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 Youtube Channel

Explore Grit Coaching’s YouTube channel, a comprehensive resource packed with informative content designed to boost your training and give you a few exercise ideas. Here’s what you can find:


Step-by-step videos that showcase how to use our technology


Watch and learn from detailed demonstrations of a wide range of exercises


Engaging webinars covering various topics in fitness and wellness

guide to cross-training

Discover ‘The Backup Plan: A Guide to Cross-Training’ by one of our coaches, Jessica O’Connell. This is a FREE comprehensive resource offering tips and tricks for injured runners with performance goals, guiding you on how to maintain fitness and momentum during recovery.

TV & Media Appearances

Explore Grit Coaching’s media platform, a comprehensive resource packed with informative content designed to boost your training and provide exercise ideas. Here’s what you can find: tv appearances and articles covering a range of topics to enhance your fitness journey. Check out our podcast appearances here

Good Day New York TV clip - Faye Stenning shares running injury prevention exercises!

This isn’t a podcast, it’s a TV appearance! Grit Coaching’s strength expert Faye appeared on Good Morning New York and shared a few exercises worth incorporating into your routine to help prevent running 

overuse injuries.

She is Spartan

Faye Stenning races in some of the most arduous endurance and strength competitions in the world. Follow this elite Spartan athlete through her 2017 season, where Faye realizes her physical sacrifice and fierce determination comes at a tremendous personal cost.

TELUS STORYHIVE supports compelling, original stories told by filmmakers from BC and Alberta by providing production funding, training and exposure to new audiences.

Training: Spartan Race Champion Faye Stenning | Inc.

Currently No. 16 in the Spartan Race 2018 rankings, professional racer Faye Stenning shares how she juggles training with launching her online coaching business.


A jubilant woman crossing the finish line of a running race, radiating happiness and accomplishment.

Two British Runners Scored Big Wins With Cross-Training. Here’s What They Can Teach Us

Runner’s World (online), Cathal Dennehy

Runners can produce wildly successful results after cross training, whether by 

choice or out of necessity due to injury. Jessica O’Connell and other top coaches share how to best integrate cross training into your training schedule.

An anatomical illustration depicting the structure of leg muscles, including the quadriceps, patella, ligaments, fibula, and tibia.

So you have knee pain......

Article in partnership with GRD Biomechanics, Jessica O’Connell

Knee pain is one of the most common 

injuries for athletes and regular folk alike. In this article, we explore why the knee is so prone to injury and what to do if pain strikes.

This article is in partnership with GRD Biomechanics, an innovative company who produce the Ascend knee brace. Find them at 

Two women beginning their workout session with warm-up exercises, priming their bodies for physical activity

Mental Toughness - Enable Your True Potential

VJ Shoes blog, Faye Stenning and Jessica O’Connell

Mental skills are absolutely instrumental to 

peak performance. Read on to learn about how to train your brain to get the most out of yourself on race day! 

A woman utilizing a resistance band during her workout routine, adding resistance for enhanced muscle engagement and toning.

Foot and ankle mobility exercises for runners

Canadian Running Magazine, Jessica O’Connell and Madeline Kelly

Foot and ankle strength is key for running-

injury prevention

A young woman engaging in a home workout session, demonstrating dedication to her fitness routine within the comfort of her own space.

The five-minute full-body strength routine for runners

Canadian Running Magazine, Jessica O’Connell and Madeline Kelly

For injury prevention, strength training is 

key, so here’s a routine that can help you keep things running smoothly

Two women doing inclined push-ups together, aiming to enhance their upper body strength through this effective exercise.

Polarized Training – An effective and scientifically sound method of training for endurance athletes!

VJ Shoes blog, Faye Stenning and Jessica O’Connell

Is your training holding you back from your

highest potential? Can you achieve more with a simple but effective change to your training?  

Read more on how you can super charge your workouts and get more from each effort!

A focused woman, dressed for exercise, runs along a vibrant city street, dedicated to improving her cardio fitness.

12 Hacks That Will Make Cold-Weather Running Less Miserable

Self Magazine, Cindy Kuzma

Running in cold weather during the winter seems terrible: The footing is slippery, 

icicles can gather in your eyelashes, and your frozen fingers fumble with your GPS watch. When snow drifts and cold wind howls, the last thing you may want to do is head outside for a few miles.

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.