Tough Training: The 7-Minute Upper Body Workout That’ll Help You Crush Obstacles

By TMHQ | June 12, 2018


Upper body strength is key to conquering some of Tough Mudder’s most challenging obstacles, Funky Monkey and Block Ness—and we’ve got a workout that can help you build up the grip strength and upper body strength you’ll need in just 7 minutes—yes, just 7 measly minutes. You can handle that, right?


Tough Mudder Bootcamp Program Director, E-Rock will lead you through this fast-paced kettlebell workout that’s made up of just 4 moves:

Single Arm Kettlebell Swing — 5 reps

Single Arm Kettlebell Press — 5 reps

Single Arm Kettlebell Windmills — 5 reps

Kettlebell Front Rack Lunge — 5 reps


Repeat with your other arm, and then move through the sequence as many times as you can in 7 minutes. Remember to pace yourself—and choose the appropriate weight kettlebell (or dumbbell) for your fitness level.

Once you’ve crushed your workout with E-Rock, check out these additional tips to help you train for and conquer two killer obstacles: Funky Monkey, with our Tough Mudder Pro Team member Corinna Coffin and Coach:


And Block Ness Monster, with our Tough Mudder Pro Team members Corinna and Hunter, along with Coach: