Gabrielle Kassel is a New York based writer who has a deep affinity for weight-lifting, living mindfully, and the em-dash.
If the appearance of an Obstacle Course at the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games was any proof, Obstacle Courses are having a moment in fitness right now. But Dave Castro isn’t the first to notice.
While the true functional fitness experience comes complete with blasted music, swole-mates, and a community to cheer you on can only really happen in a box, it’s possible to get in on the sweat-action from just about anywhere in as little as 10 to 20 minutes.
You're already running , box jumping, and bicep curling your way to physical greatness, but now it’s time to start doing some mental burpees. Truth be told, building mental toughness isn’t as easy dropping to the floor and cranking out 20. It takes work to get your brain to a point where it is willing to push longer and harder than it ever was before. And while we swear that anyone can do a Tough Mudder, 10 miles and 20+ obstacles are no joke.
If there’s one surefire way to turn up the intensity in any workout, it’s with plyometric moves. These intense, explosive movements (think lots of jumping) help you develop muscle strength and efficiency, condition your cardiovascular fitness, and build speed, stamina, and agility. They’ll also challenge your core stability and balance—while exhausting you fast.
When we found out Ironman finisher and Season 11 winner of The Bachelorette, Shawn Booth, is planning to travel back to his hometown to take the field of thousands at Nissan Stadium for the inaugural Tough Mudder 5K, we had to get the details.
Shawn spoke with ToughMudder.com about his preparation for the 5K event, and provided some tips for those who will be joining him on August 12.
Whether you’re looking to impress your muddy match, or trying to respark the romance with your love with the best date ever, love flourishes on the Tough Mudder course. These 5 reasons prove it.
Tough Mudder 5K is not your average fun run. With 10 signature teamwork obstacles crammed into 3 wild miles, this Tough Mudder event is all the tough with none of the mud. There’s no timing chips or first-place medals here -- it’s a new breed of 5K in Nashville’s most iconic venues: Nissan Stadium. Here are 7 reasons why Tough Mudder 5K will be your best weekend of Summer.
It feels like just yesterday I moved my tassel to the right and thought, “Now What?”. To call graduation the most anticlimactic moment of my life would be a bold understatement. But for a time displayed cinematically as a beautiful experience ripe with appreciation, gratitude, nostalgia, and power, in reality is (also) deeply replete with anxiety, the unknown, and nervous anticipation.
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The buzz of counting macros is that you can have your cake (donuts, bagels, cookie dough, and big ole’ bowl of pasta) and make #gains in the weight room, too. The main tenet of macro counting is that meeting your daily intake of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fat) is the most important part of hitting your fitness goals.
We all know our hormones are important for our health—but how much further does your knowledge on the subject extend?
Hormones are chemicals that act like messengers, traveling through our blood to control various body functions, like our blood pressure and heart rate, bathroom habits, hair growth, libido, and sleep, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
When it comes to health and wellness staples, Kombucha is as trendy as they come. And it helps that kombucha is one of the easiest ways to get a daily dose of gut friendly bacteria. But what exactly is Kombucha? Kombucha is a fermented tea that is naturally carbonated, filled with amino acids, loaded with probiotics, and has a number of natural healing properties. Kombucha has an acquired taste which non-lovers compare to vinegar, I found that the acidity is pretty easy to get used to once you have started drinking it on a regular basis. Now, I not only tolerate the taste, I crave it (and so does my body).
Most people don’t realize it, but getting stronger and sleeping go hand in hand. In fact, sleep is one of THE most important components of the recovery cycle. “With each workout, you are essentially causing trauma to your body,” explains Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach Dr. Grayson Wickham PT, DTD, CSCS. That means that every time you exercise you are creating microscopic tears in your muscles, which grow back stronger when they repair. These tears must repair in order to strengthen and grow the muscle tissue back bigger.