Being a Mudder℠ is all about taking on the obstacles in your life and the enormous sense of accomplishment that you feel when you overcome them.
For the last fortnight the Lucozade Sport #MadetoMove ambassadors have been taking it to the next level. If you've been training for Tough Mudder and you feel strong it's time to start putting the final touches to your masterpiece.
A little vanity can be a great motivator, add these two workouts into your regime and you'll be working out your core and obliques while building a six-pack you can be proud of.
How to Improve Your Abs for Tough Mudder
For some people training is a way of life while for others it's just one more thing that needs to fit in with their busy schedule.
So if you can't spend hours hitting the gym or running for miles here are two quick and easy workouts that can be done without leaving the office (or your house) thanks to Lucozade Sport.
All you need is a bit of space, a chair, a table and some light weights (a bottle of water is fine too).
If running for miles isn't your thing and lifting weights just doesn't appeal there are plenty of other ways to get fit and strong in preparation for Tough Mudder.
Don't believe us? Try out the simple Lucozade Sport yoga workouts below and see how they improve your strength and flexibility - both key to taking on the course.
For many a Mudder Funky Monkey - The Revolution is still a challenge unbeaten. From a distance it looks almost easy, we all played on monkey bars as a kid right?
Unfortunately the reality isn't so simple. Conquering this obstacle requires great upper body strength, enough to pull your entire weight up, up and across the bars and over the wheels as they turn and jerk, attempting to throw you into the water below.
We all know that different physical activities require different physical capabilities. Tough Mudder just happens to demand a lot of subsets of physical skills including speed, agility, stamina, balance and coordination. For the last couple of weeks the Lucozade Sport Made to Move Ambassadors have been focusing on improving your explosive power.
Football players practice with ballet, so is it all that surprising that barre moves could benefit your Tough Mudder training? The balance, flexibility, grace, and muscular isolations achieved by dancer-esque alignment is invaluable to athletes, and could be just the thing to help you level up.
HOW TO USE BARRE MOVES IN YOUR TOUGH MUDDER TRAINING
So you came to Tough Mudder to get wet and dirty? Well, after a few miles of ice cold water, waist-deep trenches of mud and natural estuaries and bogs you might find yourself craving a bit of respite. For some, Funky Monkey can be just that, and if you've got upper body strength, a solid core and grip strength you'll be celebrating when you touch down at the other end (and laughing at your mate who's just plummeted into the cold, muddy water beneath).
Time and time again we're faced with the question "Can I do Tough Mudder without training?" We understand. Who wants to take on something they might not be able to complete?
The answer to that question is yes by the way. It is possible to complete Tough Mudder without training (maybe not Europe's Toughest Mudder...) however it's going to hurt and it's going to be hard. So why not give yourself the best change of enjoying every second and dominating every single obstacle with a little training.
We hear you Mudders, in recent years it's become pretty trendy to hate cardio, and as the war continues between those who believe resistance training is king and those...who don't it can be tempting to ignore it all together.
But you definitely shouldn't. As with everything in life, a bit of everything is best and incorporating cardio into your workouts will improve your cardiovascular health and strengthen your heart.
These 3 full body exercises will help build the strength you need to show the mud who’s boss.
Add these 5 exercises into your workouts to develop major side abs and overall core strength.