias Tannous, is also a childhood friend of Strength & Speed owner Evan Perperis. Elias joins the podcast to talk mastering complex skills, being persistent and how to deal with being a public personality. Plus, Elias shares some childhood stories from a mutual friend, World's Toughest Mudder champion Stefanie Bishop. Episo…
 
Female winner of fan favorite local brand, Hazelwood OCR's Valentine's Day Massacre, Alicia Kueker joins Evan to talk about her background, training and future plans. Plus, the two deep dive into what makes Hazelwood OCRs so great with their 50 obstacles in less than three miles of running. Episode brought to you by RockTape, check out their full l…
 
After completing Arrowhead 135 Jake Ramsby is back to talk about the lessons learned and how the event played out. Plus, we'll find out if he stepped in his own poop again or has a story that really chaps your ass... Episode brought to you by Hyperwear, use code HYPE15 for 15% off their line up of sand bells, weight vests and more. Music provided b…
 
Ronald Tortola has made a name for himself by subjecting himself to assessment and selection type events for year after year since 2017. His accomplishments reads like pinnacle achievements off other people's bucket lists including 2x Death Race, 2x Team Assessment, 2x Pre-Selection, 50 mile Star Course, Spartan Delta, Storm Delta, Master of Endura…
 
Newbsanity's Ryan Brizzolara has been making big waves in 2021 with 2x Savage Race win and a Pro Coed OCR World Championships Relay win. Evan and Ryan talk mindset, lessons learned from his college running days and his former side job as a semi-pro triathlete. If you are curious to learn about the best OCR training group in the USA, this will give …
 
If you've ever stood on the starting line and wondered who is the barefoot guy and then been upset as he ran away from you once the race started, you were standing next to Thomas Plush. Thomas is a former competitive paintball athlete who has transitioned to the sport of OCR and is the newest addition to the MudGear-Battle of the Lions Pro Team. Th…
 
Jake Ramsby recently won World's Toughest Mudder Two Man Relay (with Elliot Rueb) category that is built upon several years of success including winning Toughest Mudder West (individual) in 2019 and setting the record for most miles at a Toughest Mudder by a team. Evan and Jake talk his diverse high school sports background, his team record setting…
 
Ultra-World Champion Mark Guadet jumps back on the podcast a couple days after returning from Abu Dhabi for the Spartan World Championships. After winning the Ultra World Championship from Spartan in Telluride, Colorado, Mark tried to recover and race well again at Spartan World Championships. He talks to Evan about the experience and then the two …
 
An active duty member of the US Space Force (yes, it is a real thing), Hannah Powers joins MudGear-Battle of the Lions Pro Evan Perperis to talk Infinite Hero Honor Challenge. After doing only one Tough Mudder 5k, Hannah, her husband and some acquaintances jumped into the 10 hour team building event that raises money for the charity Infinite Hero H…
 
Ean Caskey has been a lifelong athlete who spent much of his life specializing in shorter distance races like the 400, 800 and 1 mile (all state in high school for all of those). Last weekend he run 100 miles at World's Toughest Mudder finishing in 6th overall after winning his first Toughest Mudder in Chicago earlier this year with 60 miles. This …
 
2017's Master of the Rig World Champion and TV contestant from Exatlon Jay Flores joins Evan to talk grip strength in the latest episode. Jay talks about how he set up his home rig, the grip challenges at Battle of the Lions OCR, his desire to get back to OCR World Championships and some suggested changes for a new OCRWC event (drop Force5 some hin…
 
Patrick Vuong has the equivalent of 4x black belts in various martial arts styles (including Pekit-Tirsia Kali, Lai Chung Chuan Fan and Kenpo Karate) and the co-owner of the company Tiga Tactics. He is an instructor who has worked with military Special Operations, the movie industry and is a well known writer for publications like Recoil Magazine (…
 
