Week 2 of our tough mudder training is over, and what a week it has been! The benefits from week 1 has been showing and we have had to make our sessions harder to make it more of a challenge. What we are aiming for from our week to week training is to become mentally and physically tougher and resilient to all types of weather and training situations. Firstly we have to be able to run 20km's and undertake 28 obstacles designed by British Special Forces, it is said that the course will take approximately 3 hours to complete, we plan to smash that! Click on the link below and click, 'click to view full map' to see a list and description of each of the obstacles - http://toughmudder.com.au/events/sydney/
As you would have seen in the link, there is an obstacle that will test the majority of your bodies capabilities. Within our training we try to include a mixture of cardio endurance, muscular strength and core stability and week 2 of our training saw us including more circuit work between our running workouts. Some of the obstacles can be simulated into our training, such as log carrying, ice cold water swimming and rope climbing, but other obstacles such as running through a bushfire pit and climbing a skateboard half pipe covered in oil will be things that we will have to man up and tackle head on, on the day.
|Obstacle 24. Fire Walker|
|Thunder after The Hill session on Monday|
|Thunder throwing a punch|
|Flash taking one on the chin|
Our third and final session for the week was at Scarborough beach at 8:30am on Sunday morning. In preparation for both Tough Mudder and Surf Life Saving we thought it would be a great idea to get some sand sprinting in and what better way to finish a session than a dip in the freezing cold Indian Ocean to soothe our muscle soreness. As this was our first beach session and there is also many workout opportunities at the Scarborough amphitheater including steps for dips, pushups and explosive jumping, we took our time in planning what we were able to achieve in a workout. Once we decided on what we were going to do we got stuck in and got some work done. Firstly, after warm up we began with some core stability work that included sit ups, bicycles, bridges and frog walking, great couple of exercises in there that really works out the core, it is important to remember to tighten and engage your stomach muscles during any core exercises to get the most out of them.
|Flash and Thunder getting some bicycle reps done|
|6kg Medicine Ball Passing|
|Explosive One Handed Push Ups|
|Explosive One Handed Push Ups cont'd|
|6kg Medicine Ball Wood Chopping|
|6kg Medicine Ball Wood Chopping cont'd|
|More Sand Sprints|
|Core Frog Walking - Knee to Tricep|
|Incline Push Ups|
|Straight Legged Dip|
|Explosive Box Jumping|
|Explosive Box Jumping cont'd|
|After a swim in the ocean (clearly Flash needs a tan)|
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- Flash and Thunder