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Whether you’re new to mud running or a seasoned obstacle racer, you’ll most certainly find something here to help you get to the next level in your training.

So your buddy convinced you to sign up for an obstacle race and you have no idea how to train for this event. Tell me, does your plan look anything like this, run a couple days a week while doing the same old strength routine, topped off with some P90X for good measure?  Sure, this [...]

I was going through some of my older posts when I recently came across my GORUCK Challenge Review from last year’s Class 093 in Washington, DC. Whether you’ve already signed-up or contemplating challenging yourself with some good livin’, you’ve probably started to consider what gear you’ll need to survive the night. When I signed up, [...]

Join  ruckin maniacs in the 100 Ruckin Mile Challenge! It’s baaaack! Welcome to the second edition of the 100 Ruckin Mile Challenge. This goal of this challenge is to ruck with bricks for the month of October and to reach a minimum total of 100 miles by the end of the month. If you never rucked [...]

Why would anyone do this? That’s a good question. It didn’t take long. It happened during the “Welcome Party.” We were less than an hour into what would turn out to be an 11 hour-long ordeal…but after 45 minutes of lunges, commando crawls and breakneck “bounding overwatch” 3-5 second sprint drills (on your feet – [...]

Getting ready to hit the mud run course?  Chances are you’ll remember to suit up with the essentials like sneakers, spandex, and your orange head-band. While most of these basic necessities will make the cut into your travel bag, it’s all too common to allow some of the smaller things to escape our packing list. Here’s [...]

World’s Toughest Mudder: Gear List

Last December, I completed one full lap of the inaugural World’s Toughest Mudder event held at Raceway Park, NJ. While I was disappointed that I didn’t make my 24-hour goal, I was still pleased to have been a part of this epic mud-fest. I met some amazing people and had a lot of fun, despite [...]

The Olympic Challenge

  For the next 17 days, we will witness the greatest athletes in the world each competing to be the best-of-the-best as the 2012 London Olympics are now underway. And as summer sadly grows closer to a close, mud run maniacs know that the true tests of grit are just around the corner…cold weather mud [...]

Climbing the Goddamn Wall

About a month ago, I stopped blogging. I stopped posting on Facebook, I stopped Tweeting, I stopped engaging with you, the Mud Run Maniac community. I just stopped. I shut down. I hit my wall. We’ve all been there, at the wall. At Tough Mudder, I’ve stared that sucker down until I KNOW 100% I [...]

Building Up to the Challenge At Hybrid Athlete we prepare obstacle athletes to dominate their race by training race day stamina. These sessions are longer than most, lasting up to 2 hours.  The workout is intense, but completed at a conversational pace with focus on continuous movement over an extended period of time. Training in [...]

Show Some Love for GORUCK

I have a small favor to ask… GORUCK founder, Jason McCarthy, has posed an epic challenge to members of the GORUCK Tough family: Why you should help GORUCK reach 20K fans. GORUCK is an American company founded by Green Beret Jason McCarthy that manufactures the highest quality military-grade rucks (backpacks) along with other gear built [...]

You conquered the challenge. Now get your patch. Details: Patches are 3″x2″ (same size as the GORUCK Challenge Patch). Velcro backing Tri-color (red, black, white embroidery) on gray twill. Shipping: Patches are on order and should arrive in the next 3-4 weeks. I’ll ship them to you as soon as they arrive! Cost = $5.00 [...]

Drop-Klick Challenge

Full recap of last month’s “100 Ruckin Mile Challenge” coming soon, but in the interim, I have to say that you guys crushed the hell out of that one! We had over a 100 participants and 55 of you recorded each ruckin’ mile on the Tracker Spreadsheet. Awesome! Really ruckin’ awesome. Patches are coming soon! [...]

Cadre: Lou I’m not a certified trainer by any means, so do the best that you can do and have fun with this sh*t. If you like this basic one and want more I’ll post one a step above next time Can Crusher Warm-up as needed, then: 1/4 mile sprint outdoors (or on a treadmill [...]

This week, Rich Vos, founder and head coach of CrossFit Hustle, is back to bring you another Maniac Monday WOD named after one of my favorite Fugazi songs: Repeater Complete 5 Rounds for time: 5 Squat Cleans @ 155 10 Pull-ups 20 Double-Unders Before you begin this WOD… Do you know how to do a [...]

This workout will build leg strength, train the grip and prepare you to transport an awkward or unbalanced load, a challenge typical of obstacle races. Completing an obstacle race requires a unique skill set. Your goal is not that of an endurance athlete; maintaining a consistent heart rate over an extended distance. However, training strength [...]

100 Ruckin’ Miles Challenge

Holy moly mackeroly! In March, we killed our upper bodies by repeating the infamous “burpee” 5,000 freakin’ times. This month, prepare to test your lower-half. The Challenge: Run 100 Ruckin’ Miles. Are you serious? Yes, well, I don’t know. It’s worth a try. I think a lot of you probably run close to or more [...]

Why failure rocks.

900 As of today, 900 is the total number of burpees I have left to complete the 5K Burpee Challenge for March. This challenge has proved very difficult for me. Despite tweaking my approach each day and growing very efficient at the burpee exercise, my biggest hurdle has been setting aside the time to do [...]

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