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Fitness Trainer July/August 2017

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rooke Van Paris is no stranger to over- coming obstacles. From surviving a crippling car accident to maneuvering her way into the Obstacle Course Racing Championships as an elite competitor, she is as tough as they come. You may recognize Van Paris from season 1 of Fox's "American Grit", a then mentally and physi- cally grueling military-inspired competition. Till the very last second, she sustained on passion— that very passion which currently drives her to motivate others and transform lives by creating and implementing unique training programs as a top notch fitness trainer. Obstacle course racing (OCR) is bigger, better and tougher in 2017 attracting participants from all types of backgrounds. Spartan Races, Tough Mudders, and Warrior Dashes are some of the most popular races nationwide boasting thou- sands of participants every event. These races push participants to their physical limits test- ing their endurance, strength, speed, agility, and dexterity. Chances are you've had, or will have, a client who is one of those thousands. A client who needs a comprehensive approach to their training combining running, calisthenics, balance train- ing—pretty much anything a OCR course can throw at you. Van Paris, a National Academy of Sports Medi- cine (NASM) certified personal trainer is well versed in preparing herself and others for these grueling events. We sat down with Van Paris to get the dirt on preparing clients in this growing trend. B

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