Tough Mudder Training
Tough Mudder Training

Have you signed up for the Tough Mudder or are thinking about signing up for the Tough Mudder and want to know how you can plan your Tough Mudder training? If so, you’re in the right place. 2 days ago I completed the Tough Mudder and my body is incredibly sore as I type this, although I kind of expected it too be much worse. The Tough Mudder was hard, but I expected to drop to knees as I crossed the finished line, which wasn’t the case.

Tough Mudder Training – Where To Start

Giving specific Tough Mudder training advice is nearly impossible, there are so many variables involved with this course that you will need to be in the best possible shape that you can. There are no “Tough Mudder training” specific exercises per se.

Running – Every Tough Mudder event is 10-12 miles long, which in my opinion, is far. I’m in decent shape, but I’m not much of a runner so the biggest focus of my Tough Mudder training was distance running. 2 months prior to the event I ran 2-3 times a week while also doing P90x2 workout. I ran anywhere from 3-5 miles, and I’d stop and walk at times to catch my breath. I was a little concerned that I’d run out of gas during the Tough Mudder because in my training, I was out of breathe usually around the 3 mile mark.

If you can run 5 miles without stopping, you’ll be ready for the Tough Mudder. The running was actually the easy part. From my experience, there were many times throughout the event that I had to stop and wait at an obstacle. There were so many people that the obstacles often got backed up and I had to wait a few minutes. This gave me a few minutes to catch my breath. And with 25 obstacles, this provided for a lot of short breaks.

Tough Mudder Training – Best Combination

A great Tough Mudder training combination would be start P90x 90 days before the event, and mix in some distance running a few times a week. The Tough Mudder requires strength and a high overall fitness level, which P90x is perfect for. Not only will you be ready for the Tough Mudder, but you will probably be in the best shape of your life.

In addition to P90x, you will want to add some distance running into your Tough Mudder training schedule. You can easily fit 3 runs a week into the P90x schedule. One option can be to go for a short run on the same day as the Chest & Back P90x workouts, then replace the Kenpo X routine with a run, and go for a run on you rest day. It will be tough, but it is doable and will be the best way to prepare for the Tough Mudder.

But I don’t have 90 days for Tough Mudder training!…What should I do?

If you don’t have 90 days to prepare for the Tough Mudder, don’t worry, you’ll be able to get ready in 60 days. I think Insanity would also be a great way to prepare for the Tough Mudder. Insanity will work on your cardio and your strength, which will be what you need to be able to make through the Tough Mudder. If you follow the Insanity workout exactly as it is laid out and use only that for your Tough Mudder training, you’ll be in great shape on the day of the event.

If you’ve done the Tough Mudder, leave a comment below letting us know how you did and how you trained, we’d love to hear from you.


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