PODCAST Appearances

Explore our curated collection of podcast appearances where we share insights on training techniques, overcoming challenges, and the science behind successful athletic performance. Dive into the discussions to inspire your journey.

ORM - Obstacle Racing Media

Obstacle Racing Media Podcast

Faye Stenning, one of the best female obstacle racers around, and Jess O’Connell, an Olympian runner and record holder come on the show to discuss their platform, Grit Coaching. 

Did we mention Lindsay Webster just chose them as her strength program coaches for 2020? Let’s dig in!

The Shakeout Podcast

The Shakeout Podcast

This week we chat with 3 elite runners who are also coaches, about the value of incorporating strength training into your running program. Jess O’Connell, Dylan Wykes and Brittany Moran each share some 

of their favourite exercises. Plus, they offer advice about how to make strength training a realistic part of your week. Whether you’re focusing on the track, training for an ultra marathon, or anything in between, these coaches explain why activation, strength and mobility help every runner stay healthy and perform at their best.

Two women sharing genuine smiles post-run, reflecting their satisfaction and camaraderie.

OCRWC Podcast Season 2 / Episode 9 – Grit Coaching

With a background in Olympic running and a stellar OCR career, childhood friends Jess O’Connell & Faye Stenning decided to team up to provide comprehensive, tailored coaching to OCR athletes.

Talking about their inspiration, what it takes to set up a new business, and what they’ve faced along the way, I find out all about their joint venture.

Trulyfit Podcast: Faye Stenning

Welcome to the Trulyfit podcast where we interview experts in fitness and health to expand our wisdom and wealth. I’m your host Steven Washuta, co-founder of Trulyfit and author of Fitness Business 101. In 

today’s episode, I speak with Faye Stenning. Faye as a runner took part in the 2008 Olympic trials for the five.

The Nitty Gritty Podcast Featured Episode: Grip Training for OCR, featuring Porta-Hang!

Grip strength is absolutely essential for success in OCR. Where better to learn about grip training than the rock climbing community?! In this episode, Faye talks about how she trains her grip for OCR

followed by a chat with the pros! We interview Kevin Line- seasoned climber and creator of Porta-Hang, an extremely innovative grip/strength training toy loved by the rock climbing community, and Phil Quade, pro climber and climbing photographer. We learned a ton about bullet-proofing grip in our conversation with these stars – this episode is not to be missed! 

Check out Porta-Hang Here! Use promo code GRIT10 for 10% off, and enjoy free shipping on purchases over $75.

The Running Public

The Running Public Podcast

Coach Jess chats about what she’s learned about overcoming disappointment and injuries in her career as a professional runner and Olympian, and gives tips on how to apply these skills to the Spartan 

community in the face of race cancellations. Faye, of course, chimes in as well!

Reinforced Running

Reinforced Running

Faye Stenning and Jess O’Connell are childhood friends who grew up to be mega athletes. Faye is the most winningest female Spartan athlete in the last decade, and Jess is a Canadia Olmplyian in the 5k.

Along with their athletic accomplishments, both Faye and Jess have established themselves as high-level fitness professionals through Faye’s Kinesiology Degree and experience as a personal trainer and Jess has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. 

They have teamed up to form a coaching company called Grit Coaching.  

During the episode, we do a deep dive into Grit’s philosophy and how they are helping OCR athletes and runners with a unique approach.

In the episode, we talk about 

  • Why a templated coaching service is less than optimal for athletes. 

  • Some mental training tips that Jess and Faye use to improve their performance. 

  • And how to use a pre-run strength training to reduce injuries.

Beast Net Podcast

BeastNet Podcast

Today we launch our new monthly special BeastNet International Canadian edition with hosts Charity and Ryan Fick.  This episode they have Spartan’s winningest female athlete of the decade Faye Stenning and 

Canadian Olympian Jessica O’Connell.  Faye and Jessica started personalized online fitness programs created by Faye and Jessica under the name Grit Coaching and came on the show to talk about it.  Ryan and Charity discuss quite a few things including training for the Olympics and the Million Dollar Mile.   This is a fun episode with some new voices and a different twist.  

The obstacle order podcast

Obstacle Order Podcast

Welcome to Episode 102 of the Obstacle Order, You will be hard pressed to find a more qualified duo when it comes to the combination of academic proficiency and athletic prowess. Jessica O’Connell 

represented Canada in the 2016 olympic games in the 5000 meters and Faye Stenning is the Second best Spartan Racer in the … Continue reading E. 102 Faye Stenning and Jessica O’Connell on Grit Coaching →
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The Highly Functional Podcast

The Highly Functional Podcast

For this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Faye Stenning and Jess O’Connell.  We had a great conversation about how they bring their backgrounds as athletes and their educational backgrounds 

into what they do as coaches when they are programming for their clients to improve performance decrease their risk of injury.

