Tough Mudder training tips Blog #2 with Tara Hunt

Apr 24, 2012

Tough Mudder Training Tip #2: Base Phase

As mentioned in my first blog TMTT(Tough Mudder Training Tips), it is important that you periodize your training.  Periodization not only helps you train smart but also helps to avoid injury and burn out and, there is a lot of literature supporting it.  It is a great way to stay consistent with the frequency of your workouts by varying exercise intensity, type and duration. 

One of the most important parts of your training when you initially get started is to establish a routine.  I’ve seen it all too often where beginner exercisers and or new athletes want to train all day everyday for the first month and then magically fall of the edge of the earth because it’s just impossible to keep up with that amount of training. 

Or, I see it where a new exerciser starts to feel the rebirth of energy and enthusiasm after a few workout sessions and then like a magnet takes on every project known to man and suddenly no longer has time to exercise?!*

If you can identify with one of the above examples or something similar please read on as I think you’re going to get a lot out of establishing a good base.

For the next 4-6 weeks I recommend building your cardiovascular, muscle and mental foundation in what I like to call Base Phase.  Think Mount Everest and base camp where climbers acclimatize to new elevations preparing for the big summit.

Let’s break it down into four segments:
Frequency: 4-5 times/week
Intensity: 64-74% of your maximum
Type: Running/jogging, swimming, cross trainer, rowing, cycling, strength training (more on that        next week) as well as stretching. 
Time: 45 mins to 105 mins

So there you have it Mudders, your homework for the week.  If someone you know is doing Tough Mudder please share this blog with them for tips and tricks on how to make your training experience the best possible!

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