100 episodes

Canadian Olympian & Exercise Physiologist Jessica O'Connell and Pro Obstacle Course racer & strength specialist Faye Stenning provide amazing training content on strength, running, and obstacle racing, with banter to boot!

To learn about their online coaching, please visit www.gritcoaching.net.

Nitty Gritty Training Grit Coaching

    • Sports
    • 4.8 • 60 Ratings

Canadian Olympian & Exercise Physiologist Jessica O'Connell and Pro Obstacle Course racer & strength specialist Faye Stenning provide amazing training content on strength, running, and obstacle racing, with banter to boot!

To learn about their online coaching, please visit www.gritcoaching.net.

    Pre Race Planning and Post Race Debriefs

    Pre Race Planning and Post Race Debriefs

    You’ve done the work, and now it’s time to put it all together! We all know that consistent training is essential for great race day performance, but races are chaotic and wrought with unknowns. An underappreciated challenge of race day is “performing on demand” , or competing at your physical capacity in an uncontrolled environment, harnessing the work you’ve done into great race-day performance. To help, a bit of pre-emptive planning goes a LONG way! 
    Spending some time thinking about logistics, setting goals, and creating an execution plan (or several) will provide direction to your efforts. Let’s dive deeper on this week's episode.

    The Nitty Gritty Training Podcast is hosted by Jessica O'Connell, MSc, CSEP-CEP, OLY, and Faye Stenning, BKin, and coaches at Grit Coaching! We offer custom run and strength training for runners, OCR, and hybrid athletes. Check us out!

    • 44 min
    Running shoe development and biomechanics research for FEMALE runners with Lindsay Housman, Founder and CEO of Hettas

    Running shoe development and biomechanics research for FEMALE runners with Lindsay Housman, Founder and CEO of Hettas

    Today we are joined by Lindsay Housman, founder and CEO of Hettas, a company creating running shoes optimized for female biomechanics. 
    The majority of athletic shoes have been designed, researched and tested on men and the Hettas fundamentally believe that design shouldn't be unisex: if you consider design from a female perspective, you’ll end up with a better product for women — one that will positively impact performance and longevity.
    We are delighted to have LIndsay here to share about the research and innovation Hettas is working on in female biomechanics and physiology as well as the story driving force behind Hettas. 
    Want to give Hettas a try? Use promo code GRIT15 for 15% off! @ https://hettas.ca 
    The Nitty Gritty Training Podcast is hosted by Jessica O'Connell, MSc, CSEP-CEP, OLY, and Faye Stenning, BKin, and coaches at Grit Coaching! We offer custom run and strength training for runners, OCR, and hybrid athletes. Check us out!

    • 34 min
    Gwendolyn Bounds - The Power of Pushing Limits at Any Age

    Gwendolyn Bounds - The Power of Pushing Limits at Any Age

    On this episode we are joined by Gwendolyn (Wendy) Bounds, an award winning journalist and author as well as a multi-time AG champ in spartan racing. Wendy is an absolute powerhouse, and we’ve had the pleasure of coaching her since 2019. 
    Wendy recently wrote a book called Not Too Late which details her journey into obstacle racing and the power of pushing limits at any age. Obstacle racer or not, this is such an inspiring episode with lots of insightful takeaways.
    The Nitty Gritty Training Podcast is hosted by Jessica O'Connell, MSc, CSEP-CEP, OLY, and Faye Stenning, BKin, and coaches at Grit Coaching! We offer custom run and strength training for runners, OCR, and hybrid athletes. Check us out!

    • 47 min
    Joe De Sena

    Joe De Sena

    With a ton of our listeners being avid Spartan racers we thought it was about time we had Joe De Sena on!
    As the founder of Spartan and endurance junkie himself, Joe De Sena joins us to talk about how Spartan was started, how it has evolved over the years including navigating the challenges covid brought, and shares some exciting news about the future of the sport (hint- Olympics! ). 
    Joe also shares some tips on how he makes time for fitness while managing everything else he has going on- we all can relate to this one! 
    The Nitty Gritty Training Podcast is hosted by Jessica O'Connell, MSc, CSEP-CEP, OLY, and Faye Stenning, BKin, and coaches at Grit Coaching! We offer custom run and strength training for runners, OCR, and hybrid athletes. Check us out!

    • 37 min
    How to conquer mountain races without access to them!

    How to conquer mountain races without access to them!

    City folks this one's for you! 
    Coach Faye spent the majority of her Spartan Race career training for some big mountain races in the middle of Manhattan so she knows a thing or two about getting mountain fit without any access to elevation. 
    So whether you’re heading to the mountains for the last stops at the Spartan USNS or trying to nail an epic trail race with a ton of vert- you're not going to want to miss this one! 
    The Nitty Gritty Training Podcast is hosted by Jessica O'Connell, MSc, CSEP-CEP, OLY, and Faye Stenning, BKin, and coaches at Grit Coaching! We offer custom run and strength training for runners, OCR, and hybrid athletes. Check us out!

    • 43 min
    If I knew then what I know now….

    If I knew then what I know now….

    Grit coaching is 7 YEARS OLD this year, and we’ve learned a ton since Day 1. Sometimes coaches get a bit shy about admitting that they’ve changed their mind on something - there is a feeling that we must be all-knowing, and many coaches feel insecure saying “we’re looking at something differently now”.
    Not us! On this week's episode, Coach Jess shares how her philosophies towards run programming and coaching have changed over the years as she has gained a TON of experience working with a diverse range of athletes. 
    The Nitty Gritty Training Podcast is hosted by Jessica O'Connell, MSc, CSEP-CEP, OLY, and Faye Stenning, BKin, and coaches at Grit Coaching! We offer custom run and strength training for runners, OCR, and hybrid athletes. Check us out!

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

Orithyia.nyc ,

Love listening to Faye and Jess share their run experiences

Thoughtful guidance with a super fun vibe

More Miles More Smiles ,

Game. Changer.

Talk about giving the people what they need. But not too much. Faye and Jess have the kind of strength and running knowledge that everyone can learn from. Cool stuff.

Smelton57 ,

Great podcast

Great podcast and useful content. Audio quality is sometimes not great which can be a little distracting but the topics are always interesting and helpful.

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