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Being a Mudder℠ is all about taking on the obstacles in your life and the enormous sense of accomplishment that you feel when you overcome them.

So, you’ve talked yourself into running a Tough Mudder, one of the most insane, heart-pounding OCR courses on the planet. Not only are you about to do one of the most badass things you’ve ever done in your life, you’re becoming part of an uplifting, empowering community who are here push you outside your comfort zone and try something that once scared the bejeezus out of you. 

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The thing about OCR and Tough Mudder is that literally anyone can do it—if you just will yourself to step outside your comfort zone. Tackling an obstacle course race or event is a great way to challenge yourself and discover your ability to deal with uncertainty, both on course and off. And while trying something new can feel uncomfortable at first, Mudder Nation is ready to welcome and accept you!

Ready to join us? Here's how to start training for your first Tough Mudder OCR event.

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Ah yes, agility: That magical thing that allows Mudders to evade zingers in Electroshock Therapy, sashay through Swamp Stomp, and leap over Lumberjacked. 

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As a health and fitness expert, there’s nothing I love more than a reason to train and a goal to work towards, which is why I’m a big fan of Tough Mudder. It’s not just your typical running race, but rather an adventure filled with obstacles that challenge you physically, mentally, and emotionally. Plus, let’s not forget that Tough Mudders are also incredibly fun!

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WANT TO GET STRONG? Look BEHIND YOU.

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me how many days per week they should be training their arms or legs, I would be quite well off. But rarely does anyone ask me how many days they should practice strengthening their backs. Ironically, if you look at the data behind the most common reasons why people visit the doctor, it never really has to do with how weak their biceps or calves are; people overwhelmingly see the doctor because they have hurt their backs.

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Like all Mudders, you push yourself to the limit in training and on course. You demand a lot from your body, so you've got to treat it with care after a tough workout or obstacle course event. As exercise physiologists learn more about maximizing fitness, they’re beginning to see just how important recovery is to acheiving peak athletic performance.

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One thing that benefits all Tough Mudders, regardless of their athletic background, is grip strength. There’s simply no completing gruelling obstacles like Funky Monkey or the Gauntlet without it.

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There were mud run obstacle course races before Tough Mudder, but when we started 10 years ago, Tough Mudder brought something special and different: The sense of belonging, of uniqueness, or doing something that pushes you outside of your comfort zone. 

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A Tough Mudder will challenge you with wall climbs, mud crawls, and much, much more: rocks, roots, and adrenaline all add to the excitement. But all those tricky footfalls will also challenge your ankles to stand up—literally—and not roll over on you. 

The best way to protect your ankles? Keep them strong and healthy with these tips.

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Muscle cramps are every Mudders’ worst nightmare. You’re out there killing it, running through the muddy course, climbing up Mudderhorn, sliding under Tight Squeeze, and then wham-o! You feel that first twinge of a muscle seizing up and before you know it, you’re in a full-blown, swear-inducing, body-clutching cramp.

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Massy Arias is a CELSIUS brand partner and certified personal trainer who says running the Lake Tahoe Tough Mudder was one of the most mentally and physically challenging things she’s ever done. The weather ranged from hot to freezing as she climbed the mountain, and she’s happy she pushed herself to the finish line.

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One of the first things I notice when an athlete walks into the gym is how they hold their shoulders. Shoulders play a huge role in our health and fitness and it is imperative to keep them flexible and strong. 

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It’s hot out there, and there’s nothing quite like a refreshing dip in the pool, the ocean, or even an alpine stream for lowering your core temperature. But what about getting really cool by taking an ice bath or spending a few minutes in a cryotherapy chamber? Some athletes are devoted to ice baths, touting enhanced muscle recovery and decreased soreness after hard efforts. Scientists, on the other hand, are a little more skeptical.

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Hey, Mudder Nation: Train tough! But also … train smart. Yes, you’ve got to push it hard to get ready for a Mudder, but "rest" is not a four-letter word. Training must include rest days and active rest days among the intense days.

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Dirty-mouthed Mudders finish first. Really. Research proves, and experts laud, the benefits of a good ‘ole expletive. Don’t believe us? Here three ways swearing can help you get through event day.

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