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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.