Massif Athlete Rich Nicholes & The World’s Toughest Mudder Experience Written by Rich Nicholes In the most basic of explanations, my race was epic!  I did not accomplish a single goal, but I left everything I had on the course.   I had everything dialed in on my pre-race prep.   I put on a good 7 – 10 lbs (I never did a pre-race weight) in carb loading.  I was hydrated so well, I was peeing every 20 minutes prior to the race.  I carried a water bottle with me constant for 2 days prior.  I was as well rested as one would expect, given the late start time and pre-race jitters.  I pre-soaked in a hot tub and took epson salt baths.  My mind was focused.   I checked in on the Friday prior to race day and got my bib, credentials, and pit time.  It took about an hour of waiting in line before I got my bib.  When they handed me […]

Athlete Profile: Phil Kithas

      Phil Kithas came to us in February with fitness goals of participating in and completing a Spartan race. He didn’t know what to expect in terms of what his training would be. But he was going to work hard to achieve his goals.   From the first day an assessment was done to establish structural and ROM imbalances. Testing for power and aerobic capacity was also completed. We do this to establish training priorities. While Phil had a good aerobic base, he needed power endurance.   His program design was developed and his training cycles began with building a solid foundation with constant reevaluation of his priorities and shifting of his training power endurance could then be developed.   The time had come, the race was only a couple of weeks away and discussions were had about peaking and prep for the race, fueling, programming adjustments and being rested are all paramount for success. The day of the race finally arrived. Phil did […]