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We've talked about Ob­sta­cle Course Races (OCR) be­fore and in this month's fit­ness fo­cused is­sue, we sat down with Hunter McIn­tyre to talk about his up­com­ing Tough Mud­der X Cham­pi­onship pre­sented by KILL CLIFF race tak­ing place on July 28th and air­ing on CBS. We wanted to know how he got into this sport, how he trains for it and why he en­joys do­ing them.

ATH­LEISURE MAG: Tell us about your ath­letic back­ground as we know you were a cross coun­try run­ner and cham­pion wrestler in high school.

HUNTER MCIN­TYRE: My grand­fa­ther was an Olympic ath­lete and he re­ally helped me be­lieve that I could be­come a great ath­lete my­self. He would con­stantly tell me that I was re­ally fast and en­cour­aged me to run track and field. My abil­ity to run quickly and my ex­pe­ri­ence with wrestling has re­ally trans­lated into my train­ing now.

AM: How did you get into the world of Tough Mud­der and other OCR com­pe­ti­tions?

HM: While liv­ing with my friends in Mal­ibu, my one friend chal­lenged me to com­pete in an OCR race. At that point, I hadn’t been train­ing for an ob­sta­cle race, just body build­ing. In the short time I had to train for that race, I would run up and down my drive­way for hours and I ended up fin­ish­ing 6th place out of around 10,000 par­tic­i­pants. I was all-in af­ter that.

AM: What is it about OCR in gen­eral that you en­joy?

HM: The best thing is, the op­por­tu­nity is what you make of it. It’s a sport that you can train for any­where and ev­ery­where. I can go for a run in Cen­tral Park, go to the gym to lift and I can mix in some rock climb­ing with my friends to train. Most of all, I just love be­ing out­doors.

AM: How do you train for OCR ver­sus

just main­tain­ing your work­out?

HM: When train­ing for a Tough Mud­der, I’ll run once or twice per day, six days per week. It also de­pends on the dis­tance and lo­ca­tion of the event. For World’s Tough­est Mud­der, I’ll spend 2-4 hours per day train­ing in the woods. When I’m not train­ing for a race, I just like to get in the gym and chal­lenge my­self to get as strong as I can. That’s when my friends and I put a big em­pha­sis on strength train­ing.

AM: What are your go to foods that you eat when you're main­tain­ing your body and what 3 splurge foods do you en­joy?

HM: I stick to a high car­bo­hy­drate diet. I eat a lot of pan­cakes and Honey Nut Chee­rios. There are some days when I’ll eat 10 ap­ples per day. For two months lead­ing up to the Tough Mud­der X Cham­pi­onship I ate a 14oz or 16oz rib­eye steak ev­ery sin­gle night. That steak ev­ery night be­came my sleep­ing pill and I al­ways feel re­ju­ve­nated the next morn­ing. I do splurge on Ben & Jerry’s ice cream from time to time.

AM: Where did your name, "The Sher­iff" come from?

HM: One of my friends called me “The Sher­iff” one day and it re­ally just stuck with me from then on.

AM: With such an in­tense sched­ule how do you take time for your­self?

HM: When I’m not train­ing or I’ve just fin­ished an event, I re­ally like to just chill and re­lax at my place in Mal­ibu. Since I’m on the road a lot, I en­joy that time at home when I can.

AM: How im­por­tant is travel to you and what are 3 of your fa­vorite places that you en­joy go­ing to?

HM: It’s im­por­tant to dis­con­nect work travel and travel for plea­sure. I’m al­ways trav­el­ing for events, but my top va­ca­tion spots would be St. Barts, Tel­luride, Colorado and Big Sur.

AM: On Sat July 28th, you will be de­fend­ing your ti­tle in the fi­nale of the Tough Mud­der X Cham­pi­onship pre­sented by Kill Cliff air­ing on CBS - how have you pre­pared for this com­pe­ti­tion phys­i­cally and men­tally?

HM: Pre­par­ing for the TMX Cham­pi­onship, I put my­self in tough train­ing sit­u­a­tions. This year, I trained ex­tremely hard in the moun­tains of Park City, Utah.

AM: What has it been like to com­pete along­side ath­letes that are com­prised of Navy Seals, UFC Fight­ers, CrossFit, Amer­i­can Ninja War­riors?

HM: It’s great be­cause you learn to re­spect and un­der­stand the ways these other ath­letes train and the way they ap­proach the same events, dif­fer­ently. I re­ally en­joy learn­ing and pick­ing up some tools from each of them.

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