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.
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.
It’s hot out there, and there’s nothing quite like a refreshing dip in the pool, the ocean, or even an alpine stream for lowering your core temperature. But what about getting really cool by taking an ice bath or spending a few minutes in a cryotherapy chamber? Some athletes are devoted to ice baths, touting enhanced muscle recovery and decreased soreness after hard efforts. Scientists, on the other hand, are a little more skeptical.
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.
You'll need serious core and shoulder strength—and a hardcore ab workout—to make it across Spread Eagle, one of Tough Mudder's new 2019 obstacles.
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.
This muscle-shredding 3-move upper body workout will help you build and maintain the upper body strength you need to crush Leap of Faith.
5 moves, 20 minutes, AMRAP: This circuit workout will help you build and maintain the all-over strength you need to summit Mudderhorn.
Think you’re ready for Tough Mudder’s new 2019 obstacles? Well, meet The Gauntlet: A long, mean, Mudder-crushing machine that you’ll find on every Tough Mudder Classic course this year. At over 100 feet, The Gauntlet is the longest obstacle in Tough Mudder history—and we looked deep into our past to come up with this crazy contraption.