Tough Mudder Training – Core Principle 1 – Identify an Inspiration

After outlining The Coffee Renter’s Tough Mudder Training Core Principles, it is now time to delve into them in a bit more detail. Essentially, I’ll be attempting to lay out some practical application here. So let’s jump right in…

1) Identify an Inspiration – To keep on doing…

Inspiration is critical when tackling something as demanding as the Tough Mudder. You just need something to make you want to keep working toward the goal. When you start training, it is very easy to just skip a day. One day turns into a week and before you know it, the event is upon you and you’re not ready. Or maybe you notice as it approaches and try to do some “catch-up training”. A sure path to injury!

Eventually, strong habits can be formed and you’ll find yourself just training because that is what you do. But even then, there will be days when your heart isn’t in it and you’ll catch yourself just phoning it in. What I found was that having a strong inspirational trigger was instrumental in keeping on and getting the most out of my workouts. In my case, I found mine in the training section of the actual Tough Mudder website. There, they showcase their favorite training film from Mustache Man Training.

I have to tell you, after I saw that film…I had to do the Tough Mudder. And any time I felt my confidence flag and I needed some inspiration, I put it on…Hell, I still do. He highlights a lot of great training, packs it into a digestible (5 min) video collage of sorts, and sets it to a great Isley Brothers song, “Keep on Doing”…The song is really the icing on the cake for me. My wife and I were humming and singing it all through the 12 miles of the Tri State Mudder in 2011.

Obviously, tastes in music vary greatly from person to person, so find something that speaks to you. If the Isley Brothers don’t serve to pump you up, I’ve found Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4” to be a great workout song…especially for long runs. My friend and team mate, Adam, prefers Rush

Not everyone is so inspired by music. Some draw inspiration from Nature, Poetry or Prose, Art….or a bit of each. Your mileage may vary. The folks over at Health Habits are posting a series of inspirational “Instant Exercise Motivators”…Here’s #11. If anyone has anything to add in terms of inspiration, please feel free to share in the comments. That’s all for today. So work hard Mudders and be sure to have fun. After all, we’re only renting the coffee.

 

The Coffee Renter’s Tough Mudder Training Core Principles

1) Identify an Inspiration – To keep on doing…

2) Assess your Fitness Level – At first and Often.

3) Pick a Base Workout(s) – Total Body Strength Training, Core, and Cardio.

4) Incorporate Functional Exercises – Pick Pushups over Bench-press.

5) Focus on the Exercise Intensity, Not Duration – Short Intense Burst are Best.

6) Exercise Outside as much as possible – Get used to the elements.

7) Include Recovery Days in your Workout Plan – Plan them, don’t just take “a day off”.

8) Mix it up – Avoid that plateau by doing different exercises.

9) Share your progress – To keep you honest and accountable.

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