WHAT IS TOUGH MUDDER?
It has been describe as the toughest event on the planet. It’s a 10-12 mile course consisting of a numerous intimidating obstacles throughout the path, which include a running through fire, jumping in ice cold water, and running through 10,000 volts of wires, all while cold, wet, and muddy. It is designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.
WHAT SHOULD YOUR TRAINING CONSIST OF?
Tough Mudder requires you to train your aerobic, anaerobic systems, strength and stamina. This means you have to do endurance training, strength and power training, as well as movement training.
Endurance training – starting at 3-5 km distances and gradually working up to 14-20 km distances is a good idea. If you can, start running your shorter distance at a faster past. This will work both your aerobic and anaerobic systems – preparing you for the Tough Mudder.
Strength training – you need to work on full body strength versus pushing or pulling weights slowly. I suggest that you join a gym or get a personal trainer. They can design a program that will be perfectly suited for training for Tough Mudder.
Movement training – you should practice things like fence hops or jumping. And make sure you run up and down hills when you train. Make it as specific as possible to the type of activities and movements that’ll be involved throughout Tough Mudder.
SOME SIMPLE TRAINING TIPS
Train and participate with a teammate for physical and as well as mental support. Make sure you choose your teammate who is roughly at the same mental and physical level as you.
Hydration is of absolute importance. Arthur Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiologystates, that “the total amount of water in a man of average weight (70 kilograms) is approximately 40 litres, averaging 57 percent of his total body weight. However, many of us are dehydrated, leaving us with symptoms of fatigue, mental fog, weakness, and poor digestion to name a few. In order to increase your energy levels, strength as well as mentally function at a higher level you need to drink more water.
Take care of any injuries before participating in Tough Mudder. Have your spine and posture adjustments, any imbalances in posture and movement can lead to abnormal stress and movement patterns, loss of energy and injury. Have these issues looked at prior to Tough Mudder because if you don’t, you’re more likely to get injured before or during the event.
If you would like any more advice on what to do or training techniques, just ask one of our friendly staff members at AHS and they will be more than happy to help you out however possible.
Please call your Chiropractor at AHS Seaforth on 9948 2826 or visit our clinic at 545 Sydney Rd in Seaforth servicing the surrounding suburbs of Allambie, Balgowlah, Fairlight and Manly on the Northern Beaches.
Guyton, Arthur C. (1991).
Textbook of Medical Physiology (8th ed.). Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders. p. 274.