Gabrielle Kassel is a New York based writer who has a deep affinity for weight-lifting, living mindfully, and the em-dash.
Whether you’re gearing up for a Tougher Mudder or The World's Toughest Mudder, those hours and minutes before the horn blares can jack your heartrate up higher than an 8am jump in the arctic enema would, even when you know you’re start-line ready. We tapped experts for tips that will help you de-stress at the start line, implement them to be as chill as your are tough on race-day.
Whether you’re dragging yourself through a mud pit at your first ever half mudder, just pushing through your normal workout routine, or headed into hour 7 of a tougher mudder, what’s more important than your lung capacity, weight on your barbell, or size of your quads is what’s going on in your mind.
The truth is, you don’t have to be a logging 100 miles or 10+ hours in the gym a week to get slapped in the face with overtraining. When you train you are essentially causing trauma to your body; every time you exercise you are creating micro-tears in your muscles, which grow back stronger when they repair. Without proper rest, there is not enough time for the muscles to grow back stronger.
Wanna burn cals, build muscles, smile your way through a workout, and literally better your life? Grab your tough (or wanna-be tough) friend, coworker, or partner and hit the mud. Experience-based workouts are sure to not only plaster a goofy grin to your face, but according to research, boost your health. With elements of both competitiveness and camaraderie, team experiences like Tough Mudder truly put you in a "for the good of the group" mindset and are quite simply, crushing it.