In our fast growing sport of OCR, with new and increasingly challenging obstacles always popping up, training for particular movements and preparing for races can be tricky. Tucked away in Milton Keynes is Rumble Fitness – a training facility designed for overcoming these exact challenges.
Run by Dave Peters (Spartan Elite) with help from other experienced coaches, Rumble Fitness is designed for obstacle practice – providing the chance to train on anything that will be thrown at you in a race, giving an introduction to strength, skills, and techniques for beginners and giving the more experienced a chance to get some focused practice and work on weaknesses.
“We provide training and conditioning in a revolutionary way that can help build confidence and mental toughness as well as physical improvements to strength, body composition and similar.”
Rumble Fitness has literally everything you could want for some effective obstacle practice, here’s a list of what’s there just off the top of my head (which won’t come close to the full amount);
- Stairway to Heaven
- Rope Traverse
- Rope Climb (and UFO)
- Hamster Wheel
- Irish Table
- Ninja Rings
- Regular, good old Monkey Bars
- Salmon Ladder
- Endless high rig and low rig combinations (can you think of an attachment to add to a rig? They’ve got it. Think that you’ve though of something they won’t have? WRONG. They have it)
- Conditioning area – eg. tyres, hammers, kettlebells, barbells etc.
Here’s one rig setup with ropes, nunchucks (different width), horizontal bars, and various rings!
It’s worth noting that all of these obstacles also feature regressions and progressions, so no matter your level you’ll be able to get involved and build up to more advanced techniques. As a coach, Dave is able to talk through techniques and ways of making obstacles easier, saving energy and utilising strengths – then probably using Mo to demonstrate how that’s done.
Also on top of this everything is kept incredibly up-to-date – as soon as the Skitch(?) obstacle appeared at the North American OCR Championships and rumours came floating around that it would appear at the OCRWC, nunchucks with hooks arrived at Rumble.
Obviously Rumble’s whole niche is based around obstacle course race training – preparation for more demanding and complex obstacles that commonly feature in races and building up strength and efficiency on rope climbs and grip-based challenges, but for the Ninja Warrior crowd this is another facility that should really get a lot of attention as the setup can be made incredibly challenging – with endless choices on routes and circuits around the room.
Among training sessions, classes, circuit training, sports therapy etc throughout the week for members, Rumble hosts regular group training days to give more people the chance to take advantage of their facilities. They have large groups who travel to races in the UK and abroad – never an easy thing to get organised, but when you have a lot of people learning a lot and training well in a good atmosphere, then naturally they’ll be encouraged enough to put that into practice!
“Every session includes ways of regressing exercises to make them accessible to beginners but also progressions to cater for those with more experience. We jump, run, crouch, crawl, land, roll and hang along with all other movements you can imagine.
On our specific obstacle training sessions we practice techniques and skills that enhance our obstacle race experiences such as wall climbing, monkey bars, swinging rings, rig training and rope climbs along with much more.”
Whether you run obstacle course races casually, competitively, train for Ninja Warrior, or just want a really fun way to build some fitness – get yourself down to Rumble and get stuck in.
Find out more at www.rumblefitness.co.uk
Written by me: Keith Fairburn
Personal Trainer, Sports Therapist, S&C Coach.
Ninja Warrior Semi-Finalist, Obstacle Racer, Salming Running Ambassador.
If you have any questions about anything I’ve written in this post or want to get in touch, contact me.