Shelley, Wade and I managed to get to Sydney, Australia recently.
Wade, at 2 years old, got his haircut – which he didn’t seem to mind too much.
Shelley got some time off to enjoy lunch at a great cafe – the Rough & Bare cafe. It’s 100% gluten and refined sugar free, all their water is filtered to remove fluoride and chemicals, their menu includes fermented food, food cooked in healthy fats, grass fed meat, and more. Great wholefood.
The trip was for Shelley to complete her CHEK Exercise Coach certification at the Place of Chi. This certification is something she’s been working towards for a long time now, and it furthers her knowledge in postural correction, a holistic approach to training, etc. The cert is described on the CHEK website as “A key component of this certification is the integration of mind-body fitness and traditional exercise prescription. You will understand how different types of exercise, from Tai Chi to cardiovascular conditioning to weight training, affect both parts of the autonomic nervous system – an often neglected factor that is vital to achieving success with your clients.”
But coincidentally, there was an obstacle racing workshop on that weekend with Matt Murphy and Mick Gleeson at the Obstacle Course Racing School. It was an hour north, but we made the drive up through the rocks of the pacific coast motorway.
The workshop involved Mick Gleeson teaching techniques for some obstacles: the zig zag balance beams, monkey bars, traverse rope, rope climb, traverse wall, 8-foot wall, spartan fortress climb; and then Matt Murphy teaching running exercises to avoid injury, forefoot running, and touching on other running topics. And then we did a workout at the end using the obstacles we learnt.
However, the last time Shelley and I were in Sydney was to complete our MovNat Trainer certifications together and overall the obstacle racing workshop was just an intro to the movements that MovNat covers in a lot more depth. Hearing about the sort of fitness training required to be a top obstacle racer however was very insightful (a better cardio base is something I need to work on).
It was very cool to see the gym walls decorated with banners displaying their athletes who’d competed in OCR championship races. And tons of medals and race logos around the place as well. Most of all, it was amazing to see a place and a community very serious about their obstacle racing.
Australia was good – saw family, checked out some gyms, got some work done, and got in a different mindset from being in a new location.