Blog
  • Main page
04
11
2014

WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GETS GOING!

By admin 0

You’ve probably heard about, know someone who has done it, or perhaps even read a few column inches in the papers about it. Tough Mudder has been designed to test your physical fitness, strength, stamina and mental grit

For those out there that are actually willing to commit thoughts to action and are prepared to throw themselves at what is regarded as “the ultimate” off-road/adventure race come mud bath that is Tough Mudder, you better equip yourself with the facts first!

1. 10-12 Mile Assault course developed by the best in the business – British Special Forces.

2. Multi terrain course: Fields, Concrete, Tarmac, Woodland, Rivers, and Bogs, not including 20-25 custom made obstacles.

3. Rope Swings, Cargo Nets, Fire, Electrocution, Ice Baths, River Crossings, Monkey Bars, 12ft Walls… you name it, this course will most probably have it. Did I mention electrocution? 10,000 Volts to be precise! Shocking!

If you are training to complete a Tough Mudder event and think you are going to complete it with relative ease because you can ace a half marathon with a degree of ease, then think again! Cardiovascular conditioning is a significant element, but not your only concern. This course will challenge your body to climb or crawl over, under, around or through various obstacles whilst at the same time coping with some tricky terrain and the mental doubt of “can I complete this” ringing in your ears.

As having completed the very first UK Tough Mudder event I know only full well the preparations required to complete it. For a start you need a plan of action. As the saying goes, “a goal without a plan is just a wish”.

Forget L.S.D (Long slow duration) cardio, it’s all about the use of sprints, hill sprints, and bi weekly long runs for overall conditioning.  It is important to then focus on increasing functional strength and agility using push-ups, pull-ups, dips and squats – essentially compound exercises utilising multiple muscle groups at once.

Ideally you want to picture the event in your mind, the obstacles involved and they types of terrain you’re going to encounter. Use the videos out there as part of your plan for how you are going to train and hopefully conquer this extreme event.
“Ideally you want to picture the event in your mind, the obstacles involved and they types of terrain you’re going to encounter”

When training for this event you will need to think outside the box a little. Fundamentally, endurance, grip strength, power to bodyweight and flexibility/agility is what’s required. The way the courses are set up, they are designed with a stop start pattern. High intensity exercises, followed by well spaced runs through varying terrain often grinding to a complete halt in preparation to make that pass on the balance beam!

When formulating your plan of action don’t forget to try and stick to a hybrid type workout whereby you tag explosive weight training such as kettle bell swings/presses with short and sharp sprints, possibly even with a weighted back pack for extra authenticity! As I previously mentioned the stop start nature of this event demands that you are well versed in using high-energy demands followed by short rest periods. Adapting to this scenario will only stand you in good stead for Race Day.

Remember having a decent level of fitness to start with is great. As a minimum I would suggest being able to do a straight 5/6 mile run non-stop in a fairly decent time. However it will be those event specific skills that you will need to hone that will enable you to hang, climb, lift and balance your way across those tricky obstacles that will make you a contender to finish and not just another statistic or casualty that didn’t complete it! Good luck4 minimum to go live please. Moving forward blogs are important. You can use them to post on your LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to drive traffic to your site as people will read them there. It will also help you to establish yourself as a key person of influence in your field. Minimum one image for each, a headline and a couple of paragraphs of text. If you are struggling for time find something good from elsewhere and re-write it with an image sourced yourself to get his site live.

Tags for this post
  • X - M E N ************************************************** If you're looking for the ultimate… https://t.co/S6cs9rasOZ
    3 weeks ago
  • GO | B I G | OR | G O | H O M E “Though she be but little, she be fierce“! Totally agree Will Shakespeare.. Big... https://t.co/ALVse1Jgtg
    1 month ago
  • GO | B I G | OR | G O | H O M E “Though she be but little, she be fierce“! Totally agree Will… https://t.co/k7IuEwQ1Q1
    1 month ago
  • Great to meet you Gorka, look forward to seeing the pics! #StrictlyComeDancing #purefitnessshoreditch https://t.co/36W0CP401M
    1 month ago
  • This years London Lifestyle Awards nominations is now live! If you would like to cast your vote for us as Best... https://t.co/GLjk9dPGqW
    1 month ago
  • If you're an up & coming #gym #apparel #fashion #brand & need a space 2 hire, we are now taking bookings for sample sales and shows. DM4info
    1 month ago
  • B E A C H | B O D Yesterday's episode of @gmb caused much hysteria, when the national treasure… https://t.co/daKnkyzBcq
    1 month ago
  • P U S H | A N D | P U L L If you're looking to train your upper body and time may be a limiting… https://t.co/5pFLmxlxlJ
    1 month ago
  • R I N G | R O W S Adding a little variation to an otherwise stock exercise that we use to build back and bicep... https://t.co/L9jYePPmln
    2 months ago
  • R I N G | R O W S Adding a little variation to an otherwise stock exercise that we use to build… https://t.co/BVeZwn1hNi
    2 months ago
  • G E T T I N G | C L O S E R @schwarzenegger Would be chuffed to bits with Adams cable fly technique! Visualise... https://t.co/A2bzqtubB9
    2 months ago
  • S Q U A T S | T H E | A N S W E R ? Deputy Editor for @attitudemag Adam, is literally working his ass off to... https://t.co/tBj26DwbMM
    2 months ago
  • O N | T H E | P R O W L Pure Fitness client Tristan is shown here capping off his training session with a brutal... https://t.co/BLAeIgwsRq
    3 months ago

0207 729 3240

contact us today

Unit A, 18 Long Street, London, E2 8HQ

visit us

06:00 AM - 22:00 PM

we are open

wonster

WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING...

I have recently joined Pure Fitness Shoreditch and am thoroughly enjoying the range of tailored workouts that take on board a lower back injury that I have acquired from triathlon training. Geoff has worked with my Physio to incorporate lower impact cardio and strengthening exercises and each week I am feeling leaner and stronger - plus more motivated to go to the gym as it is 10 minutes away from my job in the city. *Resuts may vary from person to person depending on effort put into program.

Fay Djemil - Consultant

As a 51 year old keeping fit and looking good is more important to me than ever. I have worked with Geoff for a few years and he keeps me motivated and engaged through both cardio and weight programmes and now we are looking at ensuring a full nutrition programme. I struggle with balancing time and Geoff ensures that training meets my needs within a very busy schedule. I would strongly recommend Geoff. *Resuts may vary from person to person depending on effort put into program

Stephen Whitehead CEO

Pure Fitness Shoreditch... PURE RESULTS! The perfect introduction to working out with a personal trainer. Geoff listened to what I wanted to achieve and designed a programme of cardio and strength training that helped me lose 12 kgs in 6 months. Would recommend to anyone looking to get into shape! *Resuts may vary from person to person depending on effort put into program

Andrew Bottonley

As Seen…