Creating GREAT HABITS with Faye Stenning

Coach Faye Stenning returns to help us CREATE GREAT HABITS, and replace Bad ones! She discusses how they CREATE STRUCTURE & ORGANIZATION in our lives. And…Fit them into your life


Don’t OVER SHOOT/ Be Realistic


Live in the PRESENT


A weakness can become a bigger weakness if not improved upon


Nitty Gritty Training Podcast

nitty gritty training podcast

Dive into the ‘Nitty Gritty Training Podcast,’ featuring Canadian Olympian and Exercise Physiologist Jessica O’Connell, and Pro Obstacle Course Racer and Strength Specialist Faye Stenning. They offer expert insights on strength training, running techniques, and obstacle racing strategies.

GRIT is everything I want from a coaching service. The level of education and professionalism is beyond expectation, and the specificity of their programs based on the athletes needs is remarkable. I have complete trust in the work Jess and Faye do.

Emma Cook-Clarke 2021 Spartan North American Champion, Dream Team Athlete, and Elite Mountain Runner

These ladies taught me that being strong doesn't mean you sacrifice speed - just the opposite. I felt more explosive than ever during run workouts, went two whole seasons without even a hint of an injury, and even competed at some strength-based events like Dekafit "Heavy" that previously would have felt way out of my league.

Lindsay Webster GOAT OCR Racer and Top All-Around Endurance Athlete

I was able to workout my entire pregnancy- even participating in a variety of races (ultra, spartan, hyrox and deka world championships). This kept me healthy and sane during the ever changing process! Jess and Faye always asked for doctors restrictions/recommendations before creating any programming. Their support continues to exceed my expectations. If you’re looking to grow as an athlete and feel more successful- look no further!! Thank you Jess and Faye!

Rachel Casasanta OCR/Hybrid Athlete and MOM!


Coach Faye in 'GRIT' athletic attire confidently poses with crossed arms.

Faye’s journey in athletics is marked by dedication and impressive achievements. Throughout her high school and university years, she was deeply engaged in running, competing for the University of Calgary’s track and cross-country teams. Her standout moments include earning the “All Canadian” cross-country status and participating in the 2008 Olympic trials for the 5000m. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, Faye embarked on a career as a personal trainer, where her passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle became a source of inspiration for her diverse range of clients.

Transitioning from competitive running, Faye soon discovered her next athletic passion: obstacle course racing (OCR). Her strong foundation in running and strength training quickly propelled her to success in the OCR world. Faye’s talents were recognized in 2016 when she joined the Spartan Pro Team, and her athletic ability was furthered with a bronze medal at the Spartan World Championships.

Continuing to compete among the elite, Faye has consistently demonstrated her skill and tenacity in OCR. She has secured two 4th place finishes at both the Spartan North Americans and the Spartan World Championship. Her record of Spartan podium finishes over the past decade showcases her enduring excellence in the sport.

Beyond the thrill of competition, it’s the OCR community that deeply resonates with Faye. The opportunity to travel, share her passion for fitness and adventure, and connect with an array of positive, inspiring individuals fuels her year after year. Faye embodies the essence of the “work hard, play hard” ethos, living it to the fullest in both her professional and personal life.

Jess O'Connell

Coach Jess in 'GRIT' athletic attire confidently poses with crossed arms.

Though Jess spent much of her free time growing up competing in Irish dancing, once she hit the track, she never looked back! As a specialist in the 5000m, she boasts a personal best time of an impressive 15:06.66. Her accomplishments include competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 5000m and formerly holding the Canadian national records for the indoor 3000m and 2 mile races. Jess’s career is further highlighted by being a 15-time Canadian national team member across track and field, cross country, and road running, a four-time National Champion, a Pan Am Games silver medalist, an NCAA Division I All-American, and achieving a personal bests of 32:22 in the 10km (road race) and 4:30 in the mile.

Jess has always been “nerdy” about her training, which shows through in her impressive academic background. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Calgary. As a CSEP-CEP (Clinical Exercise Physiologist) with a High-Performance specialization, Jess holds the highest level of certification available in Canada. Jess also holds NCCP Performance Coach certification for endurance events. She applies her vast athletic experience and educational background to her role in Grit Coaching, and also serves as the distance track and cross country coach at the University of Calgary. 

Jess’s commitment to sport extends beyond her personal achievements, as she actively works to inspire and uplift the next generation of athletes. She has passionately volunteered for Fast and Female, an organization dedicated to empowering girls and young women to remain active and engaged in sports, and has served as the athlete representative on the board of Athletics Alberta, the provincial governing body for track and field. Jess believes that balance, health, and FUN are essential for longevity in sport, and she loves sharing her love of running with others.