I waited over three months to do this review because I really wanted to give this program an honest shot. After spending a few months with a personal trainer, I knew I wanted to step it up a bit and get a more OCR-focused training program. I had heard of Yancy Camp before when I was researching Spartan trainers. I decided at the time that I wasn’t ready for something like that. Looking back, I wish I had just started with Yancy Camp, and let me tell you why.
For over 12 years, Yancy Culp and his wife Amy provide personal training, coaching fitness boot camps, programming for OCR athletes, coaching weekly OCR workouts/races, and providing sports performance training for a high school athletic program. In 2015, Yancy launched Yancy Camp, online coaching that is unlike any others out there, focused on OCR.
The way it works is you choose a program that is affiliated with the top level OCR athletes Yancy and his team train, like Rose Wetzel, Matt Novakovich, April Dee, Ryan Kent, Miguel Medina, Laura Messner, and more. Align yourself with an athlete that has similar goals for your training needs – like what races do you have planned. Some athletes are more short distance athletes (think Spartan Sprints and Supers) and others are longer distance (like Ultra Beast races). Once you make your selection, you will get access to three of the athlete’s workouts for the week for $29 per month (yes, you read that right! $29). Most online trainers right now start with charging $100 per month at the minimum, and you are not going to get a customized OCR workout like this. And on top of these high quality workouts that you get weekly, you also get access to a nutritionist that you can ask questions to on Yancy Camp’s online forum, and advice from OCR athletes of all levels in either the online forum or the newly created Facebook Closed Group.
Let me tell you how it all worked out for me. I selected Rose Wetzel as the athlete I was going to align with for my workouts. For the first month, I used a free trial offer to see what the workouts were like, but as soon as I got into the site, this would be something I could do. I started out looking at the workouts for the week, and went back a bit to see a history of workouts (yes, you get access to that too!). I explored the forums a bit and saw the type of information I had access to: support, nutrition, training videos, and so much more. Next, I took a look at the initial challenge log to see the tests that are used to measure success and to see how you match up with other athletes in the program. I immediately started planning my week on how I could fit the challenges in with some workouts because you can’t do all the challenges on one day, but I still wanted to get some training in as well. It took me about a week to log everything from 2 mile time, max pull-ups, max distance in 15 min at 15% incline, and more. It was a lot, and I admit I did doubt myself and what I was doing a little bit because pull-ups were something I could never accomplish, so I entered a big fat ZERO! But it was the motivation I needed to really jump into this program.
And then the workouts!! They are just what I needed, and really just what any athlete who is training for OCR needs. It doesn’t matter what level you are at, you can do these workouts. Yancy tells you flat out that these workouts are made to be altered to fit your level. So, if one workout calls for 10 rounds of something, do as many rounds as you can. You don’t have to feel pressured to do exactly what elite athletes are doing. Everyone goes at their own speed, and the goal of this is to get to where the elite athletes are at (or at least closer than where you are today). And these workouts will get you there. The workouts are also able to be done outside or inside and Yancy tells you that often. If you feel like going outside on the trails – you can do these workouts. If it’s -10 degrees out, these workouts can be done on a treadmill. Some equipment is needed, like the recommended buckets and sandbags, but you can also use dumbbells. Yancy knows everyone’s situation is different, so he gives you different ideas of how to adapt if you don’t have what you need. You will never be in a position that you can’t do a workout – trust me. I have always found a way to get what needed done – done!
I’ve been doing these workouts since December of 2016, so it’s mainly been off season work, which I know will play a huge role in getting better at racing this year. I was never a strong athlete. My background is dancing and cheerleading. I started running in 2013, and I will admit it is not my strong suit. On top of that, my upper body is weak, but I know I can get stronger. I’m a mom of three little children, I work a full-time job and I still get these workouts done. So there’s really no excuse! Like I said, the workouts can be changed up a bit. If you don’t have the time to spend 90 minutes doing a workout, you have the flexibility to adapt it a bit, and Yancy gives you recommendations on how to do this. And its three good workouts a week from Yancy, and then he recommends two additional workouts a week. So 5 total workouts! Trust me, if I can do this, you can! I’m not saying they’re easy because they are not, but they will get you where you want to be from an OCR standpoint. You will become a better racer – whatever that means to you. And the added bonus, the new Facebook group has constant support – support from people who are just starting, and seasoned vets, and Masters athletes, and elites (yes they post in the group too). There is no other racing program like this!
Yancy Camp has truly changed me as an athlete. I know I am stronger and more prepared than I ever have been for the racing season. And I can’t wait to see how the workouts change once race season actually starts. If you are looking at a way to better prepare for races or even to take your training up a notch, you need to try this program. And guess what? You can try it for free!! For one month, you can access an OCR athlete’s workouts and the support group that I have been talking about. Test it out, see if you like it, and once you do, you’ll see how much more you can do to be prepared for this season. You do not want to miss this! Yancy Camp is truly the best way to get where you want to go as an OCR athlete.
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