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2/23/13 4:53 P

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JasonZ, thanks for the tips on how to handle Everest, and the insight into the other TM obstacles. Judo is definitely the hardest workout I ever did. Due to injury and illness, I have been unable to participate for 2 and a half years, and man, do I miss it. Hoping to get back to it by April 1. I just got cleared to go back to lifting weights, and it is kicking my a$$!

Of every 100 men, 10 shouldn't even be there, 80 are nothing but targets, 9 are real fighters, we are lucky to have them, they the battle make. Ah, but the one. one of them is a warrior, and he will bring the others back. --Heraclitus,500 BC
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Oh man no youtub access right now :( I will watch this tonight!!


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2/7/13 7:59 A

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Watch this guy's video on pullup improvement. It is really good: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRznU6pzez0

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2/6/13 8:37 A

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ok cool never though of doing them like that I am so going to try it tonight after ball and abs :) I will need a chair after 1 or 2. I think ill make a circuit with some negative pull ups on my lunch!
Thanks

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2/4/13 12:32 P

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Negatives are when you start in the "up position" and lower yourself down as slow as possible.

Some people use a chair or something to hop up into the "up position."

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1/31/13 8:59 A

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what are pull up negatives? like reverse grip?

I second that team work is key!!!

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1/30/13 8:22 P

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Judo! That is awesome! The hardest workout I have ever done is Judo. Sweet!

Everest was the obstacle that I was most afraid of. In reality, it wasn't that hard at all. The trick is to run as fast as you can up the ramp. Leap as high as you can at the apex of your run up the wall. Let the boys at the top help you. I was about 215 on race day, and got hoisted up with no problem.

Honestly, the hardest obstacle is the Berlin Walls (high ones). There were two sets of Berlin Walls. The first set wasn't that bad. The second was hard for everyone. Pullups are really the best way you can prepare for that obstacle. Work on those every other day. Just keep getting better. Do chair assist pullups, use assistance bands, get a partner to spot you, and do negatives.

Hang in there. Don't forget. Tough Mudder is all about team work. There is nothing on that course that you can't accomplish.

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1/29/13 11:14 P

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So glad I found this team. Used to be in good shape, I practice judo. Have had health issues for the last 2 years, and have not been able to work out. Had abdominal surgery to cure said problems right before Xmas, and am already back at the gym, walking only for another few weeks. Then I get to start lifting weights and work on TM readiness. The upper body obstacles also have me worried. I suck at pull ups, I might very well kill myself on rings. And I am still too heavy--I worry that when I do the Everest quarter pipe obstacle, I'm going to drag the poor guy who tries to catch me (I'm obviously going to look for the biggest guy) right back over the edge and down the ramp. Yikes!

Of every 100 men, 10 shouldn't even be there, 80 are nothing but targets, 9 are real fighters, we are lucky to have them, they the battle make. Ah, but the one. one of them is a warrior, and he will bring the others back. --Heraclitus,500 BC
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1/29/13 2:39 P

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I can do a few pull ups then i need a chair assist...but soon i will overcome that!

so excited for the mudder!

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1/28/13 3:33 P

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Workout on the site is good, and I did that many times getting ready for the Florida runner. Do plenty of pushups and pullups getting ready for the event so you get used to your own body weight. If you can't do pullups, invest in some pullup assistance bands (they even sell them at Wal Mart), get a chair and down the hop up / negatives on the way down technique, or even do the "gravitron" machine at your gym if they have one.



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1/25/13 5:58 P

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I am worried about upper body as well. Are you going to do the ciruit they recommened on the mudder site? Good luck on ur race day!!

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1/25/13 11:34 A

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I am also signed up for the Poconos TM on June 3rd. I am in ok shape (can run a 5K but that's about it) so I know I need to build up my endurance in that area and run up some hills. I started doing a bar bell class at my Y hoping to strengthen my upper body. At this point I can barely go across two of the monkey bars at the playground.

I love having something to work towards, it definitely got me out of my winter gym blahs!

Good luck to everyone :)

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1/18/13 6:43 P

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wow great work on getting ready!! I am running the TO mudder May 2013. I am doing the bootcamp but just the mudderling one 2-3times a week. I am always playing 2 basketball agmes a week with abs and the odd outdoor run 5-8k.

If you are right on time just burpees they are killer doing them for just 2mins i have to rest for a sec here and there its actully really hard!

Please post after you race i want to hear everything!!! I also did the zombie run before it was a cake walk but really fun experince!

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That's awesome, man. Well done!

