Here we have competitor Victor, age 24, from Schaumburg, IL.
Athletic background? I have tried just about every sport, everywhere from boxing to bowling. However, I grew up a baseball player. I started playing baseball when I was 5 years old and played until I was a sophomore in high school. After my sophomore year, I decided to switch things up and start running track. My primary races were the 400 and the 4×4. After high school I joined a men’s softball team and have been doing that ever since. I am on a couple tournament teams here in the Chicago suburbs and travel to Michigan every year to play on my uncle’s team up there.
How long obstacle course training? I started obstacle course training about 3 years ago when my buddy and his dad started building obstacles in their backyard. I just kicked it up a notch this past summer when I discovered Total Performance Factory. Once I started learning tips from the owner, Brian, I started to get a lot smoother and a lot better at all of the obstacles.
Why obstacle training? I just think that obstacle training is fun as hell. I have been into weightlifting since I was 13 years old, and I think that it is a cool way to translate my strength into something out of the ordinary. Obstacle training is also a cool way to get creative in your training. Once you start adding attachments and obstacles, every route turns into a puzzle and you have to come up with the most energy efficient, easiest way to get through that route.
Why compete? Motivation? I have always loved competition, so once I started improving my skills at obstacle training and I found out there were local competitions, I didn’t think twice about entering. I perform obstacle training for fun, so the competitions in itself are motivation. I don’t like to do anything where I am the center of attention and my name is on the line and not be prepared.
Favorite obstacle? Least favorite obstacle? My favorite obstacle is probably swinging through a bunch of different attachments hanging from the ceiling. At Total Performance Factory, we will have things such as cannonballs, pegs, pyramids and baseballs hanging from the ceiling, so running routes through all of those is probably my favorite thing to do. My least favorite obstacle is probably the warped wall. With the hanging attachments, you can always change things up. The warped wall is always the same. I have done the warped wall so many times that it just doesn’t get my blood flowing like the other obstacles do.
Personal interests (movies, hobbies, music, books, charities, etc.)? Outside of working out, training and playing softball, I like to be outside as much as possible. However, living in the Chicago area, the weather sucks about 3/4 of the year. I like to just relax and hang out with my girlfriend whenever I can. We watch a lot of movies and try to catch as many Cubs and Blackhawks games as we can. When the weather is nice, we like to take my Harley motorcycle out for cruises and just get away for a little bit. Another thing I have fallen in love with this past year is volunteering at a pet shelter and taking care of the dogs there. I go to the Anderson Pet Shelter in South Elgin every Saturday morning. When I am there I like to play with and walk the dogs that are awaiting their new home. This is a good way to fit in even more exercise each week, get fresh air and give the dogs a little happiness for a little bit.
Something interesting about you? I think I have been asked this question in every class I have been in since the first grade, and I still can’t think of a good answer to this question! So I may as well follow my tradition and just let this question slide right past me!
Motto or how you live your life? I just believe in trying to reach your potential in whatever it is that you are doing in life, give back to as many people as you can along the way, and be happy doing anything that you are doing. You are not here forever, so if you’re not happy or enjoying what you’re doing then what’s the point?
Piece of advice for obstacle course training? If you want to get good at something, the most important thing you can do is to just do that something. If you suck at the salmon ladder, then you should be attempting the salmon ladder every day. Everyone should be incorporating weight training into his or her programs. I believe this makes everything so much easier. The first thing to give out when going through obstacle courses is usually your forearms and grip strength. So if you are not currently working on this, then you are already behind the eight ball. I incorporate grip strength training almost every day and include things such as farmer’s carries, heavy deadlifts, rack holds, plate pinches and cover just about every barbell and dumbbell with Fat Gripz.
As far as nutrition goes, you get out what you put in. If you eat crap, you will feel like crap and you will be weighed down on most of the obstacles. Setting yourself up for success by keeping the bad foods out of your house and prepping your meals in advance is the most important thing. Don’t be a miserable slave to your food, however. Back to the being happy part, you have to enjoy your food every now and then. I eat healthy and clean about 90% of the time, but when I’m craving a slice of pizza from Little Sicily and a bag of salt and vinegar chips, you better believe I am going to follow up on that craving. If you are disciplined 90% of your week, then you can enjoy yourself for that meal and then go right back to being disciplined and not feel bad about it.
Social media info, pics, videos, other links, anything you care to share? Instagram: victortovictor
Facebook: personal page is just my name, Victor Anderson.
My training page is Victor’s Personal Training