Best way of training for the Tough Mudder?

I've been doing Insanity, running 3-5 miles a week twice a week and I'm lifting weights twice a week. I'm pretty set in the weights area. Thats my strong suit. I can easily run 4,5 miles. I'm doing the Ohio/MIchigan TM on april 14th. I'm in my second week of Insanity and i plan on doing all 60 days to prepare. I'm at about 246 (not a sloppy 246) and i plan on getting to 225-230 to get lighter and not carry the extra weight around. Any tips on my training splits during the week? I train wednesday-monday with rest on tuesday. should i keep this weight or should i slim down like im originally planning?

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Comment by Ryan Locke on January 19, 2012 at 7:52am

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you so much and train hard! "No Surrender"

Comment by Loren Marti on January 19, 2012 at 1:05pm

You are probably going to get a wide range of opinions but here is my two cents. Bump up the running so you can do the full 10-12 miles of the course and cut the weight if you are already considering it. If your course has a lot of hills then throw in a lot of hills in your running.  I saw a lot of the big guys (like my team mate 240 lbs, strong as an ox..benches 350+) really struggle towards the last half and end up walking. I will tell you that after my first TM, I was surprised how easy the strength piece was while the running piece can wear you out after running through 12 miles of mud much of it with and extra pound of mud on each foot.

Comment by Jessie Pena on January 19, 2012 at 3:17pm

LOG! Log was the key for me. I didn't do 5 mile runs,P90 or Insanity instead I did 2miles jogs up hill with a log combined with push ups, pull ups, crunch's & dips. My brother (cage fighter/ EMT) and fitness health nut drank flax seed shakes, and other horrible shit. ME? I never even abstained from my morning coffee or lunch time Dr.Pepper. 


p.s. Work like a Horse, Play like a Horse and Eat like one. GO DO WORK @ that TM! Good luck man!

Comment by Joe V on January 19, 2012 at 7:42pm

The best way to train for TM?  Easy, use a play that was created specifically for obstacle athletes.  Check out and you will train every aspect of strength, cardio, and race specific skills you need to DOMINATE your race. 

Your main training goals should be to:

  • Increase strength relative to bodyweight, cardiovascular and muscular stamina, durability, and mental toughness
  • Learn, execute, and improve efficient biomechanics of functional movements like running, lifting, climbing, jumping, and landing
  • Develop core strength and stability through functional, compound movements
  • Improve balance, lower limb strength, and muscular recruitment and coordination under weight-bearing loads

Look to include compound, functional movements like Olympic lifts.  Train under a weight-bearing load, over an extended period of time completing resisted runs, sprints, hill climbs, and stadium stairs.  Finally, train skills specific to the race including relative strength, grip strength, core strength/stability, dynamic, unilateral, and non-linear movement, transfer of force/power, and transport a load.

Comment by Ryan Locke on January 23, 2012 at 10:15am

Thanks guys. I really appreciate it. I'm really thinking when I complete this (because im not going home knowing i didn't complete it) I want to do a couple half marathons to prepare me for another tough mudder! Happy training


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