If you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything

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10/30/12 2:42 P

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I weighed about 308 pounds when a buddy of mine challenged me to join his tough mudder team. I reluctantly accepted the challenge. I started out by committing to use SparkPeople to track my eating, completing Couch-to-5K, and doing Scooby's Workshops Pullups for Total Beginners Program scoobysworkshop.com/pullups-for-tota
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We race in Sarasota in about 31 days. I couldn't run a quarter of a mile without gassing when I started. 10 pushups was tough. I couldn't do one single pullup.

I have lost about 90 pounds since committing to the TM in Florida 1 December. I am ready! Thanks to my friend and the challenge of the Mudder, I feel reborn!

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10/23/12 9:21 A

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Right now we're doing our own thing but that's going to change in January when we start training as a team. My main concern is just getting myself into a decent shape that I can actually train - at the moment I'm doing a short jog every other day, working on the elliptical (having some stupid hip issues) to get my heart rate up, and changing up my weights on opposite days. And eating a lot better :)

You've got a lot of time to train but yeah, everyone has said the upper body is killer in the mudder. Crazy! but it looks like so much fun!



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10/22/12 9:57 P

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I just signed up for the Southern Cali in 8 and a half months from now. I did my first OCR this saturday EVER. I have to say, I trained for 4 months for a basic 5k OCR and I did okay. I didn't skip a single obstacle. Mudder has me nervous though. I lack the upper body strength it takes to get me up and over those monkey bars. Gonna get crackin on that.
The Zombie event is the one I just did, You will have a blast on that! A lot of sprinting in between slow jogs to get past the zombies! I feel ya on the one obstacle to the next thing. I am hooked on OCRs now.
Are you following the Mudder training guide or doing your own thing?

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So two of our team mates ran a 5k last Saturday -- without doing any prep beforehand! I was slightly jealous and amused at them. They thankfully didn't hurt themselves and learned the tough lesson that hey! they're not in the military anymore and hey! they're not spring chickens anymore (more like late summer roosters really lol). They did great in that they finished and were not last and a couple of us went and cheered them on.

My first event is coming up on Vetern's day - a 4 mile walk/run on a local rail trail. The guys are going to do that with me which makes me a little nervous because they have the whole 'leave no one behind' mentality and like to push each other. I am nervous about breaking myself, so I tend to err on the side of caution, i.e. if it hurts, don't do that.

It looks like some of the team mates are going to break out the P90X soon - I'm not up for that yet. In a month or two, definitely! And I've started to do some weights and tomorrow I'll do my first morning jog!

7 months until the mudder, it feels very very close when I look at what I need to do to get there! (and after the mudder there is a zombie run event near here that we're probably going to do - I have a feeling my life is going to be going from one obstacle event to the next lol)

How is everyone else's training going?

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9/6/12 9:12 P

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GOOD LUCK!!! And definitely let us know how it goes!

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I am doing the Milwaukee Mudder in 2 days and I'm freaking out!

I committed to doing it at 260 pounds, while still recovering from knee surgery. I planned on losing 60 pounds before the event, and figured I'd be rehabbed by now, but instead only lost 30 and am still having trouble with the knee. So I'm going into this race at 230 pounds and somewhat gimpy...will let you know how I did. I plan on trying all the obstacles except the Boa Constrictor, but that's just because I'm claustrophobic and tend to panic, which wouldn't do well while in a tube that is partially under water.
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Wow - awesome! I'm going to remain cautiously optimistic and goodness knows we have plenty of hills to run up and down around my house! Woo!

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I signed up with 6 months to train, and I was COMPLETELY out of shape, couldn't even run a mile. But I push through lost about 45 pounds prior to the event and finished still jogging! I attempted every obstacle except for rings (couldn't feel my hands) Now I didn't succeed at the upper body strength ones, but I will next year in the burgh August 2013! I did the pocono's one this year ( compared to others I have seen, it was an easy course)


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Hi All,

This looks like a slightly quiet board which may not be a bad thing. We're signed up for the Poconos 2013 Tough Mudder - 8 months away! Our team has a lot to do but by far I am the least in shape of the bunch as it is mainly made up of Marines (never former, just not currently enlisted) and a SeaBee. And amusingly, I'm the only chick on the team - everyone else's significant others opted for the go and cheer us on plan much to my dismay!

My plan is to spend the winter working on my endurance and upper body and then in the late winter/spring start hitting the trails. I'm taking it slow right now because I sprained my ankle severely in May and it is still a tender beastie just doing walks around the neighborhood. I'm not keen on revisiting crutches, that much is certain! I'm very skeptical of the upper body everything so I am really going to focus on being able to lift my own weight over walls - I know that it's a team event and all that, but I will feel like crap if I can't manage some of this on my own.

Perseverance doesn't come easy or cheap I guess!

Anyway - how out of shape were you when you committed to doing a Mudder event?



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