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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.

The holiday season is off to a rollicking start, and even the muddiest elf is sometimes forced to skip a workout due to family and other festive end-of-year obligations. But don’t worry—the Couch Potato Grinch doesn’t have to steal all the fitness you’ve worked so hard to build over the past year. In fact, some of your favorite wintertime activities might actually be workouts in disguise!

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From Funky Monkey to Leap of Faith, Tough Mudder obstacles demand a lot of your upper body strength and flexibility. The best medicine is preventative medicine. That means, starting today, you need to build strength and flexibility throughout your upper body so you will be ready for the 2020 Tough Mudder 5K or Classic.

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We get it. It's cold and rainy, it's dark when you get up and it's dark when you come home. At this time of the year it's easy to lose motivation and forget your training goals and while we fully support relaxing and enjoying all of the delights of the festive season if you want to get your exercise on then an at-home alternative is ideal.

 

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So, you’ve talked yourself into running a Tough Mudder, one of the most insane, heart-pounding OCR courses on the planet. Not only are you about to do one of the most badass things you’ve ever done in your life, you’re becoming part of an uplifting, empowering community who are here push you outside your comfort zone and try something that once scared the bejeezus out of you. 

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The thing about OCR and Tough Mudder is that literally anyone can do it—if you just will yourself to step outside your comfort zone. Tackling an obstacle course race or event is a great way to challenge yourself and discover your ability to deal with uncertainty, both on course and off. And while trying something new can feel uncomfortable at first, Mudder Nation is ready to welcome and accept you!

Ready to join us? Here's how to start training for your first Tough Mudder OCR event.

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Like all Mudders, you push yourself to the limit in training and on course. You demand a lot from your body, so you've got to treat it with care after a tough workout or obstacle course event. As exercise physiologists learn more about maximizing fitness, they’re beginning to see just how important recovery is to acheiving peak athletic performance.

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Ah yes, agility: That magical thing that allows Mudders to evade zingers in Electroshock Therapy, sashay through Swamp Stomp, and leap over Lumberjacked. 

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As a health and fitness expert, there’s nothing I love more than a reason to train and a goal to work towards, which is why I’m a big fan of Tough Mudder. It’s not just your typical running race, but rather an adventure filled with obstacles that challenge you physically, mentally, and emotionally. Plus, let’s not forget that Tough Mudders are also incredibly fun!

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WANT TO GET STRONG? Look BEHIND YOU.

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me how many days per week they should be training their arms or legs, I would be quite well off. But rarely does anyone ask me how many days they should practice strengthening their backs. Ironically, if you look at the data behind the most common reasons why people visit the doctor, it never really has to do with how weak their biceps or calves are; people overwhelmingly see the doctor because they have hurt their backs.

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One thing that benefits all Tough Mudders, regardless of their athletic background, is grip strength. There’s simply no completing gruelling obstacles like Funky Monkey or the Gauntlet without it.

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There were mud run obstacle course races before Tough Mudder, but when we started 10 years ago, Tough Mudder brought something special and different: The sense of belonging, of uniqueness, or doing something that pushes you outside of your comfort zone. 

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For those of us who don't enjoy small spaces or water Augustus Gloop 2.0 can be a little intimidating. 

Luckily Grohe Tough Mudder's official shower partner for Tough Mudder London South are here with their three top tips on how to shimmy up Augustus Gloop 2.0 like a chocolate-loving pro.

 

HOW TO COMPLETE AUGUSTUS GLOOP 2.0

 

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Throughout 2019 Lucozade Sport have been bringing Mudder Nation the opportunity to choose their challenge by bringing adapted lanes to some of their favourite obstacles (and a few new ones too) - something we like to call Level Up Lanes.

We asked Lucozade Sport Coach and Tough Mudder UK trainer Born Barikor to show Mudder Nation how to take them on. Every day is a school day Mudder, are you ready to Level Up?

 

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A Tough Mudder will challenge you with wall climbs, mud crawls, and much, much more: rocks, roots, and adrenaline all add to the excitement. But all those tricky footfalls will also challenge your ankles to stand up—literally—and not roll over on you. 

The best way to protect your ankles? Keep them strong and healthy with these tips.

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Muscle cramps are every Mudders’ worst nightmare. You’re out there killing it, running through the muddy course, climbing up Mudderhorn, sliding under Tight Squeeze, and then wham-o! You feel that first twinge of a muscle seizing up and before you know it, you’re in a full-blown, swear-inducing, body-clutching cramp.

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