This is it. Tough Mudder Challenge – European Road Trip starts here. Below you will find the four mandatory activities that you need to complete and track to be considered a Tough Mudder Challenge finisher (and earn your sweet new headband). Over the 21 days that the Challenge runs for, we’ll be adding new rounds of activities in addition to the mandatory ones below. There will be four additional ones each week to keep you on your toes, and you’ll have to complete at least two to cross the finish line.
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The Activities You Must Complete
Mudder, these are your compulsory activities. To be considered a Tough Mudder Challenge finisher (and to earn your swag) you’ll need to complete these four tasks within 21 days. These aren’t for the fainthearted and they’re going to take determination and mental strength. We know you’ve got it in you.
As mainland Europe’s only active volcano, we’ll be giving all 4,202 feet (or 1,281 metres) of Mount Vesuvius the respect it deserves. Whether you choose to walk, run, cycle or climb, you have 21 days to reach the summit.
Level Up: Ditch the bike and those leisurely evening strolls, you need to reach the top of Mount Vesuvius by running only, be that on a treadmill or out in the big wide world.
We’re going back in time Mudders. Started by the Roman’s back in 122AD and still standing today Hadrian’s Wall stands at 73 miles (117km) long and guess what? You’re going to be running (or walking, or kayaking even) the length of it. Soak in the history.
Level Up: It took three legions of soldiers to build Hadrian’s Wall. Double the distance and complete using three disciplines.
Run/Walk: Min 5 Miles
Cycling: Min 20 Miles, Max 60 Miles
Rowing: Min 1 Mile
Step into the arena and face your Challenge. You are a mighty gladiator and over the next 21 days you will prove it by crushing 300 reps of push-ups, stepback lunges, floor wipers and glute bridges as well as 300 seconds of planking.
Level Up: Earn your glory and complete 300 reps of pull ups, 24″ box jumps, v-ups and glute bridges – not forgetting the 300 seconds of planking each week. Don’t even think about not completing the 5 minute plank in one go.
Challenge Instructions: The Gladiator
Please watch the above Instructional Video for a demonstration of how to perform exercises and alternative exercises for those who unable to perform the standard exercises.
Your feet are the paintbrush and the earth your canvas. Get artistic and create an iconic European landmark each week using a route mapping app. Runs can be as long or short as you like.
One landmark per week:
Week 1: Eiffel Tower
Week 2: Parthenon
Week 3: Tower Bridge
Level Up: Supersize your artwork. Each landmark must be created during a run which is a minimum of 3 miles/5km.
Choose Your Activities
Level Up: Go all out and recreate Kiss of Mud, structure and all. Use wood or sticks for the frame, string or rope to recreate the barbed wire and of course make sure it’s extra muddy by getting the hose out.
To perform the exercise, begin standing with your legs straight. Keeping your legs straight, bend at the hips and bring your hands to the floor, as close to your feet as possible. Walk your hands out until they are directly under you shoulders, so your body is in a high plank position. From here, perform 1 push-up. Upon completion of a push up, walk your hands in as close to your feet as possible and then return to a standing position. That is one rep.
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Level Up: For those Europhiles among you take it up a notch and do 51 hand walkout to push ups every day for a week. That’s 357 reps in total. If you miss a day you’ll have to double up to make up for it the following day, miss three days and you’ll be doing three times the reps.
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Level Up: Go old school and take on the Maradona 7 Challenge. You’ll need to juggle a real ball from your left foot to right foot, then left knee to right knee, then left shoulder to right shoulder and finally heading the ball to complete the whole sequence.
Set to the 2018 song “Nonstop” by Drake, Flip the Switch requires two people standing in front of a mirror. One person stands closest to the mirror holding still while recording the video on their phone. Meanwhile in the background, the other individual dances to the music until Drake sings the opening lyric, “Look, I just flipped a switch (Flipped, flipped).” This cue prompts the room’s light switch to be turned off and on, only to reveal that the two participants swapped outfits and positions during the transition.
The only rule? Keep those outfits and positions clean.
Spades = High Plank to Forearm plank
Diamonds = Crunches
Clubs = Squats
Hearts = Rotating Toe Touches
You guessed it Mudder, each number represents the number of reps you need to do of each exercise. If you pick up a 5 of Diamonds, you are doing 5 crunches. Jacks are worth 11, Queens 12, Kings 13 and Aces 14 (we could have made it 1, but where would the fun be in that?). When you have completed the full workout and each card has been selected, use the deck to build your castle – you are the King (or Queen). You may also build two 26 card castles. You can divide this workout into as many sessions as required but you can only build your castle once all the exercises are complete.
What is One Rep?
High plank to forearm plank: Start in a high plank position with your palms touching the ground (aka push up position). Transition from your palms to your elbows (one at a time) to a low plank position (aka standard plank position). From your elbows, return back to a high plank position (aka push up position). Once back in a high plank position, that is one rep
Rotating toe touches: Start in standing position, Touch right toe with left hand, back to standing position, touch left toe with right hand, return to standing position is one repetition.
Level up: Stepping it up a level? Complete this activity in one workout.
Level up: You deserve a two course meal Mudder. Complete the standard activity and then treat yo’self to a bowl of strawberries and cream – no hands. You may prepare the dish with your hands but you can only use your mouth to eat.
Level up: Really? Okay, if you must then set your markers on a hill so that in one direction you are running on an incline and in the other direction, a decline.
Level up: Your great work of art must be memorized and recited. While you’re jogging down the street or on a treadmill though, obvs.
Count out and Cook 190 lengths of spaghetti and eat them as is, no sauce, no oil, nothing extra, one strand at a time. If you can’t eat that much pasta in one go, split it out over the course of one day. You may drink as much water as you need to complete the activity. If you have any allergies, please use your own discretion to create your own version of the challenge.
Bon Appétit Mudder.
Level up: We really hope you like pasta. Complete this activity in one sitting.
The beer mile requires a single Mudder to drink a full-sized beer, run a quarter mile, then repeat the process three times. This results in the consumption of four beers and the running of four quarter miles (hence the beer mile). While you are drinking the beer, you must be standing still. You cannot continue running until you finish the drink. There is no time limit but the beer mile must be completed in one session. You may complete the beer mile on your running route or using a track.
Got beer fear? That’s fine, any beverage will do. Common variations include the cider mile, the milk mile, the wine mile, the water mile, the tea mile and the Mike’s Hard Seltzer mile.
Once you’ve completed the beer mile, we suggest lying on the ground for a considerable amount of time. Don’t drink and drive, or ride, or use machinery, or anything really.
Level up: Don’t fancy a leisurely jog and a few pints? Complete your beer mile in under 12 minutes Mudder.
Level up: Create your own game of human bowling and set up something you can aim to knock over – can you get a lightning strike?