Dominating Obstacles Races and Life Hurdles with Hunter McIntyre

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At some point in human history, physical movement became a luxury and gyms opened up to serve exercise to the masses. As our lifestyles got worse, so did our health, and as statistics for obesity rose, some of us continued to dive into the growing exercise industry.

Host Tony Federico has been in the fitness industry for ten years and when not podcasting, is the director of a fitness center in Jacksonville Florida serving approximately 500 members and offering a variety of services such as group exercise classes, personal training, massage, free weights, and cardio training equipment. In the past, he coached crossfit and thinks a large part of the crossfit movement is a protest of the traditional fitness model, no pun intended. But going beyond crossfit, there seems to be a growing number of people interested in even more extreme departures from the fitness norm.

Obstacle racing, mud running and super spartan events range in size and scope but all advertise how completely dirty you will be when you finish. Far from our sanitary “regular” lives, mud running is a wild romp through physical, mental, and spiritual hurdles.  It totally sucks, but that’s the point. Obstacle races take us out of our comfort zone and we pay good money for it. For some participants, this is an occasional catharsis, but for others, it’s something more.

Today’s guest, Hunter McIntyre, is widely considered to be one of the best obstacle course racers in the world. Sponsored by the Spartan Race organization and Reebok, he travels around the world, putting on a display of incredible attitude, confidence, and primal energy wherever races.

On today’s show we discuss:

  • Growing up as a wild child, dropping out of college, and training as a lumberjack.
  • Learning about nutrition from Tim Ferris’ book the 4-hr body.
  • How he ran his first spartan race, slightly buzzed, in his underwear, and still finished in the top 10 in a field of 8,000.
  • What it took to become a professional obstacle course racer.
  • How he trains to be the best in the world.
  • Why he’s now spending his time cross-country skiing across Greenland and running across the Moab desert.

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