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A Sampling of Our Ultramarathon Crosstraining

Posted by on Feb 18, 2012 | 13 Comments

Here’s a video of the type of training Shelly and I do.  A I’ve mentioned before, most of our workouts are inspired by Crossfit and Kemme Fitness.




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  1. Alfred gonzales
    February 27, 2012

    hi jesse. i’m from the philippines and i will be running the north face 100kms here. i’m still in search of the best shoe to do the job. it will be a 70% trail 30% road. the trails will be sick uphill and downhill trails with a lot of loose slippery pine needles loose soil sharp rocks sudden steeps. i’m a hurrache vff and m10 trail user. i used the m10 to do 35km summit runs on tough mountains but i’m just not sure if it can hack the poundage and terrain of the 100kms. i’m contemplating on the mt101, trail glove, mt110. hope you can help me out. tried the chunky traditional tnf trail shoes they suck it hurt me more

  2. Aaron (aka Alejandro 10 @ BRS)
    February 18, 2012


    Is that a tattoo of the Miami Dolphins logo on your left thigh? 😛

    Gracia y paz,


  3. Miranda
    February 18, 2012

    I can’t help laughing thinking of you guys doing this sort of workout in RV parks in front of all those bemused retirees and snowbirds!

  4. Matt
    February 18, 2012

    Looks like some good hard training. Jason, have you considered changing your form with the QM or “bear walk” to work different muscle groups? Keeping your butt high can help work the glutes and hams if you pull back instead of push off, but if you keep your spine and hips parallel with the ground and your knees in between your arms (traditional Parkour QM), you work the quads and hip flexors really well. Just a thought as you try to work everything.

    By the way, I love the idea of the slosh tube, but such a huge unwieldy thing would be difficult to use around here. I live in the city, and there are no wide paths/unused streets to work on, let alone on a grade of any kind. I also drive a compact car and wouldn’t be able to haul it anywhere very easily. Thoughts?

    • Jason
      February 18, 2012

      Matt, the hill was brutal… keeping a specific form went out the window after the first 50 meters. 🙂

      I’d recommend checking out Pete’s website for home made equipment… he has some good slosh tube alternatives. You’re right, it would suck in a city.

    • Pete Kemme
      February 18, 2012

      There is a mini Slosh Tube, that is not quite the same thing, but tons of fun and can fit into a car. Otherwise, the best alternative to a Slosh Tube will either be a Clubbell (homemade for $5) or a Physioball.

      And a Panther Walk might be just what you are describing with the planked positioning to replace the Bear Walk. For the distance Jason did, the Bear Walk is about all you can do. Take away one limb at all times (one hand or one foot) and you have the Lame Dog Walk. That is do-able with that distance.

  5. Pete Kemme
    February 18, 2012

    Looking good guys! I am so jealous of your location. My Slosh Tubes are over at Seth’s for the winter in his basement. I can’t wait until springtime.

    I think this spring I am going to have to video up some more animal walks to share for you.

    • Jason
      February 18, 2012

      I really dislike your animal walks… which is why they’re so damn effective. 🙂

  6. Erik
    February 18, 2012

    I dunno, it might be a while yet before I can get behind the slosh tube. It looks faintly ridiculous. I might get out and do the bear walk today though, could be a nice ‘finishing’ exercise for my rowing/back strength-training day routine. And what’s up with the shoes? Was the pavement hot? Anyway, great to see a happy couple working out together! I’ll try to introduce my wife (who’s from Mozambique) to the concept.

    • Jason
      February 18, 2012

      The slosh tube is pretty ridiculous, which is exactly why I like it. Best core/balance exercise ever!

      As far as the shoes, the concrete was incredibly rough for the bear crawls and downhills slosh tubin’. We’re in an important training cycle and I don’t want to risk an unnecessary injury. I’ve made that mistake one too many times. 🙂

      • Erik
        February 18, 2012

        Yah, just giving you sh*t about the shoes. Both you, Pete, and MGBG have endorsed the slosh tube now, might have to make a trip out to Menards (do you have those in Michigan?). My dad will get a kick out of that.

        • Jason
          February 18, 2012

          I actually worked at Menards for about a year back in college. 🙂

          • Erik
            February 19, 2012

            Ha! I know they’re a Wisconsin, family-run chain, so it figures you’d have them in Michigan. A good part of my family’s in the construction business, and now I sometimes take my Dad to Menards for entertainment purposes, just to get him out of the house.