Tough Mudder Training – Core Principle 2 – Assess your Fitness Level

After outlining The Coffee Renter’s Tough Mudder Training Core Principles and fleshing out our first principle, Identify an Inspiration, it is now time to delve into Principle 2…

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

To maintain momentum on our Journey along the Tough Mudder Trail…and that is exactly what it is, a Journey, seeing progress is critical. With measurable progress being best, we need a yardstick.

Now, there are any number of ways to do this. Most workout programs include some sort of initial/periodic assessment. I looked at a lot of workout programs in constructing my own. We’ll talk more about these programs in relation to Core Principle 3 – Pick a Base Workout, but for now we’ll focus on the component that I used most to assess my progress…The Pushup.

Quite possibly the most ubiquitous of all exercises, its simple elegance and effectiveness,  coupled with the fact that it requires no equipment of any kind, makes the Pushup ideal to use in our self assessment.

For my Pushup self assessments, I actually used the Hundred Pushup program, in which one works over 6+ weeks to the goal of doing 100 pushups in one set. That sounds like a lot…and it is, but the feeling when you bang out the 100 is amazing. And we’re talking about the Tough Mudder here!

Another thing to mention is that you can vary the types of pushups you do (there are lots of variants) or do similar programs for other key exercises. For example, after I did the #HundredPushups, I went on to do the #TwentyPullups Challenge. The key thing is that you keep on measuring. Your progress will keep you inspired. Doing programs like this…you will feel strong!

OK, technically, it should be hyphenated as “push-up”, but I, like many others, have chosen to take the liberty of dispensing with the “-“. Deal with it. Now drop and give me 20!

 

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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