So, you've been training at the gym and going for runs but you've decided to take on obstacle course training. First off, give yourself a pat on the back because that takes courage. It means you have decided to take charge of your health and challenge yourself to be great.
But, what on earth are you supposed to wear? What's the perfect balance of fashion and function?
Should you dress like a ninja or throw on some fatigues to really look the part? Don't make silly rookie mistakes. Read on to hear what the pros recommend.
What to Wear for Obstacle Course Training
There are few things more exciting and fun than taking part in obstacle course race training (OCR training). However, if you ignore the advice of the experts and wear the wrong gear, "you're gonna have a bad time", as they say.
Thankfully, it is not awfully complicated and you don't have to spend a ton of money either. Just follow these tips and you will not only look the part, but you will also be comfortable and your clothes won't lessen your chances of success.
While we can't guarantee you'll make it straight to American Ninja Warrior competitions, having the right clothes is an essential part of your OCR training plan. Plus, you'll look smooth while getting in the best shape of your life.
1. Cotton Clothes Are a No-Go
This is something we see all too often with beginners. Cotton T-shirts are definitely not practical to wear during a fitness obstacle course. Despite this, people often go as far as to design and buy matching t-shirts for their obstacle course racing team.
By the end of the race, cotton clothing will inevitably be soaking wet, muddy, and stretched out. Not only will the shirt be ruined, but it can also weigh you down.
Synthetic fibers are the way to go.
2. Feelin' The Footwear
You may be tempted to throw on an old pair of beat up Chuck Taylor's. However, this will put you at a disadvantage and will be uncomfortable.
You want trails shoes with good drainage, grippy treads, and support. Avoid shoes made of Gore-Tex.
3. Who Wears Short Shorts?
You're going to want to avoid baggy shorts at all costs. Instead of ruining some basketball shorts, invest in some form-fitting shorts.
Several companies make hybrid compression and running shorts. These are what most experts prefer.
4. The Right Top (Or Lack There Of) Is Key
Again, you want to avoid baggy clothes for obvious reasons.
There are plenty of athletic options for tops. Just make sure they are form-fitting and not made of cotton.
5. Accessories to Go the Extra Mile
You definitely need some appropriate socks. As usual, forget your cotton tube socks. There are specialty socks made from a variety of materials that are perfect for obstacle race training.
Some people opt to wear gloves to protect their hands and get that bit of extra grip.
6. Leave These Things in the Locker
Don't bring anything to OCR training that you don't mind losing. Don't make the rookie mistake of trying to race with nice sunglasses, cellphones, iPods, or jewelry.
If you must bring some electronic be sure they are waterproof and securely fastened to your body.
Now It's Time to Shine
Now you should have a pretty good idea of what to wear for your first day of obstacle course training. It's OK if you don't have the absolute most expensive gear on day one, but at the very least please avoid wearing baggy cotton clothes.
Though we can guarantee you'll be an OCR superstar, you will look the part and you won't be at a disadvantage because of your clothes.
Visit our website for more information. Here, you can learn about our obstacle race training course and read our advice blogs. Soon, you'll be surprising yourself with what you can accomplish.