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 […]

Getting The Most From Your Massif Program

  GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR MASSIF PROGRAM Recently I decided to learn more about how we create the programs for our clients. In order to get up to speed, Nick and I set an appointment to sit down together and develop a week-one program for one of our brand-new clients. This seemed simple enough. But every few years I am wrong about something, and this time I was spectacularly wrong. HOW WE DESIGN CLIENT PROGRAMS As it turned out, our meeting lasted about two hours. Our discussion involved almost every imaginable detail regarding this client. We reviewed his history, lifestyle, and goals; his movement patterns, and his performances on the various fitness tests he had recently undergone.  We discussed his likely response to various exercises, the particular schemes of sets, repetitions, and balance of aerobic to anaerobic work, and when this should be scheduled and how it should progress over time. I left our meeting with a renewed appreciation for the expertise that goes into the creation […]