Mud Run Training

trainingThere are plenty of sites out there with great mud run training recommendations, so it doesn’t make sense for me to start listing them here. (although I might feature a workout that I find particularly interesting from time-to-time). But whatever type of training you do, my thought is that it should follow the principals of Functional Fitness. This basically means training that involves all of your body parts working together instead of isolating certain muscle groups. You will be faced with challenging obstacles throughout most mud runs and adventure races, which will require you to go over, under and through both man-made and natural obstacles. This will require a fitness level where all parts of your body are working together efficiently.

For example, climbing over a 7 foot wall obstacle requires jumping power to grab the top of the wall, grip strength to hold on, arm strength to pull yourself up and core strength to heave your ass over the wall – and this all happens in about 2-3 seconds. The best part about this type of training is that you really don’t need much, if any, equipment – just your own body weight, something heavy and maybe a hill.

Functional Fitness is also great training for real-life situations. Perhaps it’s lifting up your screaming two year old 25 times a day. Maybe your car breaks down and you need to run 2 miles to the nearest gas station. Functional fitness will prepare you for whatever life can throw at you.

But don’t sweat it too much. Mud runs are supposed to be fun. So go for a run, do some pushups, and drink a couple of beers. You’ll get through it.

- Ryan

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