Fresh off his Pro Coed OCR World Championship Team Relay win, we talk to Jarrett Newby, owner of the awesome permanent Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) facility Newbsanity in Binghamton, NY. Jarrett along with upcoming top tier athletes Ryan Brizzolara and Jerine (both recent winner's of Savage Race) won the team Pro Coed Division at OCRWC. MudGear-Bat…
 
Every Toughest Mudder a group of men spend 12 hours pulling people up the Tough Mudder quarter pipe "Everest". Evan Perperis brings on three of them including: 131x TM Finisher: Ryan Creagh: Who was at the first Tough Mudder ever 117x TM Finisher: Francis Lackner who runs for his mom, now forever cancer free 163x TM Finisher: Joe Van Tassel (JVT) T…
 
Hannibal Race owner Amine Dib talks about the return of Hannibal Race to Lebanon after not holding races for a year. A national Tae Kwon Do champion and endurance cyclist, Amine is an accomplished athlete and the King of OCR in the Middle East holding events in Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and soon...Dubai!!! After talking OCR for the first half o…
 
Conquer The Gauntlet co-founder Stephen Mainprize joins Evan to talk about the Midwest's biggest Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) event, the 10 year anniversary event of Conquer The Gauntlet (CTG). Tickets are still open for a packed weekend of events including Friday dinner at the venue, Saturday Elite/Open/Continuum event and Sunday's Team Event (of …
 
Grit Fitness Pro Van Tran joins Evan to talk about his training background, the Grit Fitness Games (a uniquely formatted events) and his podium at every Battle of the Lions podium. Van is an Air Force veteran and currently working to become a registered nurse while simultaneously competing in the highest levels of Obstacle Course Racing. Competing …
 
In this uniquely formatted episode Evan shares some OCR related news, provides shout outs to donors for Folds of Honor (OCRmill 21,000 feet), makes a Rugged Maniac podium correction, talks a little about Tough Mudder Infinite Hero Honor Challenge, shares some Battle of the Lions news and releases the beginning of Ultra-OCR Man audio book for free. …
 
Grit Fitness Pro Kait Bykowicz recently finished 2nd at Toughest Mudder East (Poconos) after winning the sprint lap for the ladies. She joins Evan to talk about her thoughts on the first Toughest Mudder of 2021, the recent Rugged Maniac OKC and her future plans in the ultra and OCR world....including an appearance at the endurance version of Battle…
 
Conquer The Gauntlet Pro Brint Hastert made some big waves in the sport recently when he finished 3rd at the Hyrox US National Championship. Evan talks to Brint about his training, background in sports, diet and more in this content packed episode. Plus, we learn why Brint tends to stay away from DekaFit and his plans for Battle of the Lions OCR. E…
 
Spartan Pro and men's champion from Indian Mud Run Logan Broadbent joins Conquer The Gauntlet Pros Jenny Overstreet and Evan Perperis to talk Indian Mud Run. The two dive into the details of the race, what they thought of the 85 obstacles, how hard was the 3 lap chief's challenge, which obstacles were scary, which ones were hard and more. It's an a…
 
Amateur Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Fighter Colt Billingsly joins filmmaker Bobby Ross and Strength & Speed owner Evan Perperis to talk training, mindset and more in this episode. The first half of the episode talks mostly about training and crossover points between MMA and Obstacle Course Racing (OCR). The second half is spent talking about the Reign…
 
John Kelly (www.randomforestrunner.com) is one of the best ultra-runners of all time with major accomplishments including: 1st to complete “The Grand Round” – the UK’s big 3 fell running rounds, biking between them 2017 Barkley Marathons winner – becoming just the 15th person to finish the race in 30 years Breaking a 31 year old record on the Penni…
 
Aliyah Emas is a the definition of multi-sport with backgrounds jumping into any type of event including strong(wo)man, rowing, Crossfit, running, figure competitions and triathlon but is now focused on OCR. This NASM certified trainer and 3k North American OCR Champion in her Age Group who has racked up 15 OCR podium finishes in a short time share…
 
