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How was Tough Mudder for you?
I found Tough Mudder tough but fun. If it wasn’t for the Electroshock Therapy obstacle and having to run 10Kms with leg cramps, I would have had a complete ball!
I captured my Tough Mudder experience in 3 epic posts to share with you and so I can relive it again! For all the dirty detail, go to:
You can also catch a 4 minute TV segment by following the link at 4 Minutes of TV fame – guess that leaves me with 11 more to go?
How fit do you have to be to do Tough Mudder?
How fit you need to be to do a Tough Mudder course depends on your attitude and how you want to approach the event. Unlike some other obstacle race events, Tough Mudder is not timed, is a team event and does not make obstacles compulsory.
So, if you are happy just to experience what it is all about, want to roll about in the mud with a group of friends, not worried about completing all obstacles or how long it takes, then you don’t need to be overly fit or do too much prep, although some fitness and preparation is of course very much advisable.
If you want to give Tough Mudder a serious go, including completing every single obstacle, then you will definitely need to do some training. Exactly how much and what type of training depends on how fit you are now.
The area of preparation that is difficult for many people is building upper body strength. While you will have your teammates to work with, there are a number of obstacles that absolutely require strength.
Funky Monkey, good old monkey bars, is probably the toughest upper body obstacle. On the Sydney Tough Mudder course that I did, there were 20 rungs – the first 10 angled up on about 30 degrees and the second 10 angled back down again. There is no help from your team here, except for encouragement from the sidelines.
In my experience, raw leg power is not as important as endurance. Being able to squat 100kg (or 220 pounds) is not necessary for Tough Mudder, so also get some running miles under your belt. And not just on the treadmill. Be sure to do a good amount of outdoor running (including hill climbs and uneven terrain). Not only will this increase your leg endurance, it will also help strengthen all those little stabiliser muscles around your knees and ankles which will help minimise the chance of knee and ankle injury on the day.
Yes, you are starting and stopping to do the obstacles, but don’t forget most Tough Mudder courses are around the half-marathon distance (I.e., 13 miles or 21km), and that is still a good deal of running no matter how you look at it!!!
When did you start training?
I started training with Tough Mudder in mind about 3 months prior to the event. However, I had been training for a number of years before this time and so had a good baseline level of strength and fitness.
Come Tough Mudder day, upper body stuff was no problem for me, but legs were a different story altogether.
I have never been much of a runner, so I made this a focus of my Tough Mudder preparation. Oh, but I should have done more running!
What parts were the hardest?
In terms of obstacles, I found Everest and Electroshock Therapy the toughest. However, the toughest thing overall was the amount of constant leg work. This resulted in major leg cramps at the halfway mark – meaning I had to push through 10km (or 6 miles) with extremely limited mobility and a lot of pain.