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OCR Coaching

Custom training plans and coaching guidance for OCR athletes of any level.

Do you have an OCR goal you'd like to conquer? Whether you're training to finish your first Spartan race, complete a trifecta, or land on the podium - we can help you be the best OCR athlete you can be! 

Elevate your performance with guidance from the best! OCR Superstar Faye Stenning and Olympian Jess O'Connell offer custom, evidence-based, effective OCR training programs. With seven years of online coaching behind us, we've helped  hundreds (!) of people run faster, conquer obstacles, and reach podiums galore! 

OCR is a unique sport that requires excellent endurance, adequate strength, superhuman grip, and technical skill. Working with Grit Coaching takes the guesswork out of training and provides expert coaching guidance, ensuring that you maximize your efforts in areas that count. 

We specialize in coaching:

  • All OCR brands (Spartan, Savage Race, Tough Mudder, Toughest, Bonefrog, OCRWC etc)

  • Spartan Sprint, Super, Beast, Ultra, and Trifectas

  • 3km to 24 hours in length

  • absolute beginner to elite athletes​

The online nature of Grit Coaching makes high quality coaching accessible anywhere. We create 100% individualized training programs created based on your goals, training and injury history, available time, and location.

There is undeniable evidence that proper training WILL make you faster and less likely to become injured. We can help!!

Coach Faye Stenning

Faye and OCR - where do we begin??! Faye joined the Spartan Pro Team in 2016 and quickly became prominent figure in the sport with a bronze medal performance at the Spartan World Championships. No female athlete has had as many Spartan podium finishes over the past decade as Faye - a testament to her longevity in OCR.


Aside from being totally addicted to pushing her body to the limit, Faye adores the OCR community. She truly lives the “work hard play hard” mantra to the fullest.

Coach Jess O'Connell

Spoiler alert: most of an OCR race is spent running, and Jess is just the person to help out!  

Jess O'Connell is a 2016 Olympian in the 5000m and 15x national team member in track, cross country, and road running. While competing as a professional runner, she also completed a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology. Education meets experience, and she'll help you take your running to the next level!


OCR Coaching Includes:

Custom Program

Each program is made for YOU based on your goals, history, equipment/terrain, and available time.

Run and strength training is designed to be complimentary. There are also options for JUST run OR strength coaching, depending on your needs.

Programs always include aspects of recovery, mobility, and injury prevention.


Strength training is delivered through our own app which includes video and written instructions for every exercise, an option for video form analysis, and room for tracking result metrics.

Run Training is delivered via Final Surge, a platform which integrates with your smartwatch and Strava to make tracking progress and providing feedback simple! 
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Coaching Guidance

Receive advice and feedback from coaches who have done it all! 

Faye shares her knowdge of OCR domination by providing expert tips and race strategy advice.

Jess eagerly dives into the science behind training (the "why") and provides guidance on how get the most out of your program.

Integrated Strength and Endurance coaching

Integrated run and strength Programing

The full package!


You will receive a full training program including strength and endurance training created by a team of coaches working in their area of expertise.


Olympian Jess and OCR star Faye work together to create training that is balanced and synergistic with all pieces working together based on your goals, fitness, equipment, and lifestyle. 

Strength training is delivered through our own app which includes videos of every exercise and the ability to track results.

Run training is delivered through the Final Surge platform which integrates with many GPS platforms. You are able to download your workouts directly onto your Garmin watch for ease. 

Programs are approximately 4 weeks long with variation based on your racing schedule.

Varying tiers of coaching communication and pricing are available - see below.

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GST added when applicable

run-only coaching

Run coaching
Program design + communication

Run coaching by Jessica O'Connell, Olympic runner and MSc Exercise Physiology. 

Run coaching includes a custom run training plan created for YOU based on ability, training history, schedule, and goals. Custom programs are delivered in 4 week blocks. Warm up and recovery routines are also included. There are no start up fees or term commitments.


Run training is delivered through the Final Surge platform which integrates with Strava, Garmin, and other GPS platforms. Athletes have the ability to sync interval workouts directly onto their Garmin watches for easy execution. Final Surge allows for easy training delivery and analysis by both you and Coach Jess! 

One-on-one Coaching: Work with a run coach to bring your training to the next level! This service is for athletes of any ability - from beginner to elite, recreational or competitive. You will receive a monthly training plan designed just for you based on your history, goals, and lifestyle as well as ongoing feedback, training and racing advice, education on training principles, and motivation from Olympian/Exercise Physiologist Jess! 


Between each training block, you'll have a coaching call/zoom/email with Jess to review, assess, and plan. Training communication is provided regularly (daily or weekly) through Final Surge along with options for mid-program adjustments and pre-race strategy calls.

Custom Training Plan: Looking for a structured training plan to follow while training for a big event, but don’t need regular communication? This hands-off service is ideal for experienced athletes who are looking for the accountability provided by a structured, expertly-designed custom training plan but are comfortable without regular advising. A custom training plan includes an initial phone call to discuss current training, lifestyle, schedule, and goals. Plan is delivered in four week blocks with monthly email correspondence to check in and tweak training as necessary. 


This is NOT recommended for new athletes, those who desire coaching feedback, or those recovering from an injury

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GST added when applicable


strength-only coaching

strength coaching
Program design  

OCR athletes looking to level up training with a custom strength program - this is for you! Custom strength programs are created by Faye Stenning, OCR star and kinesiologist! 


Each program block is created for YOU based on goals, training history, prior injuries, and equipment available and includes elements of strength, stability, mobility, and injury prevention. 

Strength training is delivered through our own app with videos and detailed written descriptions of every exercise. The app also allows you to record your results and video yourself to review your form.

Programs are approximately 4 weeks long, with variation due to your racing schedule.

Between each program, you'll have a phone/zoom/email check in with Faye to discuss how the program went and plan for the next.

Price: $130/month USD     $160/month CAD + gst


what Grit Coaching OCR athletes Say:


"I was struggling to become the athlete I wanted to be and had difficulties building myself the right program for the goals I had. I wasn't sure if I wanted to invest in personal coaching. I've had known that Grit Coaching was helping the OCR Queen, Lindsay Webster, with her strength training,  and if I was going to make that jump I wanted the same trainers. I thought that I should try and if it wasn't for me that I could stop anytime. 


Now, it's been over a year that I'm with Grit Coaching and I can tell you I'm in the best shape of my life! With each session, I'm closer to achieve my dream of being in the top 10 of each OCR that I do in the elite wave. Grit coaches, Faye & Jess, not only believes in my success, they provide me with the best tips, support and the right program for me each month. The are both really attentive to what you need and they are your best chance to achieving your goal. 

Karolynne J., OCR



Want to become a Grit Athlete? 

Step 1: Pick the plan that is right for you (see above)

Step 2: CLICK HERE to fill out our intake questionnaire

Step 3: Check your inbox - you will receive an email with a link to book a FREE (no obligation) coaching call to discuss your training and ensure we are a great fit

Step 4: Work hard and crush goals, empowered by your custom training plan!

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