Physical Therapist Kelly Williams answers your questions that were posted to the Strength & Speed Facebook page on dealing with injury. Kelly also recently raced both HYROX and DekaFit doing well in both. After the Q&A portion, Evan and Kelly talk Tougher Mudder Missouri, where they both finished 2nd in their gender. Plus, Evan shares what he does …
 
The last BattleFrog champion/the first Battle of the Lions champion Amy "Magic" Pajcic and CTG Pro Doug Snyder join Evan to discuss some of their recent races. Amy gives a run down of the scenic Horseshoe Bend OCR in Arizona, the crew talks about all things Battle of the Lions (BOTL) and finally we talk some expectations for Indian Mud Run. Join th…
 
2x time Emmy Winner and 5x time nominee, Anthony Miale, a senior editor for the HBO TV Show Last Week Tonight With John Oliver join Evan Perperis and co-host Bobby Ross to talk about chasing your dreams, achieving mastery and the path forward to Obstacle Course Racing media platforms. This lively episode bounces around including some nerdy topics, …
 
Guest Aris Makris, owner and Master Instructor of Armak Spartan Pankration Academy in Laval, Quebec, Canada with the rank of PEDOTRIVIS "Delta" taxis joins Evan for a discussion on the first version of Mixed Marital Arts (MMA), the ancient Greek art of Pankration. With 41 years of training in martial arts Aris have been teaching Pankration in Montr…
 
Young lions owner, Conquer The Gauntlet co-founder and Battle of the Lions co-owner David Mainprize joins Evan Perperis to share secrets and sneak peaks for Battle of the Lions OCR Tour. Full of information not yet released, we wanted to get this out as soon as possible. Details on obstacles, prize packs, pro area, point series, BOTL merch, kid's c…
 
Stoke Shed's Bobby Ross joins Evan Perperis to add some commentary to his book "Ultra-OCR Man: From Special Forces Soldier to Record Setting OCR Athlete". If you don't own the book, don't worry you can still listen to the podcast and get a lot of great information, however, it works best when used in conjunction with the book (available in hard cop…
 
A uniquely formatted episode. The first half has Conquer The Gauntlet Pros Jay Flores, Evan Perperis and Miranda Huber talking about running the event at Motus Ninjas in Kansas City. Jay worked as support crew while Evan ran 6 hours of Ultra-OCR attached to a hypoxic generator simulating 21,000 feet of altitude for the charity Folds of Honor (schol…
 
Stoke Shed's Bobby Ross joins Evan Perperis to add some commentary to his book "Ultra-OCR Man: From Special Forces Soldier to Record Setting OCR Athlete". If you don't own the book, don't worry you can still listen to the podcast and get a lot of great information, however, it works best when used in conjunction with the book (available in hard cop…
 
Joe Kent has spent more than 20 years serving our nation in both the Special Operations Community and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Besides being a dedicated soldier and top tier athlete, he is also a Gold Star husband. Joe lost his wife, also a Special Operations Soldier, Shannon Kent in January of 2019 when she was killed by a suicide bo…
 
Stoke Shed's Bobby Ross joins Evan Perperis to add some commentary to his book "Ultra-OCR Man: From Special Forces Soldier to Record Setting OCR Athlete". If you don't own the book, don't worry you can still listen to the podcast and get a lot of great information, however, it works best when used in conjunction with the book (available in hard cop…
 
5x OCR world champion and reigning Spartan World Champion Nicole Mericle joins Brenna and Evan to talk her 2021 Development Team. After a deep dive into the new team along with the massive benefits it provides she talks some of her background in sports including Steeple Chase. After some training talk, the episode ends with guests sharing some info…
 
Strength & Speed's Brenna "Red Beast" Calvert returns along with Conquer The Gauntlet Pro Ashley Samples for a content packed episode. Topics include the recent Florida race OCR Overload, the upcoming Hildervat Jax Beach Race (May 22-23) with some big Spartan Pro names attending, results from InsideTracker testing, Brenna's journey with the #75Hard…
 
