It’s nearly impossible to come out of a Tough Mudder run completely unscathed, but you should at least aim to come out with minimal bruising and your dignity intact. To accomplish these objectives, thinking smart is just as vital as embodying the endurance and determination of a beast.
To make the challenges more manageable, take a look at some tips and tricks for our famous Tough Mudder obstacles:
You know what they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. From its name, this obstacle contains a little buzz. As if you’re in a jungle, vines of electric wire will be dangling overhead while you wade through knee high mud.
The trick here is to keep an eye on where you put your feet and to be on the watch for anything that might trip you over in the mud. Stay focused and shrug off any spark of electricity you might feel because that’s nothing compared to the other obstacles you’ll encounter.
Scaling gigantic walls seems to be a mandatory thing within obstacle courses, but with Everest 2.0, the stakes are higher. Re-designed to enrage participants, its curved top is enough to make you lose your grip if your best effort fails to measure up.
You will need the help of your friends on this one. Make sure you let your strongest link reach the top first. They’ll be doing a lot of lifting to gather a few members on top, after that the rest will come easy as you lift each other up.
Arctic Enema 2.0
Brace those muscles for an unsolicited ice bath with the Arctic Enema 2.0. After breaking a sweat in the previous obstacles, you’ll need to plunge your whole body through a pool of freezing water. The Arctic Enema has a barrier in the middle you’ll need to swim under to get to the other side — sorry folks, you have no choice but to fully submerge yourself.
The best way to get through this obstacle is to just keep moving! The friction your body makes with every movement will help you manage through the icy pain. Do it as quick as you can and use the shock as a power up.
Funky Monkey 2.0
Monkey bars but with an exciting twist, the Funky Monkey requires you to hold on for dear life, or risk falling down to muddy water.
To conquer this classic obstacle, grip strength is everything. Hold on tight and take things slow, the last thing you want to happen is for your grip to loosen. Another good tip is to choose your route wisely, what you think your body is more capable of doing, go for that. To get a steady momentum, kick your legs as you go from one bar to another.
The higher the walls, the better. The Berlin Wall is 12 foot high in its entirety. Just like the Everest 2.0, your teammates are essential in this obstacle.
Let the strongest member of the team go first. After that, give each other boosts up until everyone is clear. For veterans, a good trick is to do a quick run and a timed leap to reach the wall, this is a known shortcut for experienced wall scalers.
Another classic, the Texas Hold’em is a triangular platform that operates like a see-saw. This is an obstacle that requires a duo. Split the group into two’s and start shuffling!
A good strategy for this obstacle is to partner with someone who carries a similar body structure as you. This way, you can easily balance your weight on the obstacle, without one side tipping more than the other. Maintain a good grip and shuffle carefully on each block.
The Mud Mile may be mild in terms of action, but it has no problems of tiring you out. Essentially, it’s only half a kilometer, which sounds like a walk in the park but there’s actually more to it. It comes with waist high pits and mud trenches that will hold your body down like an anchor.
First, make sure your shoes are tied as tightly as possible, almost as if they’re superglued to the soles of your feet. If you lose a shoe in the mud, that’ll only make the course even more gruesome. The thick mud will exhaust your calves, make sure cardio is in your training plan to get through this one alive.
The Blockness Monster
Like the legend, the Blockness Monster is a hefty challenge to deal with. It’s a 60 ft wide rotating barrier that’s partly submerged in water. Mudders will have to push and pull to get their teammates across each log.
The key here is communication and timing. Make sure there’s only 1-2 participants on the log on every turn the obstacle makes. Keep the blocks spinning and team members moving to save time.
The longest obstacle in the curation of Tough Mudder’s courses, the Gauntlet is sliced into four sections. All offering a different challenge every time. There’s a balance beam, wall traverse, and two tests of grip strength.
Core strength is a good advantage here, as well as feet and hand coordination. Keep those hands gripped tightly and you’re going to be fine.
Aim to come out of the course looking badass — beaten down but still triumphant. It’s going to take a lot more than sheer will to survive a Tough Mudder, but hopefully these tips will come in handy on the run itself. The main takeaway is to not be afraid and just go for it, the more you dwell on the fear, the less likely you’ll finish an obstacle. Use the adrenaline rush to your advantage and charge through the obstacles like a warrior!