Recently we asked Mudder Nation to vote for their favourite obstacle and once again the Block Ness Monster reigned supreme. Made up of two huge, rotating blocks in muddy water Block Ness Monster combines teamwork and laugh out loud fun to make our most loved challenge.
Although we might be waiting a little while until we can get out on the muddy course and face the mythical beast in real life there’s no reason we can’t start training for the clash. Give these three simple moves a try and prepare to slay the beast with ease come the 2020 season.
How to Train for the Block Ness Monster
You can mix these moves separately into your pre-existing workout or try them together, the choice is yours.
The Block Ness Monster is definitely a full-body experience so squats are a great place to start. You’d usually do a goblet squat with a kettlebell or dumbell but if you don’t have any at home no worries, a large bottle of water or some cans of food will do the same job. Once you’ve set yourself up for a traditional squat hold whatever weight you in front of your chest and away you go. Just remember to:
- Keep the weight in your heels
- Drop your hips below your knees
- Keep your back nice and straight
Tackling obstacles in deep water can be a new (and intimidating) experience for many Mudders but as long as you stay calm and collected you’ll be splashing around without a care in the world. Flutter kicks are a great way to strengthen your core and legs as you imitate what you’ll need to be doing under the water. Lay flat on the ground and bring your hands to the ground underneath your bum. Then lift your shoulders and head up slightly, lift your feet and alternate kicking each leg (just like if you were swimming).
Nailed this move? For an added challenge bring your arms up straight above your head and try V sit ups alternating each leg.
We know you’re wondering how on earth you can try pulls ups at home if you’re not one of the lucky Mudders with a pull up bar, but there is a very simply at home hack you can try. Grab a towel and a tie a knot in one side, then throw it over the top of a door and close it tightly. Sit on the ground, brace your feet at the bottom of the door, grab each corner of the towel and then slowly pull yourself up. The key tips to remember for this one include:
- Keeping your legs straight and core engaged
- Keep your elbows close to your body as you pull yourself up and lower back down
- NEVER forget the knot in the towel, you won’t fall very far but no one needs to be on lockdown with a bruised behind