Hammer Strength® Apparel had the pleasure of meeting OCR elite competitor Antonio Pusateri at the Wisconsin Rugged Maniac event this past weekend. After watching him compete, we just had to ask him a few questions about training, passion, and performance:
Antonio, tell me a little bit about what got you started in OCR:
Well Joe, I have always been a competitive individual and I have always looked for anyway for myself to stay physically active. I was always in sports in high school and I even ended up playing a couple years of semi-pro football about 5 years ago. I saw OCR as that opportunity to push myself, to try something different, and also see how I physically perform. I had been interested in OCR for a few years before I finally pulled the trigger and competed in the Milwaukee Spartan Sprint open heat in November of 2014.
Currently, I have the Tough Mudder on September 12th. Followed by the Vermont Spartan Beast September 19th. Then I have two championship runs in October. The first one is Warrior Dash World Championship October 10thand then the OCR World Championship October 17th.
Considering that I do have a full time job where I am up at 4:30 am and don't get home until 4:30 pm, I mix up my routines often. Typically, I try to get a little extra work in while doing construction by running up stairs or carrying heavy objects around as well. When I get to go to the gym or my Fitness boot camps I host, I typically do a mix of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and weight training. Every other day when I don't lift or do HIIT, I try to run a few miles or do a trail run. Right now I am pushing to consistently run 6 plus miles every other lifting/HIIT day!
I would say after my second OCR ever which was the Milwaukee Spartan Sprint on May 2015. I was 43rd overall and I only failed a spear throw. 6 months prior, I was 510th! Considering I had only been training hardcore for two months prior to the 2015 Sprint, I saw the potential to compete elites for the following year. However, after my performance at Edge of The Ledge where I took second place, I finally made the decision to compete in as many Elite heats as I could, outside of doing Spartan races. I believed (at the time) signing up for those earlier in the year wouldn't of been worth the extra money. Of course that was before I gained the confidence to take the chance.
The comfort alone is the best. I can effectively move, jump, press, turn and not have my clothing sticking to me, especially if it is warm outside! Being able to focus on what I am working on instead of how my clothes are bothering me is a big plus. They keep me cooler than anything I have worn before. I work in the heating and air conditioning field, evaporation is what removes heat. So the shirts wicking and evaporating quickly, does keep you cooler and dryer! I actually had someone ask me today at the gym, "How are those shirts?". I told him what I am telling you, and he was like "Yeah I need something better than this cotton shirt that I am wearing. Gets uncomfortable after awhile."