Hey! (HITTING THE WALL) (JULIAN & AUSTIN TRAIN FOR
STEEPLECHASE) – Ready?
– Ready. Set? Go. (AUSTIN RAYE, JULIAN DAIGRE,
FITNESS INFLUENCER DUO) Hoo. Jeez Louise. How are we going to
keep up with Emma today? I don’t know. I do know steeplechase
sounds intense. Well, let’s go meet
her and find out. All right.
I bet you I’ll beat you there. Yeah. (BOULDR, COLORADO, USA) I’m Emma Coburn. I’m a steeplechaser
for the United States. And I won a bronze medal
in the 2016 Rio Olympics. When I feel like I’m
hitting the wall, I try and tell myself that
this is what I’m good at. This is what my
body’s made to do. It’s supposed to hurt.
And it’s supposed to be hard. That’s when we improve,
when we’re in pain and we push through it. – Hey.
– Hi. Nice to meet you. – How are you doing?
– Good to see you. You too, as well. Being in the Olympics,
what is that like? My very first Olympics
was 2012. And I was a college junior and
really just happy to be there. When I qualified for the
Rio Olympics my second time, that one was more business. And I was able to
win bronze there. So when it got closer to
training for the Olympics, what was your training like? Do you have an on season
and off season? My training is pretty much
identical, 365 days a year. Like, this past year, I took
two days off the whole year from running. 60 to 90 minutes of
running in the morning, going to the gym, and then
sometimes a run in the evening. I’m ready to train. All right, should
we go to the gym? All right, here
we are at the gym. I really try and focus on,
kind of, injury prevention, moving my body in
a functional way, and getting strong and
powerful for the water jump. So we’re going to start
with a little bit of a warm-up before we hit the weights. (STEELPECHASE WARM-UP) All right, so let’s
go into downward dog. And then we’re going to lunge
forward with our left leg. Yep. And then try and, you
know, touch your elbow to your ankle,
a little stretch. And then right arm to the sky. And reach up and get a
nice twist in your back. It’s really
important for running to have thoracic mobility. Feel that stretch in your back. And then put your
right knee down. And then sit back, get a
little hamstring stretch. And then up. And you should feel
nice psoas, hip flexor, TFL stretch on this side. And if you put your arms up,
you’ll get a little bit more in your stomach as well. You guys feeling this? – Oh, yeah.
– OK. I’m really excited to
learn her way of training. What she said. The last bit of our
warm-up, I’m going to grab those balls there. I’m a 10-pounder, so… I’m going to give you the 12. I’m going to give you the 14. Thank you. All right, so we’re going
to line up here again and then head that way.
You’re going to lunge forward. And then fall to the ground. And then back up. And then like this. And then everything really
engaged for our lift. We’re moving functionally. No pun intended,
but you haven’t had to think about your next step. You should kind of be
feeling it everywhere. – Yeah.
– All right. All right, you guys
feel nice and warm? – Yeah.
– All right. Now do the real
part of the workout. Focusing on a lot of
core, hip, glute strength. Jumping over stuff when
you’re tired is tough. So we’re trying to build
that power and strength. So we’ll put our shoes
on and get going. (STEEPLECHASE TRAINING) All right, so we’re going to do
what I call dumbbell thrusters. So let’s go grab our weights. We’re going to go into a squat. And then power up, arms up. So we’ll do this six times. Ah, this is amazing… Like, full-body
workout right here. Explode. So the next thing
we’re going to do is my favourite thing
in the gym. It closely replicates
the water jump and kind of the power and feeling you
need going off the water pit. (3 SETS OF 6 – STEP UP WITH
WEIGHTS) And step up. Nice and powerful. Try and flex your foot. Yeah, that way.
Perfect. Nice and strong. Feeling it in your
core, your hips. What’s got to be one of
the most challenging parts is that jump, when it comes.
– Yeah. But, yeah, you can
kind of get a sense of what the steeplechase
is like and what that kind of, in a race, when we
come up on something and we have to,
like, power off… Right. Right. Because it’s a 12-foot pit.
And we’re running into it. So we have to jump and have
a lot of strength and power and balance. (ONE-LEGGED SQUAT – 8 PER SIDE) And we’re just trying to have
good posture, good stability, not wobbling too much. It’s always the up part.
– Yeah. Going down is easy, and the
hard part is going back up. I have one leg that’s
a little bit better. It feels a little bit easier. All right, so the last thing
we’re going to do in the gym before we head to
the track is just some mobility, tucking our
hips, getting that really nice pull.
Do you guys feel it in your… That’s money. ..hip flexor there? You guys must work
on stuff like this. Most runners have a really
hard time sitting like this, so I’m very impressed. Why is that? We just don’t work
a lot on mobility. We often just work on
the endurance side of it and running the miles. And people often neglect the
weight room and the flexibility and the mobility. That’s probably why you’re an
Olympian. Because you do stuff like this.
That makes sense. Yeah. Now that we’re all
primed and ready, I think we’re ready
to hit the track. – Do you guys feel good?
– We’re good. – Let’s do it.
– Want to race there? – Against you?
– Go! Oh, man. She’s going. Steeplechase started in Ireland
as a horse race between cities. Using the highly
visible church steeples as guides between
towns, the riders navigated their way
through the countryside across small streams. Modern athletic
steeplechase takes its name from this equestrian
sport but ditches the horses and cross-country
course for a foot race with a series of
obstacles on a track. Steeplechase has been a part
of the modern Olympic Games since their inception. But the women’s 3,000-meter
steeplechase was not introduced until the 2008
Beijing Summer Games. Welcome to the track, guys. We got the hitting-the-wall
challenge now. We’re going to do one
lap with five hurdles. Usually, my race is seven and
a half laps with a water jump. But we’re making it a
little more accessible today for you guys. (1 LAP HURDLE RACE) Ready? Ready. Set, go. All right, halfway. Almost there. All right. Keep it up. Good
job, guys. Gah! You guys did great.
Good job! Congratulations. You are the
hitting-the-wall champion. Yeah! You looked awesome.
You closed so strong. You know.
Maybe another day. I’m never going to hear
the end of this one. I’ll say that much. Man, I’m a sprinter.
I’ll run fast. But long distance, that’s… I’m going to need some work. I’m going to need
some work on that one. Close, but, you know,
close doesn’t cut it when it comes to a race. And, uh, those
hurdles were no joke. Meeting Austin and
Julian was super fun. I didn’t quite know
what to expect. Their spirit on the
track was awesome. Meeting Emma was
such a pleasure. She was totally down to earth. She definitely whipped
our butts into shape. So, that was good. She’s very committed
to her training. So it was cool to learn. I’m definitely going
to start running more. It was a cool experience. Next time on Hitting
The Wall, we’ll be meeting up with
Claudia and Jacqueline, two members of the Canadian
artistic swimming team. Will we been in sync?
Or will we just plain sink? Let’s find out.