Stoke Shed's Bobby Ross joins Evan Perperis to add some commentary to his book "Ultra-OCR Man: From Special Forces Soldier to Record Setting OCR Athlete". If you don't own the book, don't worry you can still listen to the podcast and get a lot of great information, however, it works best when used in conjunction with the book (available in hard cop…
 
Andrew Potter is a renaissance athlete competing in a wide range of activities from triathlon to running to climbing and even dabbling into Obstacle Course Racing. This Army Veteran served in both the 82nd Airborne Division and 75th Ranger Regiment in numerous deployments to Afghanistan, now works as the co-owner of ROKC (an epic climbing gym in th…
 
Stoke Shed's Bobby Ross joins Evan Perperis to add some commentary to his book "Ultra-OCR Man: From Special Forces Soldier to Record Setting OCR Athlete". If you don't own the book, don't worry you can still listen to the podcast and get a lot of great information, however, it works best when used in conjunction with the book (available in hard cop…
 
Professional Boomerang Thrower, 4x American Ninja Warrior Veteran, 4x Spartan Pro Team Athlete and OCR World Championship Pro Team World Champion Logan Broadbent joins Evan and his cohost AC Hale for this content packed episode. Logan's broad background in everything from boomerangs, to triathlon (world championship qualifier) to diving (All-Americ…
 
Which is worse, bear crawl for 3.3 miles? Clean & Toss a 75 lbs. sandbag that length? Or lunge walk the length of Warrior Dash? In the latest episode Evan talks to OCR athlete and former pro bodybuilder Josh Andrews who has done all those self created challenges to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (https://specialops.org/).…
 
Without Mud Run Guide's annual Muddies awards, a couple members from the staff took it upon themselves to talk through some of their favorites for the year. Despite limited racing, there was still a ton of stuff happening and so much we had to breeze over some topics. Spread the positivity and pick up the gaps we left on our Facebook page by leavin…
 
Regardless where you live int he country, 2020 had less races for you than you had originally planned. This left OCR athletes with an option to pivot to other interests and opportunities that could improve their OCR performance in the future. In our largest podcast yet we bring on: -6x American Ninja Warrior Amy "Magic" Pajcic -CTG Co-owner and Con…
 
After her recent 80 mile win at the 24 hour long Casa Garcia Ultra-OCR and a 2nd place finish at the final Savage Race of 2020, Rachel Watters joins the podcast to talk training and racing with Evan. They deep dive into her experience at Casa Garcia, her weekly training, endurance fueling and tips. At the end of the episode Evan covers his own expe…
 
Back into the science of Obstacle Course Racing, this time focused on rig technique, altitude and the Army Fitness Test. Jared Renyer of JRen Fitness joins Evan to talk about what he learned about rig technique from a paper for his Master's degree as well as the science on why running at altitude is hard. Finally, the two share their opinions on th…
 
2019's 100m OCR World Champion and 4x top five finisher at OCR World Championships, Thomas van Tonder joins Evan to talk about the South African OCR scene. The two talk about South Africa's Warrior Race, his training and his big plans for 2020: a 50m rope climb world record attempt for the first half of his 94m rope climb occurring on November 16th…
 
Another Q&A episode with William Shell asking a lot of great questions about training, the future of the sport and more. Plus, Matthew Knight asks "What is the purpose of a pro team?". Topics include: -If OCR is getting stale -The future of OCR -How OCR can change your life -Collegiate OCR vs. standardized OCR vs. high school OCR vs. Pro OCR -How t…
 
As a lifelong athlete and collegiate steeple chase competitor, Natalie Bullock knows a thing or two about fitness. She joins Evan on the podcast to share her thoughts on training as well as how her steeple chase background applies to the world of Obstacle Course Racing. She currently works as a Regional Manager for OOFOS, the world's best recovery …
 
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