If You’re a CrossFitter You Should be Doing This…

It’s pretty simple. If you do CrossFit, you should be participating in obstacle course racing (OCR). It’s time to get out of the gym and put your fitness to test. Too many CrossFitters are stuck in the box.

I’ve been in the fitness world for a long time from playing briefly in the NFL to wearing spandex on the American Gladiators. I’m a huge fan of CrossFit and it’s the sole training regime I do now– splitting my time between two gyms in Los Angeles: CrossFit Horsepower and Dogtown CrossFit.

Dan "Nitro" Clark, American Gladiators

Dan “Nitro” Clark, American Gladiators

I’m decent at the “Sport of Fitness” placing 2nd in the Southern California CrossFit Masters Regional leading up to the Games and 33 in the world in 2015. I love competing and I’ll never turn down a challenge. That’s just how I am. But competing is not why I CrossFit. I CrossFit for VERY simple reasons. It’s fun learning new things and improving — and I believe CrossFit is the best fitness protocol on the planet.

As CrossFitters, we pride ourselves in training for the unknown. Climbing, jumping, running and hanging on for dear life is what we CrossFit athletes do every day. Obstacle course racing allows us to test our skills outside of the box.

Now – since I’m the creator and CEO of the Gladiator Rock’n Run , I’m a bit partial on which Obstacle Course race is the best – but I’m also a big fan of Spartan Races and Battlefrog.

Here are my 7 reasons why you should be participating in Obstacle Course Race – preferably the Gladiator Rock’n Run – Oct 17th at the Rose Bowl. Yep, that’s my shameless plug.


#1 CrossFit prepares athletes for “the unknown and unforeseen.”

If you’re staying in the box only doing WODs how are you tackling the unknown and unforeseen? CrossFit was built upon the principle of training for the unknown. Like a challenging WOD, the race course is varied, requiring participants to ignore pain, dig deep as they move through the obstacles.

#2 The CrossFit Games has an obstacle course as one of the WODs.

While the Games may only be a pipedream for most athletes – there is an obstacle course at the Games for a reason. It tests your overall fitness! You’ve worked so damn hard getting fit – now come have some fun and show off your skills!

#3 CrossFit’s specialty is NOT specializing.

That means get out and run, climb, jump and crawl and do something more than just WODs.

# 4 CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman emphasized to “Regularly learn and play new sports.”

What new sports are you trying? Obstacle Course Racing is one of the fastest growing new sports and a perfect compliment to your CrossFit Training.

# 5 Like a crushing CrossFit open workout, when you participate in an OCR your weaknesses are quickly exposed; there is no place to hide.

If you can’t climb a rope, pull your body weight up or run – you are going to struggle. But exposing these weakness gives us a clear list of skills to work on.

 #6 CrossFit was developed to enhance competency at all physical tasks.

Us CrossFitters are trained to perform successfully at multiple, diverse and randomized physical challenges that tax the 3 metabolic pathways. OCR’s do this is spades.

#7 The BEST reason to do an OCR is because it’s a frickin’ blast.

What could be better than spending an awesome day, drenched is sweat, competing along side your box-mates. There is no place else I’d rather be than out and hanging with my community.


I believe most CrossFitters have a desire to try something new and different. If you haven’t tried an obstacle course race, now is the time. I’d love to have you out at the Gladiator Rock’n Run on October 17th at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Use this code: WODSHOP to save $20 off registration. Hurry, space is limited.

To your health and fitness,

Dan “Nitro” Clark


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Dan Clark is an accomplished athlete, fitness expert, author, and television personality. After surviving a heart attack in December of 2013, Dan “Nitro” Clark received what he calls a second chance. Inspired by his near death experience, Dan has dedicated his life to helping others find their inner Gladiator and live a healthier, happier, more fit life. Dan is best known from the smash hit TV show American Gladiators, where he played the iconic gladiator “Nitro” for seven seasons. The show ran in syndication for over 10 million weekly viewers and aired in over 40 countries. In 2010, Dan created the Gladiator Rock’n Run. In addition, Dan is listed as one of the “Top 15 Most Influential People in Obstacle Course Racing.” and is an avid CrossFitter at Dogtown CrossFit and CrossFit Horsepower. In 2015, he placed 2nd in the Southern California CrossFit Masters Regional leading up to the Games and 33 in the world.

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