COACH BRAD PODCASTS
Brad Sims has been a NASM certified personal trainer and a certified nutrition coach since 2012. He works with clients of all fitness levels and is also certified in corrective exercise training for those recovering from an injury or working with limitations in their training.
Coach Brad also has been an obstacle course racing coach since 2014, training beginner athletes to competitive racers, also participating in over 50 races himself from the 5k sprint lengths to the grueling Spartan Ultra-Beast.
Passionate about helping people live a healthier lifestyle thru nutrition and fitness, Coach Brad works closely with healthcare professionals as well as keeping up on the most up to date health and fitness information in order to bring you the most current and cutting edge methods to help you reach your goals.
For this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Brad Sims,CPT, obstacle, nutrition and health coach. We had a great discussion about the concept of training in a way that will set you up to succeed in both your personal life, and in OCR.
Often, this means finding a way to account for the total randomness that seems to always pop up in both! You can find Brad at at his website, by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on facebook.
In our Coaches Interview segment, I have on Level 2 SGX Coach Brad Sims from Legacy Athletic Club in New Jersey. Coach Brad has a background in obstacle course training, corrective exercise, and works with a physical therapy clinic which gives him great insights into common compensations that runners development and other injury prevention techniques.
Brad gives us insight into his training programs he uses with his clients. Plus we get into the importance of body weight training, key movement patterns, and common compensations that he sees. Don’t miss the great resource for runners that he gives below. He also touches on how to train without having access to obstacles and even training that you can do at work.
WHAT CLIENT'S SAY
Thank you, Coach Brad! / Rachel A.
Thank you Coach Brad! My OCR journey started late in 2016 at Citizen’s Bank Park. I had no idea what I was doing, couldn’t do a lot of the obstacles, and almost came in dead last. Instead of getting discouraged, this lit a fire under me but I knew I would need help. I found a gym that offered a free introductory class which was taught by Coach Brad. From there, I signed up for a couple private coaching lessons, and then a membership so I could attend his OCR classes. He took the time to help me focus on my weaknesses (and there was a lot of them) and help me build the strength and confidence to tackle obstacles I used to fear or fail. When I first walked into that gym, I couldn’t do a pull up, couldn’t hold a dead hang for longer than 5 seconds, couldn’t get across monkey bars, couldn’t climb a rope, and so many other obstacles that OCR requires you to do to be successful. Flash forward to present day, I’m running age group and even had my first penalty free race.
I’m happy to say that not only did I find a great coach but also a great friend. He has been there at so many races encouraging his students to be successful. He’s also put together a pretty awesome ultra training program that helped me get through my ultra in Ohio. His coaching methods are full of positivity and determination which makes me want to succeed more. I know he looks at his students as a direct reflection of his coaching methods and I’m very happy to say that I’m one of the many success stories. I now feel like I’ve moved onto the next chapter of my OCR journey which is to be successful in the competitive heats. I know I can achieve my goals because I know he’s going to be behind me the entire way. Again, THANK YOU!
Karen M, OCR Athlete
“I have been running obstacle course races for several years but I have never been at the level of a serious competitor until now. I have been training with Coach Brad Sims for the past 8 months. He has brought me to another level! His suggestions, tips and guidance helped me to achieve something I didn’t think possible – placing 2nd in my age group at the August 25th West Point Spartan race. I highly recommend Coach Brad Sims to anyone looking to improve their performance!”
Karen M. / OCR Student, Paramus, NJ
“I have to endorse Brad Sims. I went to his Obstacle Fit class recently at Legacy Athletics in Cedar Knolls, NJ. It was amazing. The facility has everything you need to train for Spartan obstacles. Brad was extremely helpful in guiding me through each one, offering tips and strategies as well as encouragement. I highly recommend him!”
Camille M. / OCR Student, Hazlet, NJ
“Coach Brad is awesome! I work with him on my OCR training at Legacy in NJ. He gives you a hard work workout while keeping you safe. In our short time together I learned so much and progressed already. I highly recommend him!”
Maria Roiz / OCR Student, Virginia
“I know where to go when I am JERSEY!!! I go straight to Legacy Athletic and I look for BRAD!!! He’s an amazing trainer… I know he knows his stuff because I always catch him at the races… he knows his clients therefore he pushes you to your limit…”
Issa M, Cedar Knolls / Issa M, Cedar Knolls
“I started working with Brad after joining Legacy Athletic Club in July 2016. Being out of shape, I made a promise to myself to partake on this journey to transform my health. Brad pushes me to my limits each time and continuously motivates me to keep working hard. Brad helped me overcome my boundaries by tailoring workouts to what my body needs. Since working with Brad, I lost 15pounds and dropped 4 pants sizes. Seeing my body transform they way it has keeps me motivated to keep going!”
