Tough Mudder Training Tips Blog #3 with Tara Hunt

May 1, 2012

Tough Mudder Training Tips #3

Your endurance will be measured by your ability to run, walk, and jog…put one foot in front of the other from the start to the finish line; an approximate distance of 11 miles. Strength, among many obstacles will be measured by your upper body’s ability to muscle through the monkey bars without falling into the water below.  Power will be observed by the time it takes you to carry a giant log through waist deep water. 

The above examples are of course are just a few of the obstacles you will face out on the Tough Mudder course.  Don’t forget to add hills, cold water and lots of mud…but remember before I scare you off there is beer! The total sum equates to the true testament to your overall stamina.

Last blog we reaffirmed the importance of establishing a good base for your Tough Mudder training.  The exercise prescription included several cardio options to increase your endurance with a promise to expand on your strength training this week.  If you haven’t yet added strength training to your routine you are in for a treat.  I’ll break it down so you have a routine to take with you to the gym:

2x/week 45-60 mins.

Low to moderate (perceived exertion 3/5)

1.Leg press 2. Smith machine sumo squats 3. Loaded lunges 4.Weighted calf raises
5. Chest press/push ups 6. Lat pull downs 7.Seated row 8. Kettlebell swings 9. Box jumps

Warm up 5 minutes on treadmill or elliptical perform dynamic stretches (stretches that   flow and then perform 3 rounds 1 minute per exercise, finish with a  5 minutes cool down plus full body static stretches (stretches that you hold for 20+seconds)

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!

Tara Hunt, PTA, MBS, NWS
Before opening a community leading health club in Midland ON (soon to be an Anytime Fitness franchise) Tara worked for the Ministry of Health and Corrections where she provided fitness programs to patients, inmates and staff. 
As respected athlete in multi-sport, triathlon, running and kettlebells, Tara was the first Canadian to win an XTerra Adventure Triathlon in 2000.  She is known for her innovative, motivating and challenging coaching style. 
Wife to Ed Hunt, famous solo mountain biker together they have 2 young children.  As trainers and partners they share in the role of providing purpose driven coaching to help others find balance with work, rest and play


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