When I started my weight loss journey, one of my workout goals was to do a Tough Mudder by 2015. Well that was two years ago and I’m targeting the June 2015 Tough Mudder in Scotland as my designated mudder.
I’ve read that only 78% of those who enter a Tough Mudder actually finish it. Yikes! If I want a shot at entering (and finishing!) the Scottish mudder then I need to get my butt in gear and start training.
The Mudderling level includes a 5-minute warm up followed by 3 circuits (a mix of cardio and weight training), and a 5-minute cool down. Tough Mudder recommends doing this boot camp 3 times a week and 2 more days of cardio training.
All circuits are 10-minutes in length with the cardio exercises lasting 2-minutes each and each strength exercise lasts 1-minute. All circuits end with a 1-minute rest.
- Shoulder jumping jacks
- Push ups
- Jump rope
- Burpees (my kryptonite!)
- Slippery mountain climbers (to make them slippery, work on hard wood and place your feet on wash cloths)
- Stability Skates
- Turkish get ups
- Ski jumps
- Crawl outs
- Standing mountain climbers (I loath these)
- Side planks
- High knees
- Pull ups (My great white!)
- Quick feet
- Balance series – Draw a plus sign on the sidewalk. Stand on one leg and hop clockwise to each quadrant. Then hop counter-clockwise. Switch legs.
- Tire run – Stand on one leg then shift weight to the opposite leg. Continue alternating legs. Keep butt down, knees high and pace fast.
The exercises are designed to work each part of my body and prepare me for the different Tough Mudder obstacles.
The good news is that I’ve performed most of these workouts with my trainer. The quick feet, balance series, tire run and crawl outs are new to me. I watched some YouTube videos and it looks like nothing I can’t handle.
The bad news — I can’t do a pull up to save my life! And arm hangs isn’t going to happen either. So I’ll keep working on the assisted pull up machine. So I guess I have a new goal — do 1 non-machine assisted pull up by June 2015.
Since the exercises are a mix of cardio and strength, I’m planning to do these circuits after my regular session with my trainer. So Monday, Wednesday and Saturday are my designated Tough Mudder training days. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are for cardio and yoga. Sunday is my new rest day.
I don’t expect to ever get to the point of being the World’s Toughest Mudder — the people who can do that Vegas event are incredible (check out the video below and you’ll see what I mean). I’m doing this for fun (yes, crawling in muddy water under barbed wire sounds like fun to me). And to give my workouts some focus.