Matt S. / Photography Business Owner, Millburn, NJ
“I was a competitive weightlifter in college and have been lifting since I was 13 so I figured I knew all there was to fitness and exercise. After stagnating with weight loss and strength gain I decided to engage Brad at the local sports club. I felt very comfortable with Brad as he is extremely easy to approach and helpful. He designed several routines for me which have changed my whole perspective on my workouts, and in 2 weeks I lost 2 sizes on my waist and several of my lifts have finally started to increase again. I really feel like Brad cares about my fitness and look forward to have him work me into top shape.”
Ellen D. / Westfield, NJ
“Training with Brad was an awesome experience. My workouts had gotten a little hum-drum, but he put together such a fun and interesting workout every time that I almost forgot how hard I was working (until the next day!!)… the results have been so rewarding and just in time for summer! Thank you Brad – you’re the best!”
Glen P. / Montville, NJ
“After his group class, I feel like a wrung-out million bucks!”
Harry K. / Cardiac Rehab Patient, Rahway
“Brad has really been a proactive, supportive factor in getting me enthused about exercising. He has taken the time to listen and understand me, infused his knowledge into developing a highly-specific program tailored to my individual needs, and as a direct result of his efforts I am experiencing renewed motivation to pursue his recommended program of physical exercise.”
Maria G. / Triathlete, Brookside, NJ
“Brad is wonderful! He is fun, encouraging, reliable and a motivator. He has exceeded my expectations in so many ways. Not only is he incredibly skilled and knowledgeable, he is also very down-to-earth. He is tough on you, and constantly makes you sweat, but its worth it. He is very intuitive; just the right amount of push and pull to get you in the shape you want. Brad gets 5 stars!”
IIya G. / Glen Ridge, NJ
“I thought I was fit until I trained with Brad. His training methodology has enabled me to take my fitness to a higher level. Brad considered my prior injuries when designing my training program, and with his guidance I was able to overcome prior issues with balance, endurance and muscular pain. Thanks to Brad I am stronger, faster, leaner and healthier than before.”
Mary Kate / Clark, NJ
“Brad looks like a rather unassuming guy with glasses; but don’t be fooled by appearances. The volume of exercises he has access to scares me, and he will get you to try exercises that will kick your butt!”
Carol D. / Westfield, NJ
“I thought that I was in decent shape until I met Brad! His weekly workouts challenge me to always push myself harder than I thought that I could go. I truly look forward to our weekly sessions because I never know what to expect and he is always switching things up!”
Chad G. / Edison, NJ
“Brad has helped me progress toward my goals more than words can say!”
Debra J. / Clark, NJ
“I am a 59 year old woman who has never been in a gym before. Boy, was I scared when I first saw all the machines! Brad helped me get over my fear. He took time out to explain their purpose, and why we do what we do to build our core. He always has a smile on his face, and can convince me I can do anything. After our workouts, he always emails or calls me to see how sore I am, or if anything hurts. Now I look forward to going 3 times a week and with his encouragement. I consider him not only my trainer but a new friend.”
Catherine P. / Millington, NJ
“After a few months of working with Brad, I can say I feel stronger, leaner, my aches and pains from working 10+ hour days are no more and I feel great with energy to spare, plus clothes that used to be tight are loose and falling off! Brad is awesome and I look forward to meeting with him each week and love his challenges and encouragements to keep on changing the status quo in my fitness and nutrition. I would recommend his services to anyone who is interested in improving their fitness – the investment is worth it! Plus you gain a friend!!”
Jennifer L. / Mendham, NJ
“Thanks for the great series of workouts! My core is sore and I’m noticing definition in my legs and core that I didn’t have before, thanks to you! You are the best trainer I’ve had by far! Thanks for all your hard work and for taking the time to make each workout different, interesting and challenging!”
Deborah / Morristown, NJ
“Terrific workouts! Definitely learned some new techniques. Brad takes the time to make sure my form is correct and that I am targeting those areas I really want to improve. Highly recommended!”
Chloe L. / Hoboken, NJ
“Simply put, Brad makes exercising fun and un-intimidating. He creates customized routines geared towards improving my balance and strength while keeping me engaged. He is always able to develop new and interesting routines that I like, drawing from his extensive knowledge of different fitness activities. I would highly recommend Brad as a trainer to anyone who wants to bust through typical gym boredom to achieve health and fitness goals.”